The Movie

CANNES FILM FESTIVAL - May 2007: U23D "The Movie" preview version premieres!

SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL - January 18-19, 2008: U23D "The Movie" Festival premiere!

PUBLIC WORLD PREMIERE - January 23, 2008: U23D "The Movie" Premieres in IMAX!

February 15, 2008: U23D "The Movie" Premieres in LIMITED RELEASE in Digital 3D Theaters!

February 22, 2008: U23D "The Movie" Premieres in over 600 Digital 3D Theaters!

The 2005-06 U2 Vertigo Tour through South America was followed by 3D camera teams from 3ality Digital of Burbank, California. Using uniquely designed 3D high definition digital image capture systems, the concerts were recorded to dual stream 1920 x 1080P, 4:4:4, 24fps files. Performances in Buenos Aires were shot with 7 3D camera systems, including several which were borrowed or rented from other sources, as 3ality had not yet produced enough versions of their own design to place in all camera positions.

In November of 2006, I was invited to participate in testing a new proprietary software being developed by 3ality to allow for alignment and depth placement of the U23D footage to a degree not previously possible. In the end, I moved to California for an entire year to apply what became known as "Stereoscopic Depth Balancing" to the movie.

Because so much of the project was edited in fast paced, "MTV" type cuts, and almost every scene involved multiple layers and special effect composites, we were faced with continuous alignment and dynamic artistic placement issues. This gave us opportunities to experiment with and learn from freely floating objects, people and backgrounds in a "dream-like" visual montage. We learned to "hand off" changes of depth from near to far and back again, smoothly guiding the eyes from scene to scene. The result is comfortable viewing through disolves and quick cuts, and an 84 minute movie that doesn't strain the eyes or induce headaches.

In May of 2007, the 55 minute "preview" version of U23D was shown at the Cannes Film Festval to excellent reviews.

On January 18-19, 2008, U23D, (the full 85 minute version), premiered at the Sundance Film Festival.

On January 23, 2008, U23D opened 3D IMAX.

On February 22, 2008, U23D premiered in over 600 3D Digital Theaters.

U23D Images

Adam, Bono and the Edge, (near to far),
perform "Sunday Bloody Sunday".

3D Free-view (Small) / Cross-view (Large) / Anaglyph (Red/Cyan)

Ray Hannisian, (Ray3D)

with 3ality's TS2 stereo HD cameras.

Camera Information


Cannes - Reuters

Cannes - BBC

Sundance film Festval 2008
(and U23D Movie official blog)

IMAX news

Rotten Tomatoes



U23D The Movie

Or, Google "U2 3D",
and add "Cannes", "Sundance"
or "IMAX" to your search.

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