The University of Texas at Austin has announced a five-year, $2.17 million grant from the Galveston-based Moody Foundation to establish what the university describes as the first comprehensive 3-D production curriculum in the country.
Beginning in the fall, the "UT3D" program will make it possible for students in the university's Department of Radio-Television-Film to produce a range of content using the 3-D production/performance facility at Austin City Limits Live at the Moody Theater in downtown Austin. In addition to producing plays, sports, documentaries, and narrative pieces using 3-D technology, students also will be able to explore recent innovations such as "glasses-free" 3-D for television, tablets, cell phones, and small display devices. To be directed by associate professor Don Howard, UT3D will draw on industry professionals, including executives and the production team from SD Entertainment, to mentor students.
"3-D content and technology are headed for a revolution across all platforms," said Wayne Miller, an alumnus and executive producer at new media studio SD Entertainment, who helped envision the program. "It's imperative to share this new toolkit with future filmmakers so they have the training and experience for the jobs of the future. By providing students an understanding of 3-D technology and hands-on experience with state-of-the-art equipment, the University of Texas at Austin is bound to become the leader in 3-D education."