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February 2005 Issue

Vol. 3, No. 2

3-D Review is your headquarters for information about new stereoscopic products from around the world.

James Cameron's Aliens of the Deep in IMAX 3-D Opens Jan. 28, 2005

Aliens of the DeepAcademy Award -winning director James Cameron combines his talents as a filmmaker with his passion for exploration in all forms in Aliens of the Deep, an Earthship Production presented in IMAX 3-D by Walt Disney Pictures and Walden Media. Inspired by concepts from the field of astrobiology, the study of life on other worlds, Camera explores the idea that the bizarre creatures living in the extreme environments found on the ocean floor might provide a blueprint for what life is like elsewhere in the universe. The director is joined in the journey by a team of young marine biologists and NASA researchers who share his interests and excitement as they consider the correlation between life under water and the life we may one day find in outer space.

Aliens of the Deep presents the dramatic and visually stunning highlights of a series of expeditions to deep ocean hydrothemal vents, where super-heated, mineral charged water gives life to some of the strangest animals on earth, six-foot tall worms with blood-red plumes, blind white crabs and an astonishing biomass of white shrimp, all competing to find just the right location in the flow of near-boiling water. This adventure brings the audience face to face with what it might be like to travel far into space and encounter life on other worlds.

Aliens of the Deep was directed by James Cameron and Steven Quale. The film was produced by Andrew Wight and James Cameron. Ed W. Marsh served as Creative Producer. Buena Vista Picture distributes. The film opened in IMAX theatres on Jan. 28, 2005.

Sharks Get Make-Over in United Nations Backed 3-D Film

Sharks 3-DIt may not exactly be man’s best friend, but the shark will have its image burnished in a United Nations-backed film that offers an astonishing, up-close three-dimensional encounter with nature’s ultimate, yet endangered predator while delivering a compelling conservation message.

The UN Environment Programme (UNEP), world famous ocean explorer Jean-Michel Cousteau and 3-D Entertainment have joined forces to protect sharks with a new 3-D IMAX Theatre Film, Sharks 3-D, that will have its world premiere screening on Dec. 15 in Las Vegas.

“Despite the existence of various international treaties, certain shark species have been reduced by nearly 80 per cent in the past decade alone,” UNEP’s Executive Director Klaus Toepfer said in a statement. “Today, the priority is not only to end the steady decline of the shark population, but to rehabilitate its image among the general public.”

He said the IMAX film “is an ideal means of reaching a vast audience and changing a great number of people’s perception of these animals.”

The movie brings the viewer face to face with a multitude of the world’s great shark species, including the Great White, Whale Shark and Hammerhead. Audiences will experience them as they truly are in their natural habitat, not wicked man-eating creatures, but wild, fascinating, and highly endangered animals, UNEP said.

Sharks 3-D sheds new light on the urgent need to protect these magnificent endangered animals, which are so essential to the survival of our oceans,” Mr. Cousteau, President and Chairman of Ocean Futures Society added. “To inspire and educate people to act responsibly in order to ensure the preservation of the world’s oceans is a mission the film and I have long shared.”

Filming required an extensive nine-month shoot totaling 500 dive hours on location in Guadalupe Island, Socorro Island and the Sea of Cortez, Mexico; Malpelo Island, Columbia; the Red Sea, Egypt; Sodwana Bay, South Africa; Mozambique Channel; and Rangiroa Atoll, French Polynesia.

The Adventures of Shark Boy and Lava Girl

Kristin DavisThe lovely Kristin Davis (Sex and the City) has joined the cast of Robert Rodriguez's The Adventures of Shark Boy and Lava Girl in 3-D.

The Dimension Films project tells the story of a 10-year-old outcast shunned by classmates and forced to spend summer vacation alone. With his two imaginary friends (the title characters) he goes on a mission to prove that dreams can become reality. Davis and David Arquette play the boy's parents.

The cast also includes newcomers Taylor Dooley, Taylor Lautner and Cayden Boyd, along with George Lopez.

