in IMAX 3-D
vs. Hedorah (also known as Godzilla vs. The Smog Monster)
director Yoshimitsu Banno announced at a dinner hosted by G-TOUR
on Aug. 3, 2004, in celebration of Godzilla's 50th Anniversary,
that he will be helming an IMAX Godzilla movie planned to be in
3-D this coming year. The 3-D IMAX Godzilla film's title is Godzilla:
Life After 50.
Banno indicated to the dinner attendees that this project is
currently a secret, at least until this coming fall. Hedorah is
slated to be a featured monster opponent in the film. It is not
certain at this time if any other monsters will appear or other
details on the film project. Banno said he has to keep mum to
the media until fall.
Sixty members of G-TOUR attended the dinner when Banno made the
announcement and word has leaked out in some Web sites on the
Internet. At this time, these are the only details known of the
project. It appears that Godzilla: Final Wars is not
so final after all.
Godzilla will appear in a Godzilla: Final Wars float
at the 73rd Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade on Sunday, Nov.
28. Then, Godzilla will be immortalized at 11:30 a.m., Monday,
Nov. 29, when he is inducted into the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Godzilla's star will be located at 6925 Hollywood Boulevard, just
east of the intersection of Orange Avenue and Hollywood Boulevard.
The Walk of Fame ceremony will include a presentation of the proclamation
of 50th Anniversary of Godzilla Month from the Los Angeles County
Board of Supervisors. Honorary Hollywood Mayor Johnny Grant will
emcee the ceremony and present the proclamation.
Godzilla: Final Wars will receive its world premiere
at a special showing at 7 p.m., Monday, Nov. 29, 2004, at the
world famous Grauman's Chinese Theater!
Bugs! in 3-D: A Rainforest Adventure to be Released on Sensio
Nov. 2, 2004, Sensio releases the Sensio 3-D DVD for the IMAX
film Bugs in 3-D: A Rainforest Adventure.
Filmed in the rain forests of southeast Asia, Bugs! in 3-D:
A Rainforest Adventure stars Papilio, a butterfly, and Hierodula,
a praying mantis, who live in an abandoned hut by a river surrounded
by lush tropical foliage and a supporting cast of other intriguing
and extraordinary insects.
Throughout the film, we meet a host of other insects, which,
in various deceptive guises, also inhabit the rich, green and
- Leaf Cutter Ants which consume 20 percent of the rainforest’s
- Rhino Beetles battling for the favours of a female
- The Trilobite Beetle hiding his tiny head under amour plating
- A Scale Bug disguised as a ball of fluff
- An aggressive Spiny Katydid
- An Orchid Mantis which resembles the flower and
- The Thorn Bug, identical to a thorn.
In addition, scorpions, tarantulas, frogs, lizards and a colony
of three-million bats that consume two and half tons of bugs every
night, skitter across the screen, some magnified 250,000 times
their normal size.
According to Richard LaBerge, vice-president of sales and marketing
for Sensio, the company will be releasing more great 3-D movies
in the next few months.
For more about the film, visit www.giantscreenbugs.com.
Lloyd's Hollywood Nudes in 3-D
Lloyd's Hollywood Nudes in 3-D is now available. The book
was published by Black Dog & Leventhal on Oct. 25, 2004. Harold
Lloyd, beloved silent film star, was also an avid 3-D photographer.
In this collection, put together by Harold's granddaughter Suzanne
Lloyd, you will be viewing the photos of his Hollywood nudes taken
during the 40s, 50s and 60s. Many of these photos have never been
seen before. They are risque and playful portraits of some of
Hollywood's most stunning beauties.
Over the years, Harold photographed more than 5,000 models on
his 16-acre Beverly Hills estate, Greenacres. Gorgeous young women
were captured lounging in the formal gardens, splashing in the
fountains and cavorting through the cypress trees. Every inch
of the estate was Harold's photographic playground and with more
than 5,000 women...that's 312 girls per acre!
