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The Movie Glass Slide DVD

The Movie Glass Slide DVDJust released is a new DVD that recaptures a lost movie-going experience from Hollywood’s Golden Era: Movie Glass Slides. 3-D enthusiasts will want a copy of the DVD to experience some vintage 3-D images of Golden Age movie theatres.

The bonus 3-D section features rare vintage 3-D photos of Golden Age movie theatres such as Grauman’s Chinese Theater in Hollywood as well as a tour of Radio City Music Hall in 1933. A pair of 3-D glasses is included with the DVD.

"The source of the 3-D images are stereocards (some amateur), 1930's 3-D filmstrips and other 3-D sources," said The Movie Glass Slide DVD's Christopher Perry. "I have been looking for 3-D photos of movie theaters for about 20 years and most of what I have found is seen on the DVD. Unfortunately, movie theaters are not very plentiful in the third dimension. It is frustrating because it is one of my favorite subjects. Architecture is an art that can only be truly experienced in the third dimension."

"All the stereo images were side-by-side photos converted to anaglyph after doing a lot of restoration of the images," said Perry. "Some were in rather rough condition with many flaws."

Glass slides of silent film star Harold Lloyd are abundant on the DVD. Lloyd was a well-known 3-D photographer. (Editor's note: See previous issues of 3-D Review Online Magazine for features about Harold Lloyd.)

"The DVD was authored by Jonathan Wuite," said Perry. "There are many techniques used on the DVD that are not found in editing programs and Jonathan had to figure out how to make many things possible, such as having the glass slides slide on and off the screen."

This DVD features an astounding 700 vintage slides that were used in movie theaters as coming attractions to advertise upcoming silent movies of that era. Most of the slides feature hand-tinted color and dynamic graphics. It was not unusual for a glass slide of a particular movie to be more exciting than the movie itself. There is also some great old time piano music that reminds one of sitting in a theatre watching a silent film flash before their eyes.

While many of the glass slides feature famous classics, many of the slides advertise silent films that are lost forever. Sadly, a single glass slide is all that remains of some of these great motion pictures. One such example featured on the DVD is a slide for the lost Lon Chaney film London After Midnight.

This DVD gives you the option of an automatic slide show or, using your remote, you can manually change the slides at your own pace. As the glass slides slide on and off the screen, they are accompanied by authentic silent movie music from the silent era. The music is performed by the music director of the Photoplay Orchestra.

There are some glass slides on the DVD that are very desirable and expensive. Usually, the big titles and big stars are the ones that demand the biggest price. Slides with Charlie Chaplin, Rudolph Valentino and Greta Garbo would be good examples. There is even an early Disney Mickey Mouse slide.

The glass slides are grouped in various sections such as comedies, westerns, serials, railroad movies, dramas, leading ladies, Intermission, advertising slides and more.

DVD Producer: Christopher Perry
Technical Director: Johathan Wuite
Copyright 2007 Cheezy Productions

The DVD is priced at $20, plus $4 for shipping. Cost for international shipping is $6. To order the DVD visit http://search.ebay.com/_W0QQsassZdoctor3-dQQhtZ-1.

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Pana-Vista 3-D Viewer

3-D Review Online Magazine Must See 3-D AwardPana-Vista is a stereo viewer foldable to compact-disc packing size. It comes with adjustable interocular aspherical lenses for an audience of all ages. This is the stereo viewer for the 21st Century. The viewer is well constructed and boasts a new "wide-screen" image viewing format.

Besides the interchangeable panoramic slides (image-format 25mm x 54mm), it can also be used to view traditional Realist size mounted 3-D Slides (slide-format 41 x 101 mm).

The viewer is immersed in the scene when viewing panoramic slides through the Pana-Vista stereo viewer. These "wide-angle" views have amazing depth and their extra width gives the viewer more to see, much like a widescreen movie gives the theatre patron more to see on the silver screen.

It's no surprise that the inventor of the viewer has a motion picture background. Henry Chung is one of Hong Kong's leading cinematographers shooting feature films, commercial films, corporate films, documentaries and short films. Besides his expertise in lighting and camera work, he has been creating three dimensional photographic and cinematographic arts.

