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World's Largest 3-D Lenticular Mural certified by Guinness Book of World Records

Big3D's world's largest lenticularThe Guinness Book of World Records® certified a 98-feet long by 13-feet tall (29.9m x 3.9m) lenticular mural by Big3D to be the largest lenticular mural ever.

World-renowned tattoo artist Mario Barth partnered with Big3D to produce the record-setting mural. The stunning 3-D lenticular mural was installed in the Mandalay Bay Casino is association with the House of Blues nightclub and restaurant in preparation for the grand opening of the Mr. Bart’s latest tattoo emporium.

The lenticular mural by Big3D was unveiled on Oct. 18, 2007 with representatives of Guinness Book of World Records® on hand to document its authenticity as the largest lenticular mural ever created.

The enormous 3.D/flip mural is emblazoned with iconic tattoo imagery surrounding larger-than-life shots of Mr. Barth and his wife and head of operations, Carol. Vibrant colors recall some of Mr. Barth’s more vivid tattoo work, much of which adorns the bodies of some of the world’s most famous celebrities. The installation will remain while the tattoo emporium is under construction.

No stranger to record-setting lenticular installations, Big3D’s owner Tom Saville was particularly proud of the company’s latest achievement. “It was a pleasure to work on Mr. Barth’s Starlight Tattoo project. His desire to transcend the ordinary and create a truly stunning graphic display was a challenge I knew we could meet. I tip my hat to Mr. Barth and to the team at Big3D.com.”

Installation went smoothly and was completed in less than one day. When the half-ton crate of lenticular panels was delivered the morning of October 18 the installation crew overseen by Mr. Saville went immediately to work. Approximately three hours was invested in preplanning the installation, using laser guides to mark the panel locations. Another four hours was spent hanging the panels in place. At the conclusion of the installation, representatives of Guinness Book of World Records® certified the lenticular mural as a world record.

View photos of and more information about this amazing installation online at www.Big3D.com. A broader array of higher resolution photos is available on request.

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Six-foot Tall View-Master® Display Shows Holiday Images at Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, Tennesee
Holiday Splendor Abounds at Dollywood's Smoky Mountain Christmas Festival

The six-foot tall View-Master viewer at Dollywood.  Photo courtesy of Dollywood.Dollywood's 18th annual Smoky Mountain Christmas festival (Nov. 10-Dec. 30) heralds the return of Dollywood's Babes in Toyland show along with an all-new Santa's Workshop, all amid a display of 3.5 million holiday lights.

"With three and a half million lights and our biggest lineup of holiday shows ever, this is by far Dollywood's flashiest Christmas ever," Dolly Parton said. "Plus, I think Santa will be really happy with the extraordinary home makeover at Santa's Workshop. I bet he had no idea I was an interior decorator!"

Dollywood's Babes in Toyland, the park's most elaborate stage production ever, features stunning sets, magnificent music, the triumphant march of the 21 toy soldiers, all rivaled only by the show's surprise finale. Performed in DP's Celebrity Theatre, Dollywood's Babes in Toyland's show-stopping scenes include the appearance of the fully animated 15-foot-tall "General." Additional performances have been added with as many as seven shows on some operating days. Dollywood's Christmastime entertainment also features Christmas in the Smokies, Twas the Night Before Christmas, Christmas with the Kingdom Heirs, Carol of the Trees, An Appalachian Christmas, The Victorian Melodies, and O' Holy Night, which introduces a brand-new set this year to complement this touching outdoor telling of the Nativity. A show schedule for the entire festival is available online at www.dollywood.com.

Santa will spend his time at Dollywood in an all-new Santa's Workshop. Weeks of design and construction went into the extraordinary makeover on Santa's 500-sq.-foot home away from home. An 18-foot-tall Christmas tree is surrounded by an assortment of larger-than-life-sized toys including "Jumbo the Elephant," which measures nine-feet-tall; a seven-foot-tall sailboat; a five-foot-tall tricycle; an eight-foot-tall dollhouse; a six-foot-tall View-Master® that displays a variety of holiday images and more. In addition, families can help assemble the eight-foot-tall interactive puzzle which reveals a popular Dollywood scene. Large-scale ornaments and decorations are presented from ceiling to floor. The workshop's main attraction, Santa, poses for photos and reviews wish lists until December 24 when Santa's Workshop closes for the season.

