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Journey to the Center of the Earth 3-D Trading Cards Released by Inkworks

Here is a look at some of the 3-D Journey to the Center of the Earth trading cards published by Inkworks.

Journey to the Center of the Earth 3-D trading card art

Journey to the Center of the Earth 3-D trading card art

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Journey to the Center of the Earth 3-D trading card art

Take a wide-eyed three dimensional tumble to the center of the Earth! Inkworks announces the release of Journey to the Center of the Earth 3-D Premium Trading Cards. Put on your 3-D glasses (two pair in every box) and you’ll be transported to a world of eye-popping adventures and incredible creatures in this all 3-D 50-card base set!

Also look for these randomly inserted bonus cards:

PIECEWORKS® CARDS – ONE PER BOX!
Eleven different cards featuring pieces of costumes worn on-screen during the movie. (11 cards - inserted approximately 1:24 packs)

  • Shirt worn by Brendan Fraser as Trevor.
  • T-shirt worn by Josh Hutcherson as Sean.
  • T-shirt worn by Anita Briem as Hannah.
  • Top worn by Anita Briem as Hannah.
  • T-shirt worn by Brendan Fraser as Trevor.
  • Headband worn by Anita Briem as Hannah.
  • Top worn by Anita Briem as Hannah.
  • Cut off pants worn by Anita Briem as Hannah.
  • T-shirt worn by Josh Hutcherson as Sean.
  • Cut off t-shirt worn by Brendan Fraser as Trevor.
  • Backpack worn by Josh Hutcherson as Sean.

FORGOTTEN WORLD
A nine-card 3-D puzzle (9 cards - inserted approximately 1:11 packs).

CHALLENGING THE UNKNOWN
Six 3-D cards (6 cards - inserted approximately 1:17 packs).

PREHISTORIC PERILS
Three special 3-D cards (3 cards - inserted approximately 1:24 packs).

3-D GLASSES - TWO PER BOX!
Full size 3-D glasses (2 pairs of glasses per box).

UNDERWORLD ADVENTURE
A special case loader (1 card - 1 per shipping case).

UNDERGROUND EXPLORERS
Retailer Multi-Case Pre-Order Incentive Cards. Three PUZZLE PIECEWORKS® CARDS that feature the shirts of Anita Briem as Hannah, Brendan Fraser as Trevor and Josh Hutcherson as Sean.

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RealD 3-D Joins Panel of Stereoscopy Pioneers at SIGGRAPH

RealD logoIn August, RealD 3-D joined a panel of stereoscopy pioneers to discuss the theories, principles, tools and techniques that define the 3-D industry at SIGGRAPH. Lenny Lipton spoke about 3-D on 3-D displays, covering off topics such as cinema innovations, content creation, depth cues, digital 3-D projection and upcoming 3-D films. The hour and 45 minute session examined the history of the stereoscopy industry, how to capture footage in 3-D and viewing systems, among other key initiatives in the 3-D industry.

3-D Primer: The Fundamentals of Stereoscopy from Acquisition to Projection was held at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

In addition to Lipton’s speaking engagement, RealD 3-D technology was used to accompany all the presentations included in the Stereoscopic 3-D: Research, Applications and Entertainment track of the event on Monday, August 11 and Tuesday, August 12. These discussions explored the latest 3-D advancements in gaming and science, as well as animated and live cinema. RealD 3-D technology was also be used for a screening slated of A Visual Odyssey, which showcased a blend of animation, live action and the latest stereoscopic research.

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High-Def 3-D Projectors are Here

DepthQ® HD 3-D Projector

Lightspeed Design Inc., a worldwide leader in stereo 3-D technology and services, and InFocus® Corporation, the industry pioneer in digital projection, announced the world’s first portable XGA and WXGA stereoscopic 3-D projectors that deliver amazing HD stereoscopic 3-D at a truly unprecedented level of price and performance.

DepthQ® HD 3-D projectors offer rock-solid, 120Hz stereo 3-D at 1280x720 or 1024x768 resolution. These bright, professional-level 3-D projectors can easily display 12 ft (3.7m) diagonal 3-D high-definition images using the latest Texas Instruments DLP® and BrilliantColor™ technologies for stunning colors and a 2000:1 contrast ratio.