The cover art of the book is in 3-D. A huge lenticular image
showing a beautiful nude brunette is tastefully covered by floating
dots that reveal lettering when viewed at an angle.
The book includes a special pair of paper 3-D anaglyphic glasses
shaped like the trademark silent movie round-rimmed glasses Harold
Lloyd wore in his silent movies.
Some of the famous females featured in the book include
- Arlene Hunter (Sex Kittens Go to College and Son of Sinbad)
- Bettie Page
- Marilyn Monroe (not nude and not in 3-D)
- Dixie Evans (The Marilyn Monroe of Burlesque)
- Tura Santana (Faster Pussycat! Kill! Kill!)
- Joy Harmon (Cool Hand Luke)
- Shirley Kilpatrick (The Astounding She-Monster)
The book is a fascinating look at Hollywood glamour photography
during the heyday of modern 3-D photography and a recommended
gift book. The quality of Harold's photographs is superb. The
original 3-D slides must be breathtaking. The anaglyphic 3-D photos
in the book, that are in proper register, show a great amount
of depth in sharp detail. The only drawback is that a few of the
3-D anaglyphs have too much separation, which causes ghosting
of those 3-D images. The image on page 153 is marked as being
in 3-D, but is not an anaglyph.
Suzanne Lloyd has done a great job of selecting the photos included
in the book, which is a follow up to Hollywood 3-D, which
featured many Hollywood stars in candid 3-D photos taken by Harold
Lloyd. We can only hope to see another book of Harold's photos
showing all the images Harold took of Bettie Page, Marilyn Monroe
and other Hollywood stars in parallel 3-D (side-by-side) format.
The Museum of Sex in New York is acquiring some of the prints
and will unveil them in an exhibit opening in March 2005. A special
preview of the photos and a 3-D slideshow will be shown in mid-November.
A new Harold Lloyd Web site, The
Harold Lloyd Collection, will be launched in November.
Harold Lloyd's Hollywood Nudes in 3-D retails for $24.95.
ISBN #1-57912-894-5. Harold Lloyd™ is a trademark and service
mark of The Harold Lloyd Trust.
Cinema 3D/6 Concept for Theatrical Widescreen 3-D Projection
Silliphant, of Anachrome, is one of the best known figures in
3-D film in the last 30 years. He has developed the 65/70mm 3-D
Anachrome System, specifically designed to shoot 3-D feature films
to be distributed in anaglyph 35mm 3-D, IMAX polarized and in
home 3-D DVD formats, as well as 35mm polarized projection. The
process provides three times greater clarity than Cinema HD 3-D
video methods advocated by others.
He has announced plans in November 2004, to promote theatre industry-wide
use of 6 perf 35mm projector conversion kits for just one screen
per complex, so that polarized 3-D can be offered all over North
America and the world.
Any popular motion picture projector can be set up with an interchangable
kit to alter the pull-down,
in terms of the number of spocket holes (PERFS) moved with each
stroke of the Geneva movement.
"We propose to change the pull down to move six sprocket
holes (PERFS) every 24th of a second, not four, as is the case
with regular 35mm film projection," said Silliphant.
"A split lens with built-in polarizers would then project
two images onto the screen in overlay. This would be somewhat
larger, but still basically similar to the Stereovision lenses
developed years ago by Chris Condon and myself," Silliphant
said. "The greater size and spacing, will dramatically improve
brightness, while the bigger film image will improve clarity and
color values. The split lens system uses built-in polarizers,
or mirror boxes, with a single large lens, uses larger polarizers.
The projector could be re-rigged in 10 minutes or less to run
standard 35mm pull down."
This would be far better than any previous above/below form of
single projector, polarized 3-D.
