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September 2007 Issue

Vol. 5,
No. 9

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USGS 3-D National Park Photos Available Online

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) has posted hundreds of highly-detailed anaglyphic 3-D photographs of national parks on the Web. To see the 3-D photos visit http://3dparks.wr.usgs.gov/index.html.

View looking out the south entrance to Thurston Lava Tube (Nahuku).

View looking out the south entrance to
Thurston Lava Tube (Nahuku). USGS 3-D Photo

Parks featured in 3-D
Arches National Park
Aztec Ruins National Monument
Big Bend National Park
Bryce Canyon National Park
Canyon de Chelley National Monument
Canyonlands National Park
Capitol Reef National Park
Capulin Volcano National Park
Carrizo Plain National Monument
Carlsbad Caverns National Park
Chaco Culture National Historic Park
City of Rocks National Reserve
Colorado National Monument
Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area
Crater Lake National Park
Death Valley National Park
Dinosaur National Monument
El Malpais National Monument
El Morro National Monument
Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area
Fossil Butte National Monument
Glen Canyon National Recreation Area
Golden Gate National Recreation Area
Golden Spike National Monument
Grand Canyon National Park
Grand Staircase-Escalante Nat'l Monument
Grand Tetons National Park
Great Basin National Park
Guadalupe Mountains National Park
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
Hovenweep National Monument
John Day Fossil Beds National Monument
Joshua Tree National Park
Kaloko-Honokohau National Historic Park
Lake Mead National Recreation Area
Lava Beds National Monument Medicine Lake and Lava Beds
Mammoth Cave National Park
Mesa Verde National Park
Mojave National Preserve
Mount Rainier National Park
Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument
Natural Bridges National Monument
Navajo National Monument
North Cascades National Park
Olympic National Park
Petrified Forest National Park
Pinnacles National Monument
Pip Pipe Spring National Monument
Point Reyes National Seashore
Puuhonua o Honaunau National Historic Park
Puukohola Heiau National Historic Site
Rainbow Bridge National Monument
Saguaro National Park
Sunset Crater National Monument
Walnut Canyon National Monument
Wupatki National Monument
Yellowstone National Park
Zion National Park

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Illinois State University Celebrates 150th with View-Master® Art Exhibit

View-Master viewersA momentous event, such as the 150th anniversary of the founding of Illinois’ first public university, encourages current employees, students and friends to look back at the institution’s history. Two artists have taken that look back in a unique and interesting way in PAST TIMES: Remembering, Remapping, Recovering, opened August 21 and runs through September 16 at the University Galleries in the Center for the Visual Arts (CVA).

Amber Ginsburg, a master’s degree graduate of Illinois State and current graduate student at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and fellow artist Katie Hargrave explore previous uses of the south-campus site that is now home to the Center for the Visual Arts and the Centennial East and West building. Their exhibition illuminates the historic connection between the development of the university and the Bloomington-Normal community. The exhibition spotlights the former trolley line that ran through the site, plus the archery, tennis and football fields that used to exist there.

Weekdays between August 21 and September 16, free walking tours will be offered at noon, led by a variety of guides including actors in period costumes, historians and artists. Tour participants will use View-Master® viewers along the tour to see digitally altered photographs fusing historic and contemporary scenes. On Wednesdays, Professor Emeritus John Freed will share a “sneak peek” of his research for his upcoming sesquicentennial history book on ISU. On Fridays, actors portraying two 1890s sisters who attended ISNU will lead the tours. Group tours can be arranged by calling (309) 438-5487.

In addition to the walking tours, the University Galleries will host “Providence, Commemoration and Sediment,” installations which provide visual evidence of the past of Illinois State University. “Providence” invokes the names and home counties of the University’s first students in 1857; “Commemoration” features 80 images plus audio of past events on the south campus site; and “Sediment” creates a contact zone between all past iterations of the south quad, including a gallery floor covered with moist clay, evoking the old tennis courts.

