Magazine article Screen International

French 3D Guru, Pina Stereographer Alain Derobe Dies

Magazine article Screen International

French 3D Guru, Pina Stereographer Alain Derobe Dies

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French 3D expert Alain Derobe, the stereographer on Wim Winders' Pina and Laurent Tirard's upcoming Astérix and Obélix: On Her Majesty's Service, has died aged 76.

A former DOP who began specialising in 3D in the 1990s, Derobe shot to international prominence last year for his work on Wenders' groundbreaking 3D documentary Pina (pictured), about the late German choreographer Pina Bausch.

Earlier this month, the Los Angeles-based International 3D Society awarded the documentary a special jury prize for excellence.

Following studies in chemistry and architecture, Derobe eventually studied cinematography at the Ecole Louis Lumière and the French state film school La Fémis.

From the early 1960s to late 1980s he worked as a director of photography on commercials as well as some 20 features including Jospeh Strick's 1970 Tropic Of Cancer, Claude Berri's Le Pistonné and Denys Granier-Deferre's 1984 Reveillon Chez Bob.

In the early 1990s he worked as a technical consultant for the French Futuroscope multimedia theme park, participating in the development of camera systems specialising in 360 degree shooting as well as getting his first taste of 3D filmmaking.

Throughout his 3D career Derobe was constantly developing equipment aimed at facilitating stereoscopic shooting. …

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