Building on the “first to market” success of the original standard-definition DepthQ 3-D projector introduced in 2005, Lightspeed again worked with industry innovator InFocus Corporation to realize our vision of HD resolution in a portable 3-D format. The new DepthQ HD 3-D projectors incorporate Lightspeed’s patent-pending technologies with InFocus’ proven reliability, providing our most discerning clientele with high resolution stereo 3-D at an affordable price.

Steve Stark, InFocus Vice President of Engineering said, “Coordinating the engineering teams from InFocus, Lightspeed and Texas Instruments was exciting. This effort brought together talented engineers from three industry innovators who really came together to make this new level of 3-D projector possible.”

Fortune 500 companies, governments, major universities from Beijing to Munich, Hollywood’s top filmmakers, and research and development labs across the globe have all embraced DepthQ’s unique combination of premium 3-D visualization and affordable price.

“Our clients represent a wide variety of industries, all of whom place a huge importance on stereo 3-D visualization. Without exception they’ve been amazed at the value the DepthQ 3-D projector has offered for the price. The new HD 3-D projector raises the bar even higher,” said Chris Ward, Lightspeed’s President.

  • Affordable - Less than $6,000 - A fraction of the cost of other single-lens 3-D projectors.
  • Quality - Flicker-free, 120 Hz HD 3-D with DLP BrilliantColor technology.
  • Portable - At 6.9 pounds it fits under your arm and takes less than five minutes to set up.
  • Versatile - Work live in 3-D-enabled applications; quality control 3-D film or video game development; bring 3-D movies and games into your home

Product Design, Engineering and Research
Stereo 3-D is scientifically proven as the most effective way to communicate visual ideas. The new DepthQ HD 3-D projectors make stereo viewing an affordable choice for anyone working in collaborative design or research and development. Engineers, product designers and research scientists alike will appreciate the practical value of large, high-resolution, real-time 3-D projection.

Information Analysis
Whether your focus is energy exploration, geophysical and geographical data analysis, or health and life sciences, DepthQ HD 3-D projectors can help you work more efficiently with complex 3-D data.

Film Production and Video Game Development
When checking stereoscopic accuracy in 3-D productions, a large image with high resolution is critical. DepthQ HD 3-D projectors provide a cost-effective solution with large, bright, HD-quality 3-D images.

Home Video Games and Movies
Talk about immersive! Imagine playing video games or watching movies ten feet wide in HD 3-D! The next generation of stereo-ready games and films are on their way, and the new DepthQ high-definition 3-D projectors let you bring the excitement of 3-D into your home in a BIG way. (DepthQ projectors are also compatible with 2D movies and games, and deliver up to 120 frames per second.)

Availability
Expected shipping to begin mid-September. Lightspeed Design is the exclusive worldwide distributor of DepthQ HD 3-D projectors, with over 200 qualified 3-D resellers.

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Surfer Magazine in 3-D

The September issue of Surfer magazine features its first-ever 3-D photo spread. A gallery of the 3-D surfing photos by Ben DeCamp is available on the Surfer magazine Web site.

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Alpha and Omega - First News

Alpha and Omega concept art.Lionsgate's CG-animated feature Alpha and Omega will be a stereoscopic 3-D motion picture release.

Lionsgate and Crest Animation Prods. are co-financing and co-producing the film, scheduled for theatrical release April 16, 2010.

The story follows two mismatched young wolves thrown together by circumstance while trying to get back to their pack.

The voice cast includes Justin Long, Hayden Panettiere, Christina Ricci, Danny Glover, Larry Miller and Dennis Hopper.

The film is the second 3-D project announced by Lionsgate. The first, My Bloody Valentine 3-D, is in postproduction and slated to open Jan. 16, 2009.

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Consumer Electronics Association Forms 3-D Video Discovery Group

3-D filmstrip.The Consumer Electronics Association is forming a discussion group to look at standards for the delivery and presentation of 3-D video to the home. The first meeting of the 3-D Video Discovery Group will take place from 10 a.m. to noon on October 22 at the association’s Technology and Standards Fall Forum held in conjunction with the CEA Industry Forum at the Mandalay Bay and Resort and Casino in Las Vegas.

CEA’s announcement comes on the heels of a similar announcement from the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers, who plan to hold a confab on Aug. 19 in Los Angeles to develop a standard in the production of 3-D video. The organization, which is a standards setting body for audio-video production, plans to announce its strategy within six months.