  • He had a 3-D photo exhibition Five-Leg-Tour in the Fringe Club in February 1996.
  • He had filmed a special 3-D film Professor Extreme that had been shown in Shanghai 1996 as Director of Photography. The 3-D film camera rig for the film was also designed by Chung.
  • In May 1999, his solo 3-D photo exhibition of the Kai Tak Airport in Pacific Place , The Last Days of Kai Tak and the 3-D photo book Good Bye Kai Tak was also published.
  • In September 1999, Europe, China a joint 3-D photo exhibition in Broadway Cinematheque.
  • In February 2002, Seoul Korea, Big City Small Scenes, 3-D photos.
  • He had won the Film of Merit Awards with his 35mm short film, Mind Notes in the Hong Kong Independent Film Competition in 1994.

Sample panoramic 3-D photos are posted online. The online images can be free-viewed or seen by using a plastic hand-held viewer. However, to get the full impact of the images, use the very affordable Pana-Vista viewer to see the images as they were intended to be seen. A pair of Hasselbald Xpan and a pair of Fujifilm TX-2 mounted on a rig are the cameras used to take the widescreen 3-D slides. They are range finder type cameras with interchangeable lenses. "I used three pairs of 45mm, 30mm and 90mm lenses," said Chung, "Tthey could do normal 36 x 24mm or 64 x 24mm panoramic format."

The Pana-Vista stereo viewer is awarded a 3-D Review Online Magazine Must See 3-D™ Editor's Choice Award.

Contact Henry Chung for pricing and availability.

Henry Chung
Cinematographer
60 King’s Road,
23/F, Flat C,
North Point,
Hong Kong, China.
Tel./Fax: 852-2856-1685
Pager: 852-7102-6872
Mobile: 852-9233-6788
E-Mail: magicmtp@netvigator.com

The viewer has been sold in the U.S. for $14.99 plus $10 shipping. A set of 8 panoramic stereo slides is available for $39.99 plus $10 shipping. Both shipping charges include standard air mail worldwide.

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Jefferson Stereoptics View-Master® Auctions May 8 and 10, 2007

View-Master® auctionsOne 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, May 8, 2007, featuring lots 1 through 345. The second part of the auction concludes on Thursday, May 10, 2007, with lots 346 through 734.

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 May auctions:

Many hard to find theme park packets including Dogpatch U.S.A. (G3 A442 Edition A), Coney Island (S3 56A,B, C) and more. A large assortment of test and advertising reels. A Model D focusing viewer, cutter for Mark II Stereo camera, ABC Wide World of Sports Theatre, complete Personal Camera outfit and much more .

The auction items are also listed and all lots are scanned on John's Web site at www.saddyauctions.com. 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.

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NASA holds press conference about first 3-D images of the Sun

The Sun in 3-D.  Photo courtesy of NASA.NASA held a press conference on April 23 to unveil new 3-D images of the sun from the agency's Solar TErrestrial RElations Observatory (STEREO).

For the first time, scientists are able to see structures in the Sun's atmosphere in three dimensions. The new view will improve space weather forecasting and greatly aid scientist's ability to understand solar physics.

The two nearly identical observatories, one ahead of Earth in its orbit, the other trailing behind, trace the flow of energy and matter from the Sun to Earth. They reveal the 3-D structure of coronal mass ejections, violent eruptions of matter from the sun that can disrupt satellites and power grids and help us understand why they happen. STEREO will become a key addition to the fleet of space weather detection satellites by providing more accurate alerts for the arrival time of Earth-directed solar ejections with its unique side-viewing perspective.

High resolution STEREO 3-D images and movies are being displayed at museums and science centers! Check for ones near you.