Christmastime brings out the best in Dollywood foods with special holiday menu items and buffets featured throughout the park. The Sweet Shoppe offers a new menu of soups and salads, including a delicious beef and Swiss croissant Panini and a turkey cranberry wrap. The Backstage restaurant offers a selection of steaks from the Backstage Grill, while all-you-can-eat buffets are served at Aunt Granny's and Miss Lillian's.

Park guests can enjoy Breakfast with Santa at Aunt Granny's restaurant on Nov. 10, 17, 23 and 24; and Dec. 1, 8, 15 and 22 from 9:30 a.m. until noon. Seating is first-come; first-served. Breakfast requires an additional fee as well as Dollywood admission.

Smoky Mountain Christmas also includes two nightly Parade of Lights; Tinker the Talking Christmas Tree; the country's tallest German Christmas pyramid; craft demonstrations as well as more than 20 rides and attractions including the award-winning Mystery Mine® and Thunderhead® coasters.

For the first time during the holiday season, Dollywood offers a "Buy After 6 p.m. and Wrap Up the Next Day FREE" program. Guests who purchase a one-day admission after 6 p.m. may visit the park free the next operating day.

Smoky Mountain Christmas also marks the exclusive use of Dollywood's McCarter Hollow Road entrance as the park's main entrance.

Operating days and hours vary. For more information, visit www.dollywood.com or Call 1-800-DOLLYWOOD.

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Beowulf 3-D opening weekend grosses nearly $8 million

Angelina Jolie in BeowulfParamount Pictures’ Beowulf is benefiting from REAL D 3-D theaters using next-generation 3-D technology. Having grossed a total of over $28 million, Beowulf in REAL D 3-D grossed approximately $8 million in 638 locations nationwide in its first weekend.

The film’s box office success with REAL D 3-D is a promising note for this year’s movie exhibition business.

“We are beyond pleased with the performance of Beowulf in REAL D,” said Michael V. Lewis, chairman and CEO of REAL D. “We’re the world’s largest 3-D platform and this weekend, with an $8 million gross, proves that REAL D delivers the gold. We've brought a next-generation 3-D experience to theaters all across the country, proven by the fact that over a million people saw Beowulf in REAL D 3-D this weekend. We are thrilled to have been associated with Paramount Pictures, Shangri-la Entertainment and ImageMovers in this groundbreaking film.”

REAL D estimates more than 4,000 REAL D 3-D screens globally by 2009.

REAL D is the global leader in 3-D, bringing the most advanced and enjoyable digital 3-D experience to cinemas worldwide. REAL D’s next-generation technology, deployed across the world’s largest 3-D platform in 24 countries, provides a stunningly realistic viewing experience beyond the usual concepts of 3-D cinema. The impact of 3-D upon today’s moviemaking has been compared to the advent of color film when once there was only black and white. Beyond cinema, REAL D is the worldwide inventor and provider of key stereoscopic technologies used in science, manufacturing, marketing and other industries, with 30 years of scientific development behind its systems. REAL D’s mission-critical 3-D visualization technologies are used by organizations such as NASA, Pfizer, BMW, Boeing and more. For more information, visit www.REALD.com.

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Ray Zone 3-D Work Featured in The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Black Dossier

The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Black Dossier cover artThe League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Black Dossier features a special 17-page 3-D section converted by Ray Zone. The 208-page hardback book is intended for mature readers.

Acclaimed writer Alan Moore once again joins forces with artist Kevin O'Neill for The Black Dossier, a stunning original hardcover graphic novel that is the next chapter in the fantastic saga of The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.

The Black Dossier is an elaborately designed, cutting-edge volume that includes a "Tijuana Bible" insert and a 3-D section complete with custom glasses, as well as additional text pieces, maps and a stunning cutaway double-page spread of Captain Nemo's Nautilus submarine by Kevin O'Neill.

Synopsis
England in the mid 1950s is not the same as it was. The powers that be have instituted some changes. The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen have been disbanded and disavowed, and the country is under the control of an iron-fisted regime. Now, after many years, the still youthful Mina Murray and a rejuvenated Allan Quatermain return and are in search of some answers. Answers that can only be found in a book buried deep in the vaults of their old headquarters, a book that holds the key to the hidden history of the League throughout the ages: The Black Dossier. As Allan and Mina delve into the details of their precursors, some dating back centuries, they must elude their dangerous pursuers who are Hell-bent on retrieving the lost manuscript and ending the League once and for all.