According to Ginsburg and Hargrave, the south campus location has been used in numerous ways. From the 1880s through 1936, a trolley line ran directly through where the gallery space is now located, along the side of the quad and down School Street to downtown Normal. Among the other uses of the location were a women’s sports complex that was used for archery, field hockey, lacrosse and other outdoor sports; clay tennis courts and a practice football field for the Redbirds.

In 1957, for the centennial celebration of Illinois State University, the president of the university decided to build the Centennial Arts Complex at the south end of the quad. Ground breaking occurred in that year and the building opened in 1959. It currently houses the School of Music and School of Theatre. The School of Art and University Galleries are located in the CVA next door, which opened in 1973.

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1936 Olympics in 3-D

A Web site featuring stereoscopic photographs scanned from stereo pairs from the Raumbild book Die Olympischen Spiele published in 1936. The book was published in Germany soon after those Olympics. Steve Best, a long time 3-D buff, loaned the book to Pat Inniss for the purpose of featuring the 3-D photos converted into anaglyphic images on the Web.

The book itself contains a narrative description of the spectacle and a listing of the winners of the various events. A few of the stereo images are pasted into the book, but most of them are held in pockets recessed into the thick back cover. The entire set consists of 100 pairs. The front cover contains another pocket designed to hold the folding metal viewer.

The viewer accompanying the book resembles the magnifier you see in old newsreels being used to view reconnaissance photos, and is well made, with glass lenses held in a nickel-plated eyepiece. The photos are not transparent, so the construction of the viewer is open to allow light to strike the front of the photos.

To see the anaglyphic photos, visit Pat Inniss Web site.

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View-Master® 1940 Advertisting Display Reproductions

View-Master Advertising Display reproductionsHere is a sophisticated way to display stereo art in your home or office that will surely draw attention and start many interesting conversations. In the late 1940's View-Master® was considered a high-tech photo medium, and was sold in camera shops and high-end department stores. The advertising displays were often very up scale, and aimed at the more sophisticated shopper. Tom Martin at 3dimensionphoto offers reproductions of two of these displays from the View-Master® stereo library; Stoney Indian Chief and Roy Rogers.

The originals of these very rare displays were dye-transfer prints that were glued to mat board, which was then glued to a masonite backing (all have now yellowed with age). The reproductions Martin offers were digitally scanned from the originals prints, color corrected, printed on Fuji Crystal Archive Professional Paper (type CD) and dry mounted on 100 percent acid free rag board. They are framed in copper colored metal frames, and have the original View-Master® reels that the images were taken from in the lower right corners (reel 320 Indian Days Banff and 945 Roy Rogers King of the Cowboys respectfully). The reels are trimmed on one side just like the original displays. Even the name plates are exact duplicates of the originals. The prints are a limited edition that are hand numbered on the mat.

Only 10 displays were made from each original, and no more will be made. Only a few are left, and Martin is offering theses at below cost so that I can recover some space in his home (they are large sized prints!). This is a rare opportunity to own a piece of quality stereo photography artwork that is sure to bring compliments from young and old alike.

Visit 3dimensionphoto to find out more details.

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Ray Zone 3-D Books and Magazines

Nickelodeon 3-D magazineHere is a special 3-D issue of Nickelodeon Magazine with lots of pages in color 3-D.

In addition to nine full pages of 3-D comics by Ray Zone there are wild anaglyph pictures by Simon Bell and Ron Labbe to round out this great 3-D magazine. Custom 3-D glasses are bound into the magazine.

Ray converted some eye-popping comics to 3-D for this amazing special issue. Don't miss the centerspread called "4-D" by underground comix great Kim Deitch.

Blinkers and hidden images are also included in the crazy 3-D action. The magazine cover art features characters from the animated film Robots.

You can order a copy the the magazine personally signed by Ray Zone for $15 postpaid by visiting The Ray Zone Store.

