May 22, 2013 (Los Angeles, CA) Passmorelab and indie-punk-rock group Osaka Popstar announced today that the 3D music videos for the songs Wicked World and Insects will premiere on the Nintendo 3DS in May and June respectively.
The handheld Nintendo 3DS is an autostereoscopic console capable of showing 3D video without the use of 3D glasses. As of April 2013, Nintendo has sold over 20 million 3DS games. Nintendo will premiere Osaka Popstarʼs music video for Wicked World on May 24, 2013 and the band’s video for Insects will be available for download on June 20, 2013.
Osaka Popstar is a sonically and visually stimulating punk-pop band led by singer/producer John Cafiero—long-time Misfits and Ramones collaborator and platinum selling film and video director. This new multimedia experience is another example of Cafieroʼs vision for his music and art crossover project which features a revolving backing band of punk-rock legends—guests in the lineup have included members of the Misfits, the Ramones, Black Flag, and more.
Passmorelab, a San Diego-based 3D producer and distributor, is a licensed developer for Nintendo and has provided 3D for music videos for many top musical acts including Linkin Park, Devo, Black Keys and Train.
“Our innovative 3D style has allowed us to become a leader in 3D post production for the music industry. Additionally, we thought this project was a wonderful opportunity to promote the incredible special education program at J.P. Widney High School,” said Greg Passmore, President of Passmorelab (ʻInsectsʼ was written by the Kids of Widney High, a music group composed of disabled students from the special education J.P. Widney High School in Los Angeles. All of the producerʼs net proceeds from the video will benefit J.P. Widney High School).
Osaka Popstar frontman Cafiero stated, “With all the different components there are to explore in Osaka Popstar I couldnʼt imagine a more perfect fit than teaming with Nintendo. Video games have an incredible dynamic mix of audio/visual excitement and Osaka Popstar has kinship in that approach. The imagery stemming from the music, and the animated videos themselves are essentially like video games that have taken on a life of their own, and started playing out in stealth mode. Iʼd love to take it the next step and reverse that concept, bringing the characters and scenarios into an actual gaming environment…” Cafiero added, “Weʼve done punk versions of the Astro Boy and Sailor Moon themes, and I canʼt tell you how many times fans have requested Osaka Popstar cover the theme to “Sonic X”, so if you do the math, it speaks for itself. Weʼre definitely in the right place with Nintendo, and Iʼm thrilled about it. This is going to be a blast.”
“As the first and most widely embraced autostereoscopic device on the worldwide market, the Nintendo 3DS has changed the way 3D content is delivered to consumers,” stated James Humann, Passmorelabʼs legal counsel. “Johnʼs vision for Osaka Popstar, infectious pop punk inspired in part by Japanese animation, translated perfectly for 3D. Its fun and its cool. Our recent project with Devo
(Monster Man 3D) was a huge hit with Nintendo users and we think these videos will be as well.”
About Osaka Popstar
Osaka Popstar is the pop-punk multimedia music and art project led by singer/producer John Cafiero, long-time Misfits & Ramones collaborator and platinum selling film and video director. The critically acclaimed debut album “Osaka Popstar and the American Legends of Punk” features frontman Cafiero with a revolving lineup of punk-rock legends as his backing band including members of the Misfits, the Ramones, Black Flag, and the Voidoids among others. The bandʼs new single “Super Hero” (written by Cafiero), was released pre-Spring 2013 charting in the top 20 on alternative radio. An expanded reissue of the debut album will follow this summer and more new material is already in the works. The world of Osaka Popstar is a fusion of pop-culture that transcends into all facets of art including music, animation, apparel, vinyl toys and much more.
Passmorelab is a San Diego-based stereoscopic 3D studio that specializes in Ultra HD (4K) and 3D production and distribution. The company’s California and Texas facilities include 4K and 3D production and post production suites and software development labs. Passmorelab’s state-of-the-art 3D technology has been used on many major Hollywood films. The company also specializes in 3D production for music videos and has worked with many high profile artists including Linkin Park,
Devo and the Black Keys. Passmorelab also operates a distribution/sales office in San Diego that specializes in licensing 4K and 3D content across all platforms.