Loom, a science fiction short film directed by Luke Scott (son of Ridley and nephew of Tony), was used by RED to show off their 4K 3D projector at NAB 2012. The last time we talked about Luke Scott, he had just directed a viral video for his father Ridley's Prometheus. While you won't be able to watch it in 4K (or in 3D), the H.264 file is remarkably clean. The film is set in the mid-21st century and stars Giovanni Ribisi as a scientist working at a laboratory attempting to grow meat for human consumption. While he plays worker bee during the day, he's got a secret that could land him in jail.
You can download the film by clicking on the image below (there is some NSFW nudity). The film was shot in 3D at 5K on RED EPIC by Darius Wolski (who also lensed Prometheus and The Pirates films):
I wasn't sure why I liked RED's projector so much (and why the 3D didn't strain my eyes), but I've now learned that it's one of the few ways you can see 3D at 24fps (or higher) in both eyes simultaneously. Convergence is one of the biggest issues with 3D, but part of the reason that people have called for higher frame rates (like Peter Jackson and James Cameron) is because most 3D projectors simply can't show a full frame rate to each eye at the same time, and over the length of an entire film, both of those issues can cause serious strain.
Here is what Jarred had to say over at REDUser about when we might start seeing the projector as well as their compressed 4K player, REDRay:
Projector starts rolling out end of the year to some select installations... we have a period of Field FCC testing that takes place before they can be shipped to random people. They should be in the store for normal purchase sometime in the first few months of 2013. REDRAY as mentioned will be ahead of the projector..
I had proposed that RED's projector might be able to save independent theaters, but until the projector actually gets out there in numbers, more and more small theaters will face the tough digital transition as Hollywood continues releasing films as a DCP (digital cinema package) only. While the RED projector at the moment will be the most inexpensive way to get real 4K on a somewhat large screen, there very well may be inexpensive options from competitors by the time the projector actually sees the light of day. RED has done an exceptional job pushing 4K acquisition, but actually displaying 4K is a whole other story. We're still a few years away from 4K TVs that people can actually afford, but a relatively inexpensive projector could mean a lot for all of this 4K content that can't be shown anywhere.
What do you guys think of the film? If you were at NAB, what did you think of the 3D projection and how has seeing the movie in 2D affected the overall feel?
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Another thing Jarred posted on REDUSER was that this is going to be released in 3D this christmas. On REDRAY! That means the RED Laser 3D projector should be out "early months of 2013" =)
August 28, 2012 at 5:05PM, Edited September 4, 7:54AM
Thanks for that - I didn't check that far down in the forum.
August 28, 2012 at 5:10PM, Edited September 4, 7:54AM
I havnt seen the red ray in 3D since NAB. Interested to see if they've improved ghosting.
August 28, 2012 at 6:00PM, Edited September 4, 7:54AM
LOOM lighting and shot angles were nice, but I didn't care for the story... a bit bland for my taste.
August 28, 2012 at 6:09PM, Edited September 4, 7:54AM
A beautifully shot mediocre movie that either should have been much shorter or much, much longer.
August 29, 2012 at 3:17AM, Edited September 4, 7:54AM
Glad to see I'm not the only one who noticed! I agree with you completely - in fact I wrote a post about it which is in the pingbacks.
September 27, 2012 at 10:49AM, Edited September 4, 7:54AM
Here's a youtube link for anyone who doesn't want to download the 1.6 Gig file: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wcvSTk8M5qY
August 30, 2012 at 4:43PM, Edited September 4, 7:54AM
nepotism. you gotta love it.
August 31, 2012 at 9:36AM, Edited September 4, 7:54AM
Bitter jealousy, you are full of it
September 3, 2012 at 4:13AM, Edited September 4, 7:54AM
not at all. but discounting nepotism as being the majority reason this short exists in this form would be really quite nieve IMO.
September 3, 2012 at 10:30AM, Edited September 4, 7:54AM
I know this is a few years old - but cinematographer Dariusz Wolski's name is missing the 'z'.
March 31, 2016 at 9:06AM