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Shock Stories 3-D Trading Cards Released on August 1

Shock Stories packet artMonsterwax.com Trading Cards is releasing Shock Stories/Urban Legends, a set of horror trading cards in the works for 10 years. Shock Stories/Urban Legends is a set 50 cards with a 3-D version Shock Stories card in every pack!

The cards are drawn in the style of EC horror comics by Terry Beatty, an artist whose work has appeared in Batman Strikes comics and Scary Monsters Magazine. Beatty also drew 250 sketch cards randomly inserted into card packs. Chris Bailey and Michael Collins helped with pencils on a handful of cards. The cards have stories written by Kurt Kuersteiner.

The 2-D to 3-D conversions were done by Van Beydler, editor of 3-D Review Online Magazine and 3-D photographer of the Branson, Missouri and Missouri State Fair: 100 Fairs of Fun View-Master® 3-reel blister packs. Beatty's original black-and-white artwork was scanned in high resolution and Beydler used computer software to create the 3-D stereo pairs. These stereo pairs were then made into anaglyphic 3-D versions using Takashi Sekitani's 3-D Anaglyph Maker software. Below is a sample of the original black-and-white art converted to anaglyphic 3-D before it was colorized. "I did the 3-D conversion for 33 of the cards in the set," said Beydler.

Anaglyphic version of one of the Monsterwax.com Shock Stories trading cards.
Original black-and-white anaglyph

Colorized 3-D Monsterwax.com  Shock Stories trading card
Colorized anaglyph

"I tried to create as much depth as possible for the Shock Stories trading cards," said Beydler. "Some of the artwork allowed for a lot of depth while others had minimal objects in the scene. The minimal images were easier to convert to 3-D because they had less items to position into 3-D space. Sometimes the 3-D is easier to see in the simpler art, such as the drawing featuring a skull and skeletal hands floating over a hospital patient. Some of the more complex depth created from 2-D to 3-D is found on the artwork for the "Moss Monster". That image has different levels of depth for the monster's arm, Shock Stories Non Sport Update magazine cover arthair, jaws, teeth, nose, eyes and for surrounding items including fog, trees, weeds and the moon. On the trading card, some of the subtle depth created for these drawings might be harder to see than on the less complex images...but they really pop off the computer screen in the high resolution originals."

The other artist who converted the first 18 images was Joe Riley from Dallas Texas. Joe was an accomplished artist in a variety of mediums, including painting and sculpture. He designed a variety of masks for Hollywood horror movies like Blade and The Trinity. Unfortunately, Joe passed away in 2007 from a sudden heart attack, at the age of 43. The artist who did the coloring on the 3-D images was Keven Graham. Kevin also did various sketch cards for the series and also did the artwork for the Prize Card.

An advertisement for the cards is in Non Sport Update magazine's August-September 2009 issue (Vol. 20, No. 4). The magazine also includes a feature article about the cards, title cards and previews of several cards from the sets. There is also a bonus promo card packaged with the magazine..

The Moss Monster colorized art from the Monsterwax.com Shock Stories trading card set.

Each box contains two series: 50 classic Urban Legends tales we all feared growing up, plus 50 original Shock Stories to terrorize future generations! There's a 3-D parallel card in every pack (51 different), three special background inserts (1 per 12 packs), an original autographed sketch card (1 per box) and unique Monsterwax Metal Cards (1 per 2 boxes). Ultra-limited to just 1,000 numbered boxes, so order early. Each box includes a free pair of 3-D glasses. 6 cards per pack, 36 packs per box.

There are also randomly inserted Prize Cards. Find one of the prize cards and you can redeem it for an uncut sheet for only the cost of postage.

Shock Stories pre-orders are being taken now on the Monsterwax.com Web site.

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View-Master® - The Movie

View-Master viewerFringe co-producer/writer Brad Caleb Kane will be writing a movie based on the View-Master®, which first came on the market in 1939.

He announced on his Twitter account that after he's done penning the sci-fi action-adventure Uprising for director Wolfgang Petersen and Columbia Pictures, he will take on the project for DreamWorks Pictures.

Kane says Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci (Fringe, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, Star Trek) are behind the film and that it will be "like the old 80's Amblin movies: Goonies, Young Sherlock... In that vein."

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Night of the Living Dead 3-D Movie Formerly Posted Online for Free Viewing

Fearnet provided the entire 2006 film Night of the Living Dead 3-D in a free anaglyphic 3-D online feed. The link is now (un)dead.