Dimension is reportedly co-financing the flick with Sony. Rodriguez is producing with his wife, Elizabeth Avellan, via their Troublemaker Studios banner.

Star Wars III: Revenge of the Sith Lenticular Postercard

Star Wars lenticularSoon, fans will be able to display their Star Wars excitement with a brand new line of stickers, temporary tattoos and 3-D posters from Mello Smello. No surface will be safe from the multitude of Episode III and classic images available, walls, windshields, skateboards and skin are all fair game for this great collection of stellar graphics.

Mello Smello, who takes their name from the innovative Scratch n' Smell® stickers they launched back in 1980, specializes in prismatic stickers, temporary tattoos, holiday products and many other printed activity items.

The Star Wars 3-D lenticular posters should thrill fans with their unprecedented size and realism. "They create depth so real that you feel like you can reach right into the picture," says Scott Klingelhofer, Creative Director at Mello Smello. Among the exciting new line of 3-D lenticulars will be an exclusive Episode III edition that fans can only get from StarWarsShop.com starting February 1.

This exclusive 10 x 8-inch card the striking new Darth Vader product banner artwork along with the tilt-motion image of Obi-Wan and Anakin locked in their climactic duel. These will be bundled with select new products or available for purchase separately.

Star Wars III lenticularStar Wars III lenticularStar Wars III: Revenge of the Sith opens in May 2005. After three long years of relentless fighting, the Clone Wars are nearly at an end. The Jedi Council dispatches Obi-Wan Kenobi to bring General Grievous, the deadly leader of the Separatist droid army, to justice. Meanwhile, back on Coruscant, Chancellor Palpatine has grown in power. His sweeping political changes transform the war-weary Republic into the mighty Galactic Empire. To his closest ally, Anakin Skywalker, he reveals the true nature of power and the promised secrets of the Force in an attempt to lure him to the dark side.

Robots Lenticular Postercard

Robots 3-D lenticular posterThe animated film Robots is being promoted with a high quality production lenticular piece made of durable Spectar copolymer resin materials. The Robots 3-D poster is approximately eight-by-eight inches.

Twentieth Century Fox and Academy Award® winning director Chris Wedge, who last joined forces on the blockbuster animated hit Ice Age, now team to create another visually spectacular, three-dimensional world, with an all-star, award-winning cast, in Robots. Beyond the scope, freshness and vibrancy of an incredible world populated solely by mechanical beings, Wedge and his team are creating memorable robots, each with "his" or "her" own distinct personality. The result is a timeless tale that pushes the boundaries of animation, while introducing characters rich with whimsy, heart and soul.

Set on a world populated entirely by robots, Robots is the story of a young genius, Rodney (Ewan McGregor), who wants to make robots capable of making the world a better place, but he finds his dream challenged by a corporate tyrant and a master inventor, Big Weld (Mel Brooks), while also being seduced by a sexy corporate robot, Cappy.

Providing vocal talent in addition to McGregor and Brooks are Halle Berry, Greg Kinnear, Drew Carey, Amanda Bynes and Robin Williams. The film is scheduled for release in theatres on March 11, 2005.

Batman Begins Lenticular Postercard

Batman Begins lenticular animationThe movie Batman Begins is being promoted with a high quality production lenticular postercard made of durable Spectar copolymer resin materials. The Batman Begins lenticular poster is approximately 10 inches tall by 7 1/4 inches wide. The poster switches between a silhouette of The Batman with a cloudy sky to an image of him in the Batcave surrounded by hundreds of flying bats.

A new beginning for the Dark Knight, focusing on his younger days and pitting him against the international nemesis Ra's Al Ghul, as well as Dr. Jonathan Crane, known to comic fans as The Scarecrow. This film examines Batman's origin and circumstances lead him away from Gotham City and off to London, using his skills as a detective as he tracks down the shady, brilliant Al Ghul.