Where

Location

Details

Colorado

Denver Museum of Nature & Science Denver, CO

STEREO Mission Coverage

Illinois

Adler Planetarium Chicago, IL

STEREO Mission Image Release

Maryland

Maryland Science Center Baltimore, MD

STEREO Images

New Hampshire

Christa McAuliffe Planetarium Concord, NH

3-D Images of the Sun

New York

American Museum of Natural History - Hayden Planetarium New York, NY

STEREO Images

 

Kopernik Observatory Vestal, NY

Astrofest

 

Williamsville Space Lab Planetarium Williamsville, NY Apr. 23 April Public Show

April Public Show

Pennsylvania

Franklin Institute Philidelpia, PA

STEREO Images

 

North Museum of Natural History and Science Lancaster, PA

STEREO Mission Report

For more information about STEREO, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/stereo.

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Tim Burton's Vincent Goes 3-D

Disney's Vincent title shotHaving converted Tim Burton’s 1994 animated feature The Nightmare Before Christmas to stereoscopic 3-D last year, Disney is giving the same treatment to Vincent, a stop-motion short the celebrated filmmaker made in 1982.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Nightmare will be back in 3-D-equipped theatres this October with a special 3-D version of Vincent.

Animated by Stephen Chiodo and narrated by late horror movie icon Vincent Price, Vincent is a six-minute black-and-white film about a boy named Vincent Malloy who idolizes Price and does his best to live like an Edgar Allen Poe character. Vincent has daydreams of horror and his fantasies are driving his mother crazy. The short was directed by Tim Burton and produced by Rick Heinrichs.

The Saturn Sandworm seen later in Beetlejuice and The Nightmare Before Christmas first appears in this short film.

The gothic comedy won the Audience Award at the 1984 Ottawa International Animation Festival and helped launch Burton’s career.

Vincent by Tim Burton

Vincent Malloy is seven years old,
He's always polite and does what he's told.

For a boy his age he's considerate and nice,
But he wants to be just like Vincent Price.

He doesn't mind living with his sister, dog and cats,
Though he'd rather share a home with spiders and bats.

There he could reflect on the horrors he's invented,
And wander dark hallways alone and tormented.

Vincent is nice when his aunt comes to see him,
But imagines dipping her in wax for his wax museum.

He likes to experiment on his dog Abacrombie,
In the hopes of creating a horrible zombie.
So he and his horrible zombie dog,
Could go searching for victims in the London fog.

His thoughts aren't only of ghoulish crime,
He likes to paint and read to pass some of the time.
While other kids read books like Go Jane Go,
Vincent's favorite author is Edgar Allen Poe.

One night while reading a gruesome tale,
He read a passage that made him turn pale.
Such horrible news he could not survive,
For his beautiful wife had been buried alive.

He dug out her grave to make sure she was dead,
Unaware that her grave was his mother's flower bed.

His mother sent Vincent off to his room,
He knew he'd been banished to the tower of doom.
Where he was sentenced to spend the rest of his life,
Alone with a portrait of his beautiful wife.

While alone and insane, encased in his tomb,
Vincent's mother suddenly burst into the room.

She said, "If you want to you can go out and play.
It's sunny outside and a beautiful day."

Vincent tried to talk, but he just couldn't speak,
The years of isolation had made him quite weak.

So he took out some paper, and scrawled with a pen,
"I am possessed by this house, and can never leave it again."

His mother said, "You're not possessed, and you're not almost dead.
These games that you play are all in your head.
You're not Vincent Price, you're Vincent Malloy.
You're not tormented or insane, you're just a young boy."
"You're seven years old, and you're my son,
I want you to get outside and have some real fun."

Her anger now spent, she walked out through the hall,
While Vincent backed slowly against the wall.
The room started to sway, to shiver and creak.
His horrid insanity had reached its peak.

He saw Abacrombie his zombie slave,
And heard his wife call from beyond the grave.
She spoke from her coffin, and made ghoulish demands.
While through cracking walls reached skeleton hands.

Every horror in his life that had crept through his dreams,
Swept his mad laughter to terrified screams.

To escape the madness, he reached for the door,
But fell limp and lifeless down on the floor.

His voice was soft and very slow,
As he quoted The Raven from Edgar Allen Poe,

"And my soul from out that shadow that lies floating on the floor,
Shall be lifted...Nevermore!"