In addition to the Nickelodeon Magazine, you can also get signed copies of Ray Zone's 3-D Filmmakers book or Living Pictures written by Ray Zone and illustrated by Chuck Roblin, a black-and-white perfect bound book with 50 pages of illustrated history telling the complete story of motion pictures. Previously serialized in the pages of American Cinematographer magazine, each page of Living Pictures spotlights an individual or invention that played a key role in the technological evolution of the motion picture medium. While there are no actual 3-D images in the book, several pages deal with stereoscopic film. A perfect book for film students of all ages. It explains in visual form the complex workings of motion picture cameras, projectors and the filmmakers and studios who worked in the early years to make the movies what they are today.

There is also a special limited edition View-Master® 3-D Collector's Reel that showcases the work of Ray Zone, Pioneer of 3-D Conversion. With seven of Ray's landmark 3-D images in the classic View-Master® reel, this series was produced by the Southern California Stereo Club in a limited numbered quantity of 1,000. Included with the View-Master® reel are Scene Titles and detailed Descriptions as well as an essay titled "How Does He Do That?" in which Ray Zone explains how to make a 3-D conversion from a "flat" image. As with all items purchased here, this product is autographed by Ray Zone.

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View-Master® Reels and Packets Vol. 3 - Showtime and Education set for release in 2009

View-Master® Reels and Packets Vol. 3 cover art

Work continues on putting together the hardback book View-Master® Reels and Packets Volume 3 - Showtime and Education. This three-volume collector's guide is a historical overview of View-Master® reels and packets since its introduction. It is an absolute necessity for every View-Master® collector in the world, written by Harry zur Kleinsmiede, who has been collecting View-Master® memorabilia longer than anyone else in the world, starting in 1952 when he was five years old.

Volume 3 could be the most anticipated book in the trilogy since it features showtime and education topics. Most children in the U.S. remember getting the Sears Christmas Catalog and turning to the full color images View-Master® page to pick out their favorite movie and TV show packets to put on the list for Santa Claus. Now, everyone's list should include this book!

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Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over to Show on Outdoor Inflatable Screen in Louisiana

Spy Kids 3-D: Game OverRobinson Film Center and Sonic Drive-In will host the Movies & Moonbeams outdoor cinema presentation of Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over about 8 p.m. Sept. 7, 2007, in Tinsley Park in Bossier City, Louisiana.

Admission is a suggested donation of $1 each and includes free 3-D glasses while supplies last. Fundraising concessions including popcorn, candy and a special, one-night-only drink blend created by Sonic Drive-In will be available for purchase.

Gates will open at 6 p.m. The public is encouraged to bring chairs, blankets, etc., to create their own comfortable spot on the park lawn. The film starring Antonio Banderas, Sylvester Stallone and Salma Hayek will begin promptly at nightfall.

The park is on Tinsley Boulevard, just east of East Texas Street at Airline Drive.

In the event of rain, the screening will be canceled.

In other news, Robinson Film Center announced plans to screen the animated film Monster House at 6 p.m. Oct. 19 at Bossier Parish Community College in Bossier City.

"Movies & Moonbeams," Louisiana's only public outdoor cinema, is a program of Robinson Film Center. It is designed to provide affordable, family-friendly entertainment in local parks.

"Movies & Moonbeams" films are presented on a large, inflatable screen that stands more than 30 feet tall using digital technology to provide theater-quality picture and sound.

The Robinson Film Center is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to provide a venue for independent, international, and classic film while serving as a resource for film production and education.

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3D Entertainment Completes Principal Photography on Dolphins and Whales 3-D: Tribes of the Ocean Premiering February 2008 at IMAX 3-D Theatres

From Dolphins and Whales 3-D: Tribes of the Ocean. Gavin McKinny, director of photography with wild dolphins. Copyright 2007 3D Entertainment Distribution Limited.

From Dolphins and Whales 3-D: Tribes of the Ocean. Gavin McKinny, director of photography with wild dolphins. ©2007 3D Entertainment Distribution Limited.

3D Entertainment Ltd. announced the successful completion of principal photography on its upcoming feature, Dolphins and Whales 3-D: Tribes of the Ocean. This new breathtaking documentary will make its US debut on IMAX 3-D screens in February 2008 before expanding into Europe and will be released in collaboration with the United Nations Environment Programme and its North American office, RONA, based in Washington D.C.

