at Drupa 2008 with 3-D Format Products
DPLenticular will present a range of 3-D print
products, including large format, at this year's
The Irish 3-D software specialist, formerly known
as LPC Europe, will showcase its Lenstar products
for offset and digital printing, including the
40LPI product range, which offers volume productions
of posters in larger sizes with a 3D or flip effect.
Lenstar sheets are made to preset tolerances
on a consistent basis, and enable printers to
interlace an image and then print directly on
the gloss surface of the lenticular sheets.
However, the company is not just targeting larger
formats, there is a possibility of using lenticular
products for point-of-purchase design, packaging,
in direct mail and on promotional and card formats.
Daniel Pierret, founder and managing director
of DPLenticular, said,"We are very excited
at the prospect of Drupa 2008.
"With more than 10 years experience in Europe,
DPLenticular is well positioned to gain new market
share in the promotional and advertising sector
as the need for brand owners to promote their
products with innovative solutions, such as 3-D
and animation pictures, continues to grow."
Brothers 3-D Concert Film Added to Disney Digital
The Jonas Brothers are returning to the 3-D arena,
this time headlining a digital feature for Disney
that will include footage from their upcoming
Burning Up concert tour.
The three siblings, who are signed to Hollywood
Records and have appeared on several Disney Channel
programs, appeared in this year's Hannah Montana/Miley
Cyrus Best of Both Worlds Concert Tour. That
Disney Digital 3-D feature opened at No. 1 at
the domestic boxoffice in February and went on
to gross $65 million.
Bruce Hendricks, who helmed the Hannah Montana
film, will direct the Jonas Brothers movie, with
Art Repola reprising his role as producer. Also
producing are Phil McIntyre, Kevin Jonas Sr.,
Johnny Wright and Alan Sacks.
The Burning Up tour kicks off July 4 in Toronto,
with special guest Demi Lovato. The film will
be shot in 3-D and include footage from their
live shows as well as behind-the-scenes documentary
There are no fewer than 10 digital 3-D titles
slated for a 2009 release, including six from
Disney. Slightly more than 1,000 3-D ready digital
screens are currently installed in North America.
Joe, Nick and Kevin Jonasstar in the upcoming
Disney Channel original movie Camp Rock
and in the Disney Channel series J.O.N.A.S!
debuting in the fall. Their self-titled debut
album, released in August, has gone platinum.
Mitsubishi is currently developing a
Blu-ray player that can convert 2-D images into
a 3-D viewing experience, on-the-fly. While 3-D
movies have been around for decades, they have
never made it in to the mainstream, mostly because
films are required to be shot for 3-D.
What Mitsubishi is attempting to do, is convert
your existing 2-D library to stunning 3-D on-the-fly,
and deliver that technology early next year. The
technology works with current DLP displays, and
any other TV, which can output at which can output
at 120Hz (120fps). The image is converted to 3-D,
and then output to your TV as two separate 60fps
feeds, which are then output from your display
by alternating feeds.
While no working product was available at the
demonstration, the aggressive launch date suggests
that Mitsubishi has had at least some success
in the lab.
to Distribute World's First 3-D Blu-Ray Disk featuring
Disney's home video division
reports it will include 3-D glasses with each
Blu-ray disk of Hannah Montana and Miley Cyrus:
Best of Both Worlds Concert Tour, but it
gave few details about the first 3-D release in
the high-definition format.
Although it said that four pairs of glasses would
be included in the package, it did not indicate
what sort of glasses these would be.
Some writers have suggested that they would resemble
the primitive red/green glasses of the '50s that
many folks complained gave them headaches. Neither
was there any indication whether the glasses would
add to the wholesale price of the disks or how
much it would cost to buy additional pairs.
Toy Story Mania Ride features 3-D glasses and
Giant View-Master® Reels
Park guests in Florida now have the chance to
wear 3-D glasses aboard spinning vehicles that
travel through virtual environments based on classic
carnival midway games. Ride vehicles will seat
up to eight and will record each guest's score
as points are acquired with toy cannons firing
ammo at virtual targets. The ride is scheduled
to open at Disneyland California on June 17, 2008.
Similar technology has been used in various park's
Buzz Lightyear attractions and Tokyo Disneyland's
Monsters Inc.: Ride n' Go Seek interactive dark
rides. The queue will feature a huge Mr. Potato
Head audio-animatronic figure that will interact
with the public.
Two giant View-Master® reels are included
featuring Disneyland's Tomorrowland and Peter
Where to find it Disney's California Adventure: The space
beneath and behind the California Screamin' roller
coaster in Paradise Pier, formerly occupied by
themed midway games and abandoned food service
locations. The area is designed to resemble a
Victorian-era seaside carnival.