© Tim Burton

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Spider-Man 3 Lenticular Movie Poster

Spider-Man 3 lenticular 3-D posterSony Pictures has released a three dimensional teaser movie poster for Spider-Man 3. The Spider-Man 3 lenticular movie poster features the chest torso of Peter Parker’s red Spider-man suit that morphs into the black and white “symbiote” costume.

The Spider-Man lenticular poster 3-D effect happens when the viewer changes angles when looking at the poster.

A 3-D lenticular movie poster image is created by a convex prism lens over the surface of the printed poster, which shows different parts of an image depending on the perspective of the viewer. The process has been around since the 1900s, but has become more popular in recent years as a collectible item.

While lenticular movie posters tend to be popular with collectors and fans, film studios do not create lenticulars very often. This is due to several reasons: they are more expensive to produce, they require (for best results) being backlit in a movie theater lightbox frame, and most importantly, smaller poster details (such as text) are difficult to read.

Spider-Man 3 Synopsis
Peter Parker has finally found the balance he's longed for between his love for Mary Jane Watson and his responsibilities as Spider-Man. The city of New York and it's citizens are at last coming around and appreciating everything he has done as his crime-fighting alter ego, and Peter is in the running for a staff job at The Daily Bugle.

However, everything Peter has worked for is about to unravel. Flint Marko, while fleeing prison, is caught in an accident that displaces molecules and is transformed into The Sandman, a new super villain who is able to change his body into any shape of sand he sees fit.

When Peter learns of a connection between The Sandman and the murder of his Uncle Ben, he will stop at nothing as Spider-Man to capture him. Before Peter can do so he discovers a mysterious black substance has turned his suit black, and has brought out a darker side of Parker and Spidey nobody has seen before. Peter begins to give into this new dark personality and starts to abandon the ones he loves the most.

His best friend, Harry Osborn, takes up his late father's role as The New Green Goblin. Parker begins a new romance with his lab partner, the beautiful Gwen Stacy but in doing so Peter sets off a rival Bugle photographer, a troubled young man by the name of Eddie Brock who is obsessed with Stacy. Little does Peter know the black substance has its sights set on Eddie as well. Turning Brock into Venom, a foe that mirrors everything Spider-Man can do. Peter must become the strong-willed hero he has forgotten about if he hopes to defeat his greatest threat.

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Lenticular 3-D Movie Poster Checklist 1968 - 2007 (alphabetical) Update icon

  • 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) Two different lenticulars were produced. One featuring the space station and one featuring the moon base. Both images were produced in a small poster measuring 10” x 14” and a larger poster measuring 23” x 33”. Lenticular postcards of both images were also produced.
  • Adventures of Shark Boy and Lava Girl (2005)
  • The Avengers (1998)
  • Brainscan (1994) Issued for the video release.
  • The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2006)
  • Daredevil (2003) 16” x 24”
  • The Day After Tomorrow (2004) 27” x 40”
  • E.T. - The Extra-Terrestrial (2002) 20th Anniversary one-sheet.
  • Face Off (1997) A large lobby card was produced in the UK.
  • Final Destination (2000)
  • Flubber (1997) A 40" x 60" bus shelter poster
  • The Frighteners (1996) An advance, regular and bus shelter poster were released.
  • Ghost Rider (2007)
  • Godzilla (1998) A Japanese Daybill.
  • Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007) Incredibly large 4-foot by 6-foot lenticular, which was part of a lobby standee. Fuji Crystal Archive Paper stamped on the back.
  • Independence Day (1996) A 24"x 36" poster was created in the UK. Five small lenticular posters were issued.
  • Jack Frost (1998)
  • Johnny Mnemonic (1995) British Quads.
  • Jumanji (1995) German Window Card.
  • Lilo and Stitch (2002) U.S. one-sheet, Netherlands one-sheet and five small lenticular posters of each character.
  • The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1996)
  • Mask of Zorro (1998) UK one-sheet.
  • Matrix - Revolutions (2004) A lenticular and foil poster.
  • Matrix Reloaded (2003) A lenticular and a hologram poster.
  • Me, Myself and Irene (2000) Small lenticular in the presskit.
  • Men in Black 2 (2002) 27” x 40”
  • Meteor Man (1993)
  • Mighty Joe Young (1998) Half sheet.
  • Monster House (2006)
  • The Mummy (1999) Small German lenticular.
  • The Mummy Returns (2001) 27” x 40” one-sheet.
  • Nightmare Before Christmas (1993) Several versions were released including Many Faces of Jack, Hell's Gate and The Pumpkin Patch.
  • The Perfect Storm (2000) UK lobby card.
  • Pirates of the Carribean 2 - Dead Man’s Chest (2006)
  • The Ring 2 (2006) 27” x 40”
  • The Santa Clause (1994) Only the snow globe on the poster is lenticular.
  • Shadow Builder (1997)
  • Species 2 (1998) Two thick lenticular posters requiring a lighted back were created. One with "Coming this summer" and one with "Summer 1998". A thinner lenticular was also released for the video.
  • Spider-man 3 (2007)
  • Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over (2003)
  • Star Wars: Attack of the Clones (2002) UK bus shelter 40” x 60”
  • Uncle Sam: I Want You Dead (1997) 22" x 37" Reportedly only 10 of the 3-D posters were issued. The images show four versions of Uncle Sam changing from an old man into a ghoul.
  • xXx (2002) 16” x 24”
  • Zathura (2005) 27" x 40"

