“Guardians of the Galaxy” (Marvel Studios/Stereo D) won the prize for best live action 3D feature at the sixth annual International 3D & Advanced Imaging Society Awards, which took place at Warner Bros. Studios in Burbank on Jan. 28.
“The Lego Movie” (Warner Bros.) drew the trophy for animated feature of the year, and Netflix’s “House of Cards” won for best 4K entertainment.
The Society, formerly known simply as the International 3D Society, was founded to advance the creative arts and sciences of the advanced imaging industry.
Other winners included “Sin City: A Dame to Kill For” (Prime Focus World/Weinstein) for best stereography – live action; “300: Rise of an Empire” (Warner Bros./Gener8) for best 2D to 3D conversion; and “X-Men: Days of Future Past” (20th Century Fox/Stereo D) for best 3D sequence/scene of the year.
“How to Train Your Dragon 2” (DreamWorks Animation) was awarded a Lumiere Award for best stereography – animation, and the prize for 3D independent feature went to “The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet” (Tapioca Films/Weinstein Company).
Rounding out the winning titles, “Enchanted Kingdom” (BBC Earth/BBC Worldwide) won for motion picture documentary, “Feast” (Walt Disney Animation Studios) was honored as this year’s best animated short; and “D-Day: Normandy 1944” (N3D Land Productions) received the Society’s 2015 Jury Prize for documentary short.
French director Jean-Pierre Jeunet received the Society’s Harold Lloyd Filmmaker Award, which was presented by Suzanne Lloyd, chair of Harold Lloyd Entertainment, and Society chairman Mike DeValue of Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures.
Sky, Atlantic Productions and David Attenborough were honored with the Sir Charles Wheatstone Award for education and distinguished achievement in 3D storytelling.
Directors James Gunn, Phil Lord, Christopher Miller, Dean Deblois, along with producers and production executives from Hollywood and more than a dozen countries, attended the event.
Jason Brenek of the Walt Disney Company received the Society’s first founders award for his role in creating the organization in 2009.
“From Hollywood blockbusters to World War II documentaries to live opera broadcasts, we have never before seen 3D used to excite audiences at this level and quality,” said Society president Jim Chabin. “Directors and creative teams are pushing the emotional and technical capabilities of 3D to new heights… 3D is now a standard, powerful creative tool, and this bodes well for creative teams and 3D box office revenues in 2015.”
“This year saw 4K production enter the marketplace with Netflix’s ‘House of
Cards,’ and concert productions from Japan,” said Society awards chairman Buzz Hays. “With emerging high dynamic range, high frame rate technologies and 4K TV’s coming to market, content creators have incredible new platforms on which to tell their stories.”
In the category of best 3D music entertainment feature, rock band Guns N’ Roses won for its 3D concert movie “Guns N’ Roses: Appetite for Democracy” (Rock Fuel Media). The Lumiere award for best 4K advertising went to “Liberación” (Panasonic).
Best 3D Commercial was awarded to “World of Warcraft” (CowProd). Japanese film “Stand by Me Doraemon” (Shirogumi, Inc.) won a jury prize for international animated feature, and German film “Call Her Lotte” was honored with a jury prize for 3D short-live action.
In the international TV categories, BBC Earth/BBC Worldwide won its second award of the night for best 3DTV nature documentary with “Tiny Giants.”
Colossus Productions, Sky, and David Attenborough won best 3DTV historical documentary for “David Attenborough’s National History Museum Alive 3D.” The Shanghai Municipal Administration of Culture, Radio, Film & TV/SMG was honored with a jury prize for best live broadcast music entertainment for “Beijing Opera: Farewell My Concubine.”