Exploring the third dimension
A kiwi feather cloak, a jug from 1890 and samurai armour from 1735 are just some of 100 objects that are being filmed in 3D in an experimental project.
Victorious Spring 2013
“Victoria is the first university in New Zealand to work with 3D production, so it’s been a real learning curve,” says Victoria film lecturer and awardwinning documentary filmmaker Dr Paul Wolffram, who is leading the initiative with fellow staff member, 3D scholar Dr Miriam Ross.
“There is no ‘how to’ book on the subject, so we are learning by doing.”
The team has been assisted by film experts, including three-time Oscar winner for visual effects Alex Funke, from Weta Workshop’s miniatures department, and Sean Kelly, lead stereographer on The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. More than 40 staff, students and alumni have also come
on board to help out.
Learning from the project will be incorporated into Victoria’s film production and theory classes next year.
Philip Edgar, Manager Digital Collections and Access at Te Papa says museums around the world are looking at 3D technologies—including imaging techniques and 3D printing—to provide new and exciting ways to view, interact with and better understand museum objects.
“Te Papa is excited to be part of the 3D filming partnership with Victoria University and begin exploring these technologies,” he says.
Filming sessions have been conducted since August, with the objects placed on a bespoke turntable to enable them to be viewed from multiple angles. Te Papa staff have been on hand to handle the objects—normally not on public display—and help figure out the best way to bring out their depth-rich