Christian Bale .... Bruce Wayne/Batman
Michael Caine .... Alfred Pennyworth
Liam Neeson .... Henri Ducard
Morgan Freeman .... Lucius Fox
Gary Oldman .... Lt. James Gordon
Ken Watanabe .... Ra's Al Ghul
Katie Holmes .... Rachel Dawes
Cillian Murphy .... Dr. Jonathan Crane/The Scarecrow
Tom Wilkinson .... Carmine Falcone
Rutger Hauer .... Richard Earle
Sara Stewart .... Martha Wayne
Richard Brake .... Joe Chill
Gus Lewis .... Young Bruce Wayne
Emma Lockhart .... Young Rachel Dawes
Linus Roache .... Dr. Thomas Wayne

Star Trek: The Experience Borg Invasion 4-D™ Monorail Train

Star Trek: The Expereince Borg Invasion 4-D monorailTo promote Star Trek: The Experience’s Borg Invasion 4-D™, the attraction has presented the most unique Las Vegas Monorail train. Unlike other trains along the new transportation system, the eye-catching Borg Invasion 4-D train is the only one themed both inside and out.

The entire train, from floor to ceiling has been “wrapped” in bold green and black Borg and Star Trek imagery. Throughout the train’s four cars, there are black seats; green lighting and a chilling Borg voice instructing the passengers aboard. The theming provides riders a taste of what they will encounter at Star Trek: The Experience, terrifying drones of the Borg collective who attempt to capture and assimilate guests using 24th century cybernetic technology.

The train was created to promote Borg Invasion 4-D, the newest attraction at Star Trek: The Experience at the Las Vegas Hilton. Star Trek: The Experience is also home to Klingon Encounter, as well as The History of the Future Museum and Quark’s Bar and Restaurant.

“Paramount Parks and Star Trek: The Experience are proud to present what is surely the most unique and dynamic Las Vegas Monorail train,” said Elizabeth Williams, Vice President, Star Trek: The Experience. “We are confident that our train will increase visibility and awareness of Borg Invasion 4-D and Star Trek: The Experience.”

The themed interior and exterior advertising wrap was designed by Rezn8 and installed by Final Film.
Star Trek: The Experience is located at the Las Vegas Hilton. The Las Vegas Hilton is one of seven stops on the monorail system.

Borg Invasion 4-D
Borg Invasion 4-D is the newest attraction at Star Trek: The Experience. Borg Invasion 4-D combines live actors and phenomenal special effects to create an excitingly realistic Star Trek experience. As visitors tour a futuristic research facility, the terrifying drones of the Borg Collective attempt to capture and assimilate guests using 24th century cybernetic technology. 3-D and 4-D merge in a chilling realization of state-of-the-art technology to provide an all-immersive tactile experience for visitors to the attraction.

Stereo Space Combat 3-D Arcade Game Free Download

Stereo Space Combat logoStereo Space Combat is an arcade game where you fly your space ship through an asteroid field defeating enemies and collecting power-ups.

If you have anaglyphic 3-D glasses (red-blue stereoscopic glasses) you'll really get into the game as asteroids and ennemies jump out of your screen and into your face. The game includes a non-stereoscopic mode for those who don't have glasses.

System requirements

  • A PC running Win9X/NT/2K (266 Mhz or better)
  • A hardware-accelerated 3D card which fully supports OpenGL. (TNT/TNT2/GeForce...)
  • A DirectSound 3D Compatible sound card.
  • Stereoscopic (red-blue) glasses (recommended for full effect)

The game was created in 2000 by Lval University computer science graduate Rejean Poirier from Quebec City, Canada. "I've been coding OpenGL for a year now and I love writing small games in my spare time," said Roirier, "This is my second one and took me two months to write in my spare time."

