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September Storm Kickstarter Campaign Meets Goal and Adds More Rewards

September Storm Stereo-Vision Poster Art

Thanks to everyone who has already backed this project, the 3-D Archive and 3-D Space will be able to move forward with the restoration of the 1960 3-D film September Storm. Donors will all be getting the Kickstarter September Storm Blu-rays, reproduction lobby cards, and other rewards that you have selected.

The campaign will announce its first stretch goal very soon with some amazing news about additional bonus features and rewards that you can help to add to the campaign.

And speaking of rewards,there will be any additional September Storm Image3D RetroViewer Collector's sets available. The organizers have decided that since you got them to our goal early, more of these sets will be made available. A new reward level "Revenge Of Stereophile" will remain live for donors to make pledges during the 48 hours from Tuesday Aug. 2 through Thursday, Aug. 4 at 5 p.m. PDT.

People interested in donating can do so by visiting the funding page at https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/3-dspace/september-storm-1960-3-d-digital-feature-film-rest.

September Storm is considered one of the "lost" 3-D features of the golden age of 3-D cinema. Shot in 1959, it was the last of the 3-D movies to be filmed in the 1950s, and is most notable for being filmed in Stereo-Vision using the Natural Vision 3-D camera rig and in CinemaScope. September Storm hasn't been seen in it's intended 3-D and widescreen format since it's initial theatrical release in 1960, and the surviving film elements are deteriorating. If a digital restoration of the stereoscopic anamorphic version isn't done soon, it is at risk of being lost forever.

The 3-D Film Archive has been actively working to preserve our 3-D film heritage by digitally restoring classic 3-D movies, and making them available to a new generation of theatergoers and home viewers. Recent restoration projects include the 3-D movies Dragonfly Squadron, The Bubble, The Mask, Gog and the 3-D Rarities collection.

To accomplish the funding, the 3-D Archive has teamed up with 501(c)3 nonprofit organization 3-D SPACE: The Center For Stereoscopic Photography, Art, Cinema, and Education to embark on the conservation and restoration of September Storm. Your donation to this project through 3-D SPACE may qualify for an income tax deduction in accordance with Federal or State income tax laws. Please consult with your tax advisor to determine whether your donation is tax deductible in whole or in part.

Bob Furmanek and Greg Kintz of the 3-D Film Archive have a proven track record when it comes to restoring vintage 3-D films that might otherwise have slipped through the cracks, neglected and forgotten. "The 3-D Film Archive has already obtained, for a limited time, the rights to restore and distribute September Storm, but the hard work is still ahead of us. Both the left eye and right eye film elements will need to be digitally scanned, frame by frame. We will need to assess the level of damage to these existing elements, and determine how to best fix the images. This will require a stereoscopic re-alignment pass, left and right color restoration and matching, and clean-up of scratches and other damages to the film surface. This is very challenging post-production work, and can potentially be very expensive. Fortunately, the 3-D Film Archive's success with previous restoration projects, and by teaming up with 3-D SPACE and maintaining this work "in house" costs will be kept at a manageable level. We are confident that we will be able to produce both a 3-D Blu-ray master and a digital cinema package (DCP) that will look fantastic."

As with any Kickstarter campaign, the organizers have included rewards based on the donation pledge levels. The most basic pledge of $10 or more will get your name included in the Blu-ray credits. Other rewards include reproductions of the September Storm lobby cards, a special Kickstarter limited edition Blu-ray of September Storm, VIP admission for two to the New York or Los Angeles world premiere of the restored version, and more.

Pledges reached the 12 percent mark within the first two days of launching the Kickstarter campaign, which started on July 16. People are being asked to share the campaign through the hashtag #SaveSeptemberStorm and the tinyurl.com/SaveSeptemberStorm.

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Doctor Strange 3-D Poster Art

Doctor Strange poster art

Doctor Strange poster art

Doctor Strange poster art

Here is some of the poster art for the Nov. 4 release of Marvel's Doctor Strange.

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Cinema 3D Technology Uses Mirrors and Lenses to Give Viewers a Parallax Barrier

Scientists detailed findings at the July 26 SIGGRAPH computer graphics conference in Anaheim, California about a new technology, named Cinema 3D, that overcomes some of the barriers to implementing glasses-free 3-D viewing on a larger scale, Unfortunately, the researchers said it's not commercially viable yet..

Glasses-free 3-D strategies already exist but cannot currently be scaled up to movie theatres. "Existing approaches to glasses-free 3-D require screens whose resolution requirements are so enormous that they are completely impractical," study co-author Wojciech Matusik, an associate professor of electrical engineering and computer science at MIT, said in a statement.

In the new method, the researchers used a series of mirrors and lenses to essentially give viewers a parallax barrier tailored to each of their positions.

"By careful design of optical elements, we can achieve very-good-quality 3-D content without using glasses," study co-author Piotr Didyk, a researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Informatics and Saarland University, both in Germany, told Live Science.

Read more about it on the Live Science website.

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View-Master® Batman VR at Comic-Con

Batman View-Master Virtual  Reality View-Master

We're working on getting more information about the View-Master® Batman The Animated Series VR Viewer Set that was teased at the recent San Diego Comic-Con.

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Civil War Union Occupation of New Bern, North Carolina stereoview

A Civil War Union Occupation of New Bern, North Carolina stereoview sold for $846.69 with two bids.The 1864 vintage albumen stereoview is attributed to O.C. Smith of New Bern, North Carolina. This very rare stereoview was taken on April 3, 1864 during the Union Army occupation of the southern port city of New Bern, North Carolina.

This scene shows local civilians and several Union soldiers standing near the intersection of Pollock and Craven Streets in New Bern. The building at far left is the Post Office and a small sign so states above and just a little to the right of the doorway entrance. The larger structure at the right is the Bank of North Carolina and there is a sign on the side of the building that identifies it as such. Additionally, there is ink manuscript identification verso that reads: "Post Office & Bank of North Carolina - Cor. Pollock & Craven Sts.' New Bern, N.C."

This stereoview originally was part of the photographic collection of Dr. J.W. Page, a pioneer physician from New York. Dr. Page pioneered medical care for convalescent Union soldiers in various hospitals in New Bern, North Carolina during the Federal occupation of that city. While stationed there with the U.S. Sanitary Commission. Note that the stamp includes the following: "Inspector U.S.S.C."

Dr. Page came up with the concept of growing and feeding fresh vegetables to soldiers who were convalesing in local Union Army hospitals. His ideas and pioneering efforts soon spread throughout the Union Army. There is a good deal of information about Dr. Page that is available online. While he was stationed in New Bern, Dr. Page collected stereoviews and cartes de visite images of local scenes.

There is another J.W. Page stamp verso, dated 1869, that relates to when he was cataloging his personal collection during the postwar years. Other views taken in New Bern are available in the holdings of the University of North Carolina Library at Chapel Hill (North Carolina Civil War Image Portfolio, Prints and Photographs).

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