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Carmen goes 3D

Friday, March 04, 2011 - 01:52

Mar 4 - The opera classic Carmen has been filmed in 3D. Cindy Martin reports.

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It's opera but not as you know it. Carmen, the Georges Bizet classic, is being given the 3D treatment. With the success of movies like "Avatar", alternative forms of entertainment like sports and now the opera are being transformed into a multi-layer visual experience. The film's producer Phil Streather said he only would take on the project by London's famed Royal Opera House, if his production team could film in a very specific way. SOUNDBITE: "Carmen in 3D" Producer Phil Streather, saying (English): "I knew there had been some tests that have been relatively unsuccessful in filming opera as a result of the wrong camera positions. And the cameras were too far away and so the 3D were miniaturised people, or they looked like a series of cardboard cutouts. So I said to Josh (of the Royal Opera House), the only way we can make this work is if we get the cameras close and I mean on stage close." Despite their close proximity to the cameras, the actors were conditioned to forget them completely. And after a few weeks of training, the movie was shot over two days in the summer of 2010. The Managing Director of the Royal Opera House Stephen Michael says he hopes that by making this film, it would introduce people into the wonderful artform that is opera. SOUNDBITE: Stephen Michael, Managing Director Royal Opera House, saying (English): "Our reasons for producing this film is partly to break down some of the barriers to the artform. We have a problem here, we put on great productions every night but there's only 2200 seats. That's a limiter. So Carmen in 3D in cinemas provides a really easy way to sample this artform." The movie will be released in 1500 cinemas worldwide on Friday (March 5) and will include subtitles in various languages. Cindy Martin, Reuters

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Carmen goes 3D

Friday, March 04, 2011 - 01:52