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Alice in 3D

ALICE detector being filmed in 3D by Nicolet Video Productions film crew. These images will then be superimposed to create depth. Image courtesy Ian Randall.

No, this is not Tim Burton's latest film, but the adoption of the latest Hollywood technologies, 3D filming, by particle physics. Early last month a film project started to capture CERN's ALICE detector in all its glory, in three-dimensions to create a full-HD film. The TV production company Nicolet Video Productions used two cameras for each shot, separated by a short distance - 6.5 centimeters. This provides the most natural-looking perspective for the human eye.

In post-production, the two films will then be placed side-by-side enabling a 3D projector or TV to layer both images on top of one another to create the illusion of depth. The aim is to provide the public with the most realistic and immersive experience of CERN's subterranean detectors, without actually physically being there. Filming will continue at the LHCb detector this month and the completed 15-20 minute film will be premiered this May. It will eventually replace the visitors' film in building 33 and demonstrate to the world that CERN is not only leading the way in particle physics, but in media too.

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