NASCAR 3-D Surpasses $20 Million in IMAX

IMAX NASCAR 3-D logoWarner Bros. Pictures' NASCAR 3-D: The IMAX Experience has achieved a box office milestone, surpassing $20 million in total gross receipts, IMAX Corporation announced today. The high-octane film is the second highest grossing documentary of the year, set box office records for an original IMAX production when it was released in March 2004, and has played in more than 100 IMAX theatres around the world, including engagements in Japan, Australia, and Poland. The movie is the first original Warner Bros. Pictures' IMAX 3-D production and has been well received in both commercial and institutional venues, helping to increase awareness of NASCAR (The National Association of Stock Car Racing), as well as lead-sponsor America Online.

"We have been thrilled with the performance of NASCAR 3-D: The IMAX Experience and believe it demonstrates the long-term earning potential of IMAX releases," said Dan Fellman, President, Domestic Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures. "IMAX offers us an attractive platform to release both digitally re-mastered and original IMAX movies, and based on our past success, we're underway on another IMAX 3-D production, Denizens of the Deep (working title). We look forward to releasing this and other great films in IMAX's unique format."

"It was a pleasure to work with Warner Bros. Pictures, NASCAR and America Online on this landmark original IMAX production," added Greg Foster, Chairman and President of IMAX Filmed Entertainment. "We're delighted with the results the film has generated, for IMAX and our partners,- as well as how it has been received by moviegoers around the world."

"The fact that the film drew crowds in destinations as far away as Melbourne, Australia and Warsaw, Poland is a testament to the broad appeal of NASCAR and the power of The IMAX Experience," said Sarah Nettinga, director, film, television and music entertainment, NASCAR Digital Entertainment. "The success shows why NASCAR values and continues to develop relationships within the entertainment industry. These partnerships introduce our sport to mainstream audiences and, in turn, the projects enjoy the support of NASCAR's 75 million fans."

"Serving as the lead sponsor of NASCAR 3-D: The IMAX Experience dovetailed perfectly with a number of our other sponsorship activities and has helped us drive awareness of the AOL service across a wide range of consumers," commented J.D. Ettore, AOL's Director of National Brand Promotions and Sponsorships. "We have been very pleased with the results of this partnership and we're excited the film continues to attract audiences nearly nine months after its initial release."

Narrated by Kiefer Sutherland, NASCAR 3-D: The IMAX Experience provides an insider's perspective of America's number one spectator sport. Through the magic of IMAX 3-D technology, audiences are transported into the driver's seat as they experience the heart-pumping action on the track, in the pit and behind the scenes. The film is being presented on specially designed screens that stretch beyond the audiences' peripheral view, with crystal clear images and up to 14,000 watts of pulsating digital surround sound.

The Polar Express: An IMAX 3-D Experience Steams Past $40 Million

Warner Bros. Pictures' The Polar Express: An IMAX 3D Experience has achieved a box office milestone, surpassing $40 million in total gross receipts in just 11 weeks of release, IMAX Corporation. Already the highest grossing IMAX DMR® (Digitally Re-mastered) release to date, having shattered the previous record of $14 million in just 22 weeks, the film continues to fill IMAX theatres well after the end of the holiday season. The continued strong performance of the film is a testament to consumer demand for Hollywood blockbusters in IMAX's format and the box office staying power of The IMAX Experience®.

"With the success of The Polar Express: An IMAX 3-D Experience, we have solidified the IMAX theatre network as a valuable distribution platform for Hollywood event films," said Greg Foster, Chairman and President of IMAX Filmed Entertainment. "The box office results, word of mouth and awareness of the IMAX 3-D release of The Polar Express have all been truly unprecedented. Customer satisfaction levels with the IMAX version of Robert Zemeckis' groundbreaking film have also reached record levels, and lead us to believe the picture will be a holiday perennial in IMAX theatres."

The strong performance of The Polar Express: An IMAX 3-D Experience has helped numerous IMAX theatres achieve box office records and other noteworthy results. Some highlights include:

  • A total of five IMAX theatres showing the film have now grossed more than $1 million each: Comcast IMAX 3-D Theatre at Jordan's Furniture in Reading, Massachusetts; bfi London IMAX Cinema; Henry Ford IMAX Theatre in Dearborn, Michigan; Chicago Navy Pier IMAX Theatre; and Loews IMAX Theatre Lincoln Square, New York, New York.
  • The film helped the bfi London IMAX Cinema sell more than 51,000 total tickets during the month of December, more than any month in its five year history.
  • The Mercian Shinagawa IMAX theatre has become the highest grossing location in Japan for The Polar Express, with patrons willing to pay nearly 40 percent more to attend the IMAX 3-D version.

