Lucid Dreams 3D partners with PassmoreLab to produce 3D conversion of “Wicked World” animated music video, featuring punk-pop champions Osaka Popstar.
SAN DIEGO, CA (PRWEB) JULY 17, 2008 – HIGH-KICKING CHEERLEADERS. FIRE-BREATHING DEVIL DOGS. RAIN-CLOUD-BREATHING COUNTER-
devil-dogs. Punk-Rock Superheroes. Get ready, it’s Osaka Popstar in 3D! And giving OP the ultra-dimensional force to fight evil, it’s digital 3D technology developers PassmoreLab, who have joined forces with media content company Lucid Dreams 3D to produce the new stereographic video for “Wicked World,” the lead single from the band’s debut LP Osaka Popstar and the American Legends of Punk.
Released originally in 2006 as a conventional 2D video, “Wicked World,” created by the renowned Japanese cult animator Mari-chan, was an instant hit with its classic anime imagery propelled by the driving, hook-laden music of Osaka Popstar. The band is the inspired collaboration of its creator/frontman John Cafiero, along with punk legends Marky Ramone (the Ramones), Jerry Only (Misfits), Dez Cadena (Black Flag), and Ivan Julian (Richard Hell & The Voidoids). Cafiero is a true creative visionary and longtime collaborator of the Misfits, having produced, among other hits, their 2003 Project 1950 CD – the highest-charting release in the band’s long and storied career. Cafiero also produced and directed the acclaimed 2004 DVD, RAMONES RAW. Additionally, he has extended his considerable talents into the areas of film animation, toy development, and merchandise licensing through the Hard Rock Cafe franchise.
“I became acquainted with John Cafiero of Osaka Popstar and the American Legends of Punk in a previous life as in-house counsel for Hard Rock International,” said Lucid Dreams 3D president, James Humann. “I’ve loved Osaka Popstar since the very first time I heard their first CD and, as someone who loves punk music, it’s tremendously cool to be associated with these heroes of American rock ‘n’ roll.”
“We’ve done some conversion of cartoon content before,” continued Humann, “so we are confident that the ‘Wicked World’ video is going to look fantastic in 3D. In addition, we’re looking forward to continuing our relationship with Osaka Popstar beyond this initial project. Lucid Dreams 3D is also currently in negotiations with several other musical artists to establish the company as a leader in providing 3D musical content.”
“In my initial dealings with James Humann at Hard Rock International, it quickly became obvious that he’s a schooled music fan with discerning tastes,” said OP frontman John Cafiero. “It was really flattering that he gravitated as much as he did to Osaka Popstar, and I was thrilled when he and Lucid Dreams 3D approached me about converting the animated music video, ‘Wicked World,’ into this rich new format. James and the entire Lucid Dreams team are both forward-thinking and passionate about their projects. Combine that with an exciting new hi-def technology and an army of fire-breathing devil dogs reaping havoc in 3D, and how can you not be on the verge of something white hot!”
The enthusiasm for the project is shared by PassmoreLab founder and president, Greg Passmore, who observed, “‘Wicked World’ is fresh and fun and bright and lively, and is well suited for conversion into 3D. The cell-animated conversion leaves tremendous room for interpretation of depth to our stereographers. For example,” noted Passmore, “there’s a section of fire-breathing dogs that burn down an entire city, and in this sequence we’re taking considerable liberties at determining how we can apply depth to further enhance the imagery and make it appear larger than life. There are so many instances where the symbolic imagery lends itself well to dimensionalization. We think the 3D conversion will be a hit not only with anime fans, but with punk and pop-culture enthusiasts in general.”
About Lucid Dreams 3D:
Lucid Dreams was formed to express 3D technology and art for on-location entertainment, trade shows, and advertising. James Humann founded Lucid Dreams, coming from business affairs and trademark management at Hard Rock International. With a law background and experience in protecting client’s IP, Lucid Dreams can help clients develop technology, produce content and protect the assets they provide.
PassmoreLab was established in San Diego, California, in 2003. The company’s staff is comprised of programmers and scientific engineers, and also includes graphic artists, videographers, stereographers, a musical composer, and even a biologist. PassmoreLab facilities include a full studio, video/film post-production, an optical development lab, and a software development environment. PassmoreLab is a firm with staff located around the world, with offices in San Diego, South Africa, Russia, and the Philippines.