Note: This film is for intended for adult audiences only.

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Wim Wenders Halts Production of 3-D Dance Film Featuring Pina

German director Wim Wenders has halted production of his planned 3-D dance film with legendary choreographer Pina Bausch following her unexpected death.

Bausch, the director of Wuppertal Dance Theatre in Germany, died five days after being diagnosed with cancer.

Wenders revealed plans to work with Bausch in May and the film’s production was due to begin this September.

The director has been keen to work with Bausch for 25 years and had also been looking for a project suitable for 3-D. He said, “The two-dimensional cinema screen is just not capable of capturing Pina Bausch’s work, either emotionally or aesthetically.”

Alain Derobe, the pioneer of European stereography, will lens the film, Pina’s high art aspect promising to set a benchmark for 3-D, which is normally associated with animation and commercial cinema.

Producers German company Neue Road Movies says that work on the film will resume work after a period of mourning.

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Captain EO 3-D Film Might Return to Disneyland

Michael Jackson with his Captain EO co-creators--director Francis Ford Coppola and executive producer George Lucas.Captain EO, starring the late Michael Jackson, debuted at Disneyland on Sept. 18, 1986 and continuously ran until April 1997. Due to the thousands of requests for its return via Internet sites and calls, the “happiest place on Earth” may bring back the 3-D musical and visual revolutionary 17 minute film.

In honor of the King of Pop’s tragic, untimely death and in honor of Jackson's celebrated life, Captain EO will again grace the screen of the specially designed 500-seat Magic Eye theatre.

The film was shot on 70 millimeter film and cost approximately $30 million to make and in 1986 that was an unbelievably extravagant budget for a “short film”. The film showcases two of Michael Jackson’s songs: We are Here to Change the World and Another Part of Me.

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3-D Projectors Used to Create Virtual Reality Immersion Room at the University of Louisiana

Dr. Carolina Cruz-Neira, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and co-inventor of the CAVE™ Virtual Reality Environment, has incorporated three high definition 3-D Projectors into her design of a new VR Immersion Room that she and her team of researchers built at the University of Louisiana for a collaboration with the Human Research and Engineering Directorate of the U.S. Army Research Lab.

The HD 3-D Projectors create stereoscopic HD 3-D video images on the walls of the three sided VR Immersion Room while an omni-directional treadmill, which serves as the floor, allows research subjects to travel non-stop in any direction through the virtual reality 3-D world. The system was built to create software tools to enable studying the cognitive load on the dismounted soldier (on foot) in highly stressful, rapidly changing scenarios.

The goal is to determine what kind and how much information ground troops take in, what distracts them and how they choose which pieces to pay attention to in life and death situations. Dr. Cruz-Neira, and her team, developed the software architecture to create the scenarios in which the soldiers are immersed as well as to collect data from the soldiers through bio sensors and motion capture.

Dr. Cruz-Neira said "We were looking for technology that provides acceptable resolution and image quality at literally one tenth the cost of previous designs. After our initial test and evaluation, we were pleasantly surprised by the 3-D performance and decided to design the overall system with these projectors. Eventually, we plan to add a fourth wall and additional projector to this system."

More information about the team or the project is available online.

Dr. Carolina Cruz-Neira is the W. Hansen Hall and Mary Officer Hall/BORSF Endowed Super Chair in Telecommunications at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and the Chief Scientist of the Louisiana Immersive Technologies Enterprise (LITE). A pioneer in the field of Virtual Reality and High Performance Computing, her accomplishments include the design of the CAVE™ Virtual Reality Environment, the CAVE™ Library software specifications and most recently the Open Source VR Juggler API.

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August Events at the 3-D Center of Art and Photography

3-D Center logoThe program schedule at the 3-D Center of Art and Photography in Portland, Oregon is now more regularized. The center will be opening either a new gallery exhibition or a new Stereo Theatre show each first Thursday.

In the Gallery
July 2 - Aug. 30, 2009
A Stereoscopic Atlas of Human Anatomy: The Exhibition. Large scale gallery prints of the human body from the groundbreaking View-Master® project, originally produced in Portland in the 1950's and 60's.

In the Stereo Theatre
Aug.6 - Sept. 27, 2009
A Stereoscopic Atlas of Human Anatomy organized by the 3D Center
3-D images of the human body from the groundbreaking View-Master® project, originally produced in Portland in the 1950's and 60's.