An industry standard for the delivery and presentation of 3-D video to the home could help accelerate the market for 3-D video use and prevent potential interoperability problems, according to CEA.

“Currently movies are being produced and shown in 3-D in cinemas with advances in digital cinema improving the experience,” said Brian Markwalter, CEA vice president, Technology and Standards. “Pre-packaged content and games have the storage and processing power to deliver 3-D video and televisions are available today that can render 3-D content. Standards ensuring 3-D content is usable to the maximum extent by consumers will benefit the industry.”

Samsung and Mitsubishi are selling “3-D-ready” HDTV sets using DLP technology from Texas Instruments. IBM, Philips and LG Electronics are also involved in developing the technology.

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Tasteful Temptations - The Erotic 3-D Photography of Larry Ferguson

Tasteful Temptations cover art.Shh! Productions has produced the finest publication in their history with the release of Tasteful Temptations - The Erotic 3-D Photography of Larry Ferguson.

This special edition portfolio collects the most sensual, exploitive and charismatically playful 3-D images created by critically acclaimed photographer Larry Ferguson featuring a variety of indepentently erotic models and daring amateurs. The book is a limited edition of 1,000 hand-numbered and signed copies.

Renowned 3-D legend Ray Zone worked on the 3-D images in the book. He writes, "After working on these images I have to say that I am completely blown away by the quality of Larry's nude stereography. The images of the models are inherently stereographic, made for 3-D, and they tease the erotic imagination in a manner that is both highly charged and tasteful. There is also a brilliantly erudite command of the medium which lends the images a reflexive subtext that is slyly humorous in satirizing the voyeuristic impulse itself. The humanity as well as the beauty of Larry's alluring women is readily apparent along with a very sweet vulnerability. I am grateful for the opportunity to play a small part in producing stereography of such fine quality."

We agree! This is "Must See 3-D!™" The full page 3-D images are printed on heavy-gloss photo quality paper and bound in a heavy-stock paper cover. Some images are full color anaglyphs and some in black-and-white anaglyphs. There is also one drift-method stereo pair on page one.

Sample image from Tasteful Temptations - The Erotic 3-D Photography of Larry Ferguson.  (c) 2008 Larry Ferguson.

A pair of 3-D anaglyphic glasses is included with the book. The book is available while supplies last on the Shh3d Web site. You can also contact the publishers at the following address:

Shh! Productions
P.O. Box 621
Battle Creek, MI 49016

Visit the 3-D Review archives Web page for more articles about titles available from Shh!

Must See 3-D AwardTasteful Temptations - The Erotic 3-D Photography of Larry Ferguson receives a 3-D Review Online Magazine "Must See 3-D Award."

Editor's Note: Tasteful Temptations - The Erotic 3-D Photography of Larry Ferguson is intended for mature audiences.

 

 

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Bottoms Up from Shh Productions

Bottoms Up cover art.If you ever got "Tied to the Bedpost" or enjoyed "Sex on the Beach," you know how much fun cocktail drinks can be. Now you'll be the life of the party when you share this naughty collection of vintage 3-D pin-up photos and actual recipes of over 60 bawdy and bizarre drinks for you to mix while leaving your guests buzzing and blushing.

Shh! Productions has published one of their most fun titles with the release of Bottoms Up! Step back in time for a swinging evening of cocktails and tickles in an amazing collection of more than 60 sassy swingers and sexy strippers photographed years ago with stereoscopic cameras.

3-D anaglphyic glasses are included with the book featuring intoxicating beauties and happy hour hijinks. To their credit, Shh! Productions have started producing books with more pages and more 3-D images than in the past, making these books well worth the money.

The book is available while supplies last on the Shh3d Web site. You can also contact the publishers at the following address:

Shh! Productions
P.O. Box 621
Battle Creek, MI 49016

Visit the 3-D Review archives Web page for more articles about titles available from Shh!

Editor's Note: Bottoms Up! is intended for mature audiences.

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Autodesk Introduces Stereoscopic 3-D Filmmaking Software at SIGGRAPH

Autodesk logo.Content creation software developer Autodesk Media & Entertainment introduced stereoscopic 3-D production capabilities at Siggraph 2008, the international conference and exhibition on computer graphics and interactive techniques that took place during mid-August at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

The announcement underscores continued interest in stereoscopic 3-D filmmaking, which is a big topic at the conference.

