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August 2005 Issue

Vol. 3, No. 8

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3-D Filmmakers: Conversations with Creators of Stereoscopic Motion Pictures
A new book by Ray Zone

3-D Filmmakers cover artRay "3-D" ZoneAlthough numerous books about conventional filmmaking exist, none has solely addressed the challenges and production requirements of making stereoscopic motion pictures, until now. In 3-D Filmmakers: Conversations with Creators of Stereoscopic Motion Pictures, stereographer and film historiam Ray Zone presents the insights of 21 professionals who have worked in this specialized field.

In this collection of interviews, Ray Zone captures the art and craft of 3-D filmmaking with producers, screenwriters, directors and cinematographers. Interviewees ranges from Arch Oboler, producer of Bwana Devil, the 1952 feature that triggered the boom of 3-D films, to producers and cinematographers who have worked with single-strip 3-D film production in the 1970's and 80's. 3-D films in theme parks, current IMAX films and the new and still-evolving format of digital 3-D cinema. These interviews provide a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at more than five decades of this unique medium. This one-of-a-kind book will interest aspiring filmmakers, stereo photography enthusiasts, cinema buffs, devotees of popular culture and film historians.

You'll be able to find out interesting behind-the-scenes information about many classic, and not so classic, 3-D films. One Zone interview features Steve Gibson, who founded the Deep Vision Company to make and distribute color anaglyph 3-D films. Gibson was the first to make a feature-length 35mm 3-D fiolm in color anaglyph, 1973's The Playmates. Find out the connection Gibson has with "Mr. Science Fiction" Forrest J. Ackerman, who was the editor of Famous Monsters of Filmland magazine. The most well known person interviewed in the book is James Cameron, who talks about his involvement with 3-D filmmaking for his underwater 3-D film, Ghosts of the Abyss and more. The book is a fascinating read as you'll find out things you never knew about 3-D filmmaking.

The book is part of The Scarecrow Press Filmmakers Series and is number 119 in the series. The book's suggested retail price is $35. (ISBN 0-8108-5437-6) A 15 percent discount is available when ordering the book online from the publisher.

For orders and information contact the publisher, Scarecrow Press Inc., 4501 Forbes Boulevard, Suite 200, Lanham, Maryland 20706. Call toll-free 1-800-462-6420.

About the author
Ray Zone is a widely published author and speaker who articles have appeared in The Los Angeles Times, American Cinematographer and The Hollywood Reporter. A 3-D film producer and an award winner 3-D artist and photographer, Zone has produced or published more than 130 3-D comic books and created stereoscopic images for more than two decades.

View-Master® Batman Begins 3-reel pack and View-Master® Batman Begins Gift Set

Batman Begins View-Master 3-reel blister packView-Master® has released a 3-reel set of images from the new Warner Brothers' motion picture Batman Begins. It's where the legend of the Dark Knight begins. Relive the action and excitment of the movie adventure with 21 scenes straight from the movie.

The package is one of the best Batman sets to be released by View-Master®, ranking up there with the 1966 Batman TV series 3-reel set and the impressive 3-D images featured on the three reels for 1995's Batman Forever.

The images featured on the reels are dramatic and exciting including a great shot of Batman climbing up the side of a building.. The final image on Reel C shows Batman leaping in mid-air and is especially thrilling. The close-up of the Scarecrow villain is one of the creepiest images to appear on a View-Master® reel in quite a while. Most of the images on the reels feature good 3-D.

There is a hint that some of the images were converted from 2-D to 3-D as a few of the facial features seem a bit flat. The image of Bruce Wayne standing in front of the Lamborghini Murciélago looks digitally enhanced. Even so, the images are a huge improvement over the flat cut-out images featured on pre-digital reels created for movies like Superman II and Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan back in the 1980s. Fisher-Price knows there is a collector's market out there and has made great improvements in the quality of the 3-D featured on all View-Master® reels.

The Batman Begins View-Master® reels are available in a 3-reel blister pack card and a gift set that includes the 3-reel set, a special black View-Master® virtual viewer complete with a stylized bat logo with yellow shield behind it and the box is a cardboard storage case. To our knowledge, this is one of the few items to feature the bat logo with a round yellow shield behind it for this film. The famous yellow shield was purposefully left off of the costume for the film by the filmmakers. The viewer may be one of the only collectible items from Batman Begins to include the yellow shield bat logo.