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

The 3-D Center of Art and Photography has regular monthly Stereo Theatre and 3-D Art Exhibitions. 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 15) is $5.

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Canada Milks 3-D Ad

Click to view the 3-D ad.Dairy Farmers of Canada is promoting the benefits of milk to teens through a 3-D ad campaign running in Cineplex theatres across Ontario this summer.

The effort is an extension of the five-second “Dot Spot” milk campaign that first launched in 2007, with commercials promoting three benefits of drinking milk: growth, energy and refreshment.

The animated spots, developed by Due North Communications, aim to keep the fickle target involved in the campaign, said Karen Howe, the agency’s vice-president and creative director.

According to Howe, around 20 3-D movies are slated to open over the next year and a half.

“We want to be at the front end of that,” Howe said. “Kids always like to be on the inside edge of something new.

"It was a very different, interesting process creating these ads,” said Howe. “The concept at its heart had to be 3-D. Every time we wanted to check the work in progress, we had to go to a special theatre.”

Three spots were created and were launched July 3 with the release of Ice Age 3-D, running in 19 Cineplex theatres until the end of August.

In the 15-second Straw, audiences follow the beverage being sucked through a straw, into a girl’s stomach, which is filled with pieces of fast food that cheer at the milk’s arrival.

M2 Universal took care of the media buy and Head Gear Animation animated the spots.

“It’s important for the milk brand to be on the leading-edge to continue to build relevance with our teen consumer,” said Solange Heiss, assistant director, marketing and nutrition communications at DFC. “Creating a 3-D ad campaign demonstrates how we are committed to finding new, fun and effective ways to reach teens.”

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Monsters vs. Aliens DVD has 3-D short but not feature

Monsters vs. Aliens Blu-Ray cover artIn a surprising move, Monsters vs. Aliens on Blu-ray Disc and DVD is being released by Dreamworks without the main feature in 3-D despite approximately 58 percent of box office ticket sales coming from 3-D screenings. The reasons are purely technical. It cannot be done... yet.

Speaking to Home Media Magazine, DreamWorks Animation chief Ann Daly explained the reasoning as follows: "The movie itself was developed with the notion of doing the RealD-Dolby experience in theatres, and those specs are not ideal for the anaglyph presentation for home viewing, which still relies on glasses with colored rather than polarized lenses," Daly said. "It's a completely different process, and when we started to look at how it would look in the home, we were not satisfied."

The new animated short B.O.B.'s Big Break included with the Blu-ray and DVD version and a paddle ball game bonus feature will be offered in 3-D viewable using four packed-in magenta-and-green glasses. "The short was specifically designed with magenta-and-green glasses in mind," Daly added. "We even adjusted the color for 3-D conversion to optimize the 3-D experience."

As for the rest of Monsters vs. Aliens on Blu-ray, expect a 2.35:1 1080p transfer and 5.1 Dolby TrueHD audio. Bonus features will be mostly shared between the two versions with a couple Blu-ray exclusive exceptions as marked below.

DVD Features
B.O.B.'s Big Break in 3-D
Paddle Ball Game in Monster 3-D
Modern Monster Movie Making
Three Never-Before-Seen Deleted Scenes
Monger's Plan
War Room Turns on Monsters
If You Don’t Know
DWA Music Video Juke Box
Filmmaker Commentary
The Tech of Monsters vs Aliens
Top Secret Sneak Peek Files
How To Train Your Dragon (HD)
Shrek The Musical (HD)
Kung Fu Panda World (HD)
The Penguins of Madagascar (HD)
Shrek The Halls (HD)
Secrets of the Furious Five
Monsters vs. Aliens Activision Game trailer
Karaoke Music Party with:
More Than A Woman with B.O.B.
Born To Be Wild with Dr. Cockroach & Missing Link
I Will Survive with Ginormica
Animators' Corner - Picture-In-Picture (BD exclusive)
Trivia Track (BD exclusive)

The official synopsis for B.O.B.'s Big Breaks reads as follows: B.O.B. (Seth Rogen) and his monstrous crew are on a mission to bust out of Area 52, the government's top-secret holding cell. Led by mad-scientist Dr. Cockroach P.H.D. (Hugh Laurie) and macho amphibian The Missing Link (Will Arnett), the trio outwits grizzled General W.R. Monger (Kiefer Sutherland) to make a triumphant escape. Almost.

