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3D, a protection against piracy: Chris Brown

BaitDaybreakers and Bait producer Chris Brown believes 3D serves as ‘protection’ against piracy, which should be encouraging for filmmakers.

“When Daybreakers was the second most downloaded film, Avatar was the sixth, and that’s hugely encouraging because more people really want to see it in 3D and fewer want to download it,” Brown told Encore.

Brown’s 3D shark film Bait is currently testing its production methods and will start shooting in May. The producer says the team has been in touch with the creators of Sanctum, which is also shooting in Queensland, to share specific technical issues and techniques.

“We’re moving along quietly and with an enormous amount of attention to detail. This is a very large 3D film, very complicated technically with a large underwater element. It’s hard enough to do an action picture without 3D, and here you have to discuss how to shoot the action sequences because it’s very different when you look at something in 3D, when it’s coming at you. It’s the perspective and positioning, and where the eye goes within the frame. We’re learning thing things that are natural in terms of making a film.

“It’s rather like the early days of sound; the equipment is the size of a small car and you’re learning the whole time about what works and what doesn’t. You need to push the boundaries the whole time; it’s very exciting,” said Brown.

According to Brown, another exciting element is working with a new partner, Singapore – Bait is the first feature made as an official co-production between Australia and Singapore.

Working with the US, said Brown, is like working with an enormous multinational company where everything is an established process and although it can drive people crazy sometimes, at the end of the day the machine works in a reassuring way that allows producers to learn a lot. But working with other countries is also good because “you’re not the poor cousin and you’re all at the same level”.

“You get the enthusiasm and enormous commitment to finance, to solve problems. You’re on the same playing field rather than working for ‘the man’,” explained Brown.

According to Brown, Australian producers should be working more with Singapore because it’s a “great place” with solid funding and government commitment, particularly for the creation of a strong infrastructure and research and development.

“The government is committed to making Singapore a 3D hub. Those who think 3D is just a passing phase are totally deluded, so to have someone like Singapore committed and having the money to be able to do that is very exciting,” he said.

Brown is also finalising Pictures in Paradise’s co-production deal with Italy’s Barbablu Films, which was made at Cannes in 2008 and announced in August that year.

“Co-productions take a long time, because you have to develop trust between partners and understand each other’s culture. You have to find stories and scripts and all those things.  But we’ve got five scripts in development and everything is moving along very fast,” he said.

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