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Stereo World Features Second 3-D Cover

Stereo World September/October 2007 cover artThe September/October 2007 issue of Stereo World features its second full page front and back cross-eye view cover. It's a computer generated Giganotosaur inserted into a live action background from the large-format 3-D film Giants of Patagonia.

Stereo World Magazine is published bimonthly with 40 or more pages per issue. Stereo images from a variety of eras and formats are printed as high quality side-by-side pairs, lavishly illustrating every article. Stereo World publishes original research by noted authorities on stereo photographers, their publishing histories, the historic events and subjects they depicted, and their equipment and techniques.

All National Stereoscopic Association members receive six issues of Stereo World annually. Equally featured are articles of interest to today's stereo photographers and students of 3-D imaging techniques.

Subjects covered are cameras and projectors, viewers and other equipment, 3-D drawing and digital applications, View-Master® information, 3-D film and video developments and news of products and services from around the world. Stereo related books are reviewed, and upcoming photo trade shows and exhibitions are listed.

Display and classified ads assist members in pursuing their stereo activities. Members are offered free classified advertising (100 free words per year, divided into three ads).

A printable membership application to join the National Stereoscopic Association is located online.

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Hurricane Dean in 3-D

Hurricane Dean in 3-D.Check out these 3-D animations that the University of Wisconsin created for Hurricane Dean, the Category 5 storm that slammed into Mexico in August.

These image loops capture Hurricane Dean as it became an increasingly strong category 4 storm during the afternoon and evening of Aug. 20, 2007.

These GOES-12 visible images have been manipulated to show a three dimensional effect when viewed with red/blue glasses.

The animations are available in JAVA and animated GIF formats.

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Honestly, Is That Abe in 3-D?

Close up of what is believed to be Abe Lincoln at Gettysburg from a 3-D  Library of Congress image.

Could the man in the stovepipe hat be President Abraham Lincoln? This is a close-up taken from the stereo pair, which came from the Library of Congress online 3-D archives. (Library of Congress photo)

Civil War enthusiasts will get a rare glimpse at what a handful of scholars are calling the most significant find of its kind in generations: a pair of stereoscopic photos, purportedly of Abraham Lincoln at Gettysburg before he delivered his famous address.

Photos of Lincoln are incredibly rare; only about 130 exist. Until now, there was only one known photo of the 16th president at Gettysburg, sitting in a crowd of dignitaries on Nov. 19, 1863, just after delivering the legendary speech.

JUDGE FOR YOURSELF: Lincoln at Gettysburg

The photos are enlarged details from much wider crowd shots. They were discovered by a Civil War hobbyist earlier this year in the vast trove of Library of Congress photographs digitized since 2000, and provided to USA TODAY.

They show a figure believed to be Lincoln, white-gloved and in his trademark stovepipe hat, in a military procession.

"It is just staggering to look at," said Harold Holzer, author of several books on Lincoln and vice chairman of the Lincoln Forum, a group of more than 250 enthusiasts who meet annually at Gettysburg. On Saturday, Nov. 17, 2007, the group got a chance to gaze at huge projections of the images and decide for themselves. Holzer lead a discussion on the find, seen until now by only a few experts.

Thank modern technology, and a dogged amateur historian, for the discovery.

John Richter, 51, of Hanover, Pa., had loved Gettysburg since he was a kid; for 20 years had been collecting stereoviews or stereographs, which use special viewers to turn pairs of images into a 3-D view.

A board member of the non-profit Center for Civil War Photography, he had always been interested in the Gettysburg stereoviews, available free for the past several years on the Library of Congress Web site. When he saw negatives 1159 and 1160, taken seconds apart, he said to himself, "I think I see something going on."

Like the scientist who discovered Pluto because he knew where to look, Richter knew from historic descriptions of the ceremonies that the 4-by-7-inch plates of the troop procession ought to have Lincoln in there somewhere. "If I wouldn't have seen Lincoln there, it would have been a surprise," he said.

So he asked the center's president, Bob Zeller, to request much larger, more richly detailed computer files. Richter zoomed in tight and found what he was looking for: Lincoln on horseback, or so he believes.

He and Zeller haven't distributed the images until now, so only one official at the Library of Congress has seen them. She hasn't committed to a positive identification, but Holzer, for one, is convinced.