Batman Begins View-Master Gift SetCast
Christian Bale - Bruce Wayne/Batman
Michael Caine - Alfred
Liam Neeson - Ducard
Katie Holmes - Rachel Dawes
Gary Oldman - Jim Gordon
Cillian Murphy - Dr. Jonathan Crane
Tom Wilkinson - Carmine Falcone
Rutger Hauer - Earle
Ken Watanabe - Ra's Al Ghul
Mark Boone Junior - Flass
Linus Roache - Thomas Wayne
Morgan Freeman - Lucius Fox
Larry Holden - Finch
Gerard Murphy - Judge Faden
Colin McFarlane - Loeb

Trivia

  • The actor who plays Ra's Al Ghul never blinks in the movie and never blinks on the reels either.
  • The Lamborghini Murciélago automobile shown in one of the images on the reels was named for a famous bull, however, the word murciélago is Spanish for bat.

View-Master® Super Sound FX Viewers and Reels

View-Master Super Sound FX Viewer and ReelsView-Master® 3-D images with sound FX, music and character voices are featured in a new View-Master® viewer for 2005. The modern looking View-Master® Super Sound FX viewer now creates realistic, clear and exciting sounds to go along with its thrilling 3-D images. A fine selection of Super Sound reel sets are now available. Each Super Sound reel set contains a storage box, sound cartridge and three reels. Slip the first reel into the viewer and insert the Sound Cartridge and you're off to viewing your favorite 3-D reels with super sound from reels in the set.

The Super Sound FX Talking viewer allow you to view all non-talking reels, too, and the Super Sound FX reels will silently fit into all other View-Master viewers. For the first time ever there is talking and silent View-Master® reel compatibility.

The viewer has battery saving on-off switch with two levels of volume. Sound is powered by two AAA batteries, which are included with the Super Sound FX Talking View-Master® Viewer.

Super Sound reel set checklist
Super Sound Talking Viewer with talking demonstration reel
Dinosaurs
The Incredibles
Jungle
Safari Reel
SpongeBob Squarepants

View-Master® Water Tower Falls

View-Master tower falls.  Image courtesy of KATU.comThe last standing symbol of View-Master® in Beaveron, Oregon is history. On July 19, 2005, the former View-Master® water tower came crashing to the ground. The tower was taken down by demolition workers to make way for a shopping center expansion that will add 138,500 square feet of retail stores, which is nearly the size of a proposed Wal-Mart in Beaverton.

In the process, the developer is demolishing what's left of the former View-Master® plant, which has been vacant since Mattel closed it in 2001. The property is contaminated with industrial solvent from decades of manufacturing and is undergoing a cleanup of groundwater that's expected to take another 25 years. The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality has approved the expansion.

The 100,000-gallon View-Master® water tower in front of the property was a well known landmark seen by thousands of Portland and Beaverton commuters each day.

In March 1998, the site was found to have 320 times the federal allowable amount of trichloroethylene, or TCE, in its well water. TCE, which was used as a degreaser at the plant from 1952 to 1980, was disposed of there until 1982 by being dumped on the ground, which is now illegal.

A well at the plant provided drinking water for employees as well as cooking water in the cafeteria. Mattel closed the plant in May 2001 after starting an employee health-screening program and a cleanup that continue today.

TCE has been linked to liver and kidney cancers in laboratory animals, and the Environmental Protection Agency classifies it as a "probable carcinogen" for humans.

In-Three, Inc. Seeks a Preliminary Injunction to Prevent IMAX From Willfully Infringing Its Dimensionalization® Patent Rights

In-Three Inc. logoIn-Three Inc. has filed a motion to amend its counterclaims to add claims that IMAX is infringing In-Three’s U.S. Patent Numbers 6,208,348, 6,515,659 and 6,686,926. In-Three, inventor of the patented Dimensionalization® process that converts 2-D motion pictures into 3-D motion pictures, is also moving for a preliminary injunction to prevent IMAX from developing a commercially viable system that infringes In-Three’s patent rights. Both matters are set for hearing on July 25, 2005, in the United States District Court in Los Angeles, California.

According to In-Three, IMAX previously filed a lawsuit against In-Three asserting someone else’s 15 year old patent in an attempt to stop In-Three from unveiling its own unique and revolutionary technology to theater owners at the ShoWest motion picture industry trade show in March 2005.