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First Ever HD 3-D Filming Of A MotoGP Event At Laguna Seca

3-D and Digital Cinema Systems specialist Pace was in action at the Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix for the first ever HD 3-D filming of a MotoGP event.

The groundbreaking Fusion 3-D camera system was in action during the Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix at Laguna Seca, courtesy of a visit from the Pace team. Founder Vince Pace and visual effects specialist and Academy Award winner John Bruno and their crew filmed a 3-D demo of MotoGP Action.

Pace's Fusion 3-D camera system was recently used to shoot the sci-fi epic Avatar - director James Cameron's first major motion picture since Titanic. The film, scheduled for release on December 18, promises a revolutionary blend of CG and live-action, all coming together in stunning 3-D.

Pace also raised the bar in sports entertainment: in cooperation with the National Basketball Association, the team at Pace delivered the 56th NBA All-Star Game in stunning 3-D HD to select venues in Las Vegas; the coverage marked the first time a sporting event had been presented live in this new medium.

The groundbreaking 3-D Fusion system relies on a dual lens system to capture left-eye and right-eye imagery separately -allowing the recreation of the field perception depth in post-production and combines two HD Sony cameras bodies and a special acquisition rig.

At the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, the Fusion 3-D camera designed by Pace was used for the first 3-D filming of a MotoGP event, as Vince Pace and John Bruno and their crew captured track footage, pit action and interviews for a 3-D demo, to be presented later this season. Another technical test will take place at the Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix.

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3-D Movie Release Schedule

Here is a list of 3-D movies scheduled for release through 2012. The release dates are subject to change by the studios. Some of the films do not have specific release dates.

2009

  • July 24 - G-Force
  • July 29 - Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince (25 minutes in IMAX 3-D)
  • Aug. 28 - Final Destination 4
  • Sept. 18 - Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
  • Oct. 2 - Toy Story and Toy Story 2
  • Oct. 23 - The Nightmare Before Christmas (re-release)
    Astroboy
  • Nov. 6 - A Christmas Carol
  • Nov. 20 - Planet 51 (may not be released in 3-D)
  • Dec. 18 - Avatar
  • The Dark Country

2010

  • Feb. 8 - Disney's Beauty and the Beast
  • March 5 - Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland
  • March 26 - How to Train Your Dragon
  • April 16 - Piranha 3-D
  • May 21 - Shrek Forever After
  • June 18 - Toy Story 3
  • July 9 - Despicable Me
  • July 30 - Cats and Dogs 2: The Revenge of Kitty Galore
  • Aug. 6 - Step Up 3-D
  • Sept. 24 - Guardians of Ga'Hoole
  • Oct. 1 - Alpha and Omega
  • October - Saw VII
  • Nov. 5 - Oobermind
  • December - Disney's Rapunzel
  • Dec. 17 - The Smurfs 3-D
  • IMAX Hubble 3-D
    Joe Dante's The Hole
    Alex Winter's The Gate
    Hoodwinked 2: Hood vs. Evil

2011

  • January - Underworld 4
  • Blue Man Group 3-D
  • April 8 - Rio
  • June 3 - Kung Fu Panda - The Kaboom of Doom
  • June 24 - Pixar's Cars 2
  • Nov. 4 - The Guardians of Childhood
  • Nov. 18 - Happy Feet 2 in 3-D
  • December - Pixar's The Bear and the Bow
  • Dec. 23 - Steven Spielberg's The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn
  • Journey to the Center of the Earth 2
    Captain Nemo
    Flanimals
    Frankenweenie

2012

  • March 3 - Puss in Boots
  • March 27 - Madagascar 3 in 3-D
  • June - Pixar's Newt
  • Nov. 12 - Boo U
  • Christmas - Disney's King of the Elves
  • Dr. Seuss The Lorax

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DRKRM Gallery Hosts Exhibit of 1955 Los Angeles 3-D Images

Romeo's Times Square Coffee Shop in Los Angeles in 1955.

The drkrm.gallery presents the exhibition of Ultra-Angeles: Kodachrome in 3-D, The Stereo Photography of Jack Laxer. There will be a VIP Preview of Ultra-Angeles on Saturday, Aug. 8, 2009 from 8 to 10 p.m. and a public reception honoring the photographer on Saturday, August 15, from 7 to 10 p.m. The exhibit will be on view from August 8 to Sept. 6, 2009. Ultra-Angeles features rarely seen images of Southern California's commercial landscape from 1952 to 1969 -- a dreamworld of Googie coffee shops, tail-finned cars and sleek office towers in stunning stereo 3-D and vivid full color Kodachrome.