"I don't see any reason to think it's not Abraham Lincoln," he said. "I'm going to start the session by saying, 'You may have seen the most important Lincoln photographic discovery in 40 years, what do you think?' "

Holzer, who wrote The Lincoln Image and co-wrote The Lincoln Family Album and The Confederate Image: Prints of the Lost Cause, said he'll begin a campaign to have the stereoviews displayed publicly. He hopes to persuade the Smithsonian Institution to exhibit them so the images are life-size and the public can decide for itself.

"All it takes is a wall," he said. "And they've got plenty of walls."

The photographs belong to the public and can be seen at the Library of Congress Web site, lcweb2.loc.gov/pp/pphome.html, after entering "stereograph+civil war" in the search field, or at the Center for Civil War Photography Web site at www.civilwarphotography.org.

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Synthespian Studios Produces New 3-D Film for Radio City Christmas Spectacular

© 2007 MSG Entertainment. All Rights Reserved. Image courtesy Synthespian Studios.This year Synthespian Studios produced a new version of the 70mm stereoscopic 3-D film that has opened The Radio City Christmas Spectacular since 2001.

For this year's show, Synthespian Studios Directors Jeff Kleiser and Diana Walczak worked closely with the show's director and choreographer Linda Haberman to plan an extension of the film. While previous editions of the film started with Santa arriving in New York just over the Statue of Liberty to be exact, this year Haberman wanted Santa's journey to start at the North Pole.

"Approximately 47 seconds of new material was created for this year's film," says Haberman. The film opens on a screen filled with clouds and then suddenly Santa and his reindeer burst out of the clouds and take us on a thrilling journey through a canyon of ice, past a Polar Bear with two cubs who throw snowballs at us, creating a startling a 3-D effect, over the Canadian tundra and woods where we pass a gaggle of geese in another 3-D effect and up and over Niagara Falls before we swoop down the Hudson river and under the George Washington Bridge to seamlessly hook-up with the old film at the Statue of Liberty."

The imagery for this year's film was produced by a small team of artists working from studios in Hollywood and western Massachusetts. Blocking, layout, character animation, research and design for the clouds and compositing were handled by four artists in Hollywood. Artists in Massachusetts took on the task of changing the color of Santa's sleigh in the older material from blue green to red. They also created a 3-D gold 75 logo that was placed on the Radio City marquee that appears at the end of the film.

"We were thrilled to be able to update our film, which has now been running for six years at Radio City, and we hope the new footage will be as well received as the rest of the film has been in the past," said Kleiser.

A 2-D version of this film will be included in Celebrating 75 Years of the Radio City Christmas Spectacular, a one-hour high-def broadcast of the Christmas show to be shown on NBC on December 1. Don Hewitt is the special's executive producer, which will be hosted by Matt Lauer and Meredith Vieira.

Other credits include:

  • Producer: Amanda Roth.
  • Lead Artists: Caleb Owens, Kenny Jackson, Edward Quirk.
  • CG Artists: Travis Pinsonnault, Eric Wilson, Benjamin Fiske, Ron Hui, Stephen Sen.

Synthespian Studios is a boutique story development, design and character animation studio launched by Creative Directors Diana Walczak and Jeff Kleiser who, as partners, helmed the bicoastal animation and effects house Kleiser-Walczak Construction Co.

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Tim Burton to make 3-D versions of Alice in Wonderland and Frankenweenie

Frankenweenie titleTim Burton has signed a deal with the Walt Disney Co. to direct and produce 3-D movies based on Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland and his own short film Frankenweenie.

The Alice adaptation, combining live-action and performance-capture technology, will start shooting in early 2008.

Burton will then start work on a full-length version of his 1984 cult favorite Frankenweenie, about a pet dog who is brought back to life by his loyal owner in a very unusual way. The film will be shot in stop-motion animation.

Burton is putting the finishing touches on the Johnny Depp musical Sweeney Todd, which DreamWorks/Paramount will release domestically in December 2007.

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3-D digital screens come to Kinepolis
Belgium, France and Spain get cinema upgrades

3-D Experience by Kinepolis logoKinepolis rolled out 3-D digital cinema at 17 multiplexes in Belgium, France and Spain in late November with a euro 2 ($3) premium over local ticket prices for 35mm screenings.

