This is most certainly not your father's 3-D. Your father's 3-D starred Vincent Price, had the word creature in the title and would, according to its poster, feature fantastic sights leaping—leaping!—off the screen so realistically that your father would be scared within an inch of his life. To watch this, your father would go to a cramped theater and sit among a bunch of people who were likely going to be spending most of the next hour and a half screaming.
This, though ... this is something else. It's not macabre, it's not frightening, and it's meant to be watched from the comfort of one's couch.
In November three models—featured on the previous pages—went to Maui for a 3-D video shoot. Swimsuit and 3-D have a history; the 2000 and '07 issues included photo acts shot in 3-D. But this was the first time that 3-D video cameras were involved. A team filmed footage for a 30-minute feature that is available on Sony's PlayStation Network or on demand through its 3-D-compatible Bravia HDTVs and Blu-Ray players via Qriocity. (Two-dimensional footage is also available at SI.com/hawaii.)
For good measure, we sent along a photographer, Bjorn Iooss, with a good old-fashioned 2-D camera to photograph the girls on the gorgeous beach around the Grand Wailea resort between their video shoots. (Never pass up a chance to take a picture of a model on a beach being something of a Swimsuit credo.) To say things turned out well for all parties involved is an understatement. The sessions yielded some spectacular pictures—including the cover, the first for both Irina and Bjorn.
And the video turned out marvelously as well. The 3-D captured the girls' vibrant personalities, but rest assured: When these creatures—these beautiful creatures—leap off the screen, no one is going to feel like screaming.
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