Autodesk previewed Maya 2009, the latest version of its 3-D computer animation software, and Toxik 2009, the new compositing system version. Both include stereoscopic tools.

Additionally, the company presented a technology demonstration of its Lustre color grading software with stereo capabilities.

Sebastian Sylwan, the company's senior film and television industry manager, said, "The key is the stereo tools are available at any point in your pipeline, perfectly integrated. The more stereo is not another toolset to be learned, but rather it is more integrated in the existing toolset than the more unencumbered the creative expression will be."

Some of the new features were developed closely with customers. For example, Dreamworks Animation had a hand in the 3-D toolset.

"We developed tools (for use with Maya) in conjunction with Autodesk," said Phil McNally, global stereoscopic supervisor at Dreamworks Animation. "Initially the way it worked is we had a requirement for stereo moviemaking tools, such as a way to see 3-D while working in Maya. Now they are incorporating that in their software. There is a broader appeal as more people are producing 3-D movies."

Maya is in use at Dreamworks Animation on its 2009 release Monsters vs. Aliens.

Autodesk's new software versions of Maya and Toxik are slated for availability in October.

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Welland in 3-D

by Joe Barkovich - Courtesy of The Welland Tribune, Ontario, Canada
(Joe Barkovich is The Welland Tribune's city editor.)

It's Welland as never seen before. Well, by these peepers that is.

Welland in 3-D photography. Images captured by a 1950s era 3-D camera. Saved for posterity for viewing on ... a View-Master®.

How to describe them? Breathtaking. Dizzying. Mesmerizing. Beautiful. That's without exaggeration. They caught my eye at the 150th anniversary reunion held last month.

Ron Lasovich, 74, was the photographer. He was in his 20s when the photos were taken with his View-Master® Personal® Stereo Camera. His fascination for stereo photography grew out of fondness for his View-Master®, a Christmas gift back in the late 1940s. He was 12 at the time. Remember the View-Master®? Sure you do.

As things turned out, Ron loved taking 3-D photos of Welland and Crowland. He has an amazing collection. I've put hours into looking at one reel after another showing many stunning images on the View-Master® Ron graciously let me use. For someone with a fascination about his hometown, what an experience this was.

Ron amassed a collection of hundreds and hundreds of images. One taken in the mid-1950s on King Street around Merritt Park, looking south, is breathtakingly beautiful. It captures a spectacular canopy provided by trees on both sides of the street. Nothing at all like present day.

Then there is Ron's fascination with our bridges. Main Street bridge appears in many shots. The beauty of 3-D comes through in how real-life images appear. In this case, Ron has a fascination with height. Many photos were taken looking up the bridge columns. Gaze at them too long and you begin to feel dizzy. Really. What an effect.

Other images show Main Street Bridge when it was being painted from black to the colour it is today. One shows a sign in the foreground with the words: Painting -Proceed at Own Risk. It appears so close you are tempted to reach out and touch it.

Many other images were taken from bridges, the old Welland South bridge most prominent for Ron's photography.

He wasn't worried about hitching a ride as the bridge deck was raised for approaching canal traffic in order to get his shots. The results were certainly worth the effort -and the risk.

"I was in my early 20s, you know what you're like at that age," Ron says. "It was a matter of timing, being there when the siren went and the gates starting descending. By that time I was on the deck, then climbing to the bridgemaster's cabin with my camera around my neck. I said to him, 'Do you mind if I take 3-D pictures of Welland?' What could he say?"

Some of the more stunning pictures from that elevation show the laker Hochelaga as it approached the railway swing bridge, reached it, then left it behind. Beautiful.

There are pictures of Ron's old stomping grounds, Beatrice Street where the family lived and the Maple Leaf Park section of Crowland. Good pictures of Maple Leaf School, Sts. Peter and Paul School, both now parts of Crowland's storied past. Pictures of what appear to be a gazillion bicycles in the bike rack outside St. Pete's. Images of a group of boys from the old 'hood, clutching baseball mitts in their hands. What great slides.

Welland's downtown is part of the collection, too. Unforgettable is an image of the corner of East Main and King streets and a showcase window from downtown icon, the Ross store. Two window shoppers are looking at one of the well-dressed mannequins in that display. Again, so life like, so real.