About In-Three
In-Three is the recognized industry leader for converting 2-D movies into 3-D with its new Dimensionalization® technology. In-Three’s patented 3-D technology has already received extremely high praise from the most prominent film makers in the industry, including Steven Spielberg, James Cameron, Robert Zemeckis, Peter Jackson, Robert Rodriguez, Randal Kleiser and many others. In-Three’s technology was recently introduced as being revolutionary by George Lucas himself at the most recent ShoWest in Las Vegas on March 17, 2005.

In-Three Inc. Files for Reexamination of Geshwind Patent

Courtesy of www.worldentertactive.com

In-Three Inc. Web marqueeThe U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announced on July 19, 2005, that In-Three has filed a request for an ex-parte reexamination of David M. Geshwind’s patent 4,925,294, Method to Convert Two-Dimensional Motion Pictures for Three-Dimensional Systems. The patent has been licensed to IMAX Corporation for exclusive use in the theatrical motion picture industry and is the basis of a patent infringement case against In-Three filed by IMAX and 3DMG, a company Geshwind founded to handle the license and long-term consulting agreement with IMAX and to develop technology that will be owned by both companies. In-Three’s request for reexamination was filed with the USPTO on June 9.

According to Rajiv P. Patel, a partner in intellectual law at Fenwick & West, “. . . .[R]eexamination may be initiated when there is ‘a substantial new question of patentability.’ This new question of patentability must be based upon prior art, namely another patent or printed publication.

“. . . .[T]he ex parte reexamination process ultimately involves only the examiner and the patent owner. Nevertheless, when a third party initiates reexamination, the process is initially quasi-inter partes. Specifically the third party files a Request for Reexamination, which sets forth a substantial new question of patentability of the patent claims using at least one prior art document. Within three months, the Patent Office determines whether to grant the Request. If the office agrees to grant it, the patent owner my optionally file a Patent Owner’s Statement in response to the initiation of reexamination. The Statements must point out why the patent claims are not anticipated or rendered obvious by the prior art. If the patent owner files the statement, the third party can file a Reply to the Statement. Thereafter, the third party does not participate in the reexamination process, although the third party is sent copies of all the papers in the proceeding.

“As between the examiner and the patent owner, the remainder of the ex parte reexamination process is very similar to examination of a patent application. Specifically, an examiner issues an Office Action setting forth whether claims are rejected and on what basis. Thereafter, the patent owner must respond within a set time limit. Once the claims are acceptable to the examiner, the Patent and Trademark Office issues a reexamination certificate that shows which claims were reexamined and their present scope.”*

The filing against In-Three by IMAX and 3DMG took place on March 11, 2005, asking for an injunction and payment of damages. On April 15, In-Three filed a countersuit alleging no patent infringement and requesting the charges be dropped. In-Three, in their first amended answer filed in early May, alleged the Geshwind patent to be invalid. According to the court documents filed by In-Three, Geshwind and Anthony Handall, a patent attorney listed as co-inventor on Geshwind’s patent, filed for European patent protection for their stereoscopic conversion technology in 1998, one year after applying for US patent protection. An investigation for prior art conducted by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WPTO) listed a number of US patents that were not included in Geshwind and Handall’s patent applications. The In-Three court papers indicate that although the inventors dropped the European application, they continued to proceed with their USPTO application without mentioning the newly discovered prior art. The prosecution of the US application began a number of months after Geshwind and Handall received the WIPO report.

On June 28, In-Three announced that it had filed a motion to amend its counterclaims and to add claims that IMAX is infringing on In-Three’s three US patents. The motion also seeks an injunction to prevent IMAX from willfully infringing its patent rights. The case is scheduled to begin on Monday, July 25, with the hearing to cover the injunction requests from all parties involved.

*Patel, Rajiv P. Underutilized Patent Reexaminations Can Improve Business Strategy © Fenwick & West LLP

Article © 2005 Joseph L. Kleiman/Amanda Gardner
This article may not be reproduced in whole or in part without expressed written permission of the owners.

Monster House is the second major 3-D film to use REAL D Technology

Monster HouseColumbia Pictures' Monster House, the second film to employ the ground-breaking "Performance Capture," innovation developed by Sony Pictures Imageworks, will be released in more than 100 theaters in REAL D's revolutionary digital 3-D format day-and-date with it's 2-D national release on July 21, 2006.