If there are any titles missing from this list, please send an e-mail to 3-D Review Online Magazine and let us know about it.

Uncle Sam: I Want You Dead lenticular 3-D movie poster
Uncle Sam: I Want You Dead lenticular 3-D movie poster

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2007 Joint National Stereoscopic Association 33rd Convention and 16th ISU Congress is July 10-17, 2007, in Boise, Idaho

NSA ISU 2007 convention logo. The winning logo (seen above in L/R parallel stereo) was designed by Terry Wilson with Ray Zone providing the 3-D conversion.The National Stereoscopic Association (NSA) is a non-profit organization whose goals are to promote the study, collection and use of stereographs, stereo cameras and related materials; to provide a forum for collectors and students of stereoscopic history; to promote the practice of stereo photography; to encourage the use of stereoscopy in the fields of visual arts and technology; to foster the appreciation of the stereograph as a visual historical record, and to provide for the Oliver Wendell Holmes Stereoscopic Research Library.

The purposes of the International Stereoscopic Union ("ISU") are to provide an organizational framework for the universal promotion of stereo photography and other forms of 3-D image viewing; to provide social and professional association for the membership; to provide opportunities for the development of improved stereographic practice and skills; and to provide a framework for the dispersal of stereographic educational and informational materials. These purposes are accomplished by holding biennial ISU Congresses, regular publication of the journal Stereoscopy, and by forming and maintaining communications with organizations of similar intent and the promotion of activities to achieve the objectives of the Union.

The winning logo (seen above in L/R parallel stereo) was designed by Terry Wilson with Ray Zone providing the 3-D conversion.

The annual convention will feature stereoscopic theatre presentations and slideshows, workshops, trips, exhibits, food, trade shows and two nights featuring 3-D items in the NSA auctions.

It's gonna be noisy in Boise during the annual spotlight auction of fine photographica. The auction already includes over 400 choice lots from the NSA Library Collection and other sources.

To find out more, visit the official convention Web site at http://2007.nsa3d.org.

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Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix in IMAX 3-D

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix poster artIMAX Corporation and Warner Bros. Pictures announced that select scenes of the IMAX DMR® version of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix will be digitally converted into an IMAX 3-D Experience®. IMAX Corporation plans to use its proprietary 2-D to 3-D conversion technology to transform approximately 20 minutes at the end of the film into IMAX® 3-D. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix will be released in IMAX® theatres and conventional theatres on July 13, 2007, and Warner Bros. Pictures will be the exclusive distributor of the film to IMAX theatres worldwide.

The film is based on the best-selling J.K. Rowling book and is the fifth installment of the widely successful Harry Potter film series. The previous installment of the series, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire which opened on Nov. 18, 2005, shattered numerous IMAX 2-D box office records at the time and has grossed more than $20 million in IMAX theatres worldwide.