"We are thrilled with the performance of The Polar Express in IMAX 3-D," said Dan Fellman, President of Domestic Distribution at Warner Bros. Pictures. "It has helped establish the film as one of the 10 highest grossing movies of 2004. We are looking forward to carrying this momentum forward with the highly anticipated Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, to be released simultaneously in 35mm and IMAX theatres in July 2005."

Georgia 3-DFest to be held Feb. 12, 2005

Anaglyphic sunglassesThe second Georgia 3-DFest is coming to Decatur, Georgia, near Atlanta, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday Feb. 12, 2005, at the Holiday Inn Select Conference Center at 130 Clarimont Drive. Admission is $5 and includes all activities. The event is sponsored by the Atlanta Stereographic Association.

The event will include a 3-D theater of historical and contemporary 3-D images, workshops on making your own 3-D images on slides or cards, exhibits of 3-D stereoviews, large format images, anaglyphs, phantograms, chromographs, lenticulars and medium format slides.

Some of the participants include

  • Bob Aldridge: Authority on 3-D projection and digital restoration and preservation of 3-D slides; ISU President 2003-current; former Chairman of The Stereoscopic Society (England)
  • Bert Arps: 3-D landscape and scenic photographer; craftsman of 3-D accessories and equipment
  • Peter Bahouth: Designs viewers, often incorporating sculptural forms to encourage people to approach 3-D images in public settings; exhibits include Peep Show (Floataway Café), Flash! Swimsuits and Sports (Jane Jackson Gallery) and Post No Bills (Atlanta Celebrates Photography Public Show)
  • Ted Baskin: Medium format photographer; skilled Sputnik 3-D camera repair person
  • Al Hess: Leading cave photographer specializing in elaborate lighting; underwater photographer; co-author of The Art of Stereo Cave Photography, The Georgia Underground
  • Larry Heyda: Figurine sculpture; designer of the Breeze Stereo1 digital camera; producer of the Delta Breeze Stereo designed using the classic 1950s TriDelta concept for wide format 3-D images
  • Dave Horton: Scholar of all forms of 19th century photography; specialist in tax stamps on photographs
  • Steve Hughes: Constructs reality through photography - digital construction and restoration of 19th century stereo photographs; measurably correct phantograms; precision mounted slides and stereocards; member of APECIII and DSEC; NSA 2003 Charleston Committee; NSA 2004 Portland Committee; NSA 2006 Miami Committee
  • Suzanne Hughes: Digital stereo photography; DSEC member; NSA 2003 Charleston Committee; NSA 2004 Portland Committee; NSA 2006 Miami Committee
  • Mike Griffith: Expert on 19th century political stereo photographs and early Georgia photographers; President of ASA 1996-2004; SE Region NSA Regional Director; Chairperson NSA 2005 Convention; NSA Trade Fair Chair 2003; Shows: Cotton States Exposition; Historic Charleston; Civil War Richmond
  • Mike Kaplan: Professor Emeritus UT; founder of View Productions to document and publish great architecture in 3-D; work documented on View-Master® reels includes Frank Lloyd Wright, Frank Gehry, Bruce Goff and others
  • Mike McEachern: Leading cave photographer since 1988; member of the Stereoscopic Society of America, APEC III, Underground Folio; photographed the Caverns of Sonora for a View-Master set issued in 2003; currently preparing Alabama in 3-D for the Berman Museum of Anniston, Alabama; co-author of The Art of Stereo Cave Photography, The Georgia Underground
  • Bill Moll: President ASA 2004-2005; Chairman NSA 2003 Charleston and 2006 Miami Conventions; NSA Convention Workshop Chairman many times; ISU USA country Representative 2003 to current; ISU Editor 1995-1996
  • Larry Moor: Stereo cameras and equipment; President of ASA 1990-1996; President of NSA 1988 -1996; NSA Stereo Theater 2003; Shows: Cotton States Exposition; Historic Charleston; Civil War Richmond; numerous short subjects
  • Paul Talbot: Owner of Rocky Mountain Memories, a source of 3-D supplies, including medium format mounts, home of the 3-D encyclopedia; member of APECIII
  • John Waldsmith: Leading living authority on the history of stereocards; prominent dealer in stereo collectibles; author of Stereo Views: An Illustrated History and Price Guide, 2nd Edition; cofounder of NSA
  • Bill Walton, APSA: Leading Black and White stereo photographer; specialist in personality photos; member of Stereoscopic Society of America; Columbus (GA) stereo project; NSA Board Chairman 1996-current; author of Back to Basics: Infantry One Station Unit Training in 3-D
  • Bonnie Jean Woolger: Chromadepth artist; author of Time Measure - linoleum block, and zinc plate etchings

