Canuck film board jumps on 3D bandwagon

Giving away glasses to view 3D, HD in online screening room

TORONTO -- The National Film Board of Canada has joined the 3D bandwagon.

As James Cameron's "Avatar 3D" thrills audiences worldwide, Canada's public filmmaker is giving Canadians free glasses to view online 3D film experiments via its online screening room.

The first 3D offerings include animated shorts including Theodore Ushev's "Drux Flux" and Munro Ferguson's "Falling in Love Again."

The NFB is also making available classic film board titles like Chris Landreth's Oscar-winning animated short "Ryan" and Cordell Barker's classic musical comedy "The Cat Came Back" in HD viewing.

NFB chairman Tom Perlmutter said Canadians will get a look into the film board's "creative workshop" with the new 3D and HD titles.

"It's a little retro at the moment with the funky glasses, but it's a playroom, it's the skunk work of testing things out while we figure out how to make this fully part of the NFB online experience," Perlmutter said.

The NFB earlier released an iPhone app to enable free mobile viewing of its film library (HR, Oct 21/09).
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