Cinemagoers using pre-paid vouchers to buy tickets will not pay extra in the short term. In France, this will let in a significant slice of the audience, since vouchers account for 40 percent of Kinepolis ticket sales. In Belgium vouchers have only a 10 percent share.

Kinepolis customers are already used to paying a $1.45 premium for digital screenings. According to corporate strategy director Jan Huyghe, this has not stopped people choosing digital over 35mm.

Every Kinepolis complex in Belgium and France will have one 3-D screen, as will its Madrid megaplex. "This may be increased in 2008, if the content stream justifies it," Huyghe said, although at the moment he is more concerned about gaps. "We can accept two or three weeks without a 3-D film but a month or more risks undermining the offer."

The group's 3-D strategy was unveiled in Brussels, Lille and Madrid. First to screen was the fantasy epic Beowulf on Nov. 23, followed early in 2008 by Belgian animation Fly Me to the Moon.

The 3-D experience will be heavily promoted, in line with the company's aggressive implementation of digital cinema.

According to the Dodona Research report on digital conversion, Kinepolis is one of Europe's digital driving forces, responsible in Belgium for pushing the digital share up to 50 percent of screens.

Kinepolis chose the Dolby 3-D system, which projects onto a conventional cinema screen, while cinemagoers wear reusable, non-mechanical glasses.

From November 16 through 22, Kinepolis Madrid previewed of several 3-D digital trailers to introduce the new 3-D digital theatre screen. The preview featured trailers from Beowulf, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Fly Me to the Moon and a one-minute segment from Star Wars: Attack Of The Clones. The Star Wars segment features the Coruscant speeder chase. The clip is from the "pull up, Anakin" scene until Zam exits the tunnel. Theatre goers simply had to request tickets to see the preview.

Note: The link to Kinepolis Madrid is in Spanish. Visit Babelfish Translator to translate the Web page into English.

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Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Houses 3-D Information in its Collections

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences holds collections of material related to the movies. One of the collections includes materials related to 3-D films produced by Milton L. Gunzburg (circa 1910-1991). Gunzburg was a screenwriter and producer of 3-D films.

The M. L. Gunzburg Collection spans the years from 1933 to 1988 and encompasses approximately 30 linear feet. The collection contains script files, including scripts for 3-D films, training films and MGM shorts, radio and play scripts, short stories, correspondence, legal files and material related to 3-D films and Natural Vision.

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Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Searchable Online Script Catalog includes 3-D Films

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Margaret Herrick Library launched a searchable online catalog highlighting over 30,000 motion picture scripts available for research at six Southern California collections. The library includes scripts from 3-D films including Warner Bros. House of Wax and more.

Spanning the years from 1910 to 2005, the Motion Picture Scripts Database entries are searchable by title, releasing company, year of release, genre, writer and institution. Formerly a published book, the catalog added approximately 1,000 new titles since its last printing in 2002.

"Because of the great interest in scripts, the online catalog will serve as a quick and easy pointing tool for people interested in researching and reading screenplays," said the list's editor, Gregory Walsh.

The catalog includes the holdings for six Southern California library collections where scripts are housed – the Academy's Margaret Herrick Library, the American Film Institute's Louis B. Mayer Library, the Frances Howard Goldwyn Hollywood Regional Library, the University of California at Los Angeles, University of Southern California Cinema-Television Library and the Writers Guild of America, West. All scripts are non-circulating and may only be used on the premises of the owning library.

The online catalog will be updated on a monthly basis and replaces previous hardcopy editions, thereby providing greater research access to the general public. For more information contact Walsh at (310) 247-3000 ext. 209 or visit http://scriptlist.oscars.org.

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Is Peter Jackson Making The Hobbit in 3-D?

Dustcover from the first edition of J.R.R. Tolkien's The HobbitRumors are circulating that Peter Jackson has signed on to direct an adaptation of The Lord of the Rings prequel, The Hobbit. The word going is around Hollywood is the story will be split into two separate 3-D films. Jackson also intends to convert and rerelease The Lord of the Rings trilogy in 3-D as well, sometime between 2012 and 2014.

New Line Cinema has not confirmed this story, and for now, this must be considered only as a rumor. We do know that Peter Jackson is committed to the 3-D format. He has signed on to direct a TinTin trilogy of films with Steven Spielberg in 3-D.

