Tuesday 24 July 2012, 18:17
Hi. I'm Kim Shillinglaw and I'm the head of 3D for the BBC.
Summer seems to have finally arrived, and with that continues the BBC's 'Summer of 3D'. We've had Wimbledon - and what a final to have captured in three dimensions - and I'm now looking forward to the rather impressive Planet Dinosaur 3D in August, and the 3D simulcast of the Last Night of the Proms on 8th September.
Before all that though, we will of course be broadcasting Olympic highlights in 3D. For those of you who (like me!) didn't get tickets, you may want to sample some of the BBC's coverage. These free-to-air broadcasts in 3D will be available to anyone who has access to a 3D TV set and to HD Channels, regardless of which digital TV provider they use. For more information of how to access the BBC's 3D content go to www.bbc.co.uk/3d.
As previously announced, the BBC will be broadcasting The Opening Ceremony, Closing Ceremony, Men's 100m final and a highlights package at the end of each day in 3D.
Today I can confirm the full 3D schedule for the Olympics:
27th July 2012
Olympic Opening Ceremony
20:50 - 00:00 (approximately)
5th August 2012
Men's 100 metre final
20:30 - 22:00
12th August 2012
Olympic Games review
20.00 - 21.00
12th August 2012
Olympic Closing Ceremony
21:00 - 00:30 (approximately)
(followed by highlights of the day)
Daily Olympic Highlights will be broadcast every day of the Games from 23:00 - 24:00.
And watch out for the completely stunning 60 second films of athletes in action at the start of each evening's coverage. Shot in 3D with the help of a phantom camera, to the sound of Elbow's music, they are really breathtaking.
This 'Summer of 3D' is part of a two year trial we are running - testing production, distribution, partnerships and appetite in different genres of 3D. Our strategy is to co-produce 2D and 3D together, as we did with the Strictly Come Dancing Final last December. This will continue with Planet Dinosaur in August, allowing the two year trial to be run in a very cost effective way, whilst still getting valuable insights into this embryonic area.
Above all, it's a trial - so I'd welcome your comments on any of the summer's 3D output.
Kim Shillinglaw is Commissioning Editor, Science & Natural History & Head of 3D, BBC Vision
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