“We are so pleased to be bringing audiences yet another outstanding Harry Potter film to the big screen in both 35mm and IMAX theaters,” said Dan Fellman, President of Domestic Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures. “This is the Studio’s biggest franchise to date, and we expect this highly-anticipated fifth film to play phenomenally well in all theaters throughout the summer.”

“The Harry Potter films are an enormous draw all over the world, and this film should prove to be no different,” added Veronika Kwan-Rubinek, President of Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures International. “The last 20 minutes in IMAX 3-D will add a new element of excitement to the Harry Potter experience, making this a must-see for fans of all ages. We’re looking forward to a long and very successful run.”

“We couldn’t be happier to help bring this Harry Potter film to life in a new way,” said IMAX Co-Chairmen and Co-CEOs Richard L. Gelfond and Bradley J. Wechsler. “IMAX theatres are the only place to experience this year’s most anticipated movies in the world’s most immersive format, and we anticipate that moviegoers will want to enjoy Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix featuring scenes in IMAX 3-D more than once.”

“We are delighted to once again work with David Heyman and the Harry Potter team, and Warner Bros. Pictures on another memorable Harry Potter movie,” added Greg Foster, Chairman and President of IMAX Filmed Entertainment. “We know that through the magic of IMAX, fans will already feel as is if they are right next to Harry, Ron and Hermione in IMAX’s larger-than-life 2-D format, and we are thrilled to treat them to an even more immersive experience with the finale of the film brought to you in IMAX 3-D.

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Return to Everest 3-D

Everest DVDMount Everest is to get the three-dimensional treatment for the first time as Oscar-nominated nature documentary maker Greg MacGillivray returns to the summit of the world's highest peak to make a sequel of his inspiring 1998 movie Everest.

MacGillivray's Return to Everest 3-D will mark the first time a film crew has captured the mountain with IMAX 3-D technology.

As well as revisiting climbers and Sherpas featured in the first film, the sequel will follow a medical expedition studying the impact of extreme altitude on the human body.

Everest co-stars Jamling Norgay and Araceli Segarra reunite inReturn to Everest 3-D. Produced and distributed by MacGillivray Freeman Films. Director: Greg MacGillivray. Co-Director: Michael Brown. Producers: Greg MacGillivray, Shaun MacGillivray. Executive Producer: Harrison Smith. Editor: Stephen Judson. Director of Photography: Brad Ohlund. Mountain Director of Photography: Michael Brown.

The 40-minute documentary is currently in development. It is scheduled for release on March 4, 2009.

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James Cameron's Stereoscopic 3-D camera

The Uber Review, a Web site dedicated to gadgets and wired madness, has posted a video showing James Cameron's stereoscopic 3-D camera. The video also includes a visit to Cameron's private screening room. The video describes how the 3-D camera works like a human vision system, moving to adapt focus from far away objects to closer objects. The theory is that movement of the cameras helps keep depth conversion easy on the eye.

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Stereo Vision to produce George Clinton's Mothership Show in 3-D

Parliament Mothership Connection cover artStereo Vision Entertainment Inc. announced that in a 50-50 partnership agreement with the King of Funk, George Clinton, Stereo Vision is to produce the spectacular George Clinton Mothership show in 3-D.

The plan is to bring Clinton’s group to the L.A. Forum, and film George and his enormous cast of over 100 characters in a one-time only, state of art, true 3-D extravaganza. Stereo Vision’s financial partner, Adirondack International Pictures, is to provide the funding, and manage all of the promotion for this rare concert event.

Stereo Vision’s Chief Executive Officer, Jack Honour, stated, "This show is going to be lots of fun. Both for the audience, and the Stereo Vision team. George is a terrific guy, and as much fun to work with, as he is to watch on stage. George has a worldwide appeal with fans of all ages, from 5 to 95. And due to the special venue nature of this content, George Clinton’s Mothership show in 3-D, should have a very long shelf life."

"This production is an example of Stereo Vision’s determination to bring new and innovative content to a 3-D theatre near you. When you go to the show and in 3-D, you see George fly his Mothership out into the audience, you’ll see just what I mean," Honour said.