And how's this for nostalgia? Shots of the marquee of the Capitol Theatre, bold letters boasting about the twin bill: James Dean in East of Eden, and Van Heflin and Aldo Ray in Battle Cry. Also visible is a bright green awning with the name Rosbergs. At the other side of the theatre, the grand Reeta Hotel.

Ron says he did most of his 3-D photography from 1951 to 1961.

"I was hooked on 3-D, it was all I thought about," he says. "It made everything so life like and so real. When you looked at images of people, they looked like they were from a wax museum."

Ron's 3-D collection deserves public attention. Maybe there are others like it, too. When Welland Historical Museum is looking for new exhibits, it may want to focus on this outstanding collection of Welland and Crowland in 3-D photography. It's awesome.

Editor's Note: The Welland Historical Museum will be staging an exhibit based on this collection later in the year.

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3-D Center of Art and Photography September Events

3-D Center logoThe 3-D Center of Art and Photography in Portland, Oregon has two new stereoscopic events scheduled at the center from Sept. 11 through Nov. 2, 2008. A "First Thursday" reception with the artist on Thursday, Oct. 2 from 6 to 9 p.m.

In the Gallery: Up From the Depths, TRIGGERED! In 3-D
by Georgette Freeman

Image copyright Georgette Freeman


Georgette Freeman is well-known in the national stereoscopic community as a maker and seller of contemporary stereo cards, which she has been producing since 1995. Freeman's stereo card work is distinguished by the whimsical combination of narrative text with photographic stereo imagery and sophisticated stereo card design and production.

Freeman describes her recent life and work, "I'm just an everyperson, who happened to have been dealing all her life with being outwardly normal and very creative on the inside, very creative. I even questioned gender, never bought other peoples' definitions and settled on my own. And I worked this out, in the arts. In each and every one of us, there are things just waiting to be let out. For me, one was creativity, another was gender."

In the Stereo Theatre: Mali: Magic + Mud
by J. Claire Dean

Image copyright J. Claire Dean.

Mali is a quintessential west African country with a vibrant culture,
incredible people and some of the largest, most spectacular earthen
architecture in contemporary use. This show documents the places, people
and spaces seen from Bamako to Dogon Country and back.

The 3-D Center of Art and Photography is located at 1928 NW Lovejoy in Portland, Oregon. Call (503) 227-6667.

Open Thursday - Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. First Thursday (Free), 6 to 9 p.m. Admission for Adults (over 12) is $4. Save with the $7 rate for families.

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InTru3D Brand™ Introduced by Dreamworks and Intel

In Tru 3D logo.When future generations look back on movies from our era, they may be shown a credit for Intel as familiar as the Technicolor credit is to generations today. The company known for being “inside” our computers is working diligently behind the scenes of Hollywood to advance the cause of 3-D movie making.

At the Intel Developers conference held in August, the company reaffirmed their deal with DreamWorks Animation. Jeffrey Katzenberg, the co-founder and CEO of the studio demonstrated what their joint venture is producing. No new information on the deal was presented beyond the official declaration of the brand’s name. Intel is calling the joint venture “InTru 3D™.”

Audiences on hand were treated to remastered 3-D clips from Kung Fu Panda. They were also given a chance to see advance clips from DreamWorks Animation’s next feature, Monsters vs. Aliens.

The show was not the nostalgic 3-D of the 1950’s. There were no cardboard glasses or fuzzy edges. There was no visually triggered nausea or headache. State of the art glasses matched with projection technology and graphic rendering delivered what’s been called, “an immersive experience” for the audience.

Major Hollywood directors from James Cameron to Steven Spielberg are working on 3-D projects right now. Disney’s Pixar has pledged all future animation titles with the first being 2009’s Up offered in 3-D. DreamWorks Animation also has 3-D movies in the pipeline.

Many of Hollywood’s biggest names think 3-D movies will be a big part of the movie industry’s near-term evolution, but maybe none are greater supporters than Jeffrey Katzenberg. Katzenberg is a passionate advocate for the next generation technologies.

In March, he told a Las Vegas convention audience “today’s 3-D innovations are nothing less than the greatest innovation that has happened for all of us in the movie business since the advent of color.”

As part of that deal, Intel is providing advanced processors and multi-core chips specially adapted by Intel engineers for animation and 3-D rendering. DreamWorks, in turn, is converting its entire movie making computing infrastructure to Intel base environments.