A trade show of vintage and contemporary 3-D images and equipment includes an auction Saturday evening with a preview starting at 6 p.m. The auction starts at 7 p.m. Items in the auction include

  • Book Boxed Sets
  • Stereoscopic views sold indivdually and in lots
  • View-Master® viewers and reels
  • Realist 35 viewer
  • 35mm 1950s stereo slides
  • A group of Holmes viewers
  • Tru-Vue Films
  • and more.

For more information, visit Georgia3D.com or contact Bill Moll at WHMoll@aol.com or 3dfest@Georgia3D.com or call (706) 859-7726 for details or to reserve a table at the Trade Fair.

3-D glasses coming back?
Some think 3D glasses will be the only thing to save the theatre
by Jacob Heller
Article courtesy of DCCCafe.com

WIll digital 3-D bring people to movie theatres?People’s home entertainment systems keep on getting better and better. Now with improved “surround sound” setups, widescreen LCD or plasma TVs and microwavable popcorn, it seems very much like a movie theater. So much like a movie theater, that some believe that going to the movie theater will go out of style. People would rather just stay at home.

This view was expressed by Jeffrey Katzenberg, co-founder of Dreamworks at an open forum at CES. He feels that the home entertainment technology is just so good that it will replace the theater entirely. The only thing that theaters can do to combat a mass loss of sales is to go back to a once failed endeavor: 3-D glasses.

There could be some truth to Katzenberg’s sentiments. After all, movie tickets are very expensive, sometimes $9 or above. If you could rent a movie for a third of the price, drive for less time, pass standing outside in a line, and enjoy the movie in the comfort of your own home, why not? It will get even easier soon with the popularization of on-demand video downloading off the internet through services like Movielink. In the very near future, you won’t even have to get off your lazy behind to rent a movie. It’ll be in your room in less than 20 minutes.

And the technology is getting much better. LCD TVs are one of the big stories at CES. They are now half the price, bigger than ever, and provide amazing quality (2 megapixels on a 37-inch screen). If they started making broadcasts or movies with such amazing detail, it would look far better than the big-screen.

Given this harsh marketing environment of incredible competition, movie theaters need something to make themselves unique. One solution may be to revert to 3-D glasses. Although they may have failed when tried in the 1970s, the technology has gotten much better, as has special effects technology, making the experience all the more believable. If theaters decide on this route, it would be good news for the digital content creation industry, because movie producers would employ 3-D specialists to make the movies work.

But don’t expect the good news anytime soon. Movie theaters still have a lot of characteristics that distinguish the medium from home viewing. First, movie producers will continue to release movies to the widescreen first, wait a little, and then release it on tape, DVD, and the Internet. Why? Because a lot of people, for some unknown reason, need to see movies on opening day, or a few weeks after, and they’re willing to pay the high prices just to see the latest flicks. And studios continue to make high profits off of the “must see what’s new” group of consumers, 3-D glasses or not.