The Hobbit, or There and Back Again is a fantasy novel for children written by J. R. R. Tolkien in the tradition of the fairy tale. It was first published on Sept. 21, 1937 to wide acclaim. While it stands in its own right, it is often marketed as a prelude to Tolkien's monumental novel The Lord of the Rings.

The Hobbit is set in a time "between the dawn of Faerie and the Dominion of Men," and follows the quest of home-loving Bilbo Baggins as he leaves his comedic-rustic village and moves into darker, deeper territory along with the 13 dwarves and wizard Gandalf.

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Final Destination 4 to be Filmed in 3-D

Final DestinationBack in 2004, we reported that Final Destination 3 was supposed to be filmed in 3-D. Well, that never happened but the producers of the next installment say that Final Destination 4 will be filmed in 3-D.

The Hollywood Reporter announced that the increasingly inaccurately named series will be getting another chapter.

Final Destination 4 will bring back together Final Destination 2's David R. Ellis and Eric Bress team as director and writer for the film. According to the press release, their last chapter "was praised for its elaborately orchestrated killings," so that's pretty much what you can expect in store for this one. Keep in mind, Ellis' non-Final Destination filmography's highlights are Cellular and Snakes on a Plane, which should also give you a pretty good idea what's in store. While the actual plot is being kept secret, it's probably safe to say it will be about teens who dodge death and are now being chased by this. That's the other thing about the plot so far revealed: "It will feature new teens facing new forms of death."

Perhaps the most interesting thing about the film is that it will be shot in 3-D, which is a trickier proposition for live-action than it is for something like Beowulf. Still, this is probably more interesting than the last installment, which on DVD allowed its audience to choose their own endings for the film's teens. Anyone who owns the DVD, and there are a lot out there according to sales figures, can tell you that this option is a lot less cool than it sounds.

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John Wayne's daughter-in-law looking for distributor for 3-D Hondo

Hondo pressbookJohn Wayne's daughter-in-law is restoring and looking for a distributor for the actor's 1953 3-D Western Hondo.

The U.S. premiere of a newly restored version of the film was presented Tuesday, November 13 by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

The film was projected digitally for an audience wearing active 3-D glasses.

"I would love to get this film restoration as good as possible and take it out for a theatrical release," said Gretchen Wayne, the widow of Wayne's eldest son Michael.

The western was made in 3-D and shown using a Polaroid 3-D system during its original theatrical release.

It aired once on broadcast TV in 1991 using an anaglyph system.

"The digital world is constantly evolving, and as it does we are able to do more and more with this very old 3-D version of Hondo," Wayne said.

"We showed it at Cannes. It was simply an upload from the original negative. It was color corrected and the dirt was removed. Since then, we've been able to do much more and we have a much better product."

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DreamWorks Animation and IMAX joins forces to develop 3-D films

IMAX logoGiant-screen movie company IMAX Corp. reports it has signed a three-picture deal to develop 3-D films by major Hollywood studio DreamWorks Animation SKG Inc.

IMAX will release Monsters vs. Aliens in March 2009, How to Train Your Dragon in November 2009 and Shrek Goes Forth in May 2010.

Financial details of the deal were not disclosed.

IMAX will also release a giant-screen two-dimensional version of DreamWorks' animated Kung Fu Panda next June.

The 3-D films are expected to be among the first presented with IMAX's digital 3-D projection system.

Paramount Pictures will act as distributor of the pictures.

"3-D cinema has an opportunity to revolutionize the way people experience movies," DreamWorks Animation CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg said in a release.

"We believe the immersive quality of Imax will provide our audiences with a unique way to experience our films and we are delighted to include Imax as a key part of our 3-D strategy."

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3-D Film Release Schedule 2008 - 2010

Disney's Hannah Montana 3-D2008
U2 3-D (Jan. 25, 2008) - Performances from seven of U2's shows on the Latin America Vertigo Tour in early 2006 converted into 3-D.

Hannah Montana and Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert 3-D (Feb. 1-7, 2008) Advance tickets for a one-week 3-D film engagement of Walt Disney Pictures' Hannah Montana and Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert went on sale starting on December 1. The film, which is said to capture the fun and excitement of the current sold-out 54-city tour, will be shown in state-of-the-art Disney Digital 3-D and will play in theatres across the country for a special one week engagement between February 1 - 7, 2008. The tour was created and produced by Kenny Ortega, who also directed both High School Musical movies.

Fly Me to the Moon (Feb. 15, 2008) - A computer animated tale of three young houseflies that stow away aboard the Apollo 11 flight to the moon.