"We will be working together to generate new computer animation from the ground up," said Renee James, head of Intel’s software and solutions group.

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3-D Blu-Ray could be here by 2012

Blu-ray logo.A 3-D version of Blu-ray is being considered by the U.S. Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers.

At an inaugural taskforce meeting on August 19 at USC in Los Angeles, the taskforce's work statement included developing a 3-D Blu-ray standard to enable home Blu-ray player viewers to have a stereoscopic 3-D viewing experience of a Blu-ray movie.

A 3-D Blu-ray disk would have two channels of content on it: one for rthe left eye and one for the right eye. A potential 3-D viewing device could be a visor headset or a TV with some kind of 3-D assist. The processing of the 2-channel encoded information on a 3-D Blu-ray disk could be done in a Blu-ray player or in the actual viewing device.

There are companies such as TDVision Systems developing a 3-D Blu-ray technology.

A 3-D Blu-ray viewing experience could be available by 2012.

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Photos and Video Presentations from the 2008 Stereoscopic Displays and Applications XIX Conference

Stereoscopic Displays and Applications logoSeveral videos filmed during the 2008 Stereoscopic Displays and Applications Conference are now available online.

Several of the technical presentations and events at the 2008 Stereoscopic Displays and Applications conference were video recorded and are being made available for viewing on the Web site. The first two videos are from the popular Digital 3-D Stereoscopic Entertainment session.

Beowulf 3-D: A Case Study
by Rob Engle, Sony Pictures Imageworks
Rob's talk discusses the creative and technical challenges encountered during the production of Beowulf 3-D, director Robert Zemeckis' adaptation of the Old English epic poem and the first film to be simultaneously released in IMAX 3-D and digital 3-D formats.

Unfortunately, the 3-D clips at the end of his talk are intentionally blanked by request of Sony, but you can still hear Rob's descriptions.

The Digital Stereoscopic Cinema: The 21st Century
by Lenny Lipton, REAL D
More than 1,000 theaters in more than a dozen countries have been outfitted with digital projectors using the Texas Instruments DLP engine equipped to show field-sequential 3-D movies using the polarized method of image selection. Shuttering eyewear and advanced anaglyph products are also being deployed for image selection. Many studios are in production with stereoscopic films, and some have committed to producing their entire output of animated features in 3-D. Lipton describes this time of technology change for the motion picture industry.

Photos taken by Andrew Woods and Hiroyuki Hagura during the 2008 Stereoscopic Displays and Applications Conference are now available on the Web.

The 2009 Stereoscopic Displays and Applications Conference and Exhibition is scheduled for Jan. 19-21 at the San Jose Convention Center in San Jose, California. Visit their Web site for details. The Web site also includes links to archives of previous conferences dating back to 1996.

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3-D Entertainment Distribution hires Patricia Brandino as Vice President of Film Sales

3-D Entertainment DIstribution logo3-D Entertainment Distribution announced that IMAX® industry veteran Patricia Brandino has joined the company in the newly created position of Vice President, Film Sales. Effective September 7, Brandino will be responsible for theatrical sales of the company's current and future film catalogue in North America, including Jean-Michel Cousteau's Dolphins and Whales 3-D released domestically at IMAX 3-D theatres earlier this year. She will report directly to Francois Mantello, the chairman of 3-D Entertainment and its distribution unit.

"Patricia is a highly experienced and accomplished industry professional. Her knowledge of IMAX theatre exhibition and track record as the head of distribution for National Geographic's IMAX films, not to mention her long-standing relationships with many of the industry's key players, make her a great asset to our company," said Francois Mantello. "We are delighted to have such an established personality complement our existing team at a time when we are actively expanding our business activities and services."

"I am thrilled by the opportunity to play an active role in 3-D Entertainment Distribution's business growth in north America," said Patricia Brandino. "The company has distinguished itself since its inception with an original and undisputedly highly successful underwater film series that fully takes advantage of the 3-D giant screen medium."

Prior to joining the company, Brandino was with international television distribution company Minds Eye International as Managing Director, and before that with Utah-based Destination Cinema Inc. in the position of Director of Film Distribution for the National Geographic IMAX theatre films Forces of Nature (2004), Roar: Lions of the Kalahari (2003) and Lewis & Clark: Great Journey West (2002), which have drawn millions of viewers.