Movie theaters also offer a neutral meeting ground for people to go on dates. “Dinner and a movie” has a different connotation if the movie is at someone’s house.

I guess it goes to show that technology can have a major effect on the market, but it isn’t everything. Social factors, not technological ones, will keep the movie theaters alive and well for a time to come. And, unfortunately for the Digial Content Creation industry, that probably means no 3-D glasses.

Jefferson Stereoptics View-Master® Auctions Feb. 8 and 10, 2005

View-Master 3M reel and viewer.One of the best places to find View-Master® and other 3-D items for sale is Jefferson Stereoptics regularly held View-Master® and stereoview auctions conducted by John Saddy. The latest collection of View-Master® goodies goes on the auction block on Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2005, featuring lots 1 through 300. The second part of the auction concludes on Thursday, Feb. 10, 2005, with lots 301 through 629.

Subscribers receive John's catalog several times a year. Cost of the subscription pays for printing the catalog and postage to mail it. Each issue of the printed catalog includes photos of some of the most sought after 3-D items featured in each sale.

Some of the items in the February auctions:

  • Japanese language View-Master® packets for Batman, Lassie, Bambi, Donald Duck, 101 Dalmations, Cinderella, Pinocchio, Lady and the Tramp, Mickey Mouse and Woody Woodpecker presents Space Mouse, Gabby Gator and Knothead and Splinter
  • Several lots featuring caves
  • Twin 35mm Kodachrome copies of View-Master® Movie Preview Reels of Charge at Feather River, Those Redheads from Seattle and Dangerous Mission
  • Model A viewer View-Master® Christmas advertisement/sales list
  • History of Flight test reels
  • Navaco Awnings advertising reels #1 and #2
  • Across the Sea of Time in paper folder packaging. (The reels were ready but the blister packaging was not ready for the opening day so these paper folders were a last minute, emergency remedy.)
  • University of Southern California S5 packet
  • and much more

The auction items are also listed on John's Web site at www3.sympatico.ca/john.saddy.3-D/. The Web site is easily navigated by topic. Each item is grouped in areas of interest such as View-Master® packets USA and Canada or View-Master® packets Television and Movies and so on. You will need to register on the site in order to place a bid online.

John grades each item and includes elaborate descriptions, too. Unlike eBay, sniping is not part of the equation in John's auctions. Lots are closed with a very liberal waiting period. Beginning at the closing time, after 10 minutes with no bids or inquiries, all lots are closed together.

You can contact John via an e-mail link on his Web site to find out about subscribing to the catalog. Jefferson Stereoptics is located in London Ontario, Canada.

3DVX Stereoscopic Video Camera

3DVX stereoscopic video camera21st Century 3-D announced the 3DVX, a newly developed stereoscopic 3-D motion picture camera. This marks the latest addition to 21st Century 3D's line of innovative stereoscopic products, and raises the bar for live action 3-D video recording devices. With the 3DVX, a cinematographer will be able to hold a 6 CCD progressive scan, digital video camera in the palm of his/her hand, which is an industry first. The high resolution stereoscopic viewfinder allows the operator to view shots in 3-D as they are being photographed and the built-in three-inch flat LCD screen allows for additional handheld shooting flexibility. At only 8.5 lbs with tapes and batteries, the 3DVX is the smallest and lightest professional quality 3-D motion picture camera ever developed.

Using two entirely discrete channels, the 3DVX records high quality progressive scan 3-D imagery at 30 frames per second per eye. Doubling the spatial resolution of traditional interlace NTSC systems, the full frame progressive format offers 720x480 resolution for each eye view simultaneously. This ensures the highest possible quality available from standard definition sources while maintaining compatibility with off the shelf playback and recording devices as well as computer editing and special effects software. Left and right eye images are recorded onto low cost industry standard miniDV tape. The 3DVX features dual on board left and right recorders and is an entirely self-contained, battery powered unit.