Disney's Hollywood Studios: The former soundstages
used for the park's Who Wants To Be A Millionaire
- Play It! attraction on Mickey Avenue. The facade,
as well as the surrounding area, resembles Pixar
Animation Studios' campus in Emeryville, California.
recognizable sight of the enemy from TV series
Doctor Who was taken from its stand at
an art exhibition at Guildford's Spectrum leisure
centre in Surrey, England, in early May.
It was one of nine images on display at an exhibition
put on by 3-D artist John Bozac.
The theft, on the afternoon of Saturday, May
3, was captured on the centre’s CCTV system
but the culprit has not been found.
Bozac explained: “I have only ever done
six images of this so it’s incredibly rare.
They must have known what they wanted because
they didn’t take anything else.”
The exhibition began on April 24 and also features
some of Bozac’s other images, including
racing driver Michael Schumacher and the 1966
World Cup winning England team.
Bozac said,“I suppose it was taken because
it’s a Doctor Who image and that’s
quite popular at the moment.
“A lot of work is involved and we put it
up all for show, some of these images are usually
only seen in galleries. It just a shame that after
all the trouble you go to put it up for show,
somebody probably chooses to go and take it.”
A spokesman for the Guildford Spectrum urged
anybody who had seen the rare image to get in
contact with Bozac.
“We will be working with John to ensure
the piece is returned to him,” the spokesman
Romero's 1978 Dawn of the Dead Getting 3-D Re-Release
Hollywood Reporter by Alex Billington
George A. Romero's classic 1978 zombie flick
Dawn of the Dead is being "dimensionalized"
into stereoscopic 3-D for a theatrical re-release
sometime within the next 12 months. In-Three Inc.
will use its proprietary conversion technique
to turn the film into 3-D, a process that costs
upwards of $50,000 to $100,000 per minute. The
Nightmare Before Christmas has been the only
other movie to similarly be converted from its
original 2-D format into 3-D. With around 1,000
3-D-ready digital screens in the U.S., this conversion
may become a huge success when it eventually hits
In-Three's Neil Feldman justifies the idea, saying,
"we are seeing interest now that people realize
there will be sufficient screens to justify the
cost." In-Three uses patented software tools
and techniques to create a second camera image
from a 2-D image. Each frame is "dimensionalized,"
meaning that all objects are moved forward or
backward from the screen or in relation to one
another so as to achieve the desired dramatic
effect. Dawn of the Dead's conversion
is expected to be completed within the year.
The idea of Romero's Dawn of the Dead
being used as the frontrunner for proving how
entertaining classic films can be in 3-D couldn't
be a more perfect choice. There are a lot of great
scenes that will be cool to see in 3-D and using
horror to show how great 3-D looks is a smart
idea. As long as In-Three's dimensionalization
process is detailed enough that the 3-D doesn't
come out looking simple.
Potter 3-D Trading Card Set from Artbox Entertainment
new set of 75 3-D collector cards from Artbox
Entertainment covering the first five Harry
Potter films will go on sale soon, including
some cards autographed by Christian Coulson (Tom
Riddle) and Charles Hughes (Young Peter Pettigrew).
The following cards are to be included in the
1. Daniel Radcliffe – Harry Potter
2. Emma Watson – Hermione Granger
3. Rupert Grint – Ron Weasley
4. Christian Coulson – Tom Riddle
5. Charles Hughes – Young Peter Pettigrew
6. James Walters – Young Sirius Black
7. William Melling - Nigel
8. Hugh Mitchell – Colin Creevy
9. Alfred Enoch – Dean Thomas
couple more pending approval
(Other than Christian Coulson, these all appear
to be OOTP autos.)
1. Daniel Radcliffe
2. Emma Watson
3. Gryffindor Student
4. Slytherin Student Double
5. Gryffindor Student Double
6. Harry Potter Double
1. Draco Malfoy’s Lantern
2. Hedwig’s Cage
3. Quidditch Beater
4. Quidditch Quaffle and Bludgers
5. Books from Professor McGonagall’s Class
6. Bone used to resurrect Voldemort (GOF)
7. Books from Professor Lockhart’s Office
8. Buckbeak's Chain
9. O.W.L. Exams (OOTP)
10. Harry’s Hospital Sheets
and a couple more pending approval.
Stereoscopic Displays and Applications co-chair
Andrew Woods was recently interviewed for the
Australian TV program Can We Help? to
answer the question "How are 3-D movies made?"
The segment below is available from YouTube.
Displays and Applications Call for Papers
of the Stereoscopic Displays and Applications
are currently seeking papers for the January 2009
Stereoscopic Displays and Applications conference
- the 20th Anniversary conference.
