Scientist brings patented 3-D filmmaking technology to Maui

August 16, 2010, 12:20 PM HST · Updated August 16, 12:20 PM
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A Maui-based scientist is hoping to put Maui on the map in the world of 3D filmmaking.  Dr. Gary Greenberg launched a new business venture that uses a patented Edge 3D microscope to produce real-time motion 3D movies.

Dr. Greenberg said the device offers a cost savings option for filmmakers who use the more expensive CGI computer-generated imaging.

Photo of Dr. Greenberg courtesy sandgrains.com

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“You don’t need a budget big enough to produce Avatar, and you can save thousands of dollars by eliminating the need for expensive CGI sequences,” states Greenberg. The Edge 3D magnifies images hundreds of times, providing much greater depth of field and allowing the viewer to see the intricate patterns that make up the fabric of our reality.

Greenberg is the director of the microscopy and microanalysis laboratory at the University of Hawaii Institute for Astronomy in Pukalani.

He began his career as a photographer and filmmaker, working on the first Superman film. Greenberg recently photographed moon dust on loan from NASA taken during the Apollo 11 mission. He also has received national recognition for his sand grain photographs, currently on display at the Science Museum of Minnesota.

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