The National Film Board of Canada (NFB) has announced that principal photography has begun on a new 3D “experimental documentary,” The St. Judes, to be directed by Nova Scotian filmmaker Jeffrey St. Jules.
Produced by NFB Ontario Centre’s Anita Lee, the film is the first NFB 3D documentary since Transitions in 1986. The film will combine archival footage, black and white recreations and 3D interviews to depict the story of the filmmaker’s troubled family history in the lumber camps of Northern Ontario in the 1930s.
“French director Robert Bresson once said ‘the goal of cinema is interiorization, intimacy, isolation, the innermost depths,’” said St. Jules. “It is my feeling that 3D cinema can be an even more powerful tool to meet this goal. With this film, I want to move beyond the thrills and tricks that 3D is often used for, and start exploring the real emotional impact this medium can have.”
3D production services are being supplied by stereographer Tim Dashwood and his company Stereo 3D Unlimited. John Minh Tran is director of photography for the project.