"We are thrilled that audiences will, for the very first time in 3-D at IMAX theatres, join in a once-in-a-lifetime diving experience that will bring them face-to-face with great and small cetaceans such as humpback whales, sperm whales, right whales, orcas, porpoises, bottlenose and spotted dolphins," said the film's producer and chairman of 3D Entertainment, Francois Mantello. "Thanks to the powerful IMAX 3-D theatre medium, viewers will get so close to the creatures they will virtually touch them and ultimately become part of these surviving ocean tribes."

"We are delighted to once again join our friends at 3D Entertainment on this new edutainment film, which serves as a wonderful extension of the Year of the Dolphin campaign developed in collaboration with the Convention on Migratory Species (UNEP/CMS), TUI and the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society," said Brennan Van Dyke, UNEP Regional Director in Washington D.C. "Despite years of protection, experts agree that cetaceans continue to be threatened at an alarming rate. Many are already considered endangered or vulnerable due to the deterioration of their environment over the last decades."

Dolphins and Whales 3-D: Tribes of the Ocean is currently in post-production and will be completed by late November. Principal photography began in June 2004 in Polynesia and an extensive three years were required to capture the necessary footage. Filming consisted of no fewer than 12 expeditions and 600 hours underwater at some of the remotest locations on Earth, including off the Pacific Ocean atolls of Moorea and Rurutu, Vava'u island of the Kingdom of Tonga, Pico Island in the Azores archipelago and the Bay of Islands in New Zealand.

"Although each encounter with these wild creatures was truly magical and highly emotional, Dolphins and Whales 3-D: Tribes of the Ocean marks one of the most challenging and epic productions we have ever taken on as filmmakers," explains the film's director, Jean-Jacques Mantello. "Locating the pods at a time when their populations are dwindling was undisputedly the greatest obstacle to overcome. The result, however, is simply spectacular. We have exceptional footage of cetaceans shown as they really are in their daily lives: interacting, communicating through their highly complex system of sound, feeding, migrating and perpetually fighting for their survival."

Added Director of Photography Gavin McKinney, "Whales and dolphins ultimately provide you with a lesson in humility, as it is they, not us, who decide if they are to be filmed or not. These intelligent mammals usually swim away when coming upon an unknown presence; you need to make yourself 'accepted' and this can take a while, but we were lucky enough to be helped by the calves and their curiosity for the 3-D camera rig."

Following Ocean Wonderland (2003) and Sharks 3-D (2005), Dolphins and Whales 3-D: Tribes of the Ocean marks the final chapter in a unique trilogy of ocean-themed documentaries that have proven immensely popular with audiences, grossing a combined USD 52.5 million at the box office.

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Stereo Realist Heat Seal Mount Holder

Realist Thingie

This Realist item showed up in an online auction and the seller didn't know what it was. Thanks to Dr. T (George Themelis) for identifying it as the piece used to hold slides and mounts in place for the heat sealer. The Heat Sealing Kit also came with the heat sealer, cutter, film sorting box and tweezers.

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

Howdy Doody Stori-views box

A box of Howdy Doody Stori-views sold for $37.57 with four bids. This set of viewer and stereo 3-D slides is in its original box. The two complete sets of slides are 12 "Howdy Doody and his Pals" and six "Raising Cowboy Horses". A long list of other available sets is printed on the bottom of the box.

Coca-Cola View-Master

A Coca-Cola® View-Master® from the 30th Coca-Cola® Collectors Convention sold for $21.22 with three bids. The reel features seven images of vintage Coca-Cola® collectible items. This item was very limited. It was only given to the paid attendees at the Convention Banquet, held in Atlanta, Georgia in July 2004.

Bettie Page stereo slide

A vintage nude stereo slide of 1950s icon Bettie Page sold for $53 with seven bids. The Realist format slide shows Bettie Page reading an article in a magazine. The article is about herself!

 

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