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Deep Sea-quel slated for 2009 Release in IMAX 3-D

Deep Sea 3-D poster artWarner Bros. Pictures Inc. and IMAX Corporation announced that they will embark on a third original IMAX 3-D co-production for release to IMAX theatres in 2009. With the working title Deep Sea-quel, the IMAX 3-D picture will be made by the same team behind the highly successful co-production of Deep Sea 3-D, which has already grossed $40 million in IMAX theatres around the world since it premiered in March 2006. Deep Sea-quel will offer a uniquely inspirational and entertaining way to explore the impact that global climate change has had on ocean wilderness.

The new IMAX 3-D adventure will transport moviegoers to some of the most exotic and isolated under sea locations on earth, including southern Australia, New Guinea and others in the Indo-Pacific region and allow them to experience face-to-face encounters with some of the most mysterious and stunning creatures of the sea.

The picture will be shot by award-winning Director/Cinematographer Howard Hall, produced by Toni Myers, executive produced by Graeme Ferguson, and produced for Howard Hall Productions by Michele Hall. In addition to last year's Deep Sea 3-D, Hall, Ferguson and Myers were all part of the accomplished filmmaking team behind IMAX's first underwater 3-D adventure, Into The Deep, which has grossed more than $70 million since its 1991 release.

"The strong results from Into The Deep and Deep Sea 3-D serve as a testament that this is a subject matter that plays beautifully on IMAX screens, and has time-tested appeal to moviegoers worldwide," said Dan Fellman, president, domestic distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures. "We look forward to working with Howard and Michele Hall once again, to transport audiences to some of the most amazing undersea locations in the world."

"Partnering with Warner Bros. Pictures helps us deliver the thrill of Hollywood entertainment in our compelling original IMAX 3-D productions, and drive audiences to our theatre network well beyond opening weekend," said IMAX's Co-Chairmen and Co-CEOs, Richard L. Gelfond and Bradley J. Wechsler. "We are delighted to have this exciting 'seaquel' as the first in our 2009 film slate, and to once again work with one of the most successful large format filmmaking teams in the industry."

"IMAX has a long history of transporting people to places that they normally can't get to and we are excited to continue the tradition with this next exciting project from the talented team behind Deep Sea 3-D," said Greg Foster, IMAX's Chairman and President, Filmed Entertainment. "Through the exceptional vision of Howard and Michele Hall, Toni Myers and the rest of this award winning-filmmaking team, the picture is going to take viewers on an inspiring, entertaining and educational underwater adventure that will provide new insight into the effects of global warming."

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3-D Center of Art and Photography has new summer hours

3-D Center of Art and PhotographyBeginning May 1, the 3-D Center of Art and Photography extended its open hours.

Summer hours May a through August 31

Thursday through Saturday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Sunday 1 to 5 p.m.

First Thursday 6 to 9 p.m. (Free admission)

The 3-D Center of Art and Photography is located at 1928 NW Lovejoy in Portland, Oregon. Admission for adults (over age 12) is $4. Family admission is $7.

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3-D Catwalk at the La Rinascnete in Milan Italy

3-D polarized glassesGet ready for a department store peep show. IBM's only dedicated fashion division, based in Milan, Italy, has launched a prototype "multisensory cabin" for shoppers that's reminiscent of a coin-operated viewing machine equipped with a projector.

About 10 fashionistas can gather in the small, dark box to see what's behind the latest spring fashions. Wearing fold-up polarized 3-D glasses, people watch canned scenes from the world's top-tier catwalks. As images of gazelle girls on runways waft by, viewers see flyby close-ups of real-world fashion items. In other words, the stuff (think bags and shoes) that actually comes off the catwalk for plebes.

Basic elements of the 13-by-20-foot cabin include two AG Multivision 3-D DLP projectors and surround audio. There's also a scent diffuser from Trieste-based M-Cube to circulate smells (say, leather when the focus is shoes or sweet vanilla for floaty summer dresses). All the devices are orchestrated with IBM hardware and software.

