Live hoops game gets 3-D treatment in Dallas theater

Fri Mar 21, 2008 2:51am EDT
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By Carolyn Giardina

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - High-definition pioneer Mark Cuban is using his NBA team and Landmark Theater chain to orchestrate a rare 3-D broadcast of a live event.

Tuesday night's National Basketball Assn. game between Cuban's Dallas Mavericks and the Los Angeles Clippers will be presented live in 3-D via satellite to fans at a theater in Dallas. It's a "pilot exhibition," an event that serves to underscore the belief that live 3-D represents a new alternative content opportunity.

FSN Southwest is producing the event, which is being lensed in 2-D for traditional broadcast and concurrently in 3-D for the theatrical broadcast.

FSN will work with Burbank-based 3-D production innovator Pace, which supplied its Fusion 3-D camera system and mobile unit as well as the production crew.

The Pace technologies recently were used to lens the 3-D "Hannah Montana/Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert Tour." The Fusion 3-D camera system was developed by filmmaker James Cameron and cinematographer Vince Pace.

"I think 3-D will play a huge role in out-of-home entertainment for the next few years," said Cuban, founder of HDNet. "It will be a unique experience for watching sports, concerts and special events that only theaters will be able to offer."

The Pace Fusion systems that will be used are based on Sony's F 950 digital cinematography cameras. Sony also is providing the 3-D projection for Tuesday night's broadcast.

The game will be viewed by an expected full house on a 40-foot screen at the Magnolia Theater in Dallas using two Sony SXRD 4K 10,000 lumens digital cinema projectors.   Continued...