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Nwave, Iwerks see 3-D future

First indie large format 3-D film to be an 'Encounter'

Nwave Pictures, a Brussels-based production company specializing in large-format and themed entertainment films, has formed a partnership with Iwerks Entertainment to produce and distribute a large-format 3-D film titled “Encounter in the Third Dimension.”

A 40-minute film about 3-D cinema of the past, present and future, “Encounter” is directed and exec produced by Nwave CEO Ben Stassen, who directed Nwave’s 2-D film “Thrill Ride: The Science of Fun” (currently in release via Sony Pictures Classics). Scripted by Kurt Frey, “Encounter” is being produced by Nwave prexy Charlotte Huggins.

Although it contains docu elements, “Encounter” is more of an “attraction type of film,” said Huggins, “chock full of 3-D stunts and gags.” She added, “We are the first independent production company to produce a 3-D large-format film. All previous 3-D films have been made by either Sony or Imax Corp.”

Starring comic actor Stuart Pankin (“Not Necessarily the News”), with an appearance by Cassandra (Elvira) Petersen, “Encounter” will be the first large-format film to combine the action of live actors with a totally digital environment in 3-D computer effects.

Currently in post-production and CGI work, the film is skedded for distribution beginning in September. It will be the first large-format 3-D film to be released exclusively in 3-D, being packaged in four different versions to maximize exposure.

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