PassmoreLab First in Industry to Convert Clay Animation to 3-D

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PassmoreLab adds a new dimension to the short Australian film "Slim Pickings."

PassmoreLab, in cooperation with Spike & Mike, has converted Anthony Lucas' short film "Slim Pickings" into the first-ever clay animation 3-D film. The film is one of many shorts that PassmoreLab is planning to convert from 2-D to 3-D in the coming months.

"We're building a library of 3-D shorts with widespread audience appeal in preparation for the upcoming rollout of mass media 3-D," said PassmoreLab President Greg Passmore. "When 3-D television and video on demand make their way into mainstream entertainment, PassmoreLab will have a collection ready. This short 'claymation tragedy' was a perfect fit for this effort."

PassmoreLab stereographer, Nina Page, said "'Slim Pickings' worked well because clay animation already has a 3D feel. "There were a lot of shots that allowed for us to pull things out of the focal plane to achieve a more desirable 3D effect."

Australian film "Slim Pickings" was first released in 1999. The film won the Creative Excellence in an Australian Short Film Award from the Melbourne International Film Festival in 1999, and that same year was nominated for an AFI Award from the Australian Film Institute. It has also been screened at Spike and Mike's Sick and Twisted Festival of Animation, which occurs annually in La Jolla.

"Slim Pickings" focuses on an unnamed, slightly forlorn creature and his friendly pet-like tomato plant. The creature has seemingly run out of food after eating his last remaining can, labeled "One Old Pea," and faces the moral dilemma of whether or not to eat his trusting plant.

The film tells its story without dialog and employs a creative combination of expressions, music, and a few squeaks from the creature and plant. Lucas used one shot of the creature's feet early on in the story to establish that he walked, and then afterward included only shots of him from the waist up to make filming more efficient.

Anthony Lucas' film titles also include "The Mysterious Geographic Explorations of Jasper Morello" and "Holding Your Breath," both of which are award-winning animation shorts.

PassmoreLab's other recent projects include a 3-D conversion of the cult classic "Night of the Living Dead," which is scheduled for release April 1.

About PassmoreLab
PassmoreLab ( started in San Diego, California, in 2003. The company's staff is composed of programmers and scientific engineers, and also includes graphic artists, stereographers and videographers. PassmoreLab facilities include a full studio, video/film post-production, an optical development lab, and a software development environment. PassmoreLab is a firm with staff around the world, with offices in San Diego, Russia, and the Philippines.


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