During a two-week trial, 3,200 people drifted through this fashion fantasy grope at Milan department store La Rinascente. Although slick and appealing, the sensory-stimulating box may not make busy shoppers linger. For one thing, at this stage there are no individual controls to zoom in for detail or get purchasing info.

Vito Di Bari, scientific director of the Milan think tank NextMedia Lab, called the cabin a perfect example of "shoppertainment," a trend he expects to will evolve into more sophisticated fabbing shops.

The box won't be mass-produced, but it will be made scalable and on-demand. One box costs between 10,000 to 20,000 euro (circa $13,000 to $27,000), depending on size. Also, IBM plans to simply rent them for short periods and events.

Eventually, IBM's box could be used in the medical field to design prostheses or for physical therapy, in the design industry for virtual prototyping and even in spas for Jacuzzis or massage chairs and a series of quick-change environments.

But for now, Spain will be the next country to get this new form of retail therapy, though no date has been set, and IBM branches outside Italy, including the United States, are considering it for clients.

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3-D Movies Coming Soon to a Theatre Near You

3-D Coming Soon2007

  • Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix - Warner Brothers (July 13, 2007)
    Only the last 20 minutes will be in 3-D and only in IMAX 3-D Theatres
  • Beowulf - Paramount
    Animated retelling of the classic tale from Robert Zemeckis.
  • African Adventure: Safari in the Okavango - nWave (formerly Wild Africa 3-D)
  • Fly Me to the Moon - nWave
  • Lions 3-D: Roar of the Kalahari - National Geographic (Spring 2007)
  • U2 3D - (Autumn 2007)
  • Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure - National Geographic (October 2007)

2008

  • Avatar - 20th Century Fox
    Live-action, science fiction story about fighting aliens on another world, from director James Cameron.
  • Journey 3-D - New Line Cinema
    Live-action film about a trip beneath the surface of the Earth.

2009

  • Deep-Sequel - Warner Brothers and IMAX 3-D
    A sequel to Deep Sea 3-D
  • Monsters vs. Aliens - DreamWorks Animation SKG
    Rex Havoc and his team of experts out to kick the crap out of ghouls, ghosts and the like.
  • Return to Everest 3-D - MacGillivray Freeman Films

Announced but no release date

  • 3-D film to be announced from Peter Jackson, who directed the Lord of the Rings films.
  • 3-D film to be announced from Steven Spielberg.
  • Star Wars Trilogy by George Lucas
  • Horroween from Stereo Vision Entertainment Inc. and Adirondack International Pictures Inc.
  • Godzilla: 3-D to the Max - Advanced Audiovisual Productions (Announced in 2004 - May be a dead project.)

Rumored

  • Shrek 4 - Disney
  • Toy Story 3 - Disney

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3-D Auction Results
Here are a few 3-D auction results from the past month

View-Master® Mickey Mouse display

A View-Master® display featuring Disney's Mickey Mouse sold for $99 with four bids. This may be from the Belguim plant since the Jungle Book packet in the plastic flap is an international version.

ArrowView 3-D Automatic slide viewer ArrowView 3-D Automatic slide viewer

ArrowView 3-D Automatic slide viewer ArrowView 3-D Automatic slide viewer

An ArrowView 3-D Automatic slide viewer sold for $179.50 with 11 bids. The viewer can be used as a single slide viewer or accepts trays that hold 10 stereo slides (Realist 41x101 format). The loaded tray is placed at the top of the viewer. The tray can be moved via a knob (manual transporting knob) on the side and slides are advanced sequentially by pressing a level in the back.

Union Pacific Railroad stereoview

A C.R. Watkins stereoview of the interior of a Union Pacific Railroad Pullman Palace Commissary Car sold for $321.45 with 10 bids. This is card No. 1537.

American Indians confirmed at Fort San Marco, March 1876.

A stereoview showing American Indians confirmed at Fort San Marco sold for $393 with eight bids. The stereoview is dated March 1876.

Starfish and Coral stereoviews

A group of 18 stereoviews of starfish and coral sold for $418 with 18 bids. The 18 yellow-mount stereoviews are the square corner type mounts. Many of them have the species type hand written on the reverse. No photographer is credited.

 

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