Please consider presenting your work at the leading
stereoscopic imaging conference worldwide. A wide
range of topics related to stereoscopic imaging
are accepted. If you know of some recent interesting
work, please suggest that the work be presented
at SD&A. More information is available in
the call for papers available from the SD&A
Web site at www.stereoscopic.org/2008.
3-D Head Tracking with the Wii Remote
Johnny Lee's YouTube movie about VR Head tracking
with the Wii Remote inspired the video below showing
that Lee's concept could actually be shown in
stereoscopic 3-D. The segment below is available
A View-Master® countertop display featuring
A Day at the Circus sold for $229.06 with two
bids. This is a very nice, attractive, colorful
and very old View-Master® display sign for
Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey Enjoy A Day
at the Circus. The sign is not dated but advertises
packet # CPX “A Day at the Circus”
is copyrighted 1952. Along the bottom of the sign
it has in fine print; “Display 25”
and “ ® Sawyer’s Inc., Portland,
Oregon. Litho in U.S.A.”. Overall dimensions
are 10 ¾” x 16”.
The seller described the item in detail. Although
overall condition is very good, the sign has three
weak spots where the projecting cardboard has
been slightly bent, two at the clown’s neck
and where the drumstick appears at the top of
the drum. These areas have not been folded hard
or broken, rather just jostled and bent enough
to ripple the surface of the cardboard. They have
not broken off and have not been repaired but
are just weak areas that need to be protected
from any further bending. The upper drumstick
and the lower of the two bends on the neck have
slightly broken through the surface paper of the
front but are really only visible when examined
in reflected light at an angle. The lower right
corner has been bumped a few times so that it
is somewhat “soft”. There is light
general wear, evidence of slight moisture staining
visible in photo at top of drum, some slight dust
soiling and little, if any, sun fading. The colors
still appear quite strong and vivid. The rear
support fold-out has been used.
A Schmidt Beer 3-D Lenticular produced by the
Paul Hesse Studio sold for $311 with four bids.
This is an 11 X 14" glass lenticular of the
highest quality. This is a bona fide Paul Hesse
studio original, made by Harvey Prever, the man
who created all the lenticulars for the Paul Hesse
studio. It is in near mint condition. A light-box
frame is also available for this lenticular but
was not included in the auction.
The seller described the item and the history
of the lenticular being produced in the following
way. This lenticular is a beautiful piece originally
produced as a store display probably in the 1950's.
In this lenticular the glass of beer comes right
off the screen as does the plant in the upper
right corner. There is a great deal of depth which
only this kind of lenticular can deliver.
The Paul Hesse Studio lenticulars that were made
for product advertising are the most rare lenticulars
from that studio. The lenticulars made for 3-D
movies were continually produced for many years
while the product lenticulars were only manufactured
for a short time.
The Paul Hesse Studio
The Lenticulars from the Paul Hesse studio are
the "Rembrandts" of lenticulars. They
were all made by hand in a painstaking process
that has been lost with the death of Harvey Prever.
During the 1950's, the Paul Hesse Studio created
the incredible lenticulars from the 3-D movies
of that era. The studio also produced various
lenticulars for products such as beer, whiskey,
cigarettes, Kellogg's Corn Flakes, Corsets, Bras
and others. All the lenticulars this studio produced
were head and shoulders above anything else being
produced at the time or even today.
These glass lenticulars are not currently produced
anywhere in the world that I know of. The techniques
used to make these have been lost. In a recent
Ebay auction one of the Paul Hesse Studio lenticulars
sold for over $1,000.
Beware of Fakes
After the death of Harvey Prever, a worthy attempt
was made to produce the Paul Hesse Studio lenticulars
using the original Harvey Prever negatives. Although
this was a gallant try, the results were very
unsatisfactory both in picture quality and in
3-D quality. The production of these lenticulars
continued for a while but are no longer being
produced. There is a big difference between these
and the authentic original lenticulars hand-produced
by Harvey Prever. The fake lenticulars have been
sold in the past on Ebay and may continue to surface.
Even someone who is unfamiliar with lenticulars
would be able to tell the difference between a
Harvey Prever original and one of the fake lenticulars
if they were placed side by side. There is so
much difference in quality.
A pair of Coca-Cola promotional 3-D viewers with
slides sold for $50 with nine bids. One viewer
is a Sawyer's View-master® stereo set with
light attachment and seven Coca-Cola promotional
View-master® discs. The reels include Coca-Cola
service station, small food stores, Christmas
sales aid, bottle sales dept, at work, carton
rack and customers.
The second and more unusual set is a Craftsman
Guild Finder plastic 3-D viewer with 14 Coke promo
slide cards. 12 of the Coke bottling process and
two of Coke bottling plant employees working.