The imagery for the ImageMovers/Amblin Production of Monster House is being overseen by Sony Pictures Imageworks, which also oversaw ImageMovers' first Performance Capture film The Polar Express, a film that was released in IMAX 3-D with the help of Sony Pictures Imageworks.

Monster House is the perfect film for REAL D's innovative technology," said Rory Bruer, President of Domestic Distribution, Sony Pictures. "It literally adds another dimension to the filmgoing experience and enhances the film's entertainment value."

"Moviegoers are clearly looking for new experiences from their local multiplex, and we are delighted to work with Sony Pictures and our exhibition partners to deliver the future of cinema," said Michael V. Lewis, Chairman, REAL D. "This partnership advances our goal of capturing a vast theatrical footprint for REAL D Cinema so that audiences worldwide can experience incredibly lifelike 3-D entertainment from Columbia Pictures and our growing roster of content partners."

"As a leader in visual effects and character animation, we are constantly developing new technologies to enable filmmakers to tell their stories," said Tim Sarnoff, President, Sony Pictures Imageworks. "REAL D Cinema truly enables a movie-goer to experience a film versus just watching it and we look forward to working with them on such an exciting project."

Monster House is perfect to be presented in 3-D," said Steve Starkey, the film's producer and principal in ImageMovers, "as was proved on The Polar Express. I'm thrilled that we once again have this opportunity."

Monster House is an exciting and hilarious thrill-ride tale about three kids (Mitchel Musso, Sam Lerner and Spencer Locke) who must do battle with a mysterious home that is determined to eat every trick or treater in sight on Halloween.

Steve Buscemi, Nick Cannon, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Kevin James, Jason Lee, Catherine O'Hara, Kathleen Turner and Fred Willard are among the stars lined up for Monster House, the latest film to employ the groundbreaking technology of Performance Capture Animation, an innovative technique developed by Robert Zemeckis, Steve Starkey and Jack Rapke's ImageMovers Company and Sony Pictures Imageworks.

Monster House is the second feature-length Performance Capture film to be produced by ImageMovers.

Monster House is being directed by Gil Kenan, the UCLA Spotlight Award-winning director of the live-action/animation short The Lark. The film is written by Dan Harmon, Rob Schrab and Pamela Pettler. The producers are Robert Zemeckis, Steve Starkey, Jack Rapke and Steven Spielberg. The executive producer is Jason Clark.

View-Master® Rankin-Bass' Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer Island of Misfit Toys 3-reel Set

Rankin-Bass Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer View-Master setYou know Dasher and Dancer and Prancer and Vixen, Comet and Cupid and Donner and Blitzen. Now, this custom-decorated View-Master® viewer and three 3-D reels tell the heartwarming story of the most famous reindeer of all, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer®! Relive the fun and adventure of this favorite holiday story again and again.

View-Master® released a 3-D set of the classic Rankin-Bass 1964 TV special Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer during the 2004 Christmas season. The 3-reel set comes blister sealed on a snow-covered package with the Rudolph logo and includes a special red body, green eyepiece and white advance lever Christmas-colored Model "O" viewer.

The Christmas special has been a television staple for over 40 years, originally airing on CBS-TV as a holiday special in 1964. The images are 2-D to 3-D digital conversions. According to Rick at www.rankinbass.com, the images are a bit grainy because they were never orgininally intended to be in 3-D and frame grabs were the source for the reel images.

Rudolph is the son of Donner, Santa's lead reindeer. Mrs. Claus is trying to fatten up Santa Claus because Christmas is around the corner. One elf, Hermey, doesn't like to make toys. The Head Elf is not pleased with this. Hermey wants to be a dentist. The other elves tease Hermey.

Rankin-Bass Rudolph the Red Nosed ReindeerRudolph went to the reindeer games where Coach Comet intended to make bucks out of all the reindeer. There, Rudolph meets a little doe named Clarice. To cover up his shiny nose, Rudolph's dad placed a ridiculous black nose cover over it. The shiny nose was soon revealed and all of the other reindeer wouldn't let him join in any reindeer games. Clarice still likes him though, until her father forbids her to see him.

