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First Latvian-made 3D film to be shown in January

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After a whole year of hard work, the filming of the first Latvian 3D film ‘Riga-2014’ has finally been completed. The premiere of the first Latvian stereoscopic 3D film will take place December 29th. The first public release in film theatres is planned for January.

The film produced as part of the European Culture Capital programme will tell about Riga’s future. This project represents a genre that is not yet developed in Latvia – Sci-Fi, as reported by Riga 2014 foundation.

Filming in stereoscopic 3D is something new in Latvia. This lets local film studios to follow modern trends in the film industry. The film will be shown as one of the final events of the European culture capital programme and will serve as a symbolic conclusion to the European film night.

«I waited for my five days of filming for a long time. I wasn’t worried, though. We had a great team of professionals. I was happy to be a part of a team that believed in good outcome regardless of long filming nights. Everyone did their part,» – says one of the film’s directors, Didzis Eglītis, about the filming experience. «I’ve had the pleasure to find that everything was so well prepared technologically that the fact we were filming in 3D had no significant impact on the filming process. The work done by actors, artists, lighting personnel, make up specialists, costume designers, producers, assistants and other film crew was no different from traditional films.»

Since the launch of the project, the film crew had become bigger and managed to attract local and world-class professionals. «The opportunity to film in 3D made me re-think the telling of the story from a technical perspective and from the perspective of direction,» – says one of the directors, Adina Istrate. «Looking at 3D on my monitor, I noticed that actors look differently as well, and so does their delivery. Movements and gestures have to be a bit more reserved and more thought through. Because there is a lot of physical interaction between actors in my section of the film, it was very interesting for me to employ these new techniques,» – she said.

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