Brandino began her career in the giant screen industry 18 years ago as Director, Sales and Marketing at the Saskatchewan Science Centre's IMAX theatre. She subsequently launched the National Geographic IMAX theatre facility at the Royal British Columbia Museum in Victoria BC in 1998. The giant screen cinema industry association recognized this tremendous achievement the following year with the Best Theatre Launch Award at its annual conference.

3-D Entertainment Distribution's portfolio of ocean conservation-based films includes the IMAX theatre releases Ocean Wonderland (2003), Sharks 3-D (2005) and Dolphins and Whales 3-D (2008) presented by Jean-Michel Cousteau and narrated by actress and environmentalist Daryl Hannah. The first two titles have grossed over $56 million theatrically and continue to play in the U.S., while the newly released Dolphins and Whales 3-D has already generated $8.3 million in gross receipts in its first six months ($4.3 million domestically).

3-D Entertainment is currently in post-production on its first feature length film, Oceans 3-D: Voyage of a Turtle (85 minutes), which will hit Digital 3-D Cinemas in 2009. The company also announced earlier this year that it has started developing a new 42-minute film for IMAX 3-D theatres about sea turtles for a 2010 release.

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3-D Day at Cannes

3-D collage.Vince Pace, a leader in 3-D entertainment joined director James Cameron, to participate in 3-D Day during this year's Cannes Film Festival.

The two innovators of the PACE/Cameron Fusion system, participated in the panel discussion via a Skype video call from Los Angeles where Cameron continues production on the upcoming 3-D feature Avatar. Pace served as Director of Photography for Avatar.

The 3-D Day included two topic panels combined into one discussion, New Dimensions for 3-D: How Digital 3-D Will Shape Movie Production and Distribution During The Next 20 Years and New Technology Driving Digital 3-D.

Cameron and Pace talked about the realities of the technology, its integration and the financial impact of stereoscopic film making.

Pace and Cameron started working together on the 1988 film The Abyss.

In 2001, Cameron was determind to build a film franchise universe, similar to George Lucas' Star Wars, approaching Pace to help him develop "the holy grail" of cameras.

The challenge was to design a stereoscopic acquisition system to reinvent the entertainment experience by providing imagery that mimics human experience.

The two accomplished this feat by throwing out the mathematics that previously drove and hindered 3-D production, replacing it with the first camera in the Fusion System line.

Pace's credits include Hannah Montana & Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds concert film, U2 3-D, Avatar, Final Destination 4, Wild Ocean 3-D, Ghosts of the Abyss, Aliens of the Deep, Spy Kids 3-D and Journey to the Center of the Earth 3-D.

The Pace company is also noted for trail-blazing 3-D sports exhibitions with three live 3-D broadcasts using systems via fiber and satellite links in partnership with the National Basketball Association.

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Hannah Montana 3-D Concert Movie DVD Features Lenticular Cover Art

Images from the Hannah Montana 3-D lenticular DVD.

The cover art for the Hannah Montana/Miley Cyrus Best of Both Worlds 3-D DVD contains a 3-D lenticular cover. The image switches between an image of Miley Cyrus to one of the actress as her Hannah Montana character.

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Stereo Pictures Offers 2-D to 3-D Motion Picture Conversion

Stereo Pictures logo.Stereo Pictures has launched its process of converting movies to stereoscopic 3-D.

Stereo Pictures co-president Phillip Rhee says the company is poised to "convert libraries of motion picture titles to provide the content needed to move the 3-D business to theatres, homes and mobile devices." New titles and the games market are also in the mix.

The company has started technology deployment and recently brought in new partners including former Warner Bros. executivess James R. Miller and Dan Romanelli. Miller served as president of Warner Bros. worldwide theatrical business operations and Romanelli was president of Warners worldwide consumer products.

Stereo proprietary technology developed at its research and development site in Korea is designed to convert any digital format to a 3-D format. Offices are to be located in service bureaus in Los Angeles and Korea. The company estimates that it could convert a title in as little as a month and a half after the service bureaus are operational.

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Polar Express Presented in 3-D DVD and Blu-Ray Set for October Arrival

Polar Express Blu-Ray 3-D cover art.Warner Home Video announces the arrival date of The Polar Express this holiday season on Blu-ray, only this time with the added benefit of 3-D and the DVD will cover art will use a collectible lenticular cover.

