The shooting of the first stereoscopic (3D) film in Latvia – Riga-2041 – have begun. This project will cover the low-developed genre of Sci-fi in Latvia.
The film crew have come up with a special technology to provide the best possible quality of the image in three dimensions. According to authors of the idea, Avatar and The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey were shot using similar equipment.
The project’s creative manager Astra Zoldnere says: ‘We understand perfectly well that we are the first in Latvia to shoot something in full 3D. This is proven not only with our partner’s Vides Filmu Studija’s manufactured equipment, but also the volume of knowledge our small team had to gain in such a small period of time. This is no longer about the traditional approach to film-making. This is something much more exquisite. Film directors now have to deal with the third dimension – space – in their work. The laws that govern 2D films no longer apply – they simply do not work for 3D. It is a whole different language.’
‘We didn’t know what challenges would lie ahead, all the difficulties that would prevent us from filming the first 3D film in Latvia. At the time, there were no professionals in this field in Latvia. We had to train our film crew,’ – says producer Viesturs Graždanovičs on the film’ pre-production. ‘This film’s shooting area is as though a 3D film school for Latvian film-makers. Considering that we had no access to relevant technologies at the time and buying this kind of equipment would have been far too expensive for us, we had to create everything on our own. It should be added that 3D is a very complicated process both mechanically and artistically. If something goes wrong with a single camera during 2D shooting, things fall apart. In 3D, however, we have two cameras. Both need to be completely in synch with each other for the magic to work,’ – he explained the process.
The film will include several unrelated stories that depict people’s search for happiness. In order to tell these stories, authors have chosen elements of Sci-Fi films of the ’50s. Action will take place in Riga, a city that has been taken over by a cult of happiness. All kinds of gadgets are advertised everywhere, promising to solve each and every person’s problems. Heroes of this film travel back in time to regain lost love, projections replace living people, happiness doctors are in high demand. Finding answers if a person can find happiness through technological solutions or through believing in beliefs of old times – that each makes his ir her own happiness – will be up to the audience.
Four film directors are involved in the making of this film. All of them are new to the concept of 3D film-making. The team consists of Latvian director Kārlis Vītols (animation film director and artist in the past), Pēteris Rozītis (experienced in advert creation), Didzis Eglītis (gained much experience making documentary films) and a Romanian director whose previous work include several short films and Sci-Fi genre. The film’s production still needs much support. Therefore, the team welcomes any new potential team members ready to contribute their work. Those interested in joining should contact Astra Zoldnere (26797798).
Photos from Riga-2041 production set: