San Diego-based stereoscopic conversion specialist Legend3D announced the launch of Stereo Works, a new division dedicated to collaborating with entertainment studios to create seamless stereo images for feature films. Stereo Works will leverage the company’s propriety 3D-conversion technologies to address a variety of stereoscopic issues faced by today’s studios.
“Legend3D has a deep understanding of all types of stereo and, with extensive R&D, we’ve developed tools that lead the industry in quality and efficiency. Stereo Works is a natural extension of our conversion services and enables us to better serve studios in managing native 3D postproduction projects,” said Dr. Barry Sandrew, founder, chief creative officer and chief technology officer.
Stereo Works will provide a variety of stereoscopic services, such as native stereo repair to address camera anomalies, lens refractions and reflection issues. It also supports stereoscopic rotoscoping, color matching, compositing of graphic elements and 2D plate corrections. The team, led by Jared Sandrew, Stereo Works’ head of creative and Legend3D’s stereoscopic visual effects supervisor, is comprised of Legend3D senior team members. The division is wrapping up its first major studio assignment for 3D release early this summer.
“Legend3D is an established 2D-to-3D conversion partner for Hollywood studios and with the creation of Stereo Works, we’re building upon our successful technology platforms to enhance offerings and fill the need for high-quality postproduction stereoscopic visual effects,” said Tom Sinnott, Stereo Works’ head of operations and Legend3D’s chief operating officer. “This extended arm enables us to expand our work with studios to cost-effectively support high-end VFX projects and overcome common stereo hurdles, both as a part of and in addition to 2D-to-3D conversion.”
The company recently relocated its Los Angeles office to Hollywood Center Studios to be closer to its entertainment client base. Last November, the company secured venture capital financing, including a $19 million Series E Preferred Stock offering, which is helping fund Stereo Works’ R&D efforts to create original VFX algorithms that will continue advancing industry technology and initiate more efficient postproduction workflows.