Undergraduate Degree




DT2013 Fundamentals of Stereography

[Studio Contact Hours: 39 hours; Pre-requisites:DF2000 or DT2001; Academic Unit: 3.0]



DF2000 or DT2001

Academic Unit


3 AU

Course Description


Learning Objective

The course enables students to gain a clear understanding of the history, likely future and practical production issues in stereoscopic 3D production.  The course will introduce the historical concept, current and potential future uses of S3D.   It will produce a cohort of S3D literate students who are capable of applying their skills to plan, shoot and post produce digital S3D projects.


After an introduction to the history, correct terminology and tools, the students are enabled to direct their own S3D portmanteau film that involves both documentary and fiction elements.  The final film is made, then reviewed and completed.  Students sit a final examination to show they have retained the lessons learned.

Course Outline




History and future potential of S3D across genres and types of media production.  Introduction to S3D terminology and tools.  The S3D workflow.  Screening of S3D film clips.  Health and safety briefing.


Camera rigging, operation and monitoring.  Lenses and lighting and grip options.  Test shooting.  Screenings of 3D film clips.


S3D post production.  Test editing, screening/analysis of results.  Scenario sections divided between students – each has up to two minutes to direct and edit.  Depth budget.  Production arrangements and responsibilities.  Risk assessment and health and safety awareness.  Screenings of 3D film clips.


Students present their storyboards/photos stories film sequences.   The group reviews.  Creation of animatic storyboard, which the group reviews.  Establishing camera operations from the sequences.   Camera rigging, operation and monitoring refreshment.  Screenings of 3D film clips.


Shooting - documentary sequences.  Screenings of 3D film clips.


Shooting - documentary sequences. 


Shooting - fiction sequences.


Shooting fiction sequences. 


Editing and S3D post production.  Screenings of 3D film clips.


Editing and S3D post production.  Screenings of 3D film clips.


Editing and S3D post production including grade.  Screenings of 3D film clips.


Final edit approval and grade and mix approval.  Screenings of 3D film clips.


Final screening and analysis of fully graded film.   Final assessment

Learning Outcome

The students will be able to understand the history of the development of stereoscopy up to the present day.   They will learn the correct terminology and practical essentials of stereoscopic 3D production and post production.  They will apply this knowledge in the production of a short joint student exercise involving both documentary and fiction elements from a given scenario, on which they will collaborate as a team.  This course also enables students to develop communication skills, including critical thinking and content creation abilities thereby increasing their ability to confidently articulate their ideas and professional requirements.  Each of the cohort will be enabled to better function professionally as part of a team.

Student Assessment

  1. Final Assessment: 50%

  2. Class Presentation: 35%

  3. Class Participation:15%


Suggested Reading:

  1. 3D Movie Making:  Stereoscopic Digital Cinema from Script to Screen.  Bernard Mendiburu, Oxford, Focal Press, 2009

  2. 3D TV and 3D Cinema:  Tools and Processes for Creative Stereoscopy.  Bernard Mendiburu with Yves Pupulin and Steve Schklair. Oxford, Focal Press, 2012

  3. Exploring 3D The New Grammar of Stereoscopic Filmmaking by Adrian Pennington and Carolyn Giardina, Oxford, Focal Press, 2012

  4. Making Movies by Sidney Lumet, Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, 1996

  5. Notes on the Cinematographer, Robert Bresson, Green Integer, Los Angeles,1997

  6. Michael Rabiger, Directing the Documentary, Oxford, Focal Press, 2009