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February 2008 Issue

Vol. 6,
No. 2

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New York Stereoscopic Society Celebrates its 10th Anniversary on Feb. 21

The New York Stereoscopic Society celebrates its 10th anniversary at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb, 21 in the Kaufmann Auditorium, in the American Museum of Natural History in New York City.

The event will feature a presentation of the 1948 slide show Highway USA, narrated by Paul Harvey. The 30-minute show was produced by the Barber-Greene paving equipment company and shown at fairs and civic meetings around the country. It is a classic piece of Americana created in praise of the open road and pitching the idea that we can use a lot more of it.

In its 10year history, the New York Stereoscopic Society has produced more than 50 events focusing on stereoscopic imagery. Most meetings feature polarized projection of a slide show. At least once a year, an open night is held for members to project images.

The society maintains a Web site. The site contains news of events, exhibitions and activities of interest in the New York area, along with links to articles and product announcements that might be useful to its audience.

Members of the society are photographers, collectors, historians and general enthusiasts for all ways of creating and viewing 3-D images. View-Master®, anaglyph and lenticular images are among the other formats covered, as well as an increasing interest in 3-D filmmaking and digital projection.

The Feb. 21 event is free and open to the public. Guests must enter the Museum's 77th street entrance, between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue. 3-D glasses will be provided.

Information about the NYSS' events is available at http://www.ny3d.org.

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The Orphanage 3-D Lenticular Movie Poster

A new 3-D lenticular one-sheet movie poster produced to promote the movie, The Orphanage is now in theatres. The image shows a woman alone and shifts to show ghostly children behind her when viewed from another angle.

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3-D TV Unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas

Philips 3-D TVTelevision will enter a new dimension with the launch of the first 3-D TV sets designed for use in the home. The televisions can screen three-dimensional content, in which objects appear to leap out at the viewer, without the need for the special glasses used in theatres.

The TVs also contain technology that can add depth to two-dimensional television, making scenes look more lifelike.

The world's biggest electronics companies hope to have their products, which will cost thousands of dollars initially, in the shops by the end of the year. The technology comes as Hollywood studios are taking more interest in the 3-D format.

Animated 3-D films, such as The Polar Express and Disney's Meet the Robinsons, have attracted large audiences. Leading directors James Cameron and Steven Spielberg are working on 3-D films, which are due out next year.

Experts have warned, however, that 3-D television programs will need to be filmed carefully to ensure that the effects are comfortable to watch. Tests on 3-D films have found that some viewers find watching them disorienting and suffer headaches and nausea.

The electronics companies Philips and Samsung showed off their competing technologies at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

The momentum will continue this month when manufacturers and film production companies, including Sony, Mitsubishi, Philips and Dreamworks, meet to plan a strategy for bringing 3-D into the home.

To see a three-dimensional image on a flat television screen, the viewer's right and left eyes need to see slightly different images, taken from different angles, to trick the brain into thinking it is seeing a 3-D object.

Previously this was done by showing two images that could only be combined into a three-dimensional picture when seen through glasses with one lens red and the other green or blue.

Philips is expected to be one of the first companies to release a 3-D television set that does not require glasses.

How the Philips set works
The technology uses a special lens on the screen to create the effect. Philips is already producing 3-D sets costing for the commercial advertising market. The company aims to have cheaper domestic products on the market by next year.

Samsung has a competing 3-D television that will be on sale by the end of this year, but it will require viewers to wear special glasses.

Professor John Watson, of Aberdeen University, a member of the European Commission's network of experts on 3-D television, said, "I think it is inevitable that we will get a format war with 3-D." "It will depend on how willing consumers will be to wear glasses in their own homes."

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3-D Lenticular Cover Edition DVDs

Several DVDs are available with limited edition 3-D lenticular covers. Here are the box covers of some of the most recent releases.

The Abyss DVD

Alien DVD

Alien vs. Predator DVD

The Day After Tomorrow DVD

The Abyss

Alien

Alien vs. Predator

The Day After Tomorrow

I, Robot DVD

Independence Day DVD

The Fog

I, Robot

Independence Day

Jeepers Creepers

Robocop DVD

Terminator DVD

Superman Doomsday lenticular cover DVD

Robocop

The Terminator

Superman Doomsday

V for Vendetta

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Woman Sues GAF Over Cancer

GAF logoA woman is suing two companies that operated the former View-Master® plant in Beaverton, claiming that contaminated well water caused her kidney cancer.

Sandra Connel, from Vancouver, seeks more than $1 million in damages from GAF Corp. and General Aniline & Film Corp., both Delaware-based corporations. In the same lawsuit, Burton Connel, her husband, seeks as much as $100,000 in damages stemming from her illness.

The couple joins others suing the former owners of the View-Master® plant over chemical contamination for TCE at the site off Southwest Hall Boulevard near Oregon 217. As many as 25,000 workers manufactured photographic equipment and then toy slide viewers there for more than 50 years.

Already working through the courts are six separate cases represented by the Portland firm Sokol & Associates.

Sawyer's Inc. opened the plant in 1951, and General Aniline & Film, also known as GAF, took over in 1967. View-Master® began operations in 1981 and merged into Tyco in 1989. Tyco merged into Mattel in 1997. The plant closed the plant in 2001. The site is now undergoing cleanup work. It is owned by Harsch Investment Corp.

Connel worked at the plant one year, from 1969 to 1970. She was diagnosed with renal cell carcinoma in 1990; which metastasized in her leg. According to the lawsuit, she continues to experience significant pain from the cancer.

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Brendan Fraser Says He Saw Star Wars 3-D

Brendan Fraser visted Lucasfilm and got a glimpse of the efforts to turn the Star Wars movies into 3-D productions.

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Toy Story 1 and 2 Returning to Theatres in 3-D

Variety reports that the first film is slated to hit theaters on Oct. 2, 2009, a few months before its sequel gets a 3-D release on Feb. 12, 2010.

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Missy Elliot Going 3-D for Disney

Billboard reports that Walt Disney Studios has created a stereoscopic 3-D music video combining two Missy Elliot songs featured in the studio's upcoming Step Up 2 the Streets, which opens Feb. 14. MTV will premiere the video in 3-D on Monday, Feb. 4 during TRL. Glasses for home viewing will be distributed via various promotions.

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

Box of 100 Stereoview Cards - Spain
Sold for $610 with 12 bids.

Antique Table Top Mahogany Stereoview Optical Viewer
Sold for $650 with 7 bids.

President Harry S Truman with Senators Stereoview
Sold for $349.55 with 15 bids.

Muybridge Pacific Mail Co. San Fransisco, CA Stereoview
Sold for $317 with 19 bids.

View-Master® Mark II Stereo Camera, Cutter and Accessories
Sold for $411.50 with 25 bids.

 

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