Journey 3-D (July 11, 2008) - Visual effects supervisor turned director Eric Brevig's take on the classic Jules Verne novel, Journey to the Center of the Earth, starring Brendan Fraser and Josh Hutcherson.

Coraline (Fall 2008) - Written and directed by Henry Selick of Nightmare Before Christmas; stop-animated story about a girl who discovers a bricked-up wall behind a door in her home that leads to another world.

The Dark Country (Unconfirmed 2008) - A sci-fi noir thriller directed by Thomas Jane based on a forthcoming graphic novel that's being shot entirely in 3-D.

Final Destination 4 (Unconfirmed 2008) - Final Destination 2 director David R. Ellis returns to the franchise for another sequel that will be in 3-D.

Disney's Bolt poster artBolt (Nov. 26, 2008) Formerly titled American Dog, from Disney. John Travolta and Susie Essman lead the voice cast of Bolt, the story of a TV-star dog named Bolt (Travolta) who is accidentally shipped from his Hollywood soundstage to New York, where he begins a cross-country journey through the real world. Chris Williams directs.

2009
Monsters vs. Aliens (March 27, 2009) - A DreamWorks reinvention of the classic ’50s monster movie; directed by Rob Letterman (Shark Tale).

James Cameron's Avatar (May 22, 2009) - A band of humans are pitted in a battle against a distant planet's indigenous population. Revolutionary filmmaking techniques and a $190 million budget.

Robert Zemeckis’ Christmas Carol (Nov. 6, 2009) - Zemeckis continues in the same fashion as Polar Express and Beowulf in this classic retelling that will star Jim Carrey as Scrooge.

How to Train Your Dragon (Nov. 20, 2009) - Based on the 2003 children's novel by British author Cressida Cowell, this is about the adventures of Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III, the teenage son of a Viking chieftain who must capture a dragon for a rite of passage.

Crood Awakening (Unconfirmed 2009) - A comedy set in the stone age directed by Chris Sanders (Lilo & Stitch).

Tintin (Unconfirmed 2009) - The adventures of the popular Belgian comic strip hero Tintin and his faithful dog Snowy come to life through Peter Jackson and Steven Spielberg.

Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland (Unconfirmed 2009) - Based on the Lewis Carroll classic with a screenplay by Linda Woolverton (The Lion King); will combine both motion capture technology and live action.

2010
Shrek Goes Fourth (May 21, 2010) - The further adventures of the giant green ogre, Shrek, living in the land of Far, Far Away; will discover how Shrek arrived in his swamp.

Master Mind (Fall 2010) - A satirical take on superhero movies, in which a notorious villain loses his "oomph" after he accidentally kills his nemesis.

Puss in Boots as seen in Shrek 2.Puss in Boots: The Story of an Ogre Killer (Unconfirmed 2009) - A Shrek spin-off starring the sword fighting cat voiced by Antonio Banderas.

Antonio Banderas as Puss in Boots / Puss' twin brother
Eddie Murphy as Donkey
Mike Myers as Shrek (cameo)
John Cleese as King Harold (cameo)

In Development
Tim Burton's Frankenweenie - A feature length remake of Burton's 1984 short film that is a parody of the 1931 Frankenstein movie. The story is about a pet dog brought back to life by his loyal owner.

James Cameron's Battle Angel - James Cameron is directing and producing Battle Angel, a live-action adaption of the first three volumes of the manga series. Cameron has plans to make a trilogy if the first film is successful. Cameron's adaptation of the graphic novel about a female cyborg named Alita who is rescued from the scrapheap by a scientist, who becomes her surrogate father. Alita will be a CG character performed by an actress. Filming will be made with the new digital 3-D system Cameron has developed for Avatar, and will also include new devices for interacting between actors, director and the digital characters and environments, such as a real time virtual camera and virtual retinal display technology (VRD).

Star Wars 3-D - George Lucas has announced plans to remaster all of the Star Wars films in 3-D. When this might actually happen is anyones guess.

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.)

The Hobbit - Director Peter Jackson mines more of J.R.R. Tolkein's world for the big screen. Rumor is he will also convert The Lord of the Rings films to 3-D for re-release.