The same camera negatives could also be processed into theatrical
Anachrome red/cyan format for mass world theater distribution
or for HD-DVD Blu-ray home release in a year or two. At an estimated
$14,000 total cost per auditorium, CINEMA 3D/6 would be a way
to get a thousand more high quality polarized screens in a year
"This cost would include installing a large metallic surfaced
screen in the 1.85 wide format. This inexpensive approach would
offer as much as 85 percent of the impact of IMAX 3D, at a tiny
fraction of the construction, print and operating cost,"
Disney Motion Pictures Have Been
Popping Off Screens In Spellbinding 3-D for 50 Years
Article courtesy of www.magicalmountain.net
motion picture spectacles have been keeping bespectacled audiences
spellbound for a half century as the company founded on cinematic
innovation has turned the flat screen of the movie theater into
an eye-popping three-dimensional canvas.
In fact, the releases in 2003 of Mickey's PhilharMagic
in Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World Resort and Ghosts of
the Abyss in specially equipped movie theaters countrywide
represent a Golden Anniversary milestone of Disney's involvement
with the 3-D motion picture process. Adventures in Music:
Melody, released in 1953, was the first cartoon ever filmed
In 1956, Adventures in Music: Melody became part of
3-D Jamboree at Disneyland, a milestone in that the show introduced
theme park audiences to 3-D.
Twenty-six years later, 3-D motion picture entertainment was
introduced at Walt Disney World Resort with the premiere of Magic
Journeys as part of Journey Into Imagination at Epcot. It
became the first of six 3-D films, all viewed with polarized lenses,
to be presented at Walt Disney World theme parks prior to Mickey's
The History of 3-D films at Walt Disney World Resort
An impressionistic view of a child's imagination, it was
first shown at Journey into Imagination presented by Kodak at
Epcot in October 1982. Using all the techniques of movie-making,
the dream-like journey featured dimensional images that reached
out to the audience. The film was moved to Fantasyland Theater
in Magic Kingdom from December 1987 until December 1993.
A musical science-fiction adventure film shown in Journey into
Imagination at Epcot from September 1986 until July 1994, it starred
Michael Jackson, Anjelica Huston and Dick Shawn. In the story,
Captain Eo and his crew of mythical space creatures, Hooter, Fuzzball,
the Geex, Major Domo and Minor Domo, discover a colorless planet
where they are confronted by the Supreme Leader and her forces
of darkness. Using the power of music, dance, and light, Eo and
his crew are able to turn the black-and-white land into a magical
world of color and happiness. George Lucas was executive producer
and Francis Coppola was director. Captain Eo added the
elements of light and strobes that extended the energy of the
show directly to the audience.
Working for Peanuts
A short featuring Donald Duck, it was produced in 1953, but rarely
seen in 3-D prior to its engagement from December 1987 to December
1993 in Fantasyland Theater in Magic Kingdom as "Act 1"
of the experience featuring Magic Journeys.
Jim Henson's Muppet*Vision 3-D
Sensational in-theater effects add to the impact of the 3-D film
starring the Muppets, presented by Kodak at Disney-MGM Studios.
For the first time, the actions of these 3-D film characters affect
the world of the audience. Cannonballs fired in the film create
holes in the back wall of the theater! The film opened in May
1991 and continues to delight audiences both young and old.
Honey, I Shrunk the Audience
The third 3-D film shown in Journey into Imagination at Epcot
premiered November 1994 and continues its run. Guests enter the
laboratory of Professor Wayne Szalinski's Imagination Institute,
but the audience becomes accidental victims of the professor's
famed, but flawed, shrinking machine. They must face such terrors
as a giant python, a huge sneezing dog, and a humongous five-year-old
child. The 3-D standard was again raised by Disney with Honey,
creating the experience of seeing a live performance on a theatrical
It's Tough to be a Bug
A multi-media production for a 450-seat theater underneath The
Tree of Life at Disney's Animal Kingdom, it features 3-D film,
Audio-Animatronics®, and special effects which provide an
amusing look at a bug's world. The 3-D evolution continues with
It's Tough to be a Bug. By the time guests enter the
theater, they have been reduced to the size of the star insects
and become part of the story. It opened April 1998.
