Responding to the rising popularity of 3-D film amongst cinema audiences, and the success of James Cameron’s Avatar, the Colombian film industry will this year release the country’s first film to use 3-D technology, El Tiempo reported on Monday.
Colombian film director Jairo Eduardo Carrillo is in the process of creating “Small Voices” – a 75-minute feature animation that tells the story of children that have lost their homes due to violence in the country’s ongoing armed conflict.
The film, which will be created using 3-D technology, will show interviews with 8- to 13-year-olds who have suffered from forced displacement, and be accompanied by illustrations drawn by the children themselves.
Carrillo will use the newly developed technology to “bring life to the animated images.”
Chairman of film studio Brash 3D, Jaime Lopez, has identified the project as an innovation in Colombian film and expressed his hopes that the country will become a leader in Latin American 3-D production.
He explained that although the films can cost 50 to 100% more to produce than a normal feature, the end result is something that offers audiences a new experience.
With some 35 movie theaters opening new 3-D screens throughout Colombia by the end of 2010, the number of visitors going to see these films is expected to grow significantly by the end of the year.
“Small Voices” is expected to be released in cinemas later this year.