Lightweight and versatile
Many previous 3-D camera systems were limited to recording on a single tape in a field sequential 3-D format that drastically reduced resolution and frame rate. In addition, non-simultaneous image capture introduced a noticeable temporal error into 3-D recordings. These systems provide a half resolution, inaccurately synchronized, flickering image, or a jagged demultiplexed image that ultimately diminishes stereoscopic quality.

Other dual channel systems employ much larger cameras with beam splitters and other optical modifications. These arrangements increase weight and complexity while making the cameras ergonomically challenging to operate. By avoiding the use of any additional optics, the 3DVX maintains maximum portability, ease-of-use and low light sensitivity.

According to 21st Century 3-D founder and 3DVX inventor Jason Goodman, "The camera has been field tested extensively. We have used it in outdoor weather conditions colder than 30 degrees Fahrenheit. We have also put it on a Tyler mount in a helicopter and hung it out the door at 65 mph. We have even strapped a car mount on an SUV and bumped and bounced it through the dirt and mud, monitoring the entire process via wireless head mounted display. It performed like a pro and we are excited to bring this breakthrough to the industry."

On location
At the core of the 3DVX lies the highly advanced Panasonic AG-DVX100A, famous for its 24p operating modes. 21st Century 3-D has taken the DVX100A into the next dimension with several proprietary modifications. Two DVX100A cameras have been linked and electronically synchronized for frame accurate stereoscopic recording; perfect sync is a critical component to recording accurate stereo 3-D. The high-speed shutters are also locked allowing stereographers to stop fast action with fully synchronized electronic shutter speeds up to 1/1000th of a second. Critical body parts and controls have also been adapted to facilitate 3-D recording.

21st Century 3-D also developed a new wireless 3-D video tap for the 3DVX. This 2.4ghz device can run for more than six hours on a full charge. The video tap and its batteries occupy the space of a small backpack. The unit can easily be carried by an AC and allows the DP, director and other viewers to see what the 3DVX sees in real time and in 3-D.

The 3DVX can go anywhere
The system helps eliminate the guess work from the most complex shots. Using a 3-D head mounted display and advanced wireless video technology, it allows for field sequential stereo to be broadcast from the camera directly to the pack. The unit has a range of approximately 700 feet in unobstructed landscape.

The only drawback, the 3DVX is available for rental only.

View-Master® part of Sight Seeing Exhibit in Chicago

Chicago Cultural Center bannerThe Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs kicked off the New Year with a new exhibition, Site Seeing: Photographic Excursions in Tourism, that explores the relationship between tourism and photography and motion pictures. Featuring more than 200 photographs and related artifacts drawn exclusively from the world-renowned collections of photography, motion pictures, books and cameras at the George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film, the exhibition comes to Chicago as the first stop on its national tour.

This unique exhibition demonstrates how photography became the way for people to see and learn about the world. Whether through actual travel or within the safe confines of one's home, armed with magazines, photo albums and home movies, families could explore the world at large and get to know its vibrant cultures.

The stereograph and View-Master®, viewers that allow people to travel to far away places at arm-chair length, are some of the featured artifacts in the exhibit.

Site Seeing: Photographic Excursions in Tourism was organized by George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film and presented by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs.

Visitors can learn more about the exhibition during several related programs. On Feb. 26 and 27 at 4 p.m. in the Sidney R. Yates Gallery, dancers Sheldon B. Smith and Lisa Wymore will perform in Disappearing Acts, an afternoon of sly and seductive dance, inspired by the exhibition. On March 10 at 12:15 p.m., independent curator Kenneth C. Burkhart, will hold a gallery talk, The Armchair Image: Photography as Travel, in the Sidney R. Yates Gallery.

Viewing hours for Site Seeing: Photographic Excursions in Tourism are Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Chicago Cultural Center is closed on holidays.

Exhibitions and related educational programming presented by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs at the Chicago Cultural Center are partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency. Additional support is provided by Fornello Mei. For groups call (312) 744-8032.

   

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