With Mickey's PhilharMagic, Disney advances 3-D technology
one bold step, as the stage and theater disappear, embracing guests
as part of the entire adventure. What started in 1953 with the
first Disney 3-D movie has continually evolved to today's experiential
adventures that guests can't climb into anywhere else.
3-D Auction to be held Nov. 6, 2004
3-D Auction being held as part of the FlashFestival is starting
at 7 a.m. on Nov. 6, 2004 at the Home of the Johnson-Shaw Stereoscopic
Museum Collection of Keystone View Co., at the Meadville Council
of the Arts, Market Square in downtown Meadville, Pennsylvania.
John Waldsmith, the collector's auctioneer, will hold an auction
of stereoscopic photographica, stereoviews, viewers, View-Master®
and stereo cameras and equipment. A preview of the auction starts
at 6 a.m.
The auction will accept telephone and e-mail bids until 11 p.m.
eastern time on Nov. 4.
A full color catalog is available for $4 by mail or $2 at the
Some of the highlights of the auction
- Keystone 38554 - A close portrait of President Dwight D. Eisenhower
seated with his Secretary of Health, Education and Welfare Overta
- Keystone 33198 - Pres. Franklin D. Roosevelt and Mrs. Roosevelt
at the American Legion Convention, Administration Building at
A Century of Progress Exposition, Chicago, Oct. 2, 1933. One
of the few photographs showing FDR standing and it's in 3-D.
- Keystone V28007 (from Underwood & Underwood negative)
- Close portrait of Thomas A. Edison in his laboratory.
- 1998 yellow and black advertising View-Master® viewer
with Caterpillar (CAT) logo on front and reel B featuring scenes
of Caterpillar heavy machinery in action.
- Historic Cities of Virginia View-Master® packet.
- 78 of 100 Keystone View Co. "Birds" set. This scarce
later issue is on gray mount with rich black-and-white squared
prints. Close up views of birds, many in nests.
For more information visit www.yourauctionpage.com/waldsmith.
in Red and Cyan at the 3-D Center of Art and Photography in Portland,
3-D Center of Art and Photography, 1928 N.W. Lovejoy, in Portland
Oregon, presents Etudes in Red and Cyan featuring anaglyphs by
Jim Harp. The exhibit will be on display from Nov. 3 through Dec.
Harp uses anaglyphs to restore and display antique stereo images
from the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Many of the anaglyphs
begin from glass negatives and contain an astounding amount of
detail. His large anaglyph prints will be displayed and viewed
with red and cyan glasses provided by the Center.
Jim Harp's passion for stereo photography began with the purchase
of a Loreo compact 3-D camera eight years ago. In recent years
he has been shooting 3-D medium format transparencies and experimenting
with various techniques for displaying his images as prints. Jim's
exhibit, Etudes in Red and Cyan, consists of anaglyph prints,
which are viewed with red-cyan anaglpyic 3-D glasses. In addition
to creating prints from his own slides Jim restores and displays
the vintage stereocards of the late 19th and early 20th century.
Many of these old cards are contact prints from glass negatives
and contain an astounding amount of detail. A large anaglyph print
allows the viewer to explore subtleties in these classic images
that might otherwise remain unnoticed.
Jim resides in New Jersey and is an electronic music designer
specializing in systems used for Broadway shows. In recent years
he has focused on the development of the interactive software
based musical instruments sometimes referred to as "virtual
Accompanying Harp’s exhibit is Art in Depth, a slide show
of 3-D conversions by Jim Long. Long converts classic two dimensional
paintings to 3-D slides. The images are compiled in a breathtaking
show which is projected every hour.
Hours: Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. First Thursday
6 to 9 p.m. and last Wednesday 6 to 9 p.m.
Displays and Applications Conference to be held Jan. 17-19, 2005,
in San Jose, California
2005 Stereoscopic Displays and Applications Conference is scheduled
for Jan. 17 through 19, 2005, at the San Jose Convention Centre,
San Jose, California.