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Hallmark Lenticular 3-D Halloween and Christmas Cards

Here are some examples of several high quality lenticular 3-D Halloween and Christmas cards issued in 2007 by Hallmark. Santa and Mrs. Claus bump their hips together when the card is moved up and down. Some of the cards are motion lenticulars while others are 3-D. There are apparently 19 different Halloween cards and 26 Christmas cards issued. Some of the Christmas cards feature animated scenes from famous pop culture icons including Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Tweety-Bird and A Peanuts Christmas with Charlie Brown and friends.

Hallmark Lenticular card art

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Stereoscopic Displays and Applications Conference Update

Stereoscopic Displays and Applications logoRegistrations are now open for the 2008 Stereoscopic Displays and Applications Conference, and other conferences which are part of the 2008 Electronic Imaging Symposium.

The 2008 SD&A conference will be held 28-30 January 2008 at the San Jose Convention Center, San Jose, California. The advance program is online.

Registrations are also open for the Electronic Imaging 2008 short courses, including SC060 Stereoscopic Display Application Issues.

Registration and pricing information are available online. Register for the conference/symposium before January 6 and save $100.

Hotel bookings for SD&A 2008, and Electronic Imaging 2008 are now open. Hotel booking information is available online.

Important Dates

  • Nov. 30, 2007 - Earlybird demo space registration deadline (save $100).
  • Dec. 21, 2007 - Deadline for peer-reviewed full manuscripts.
  • Jan. 6, 2008 - Earlybird symposium registration deadline (save $100).
  • Jan. 9, 2008 Deadline for Final Manuscripts.
  • Jan. 27-31, 2008 Electronic Imaging Symposium.
  • Jan. 27, 2008 - Stereoscopic Display Application Issues Short Course.
  • Jan.28 - 30, 2008 - Stereoscopic Displays and Applications XIX.
  • Jan. 31, 2007 - The Engineering Reality of Virtual Reality 2008.

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

Kennedy Vari-Vu rings and fob

A pair of John F. Kennedy Flicker Rings and a Fob set sold for $9.99 with two bids. This JFK Flicker / Flasher Vari-Vu Ring and Fob Charm Set were most likely acquired from bubblegum vending machines for a penny or a nickel in the 1960s. One has John F. Kennedy in color view at one angle and an American Flag on the other angle view. The other ring has JFK in color on one angle and the American Flag in the other angle view with a memorial stating 35th President and his name and birth and death date at the bottom. One ring is excellent condition, the other has a little silver peeling off the plastic. The Fob is in excellent condition with the memorial view of dates and flag as well as the full color photo of JFK, it also has a gorgeous gold tone chain and fob.

Tarzan 3-D gum wrapper

A Tarzan 3-D picture card and bubble gum wrapper sold for $34.87 with seven bids. The seller also had separate auctions for various Tarzan 3-D cards.

Realist Stereo 50 Viewer

A Realist Stereo 50 Sequential Slide Viewer sold for $332.50 with 16 bids. The 50 slides are placed in a rotating drum. They are held by snapping on a metal clip. The viewer is held closed by a snap lock and opens very easily. Cardboard mounted Realist slides (note: viewer does not work with RBT or glass slides, only with cardboard slides) are taken out by pulling them out of the metal clip. New slides are inserted just as easily.

The viewer is lighted by an AC bulb and has an on-off switch. Slides are changed by rotating a drum through a knob in both the right and left side of the viewer. The drum rotates freely (no click stops, etc.).

Focus is simply done by stopping the drum so the slide is at a given distance from the lenses. There is no interocular adjustment.

Pontiac 3-D viewer set

A 1956 Pontiac 3-D Viewer with slides sold for $227.50 with 12 bids. The illuminated GM Photographic Mulitview stereo viewer came with its original leather case. Also in the set are operating instructions, index card for what appears to be 1956 model year and 15 Tru-Vue like slide cards. Models shown include Starchief, 870, 860 series and stationwagons as well as interior choices.

VM globe VM globe

VM globe

A View-Master® Display Globe sold for $1,025.64 with 15 bids. The globe was located in Vienna, Austria, Europe. The highly collectable advertising display in shape of an illuminated globe with four attached View-Master® stereoscopes has printed on the rotating globe "The World At Your Fingertips" and "Cartoon, Travel, Adventure, Scenic" on the base. The globe has a diameter of approximately 40cm. The sale included a translucent 11x60cm View Master® advertising panel. The globe was rated in B- condition. Note the European electric cord.

 

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