It is then that Rudolph meets Hermey. They are both independent, so they decide to be independent together. They become good friends and dodge the evil Abominable Snowmonster who hates everything to do with Christmas.

They meet prospector Yukon Cornelius. He's looking for silver and gold. They all climb aboard an ice float. Yukon, Hermey and Rudolph drift out to sea and land on a mysterious island. It's the Island of Misfit Toys!

Rudolph, Hermey and Yukon meet King Moonracer who runs the island. They agree to help the toys and spend the night, but Rudolph feels he should go out alone so his friends won't get in trouble, but they frown on that decision. Still, Rudolph heads out on his own. Rudolph soon sprouts long antlers and goes to the aid of his parents and Clarice in the Abominable's cave. Luckily, Sam the Snowman sends Hermey and Yukon Cornelius to the rescue. They devise a plan and Hermey uses his dental expertise to remove all of the Abominable's teeth. Yukon charges at him, they go over a cliff and disappear.

Santa, Head Elf and all the others are overjoyed to see them and realize they were hard on the misfits. Hermey finally gets to have a dentist's office. Suddenly, Yukon Cornelius shows up with the reformed snowmonster. The next day was Christmas eve so they all pitched in and loaded the Santa's sleigh. Everyone was celebrating and happy, until Santa got a weather report reporting a huge storm so Christmas may be cancelled, until he realizes the burning beauty of Rudolph's nose. Santa asked "Rudolph, with your nose so bright, won't you guide my sleigh tonight?" He agrees. So they're ready to go. Santa is all fattened up. Rudolph is head of the team and they fly off to the Island of Misfit Toys and take them along.

The Bill Douglas Centre for the History of Cinema and Popular Culture

Bill Douglas Centre for the History of Cinema and Popular CultureThe Bill Douglas Centre for the History of Cinema and Popular Culture contains both a public museum and an academic research centre, housing one of Britain's largest public collections of books, prints, artifacts and ephemera relating to the history and prehistory of cinema. The Bill Douglas Centre opened to the public in the autumn of 1997 as part of the British celebrations of the centenary of cinema. Unlike the majority of these celebrations, the Centre is a permanent facility, encouraging the ongoing enjoyment, understanding and study of the twentieth century's greatest popular art form and its precursors.

The Centre was founded in commemoration of film maker Bill Douglas, one of the British cinema's most innovative auteurs. At the heart of the Centre is the remarkable Bill Douglas and Peter Jewell Collection of approximately 50,000 items. The collection was formed over many years by Bill Douglas and his lifelong friend, Peter Jewell. Bill died in 1991, and Peter subsequently donated the Collection to the Exeter University Foundation.

The Centre's collections cover all aspects of cinema and pre-cinema history. Nothing was ever seen by Bill or Peter as too unimportant to be collected - a strategy which will be of enormous benefit to future visitors, when the ephemera of the present has become of inestimable value. A brief listing of the numbers of items held by the Centre may help to give an idea of the scope of the collection, but nothing can substitute for a visit to see for yourself.

  • Stereocards, stereotransparencies and stereo viewers: over 1,400 items relating to this form of 3-D imaging.
  • Books: approximately 18,000 ranging from the mid-17th Century to the present day and including biographies, critical appraisals, annuals, fiction, histories, screenplays, etc.
  • Periodicals: over 5,000, including early fan magazines as well as scholarly journals.
  • Postcards: over 4,000 images of stars, studios, cinema buildings and more.
  • Photographs: over 4,000 stills, pictures of stars, etc.
  • Sheet Music: nearly 3,000 items taken predominantly from films of the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s.
  • Programmes: 2,500 covering film festivals, specific cinemas and even particular films (e.g. film premieres).
  • Cigarette cards: 2,200, mostly of stars and shots from films.
  • Records: 500 recordings of songs and music related to the films of the 20th Century.
  • Campaign Material: 1,400 items, including press packs, star biographies, handbills, etc.
  • Toys, Jigsaws and Games: 900 objects ranging from card games to Charlie Chaplin Dolls and jigsaws of stars and film posters.
  • Handbills: 900 leaflets for films and advertising connected to films or cinemas.
  • Posters: over 700 posters advertising films, cinemas and theatres from the late 19th Century onwards.
  • Magic Lantern Slides: over 500, dating from the early 19th Century to the mid-20th, and including various different formats.
  • Greetings cards and letters: more than 200 items, including numerous autographed letters and cards from important people in the world of cinema.
  • Optical instruments: approximately 30 magic lanterns, zoetropes and praxinoscopes.

