Filmmakers: Conversations with Creators of Stereoscopic Motion
A new book by Ray Zone
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
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
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.
Batman Begins 3-reel pack and View-Master® Batman Begins
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.
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
- 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.
Super Sound FX Viewers and Reels
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®
Super Sound reel set checklist
Super Sound Talking Viewer with talking demonstration
Water Tower Falls
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.
Inc. Seeks a Preliminary Injunction to Prevent IMAX From Willfully
Infringing Its Dimensionalization® Patent Rights
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,
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.
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.
Inc. Files for Reexamination of Geshwind Patent
Courtesy of www.worldentertactive.com
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
“. . . .[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
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
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.
is the second major 3-D film to use REAL D Technology
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
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
"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
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.
Rankin-Bass' Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer Island of Misfit
Toys 3-reel Set
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.
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.
Bill Douglas Centre for the History of Cinema and Popular
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
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
- 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
- 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
- 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.
Annual Stereoscopic Displays and Applications Conference is
scheduled for Jan 15 - 19, 2006 in San Jose
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
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
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.
of images from the demonstration session at the 2005 conference
Stereoptics View-Master® Auctions Aug. 30 and Sept. 1,
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.
and the Apt Ensemble to perform Aug. 27 at the Artists Television
Access in San Fransisco
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
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.
more about Vladmasters in 3-D Review Online Magazine's December
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.
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.
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
Stereo view Dakota Territory Deadwood sold for $306.51 with
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.
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 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
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
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
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