The three days of the conference will see sessions on Stereoscopic
Image Processing and Rendering, Convergence Accommodation Issues,
Human Factors, 2-D to 3-D conversion, Autostereoscopic Displays,
Volumetric 3-D Displays, Integral 3-D Imaging, Stereoscopic Display
Applications, Depth Mapping and Stereoscopic Video.
Special events include the demonstration session, keynote presentation,
3-D screening session, discussion forum and this year for the
first time there will be a 3-D Phantogram Exhibit.
Dr. Justin Maki from JPL will present the Tuesday morning Electronic
Imaging Plenary on the topic of the 2004 NASA Mars rovers that
put eight stereoscopic cameras on the surface of Mars.
Program for the 2005 Stereoscopic Displays and Applications
Conference is now available.
Visions: Stereography by Robert Bloomberg on Display Nov. 7, 2004
A Retrospective of Stunning 3-D Stereoscopic
Images and Multi-Media Presentations
One of the world’s leading contemporary stereoscopic photographers,
Robert Bloomberg, will present several of his most acclaimed 3-D
multi-media works on Sunday, Nov. 7, 2004 at 2 p.m., at The National
Heritage Museum in Lexington, Massachusetts.
The program, presented by Stereo New England/NE3D, represents
some of Mr. Bloomberg’s most celebrated and recognized work
in the areas of stereo still photography and original musical
composition. The award-winning short programs will be shown in
a large-screen, multi-projector presentation that is open to the
general public and is free of charge.
Program highlights include
- The City of Quakes: The San Fransisco Earthquakes
of 1906 and 1989 (1992, 15 min.)
This historic show features rare stereo images of the San Francisco
earthquake and fire of 1906 as well as dramatic 3-D photos of
the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake.
- Variations on a Screen: A Duet for Camera and Computer
(1995, 6 min.)
A blend of traditional stereo photography and whimsical computer
- Frogs and Friends (1998, 12 min.)
Frogs as you’ve never seen them before, with stereo macro
cameras providing stunning close-up detail. This show features
some of the world’s most colorful creatures; from the
tiny jewel-like golden mantella to the giant, cannibalistic
Argentine horned frog. The “friends” range from
a shy chameleon to a friendly whale. Best of Show, Stereo Theater,
National Stereoscopic Association Conference, 1998
- Portait of Tuscany (1998, 14 min.)
A dreamlike view of one of the most charming places on Earth,
with each photographic image flowing poetically into the next.
Best of Show, Stereo Theater, National Stereoscopic Association
- Day of the Dead: Mexico's Liveliest Celebration
(1999, 10 min.)
Once a year, at the beginning of November, the souls of the
dead return for a unique home coming. This show follows the
preparations for this remarkably joyous festival, including
the special markets, public and private ofrendas (altars) and
all-night vigils at the cemetery. Filmed in Oaxaca and Mixquic,
- About Face: A Show of Masks (2000, 6 min.)
Featuring 70 masks from 14 countries.
Bloomberg will present the program and also be available for
a discussion and questions regarding his works and techniques.
Robert Bloomberg received his BA in art/music from U.C. Berkeley
and MA in cinematography from S.F. State University. His passion
for 3-D began in 1980 and over the past 24 years he has produced
an exceptional and highly-acclaimed body of work. His prize-winning
multi-media shows have been featured at the San Francisco Exploratorium,
Oakland Art Museum as well as national and international stereo
conventions. In June 2000, as director of the stereo theater at
the National Stereoscopic Association (NSA) convention in Mesa,
Arizona, he produced the world’s first 3-D Dive-In Theater.
Currently, Mr. Bloomberg serves as the Northern California Director
of the NSA and 3-D Technical advisor for the Photographic Society
of America. Equally talented in music composition and performance,
he composes and performs the original soundtracks for his shows.