The remainder of the collection includes stamps, crockery, clothing, press cuttings, censor's certificates, shadow puppets, tickets, optical accessories and more.

Categories covered by the collection include critical, historical and technical works on cinema, annuals, biographies, screenplays and stage plays, books on specific films, fiction related to film, works on pre-cinema entertainments, books on cinema buildings, panorama, diorama, magic lantern, kaleidoscope, shadowplay, silhouettes, praxinoscopes, zoetropes, photography, peepshows, optical illusions, 3-D, stereography, anamorphosis, publicity for cinemas, films and theatres, items relating to TV, theatre and radio.

18th Annual Stereoscopic Displays and Applications Conference is scheduled for Jan 15 - 19, 2006 in San Jose

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The 2006 Stereoscopic Displays and Applications conference will held at the San Jose McEnry Convention Centre, San Jose, California as part of the
2006 Electronic Imaging (EI): Science and Technology Symposium, organized jointly by The Society for Imaging Science and Technology and The International Society for Optical Engineering.

The dates of the 2006 EI Symposium are Jan. 15-19, 2006. The Stereoscopic Displays and Applications conference will be held for three days during this period, dates yet to be announced.

This conference will focus on recent advances in stereoscopic imaging, covering topics such as 3-D display hardware, developments in computer software and digital techniques and applications that illustrate the user-interface issues and cost and benefit trade-offs of stereoscopic 3-D displays. In both real-world and computer-generated imaging applications, stereoscopic 3-D display technologies can enhance the user's ability to perceive objects in their correct spatial locations, to move through display space easily and to manipulate objects efficiently and accurately. The parallel focus on human factors issues and applications requirements is intended to guide future display system development and task-based evaluation of 3-D technologies. The conference will bring together practitioners and researchers from industry and academia to facilitate an exchange of current information on stereoscopic 3-D techniques and applications. Hardware demonstrations of 3-D technologies and applications are strongly encouraged at the conference demonstration session. Facilities for large-screen stereoscopic projection, both still and video, will be available for the presenters.

The topically related conferences "The Engineering Reality of Virtual Reality" and "Three-Dimensional Image Capture and Applications" will
also be held during the 2006 Electronic Imaging Symposium.

Gallery of images from the demonstration session at the 2005 conference

Jefferson Stereoptics View-Master® Auctions Aug. 30 and Sept. 1, 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, Aug. 30, 2005, featuring lots 1 through 255. The second part of the auction concludes on Thursday, Sept. 1, 2005, with lots 256 through 551.

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.

The auction items are also listed on John's Web site at www3.sympatico.ca/john.saddy.3-D/. There are over 180 lots from this sale scanned and on the Web site. 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.

Vladmasters and the Apt Ensemble to perform Aug. 27 at the Artists Television Access in San Fransisco

VladmasterA Vladmaster performance is a simultaneous View-Master experience. Everyone in the audience is given a View-Master viewer and a set of Vladmaster disks. A soundtrack of narration, music, sound effects and ding noises to cue the change from image to image then leads the audience through the story. The glorious ker-thunk of many of View-Master viewers turning simultaneously fills the air. Euphoria ensues.

Vladmasters are unique View-Master disks photographed, designed and hand-assembled by Vladimir, an artist hailing from Portland, Oregon. Her beautifully packaged Vladmasters feature 3-D macro photography of detailed dioramas built out of everything from HO scale model railroad men to dead cockroaches to Currier & Ives prints.

Three different Vladmaster stories will be performed. They are Lucifugia Thigmotaxis, about the misadventures of a cockroach named Stanley who dares to journey across an apartment; The Public Life of Jeremiah Barnes, about finding 86 idled and abandoned earth-moving vehicles in the forest and then trying to discover who put them there and why and Actaeon at Home, a loose take on the Actaeon myth transferred to a turn-of-the-century man seemingly attacked by his own decor.

Lucifugia Thigmotaxis and The Public Life of Jeremiah Barnes both have pre-recorded soundtracks, while Actaeon at Home Vladmaster will feature a live soundtrack performed by The Apt Ensemble. The Apt Ensemble is a trio from Portland consisting of Peter Broderick, Nathan Crockett and Branic Howard. They play strange and delightful music on an assortment of instruments including toy piano, tuba, musical saw, melodica, pump organ and train whistle. The Apt Ensemble will also perform a wonderful set of music unaccompanied by tiny photographs and clicking noises.