On October 28 The Polar Express Presented in 3-D arrives in stores packaged with four sets of 3-D glasses similar to how the Hanna Montana and Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds set is currently packaged. The original 2-D theatrical version of the film is included on the Blu-ray disc who have no interest in wearing the 3-D glasses.

Extra features

  • Smokey and Steamer Song not seen in theaters.
  • You Look Familiar: The many Polar faces of Tom Hanks.
  • A Genuine ticket to Ride: 5 featurettes.
  • True Inspirations: Profiling author Chris Van Allsburg.
  • Believe: Josh Groban performance and behind the scenes.
  • Flurry of Effects: 5 motion-capture sessions.
  • Snow Angels: Moviemakers' Christmas memories.
  • Theatrical trailer.

The Polar Express Presented in 3-D on Blu-ray will carry a suggested retail price of $34.99 and priced at $20.97 in standard definition 3-D.

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Auction Results

Bing Crosby Realist 3-D slide.

A set of 116 vintage Hollywood Realist slides sold for $667 with 27 bids. The sale included a David White Realist red button stereoscopic viewer with Realist carrying case and 116 glass-mounted slides. The photographs were taken in the early 1950s. The slides are a collection of personal photos showing writers, musicians, film directors and actors who worked in Hollywood at that time. This set belonged to Lisa Gerrard's uncle. She found it in his closet three years ago when cleaning out their house after her aunt passed away.

Most of the slides are labeled and appear to have been taken by someone who worked in the Hollywood entertainment industry. That person may have been her uncle, who was a pianist and worked in Hollywood from 1951 until his death in 1995. More likely, the photographer was one of his friends in the film industry.

You may recognize some of the people depicted in the slides, but there are only two celebrities that were known to Gerrard, Bing Crosby and Louis Armstrong. Crosby appears clearly on five slides. Armstrong is visible, but partly obscured, on one slide. Other photos depict actors, film directors, film producers, writers and musicians, most of whom are not household names, but many of whom worked closely with celebrities. For example, Barney Dean, who wrote comic material for Bob Hope. All the slides are personal photos, taken of family and friends. They are not publicity shots, and the seller doubts they have ever been displayed publicly.

Here is a sampling of the subject matter:

  • Bing Crosby working with his songwriters Jimmy Van Heusen and Johnny Burke.
  • Singer Tony Martin getting dressed in a New York hotel room.
  • Composer Victor Young in his darkroom.
  • Singer Guy Lombardo’s boat (someone is sailing the boat but is unidentified).
  • Men and women playing cards, sunbathing, playing golf, visiting each other’s homes, smoking, relaxing with their families and colleagues, playing with their dogs, talking on the phone, eating in a train dining car, rehearsing a performance, making a recording--mostly in Southern California.
  • The Hawaiian Bands giving a concert.
  • Historic hotels and restaurants in Palm Springs, California and New York City, which were frequented by Hollywood “glitterati” in the 1940s and 1950s and where the people in these photos spent time: the Town and Country restaurant, the Rossmore Hotel, and the Valley Inn in Palm Springs and the Gotham (New York).
  • Glamour photos of naked women, mostly of a woman identified as “the Countess”.
  • Actors Ned Sparks, Nate Slott, Dick Haynes and Wally Earl.
  • Musical film director Abe Meyer.
  • Film producer Pete Smith.
  • Scriptwriter Barney Dean.

Whether or not you collect vintage photography equipment or Hollywood memorabilia, this is an unusual and interesting set. The set sold to a buyer in Germany.

A rare View-Master® viewer sold for $126.87 with 19 bids. This uncommon View Master® viewer was introduced in the early 1990s as a special promotion for the Reunion Des Musees Nationaux in Paris. It is packaged with one reel of Paris. It is sometimes known as the "cat" viewer due to it's unique shape. The auction featured the viewer in it's original packaging.

Polaroid 3-D Viewers

Polaroid 3-D Viewers

A box of vintage Polaroid 3-D glasses sold for $8.50 with two bids. Polaroid Model 729 3-D Viewers. These are glasses for watching stereo 3-D slides or movies. These glasses are new-old-stock and come six to a box. The glasses are green plastic with twin film polarizers. The Cambridge Mass. address for Polaroid lacks a Zip Code, so that dates these to pre-1963. The box carries 1941 and 1945 Canadian patent dates.

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