Vladmaster performances have been featured at the Olympia Film Festival, the Northwest Film & Video Festival and, for two years running, Vladimir has been crowned the World Champion of Experimental Film at the Portland Documentary and Experimental (PDX) Film Festival Invitationals. They have also been featured in Res Magazine.

Read more about Vladmasters in 3-D Review Online Magazine's December 2004 issue.

The World of 3-D Movies book to be added to free Stereoscopic Displays and Applications Virtual Library

The long awaited third title in the Stereoscopic Displays and Applications Virtual Library will soon be made available for free download from the SD&A Virtual Library Web site.

The new title will be The World of 3-D Movies (1992) by Eddie Sammons (195 pages). This book will join the two existing free titles Foundations of the
Stereoscopic Cinema
by Lenny Lipton and Three-Dimensional Photography by Herbert McKay.

Recent 3-D Auction Results

Several online auctions brought some interesting prices for 3-D items. Here is a sampling of a few auction results from the past month.

Mathew Brady Union Soldiers being cared for in Camp by Women / Nurses of the Michigan and Pennsylvania Relief Association stereocard
1863 Civil War stereo photo Mathew Brady Nurses at Work sold for $356.51 with 14 bids
Union Soldiers being cared for in Camp by Women / Nurses of the Michigan and Pennsylvania Relief Association

1876 Deadwood South Dakota stereocard
Stereo view Dakota Territory Deadwood sold for $306.51 with 4 bids
Deadwood City in Whitewood Gulch, by D. S. Mitchell. A date in pencil on the back is 1876. Some places that are in the view are The Denver Grocery Store, City Market, Senate Saloon and Meat Market.

Grand Review of the Great Veteran Armies of Grant and Sherman at Washington D.C.
Civil War Anthony Grant Sherman Washington Stereo sold for $240.35 with 7 bids
E. and H. T. Anthony of Broadway, New York, from their series of War Views (part of The War for the Union). It is No. 3330. The Grand Review of the Great Veteran Armies of Grant and Sherman at Washington, DC on the May 23 and 24, 1865. It is an instantaneous view of the Army of the Potomac. "The stand in front of the Presendent's House occupied by the President and Cabinet, Grant and Sherman and Reviewing Officers."

The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl in 3-D lenticular poster
Kellogg's Pete Rose 3-D trading card
Creature from the Black Lagoon VHS cover art

The lenticular 3-D poster for The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl in 3-D sold for $226 with 22 bids

A 75-card complete set of Kellogg's 3-D baseball cards from 1971 sold for $595.03 with 32 bids

A VHS copy of The Creature from the Black Lagoon in 3-D sold for $140 with 1 bid

 

 

 

Batman 1953 3-D comic
Third Dimensional Murrder 16mm art
1860s Alex Becker's Tabletop Stereo Viewer

A copy of the 1953 3-D Batman comic book sold for $105.99 with 3 bids

Third Dimensional Murder A 16mm anaglyphic print
of the 1941 3-D movie short sold for $142.50 with 5 bids

Alex Beckers Tabletop Stereo Viewer 1860's sold for $750 with 12 bids
Holds 36 3 1/2 x 7 inch glass plate positive stereoviews or 72 paper views back to back. Two people could view at the same time. The rear eyepieces move down out of the way for viewing glass plates. It has its built-in ground glass. Focusing knob on the side. Beautiful burl walnut. It measures 10" x 11 1/2" x 18 3/4".

Stereo Daguerreotype - Claudet 1850s #1 Young Man sold for $972.99 with 7 bids
Stereo Daguerreotype - Claudet 1850s #3 Young Woman sold for $776.66 with 6 bids
Stereo Daguerreotype - Claudet 1850s #4 Old Man sold for $612 with 4 bids
Stereo Daguerreotype - Claudet 1850s #5 Soldier Uniform sold for $836.80 with 9 bids
Stereo Daguerreotype - Claudet 1850s #6 Young Man sold for $836.80 with 3 bids
Taken in the 1850s in London by Antoine Claudet at 107 Regent Street in London

   

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