Many notable architects including Paul Williams, William Cody and the masters of the Modern California Coffee Shop, Armet & Davis, hired 3-D photographer Jack Laxer to document their newly completed works. Using a specially adapted Stereo Realist camera, Laxer’s lens revealed a vivid depth filled world, with a precision and artistry unseen before or since in the realm of stereo photography.

Like Julius Shulman, Laxer’s primary subject matter was the ultramodern architecture of midcentury America. However, unlike Shulman’s famous black and white 2-D images of private residential oases, Laxer’s work documented the ultramodern Main Streets of Los Angeles in a pristine palette of Kodachrome colors with a hyper-exaggerated stereo depth.

Laxer's progressive subject matter perfectly embodies the spirit of modernism, both as an artistic movement as well as an everyday reality in postwar Los Angeles. His amazing views offer a full-color, 3-D glimpse into a world that no longer exists, even as we drive by it every day.

Guest curator Alan Leib is the Chairman of the Los Angeles Conservancy's Modern Committee, and one of Los Angeles' leading cultural activists. Leib has led successful battles to preserve many of Los Angeles' most important modern buildings, and created, co-produced and hosted the Conservancy's Built by Becket and 3-D LA events, the latter being an IMAX theater presentation of Mr. Laxer's Ultra-Angeles era work.

The drkrm.gallery is located at 2121 San Fernando Road, Suite 3 in Los Angeles, California.

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3-D Panel at San Deigo Comicon

Directors Tim Burton, Robert Zemeckis and Joe Kosinski at the First-Ever 3-D Panel featuring Disney's A Christmas Carol, Alice in Wonderland and Tron Legacy at Comicon on July 23, 2009 at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, California. (Photo by Eric Charbonneau/Le Studio/Wireimage)

Directors Tim Burton, Robert Zemeckis and Joe Kosinski at the First-Ever 3-D Panel featuring Disney's A Christmas Carol, Alice in Wonderland and Tron Legacy at Comicon on July 23, 2009 at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, California. (Photo by Eric Charbonneau/Le Studio/Wireimage)

Patton Oswald 3-D Panel at the San Diego Convention Center. (Photo by Eric Charbonneau/Le Studio/Wireimage)

Patton Oswald 3-D Panel at the San Diego Convention Center. (Photo by Eric Charbonneau/Le Studio/Wireimage)

3-D Panel sits in front of a Tron: Legacy preview at the San Diego Convention Center. (Photo by Eric Charbonneau/Le Studio/Wireimage)

Tron: Legacy 3-D Panel at the San Diego Convention Center. (Photo by Eric Charbonneau/Le Studio/Wireimage)

During a conversational panel at the San Diego Comicon featuring celebrated filmmakers Peter Jackson and James Cameron, the pair revealed that they might revisit some older projects now that 3-D technology is becoming more viable in theatres.

According to Cameron, his experience with the much-anticipated 3-D film Avatar prompted him to look back on another big-budget, special-effects project. The director said he plans to convert his 1997 film Titanic to 3-D.

Over the course of the panel, the directing duo revealed that they'd bonded over their mutual love for 3-D movie making. Jackson said he'd like to go 3-D with his Lord of the Rings trilogy, too.

He would "love to convert the Lord of the Rings," but said the current economic climate has studios viewing the cost of adapting theatres to 3-D technology very skeptically. For his part, Cameron said that's all going to change once Avatar arrives.

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Loreo Stops Production of Digital 3-D Lens in a Cap (Model 9008)

Sadly, Loreo has announced an end to the 3-D Lens in a Cap Digital (Model 9008) project. According to a Loreo spokesperson, "To date, we have been unable to consistently manufacture this lens to a merchantable quality. Faced with the possibility of shipping a flawed product which we ourselves would be dissatisfied with, we have no choice but to cancel the project and reject all the manufactured units back to production. Over the years, many users of our 3-D Lens in a Cap (T) (model 9004T) have written to us with suggestions on what they would like a 3-D lens to be able to do. Based on this, we tried to develop a 3-D lens with a a shorter focal length, wider field of view and larger aperture."

Loreo 3-D Lens in a Cap ditgital  lenses .

The result was the 3-D Lens in a Cap Digital (model 9008). This product was announced in April 2008 after four years of painstaking development
work. The product was announced after careful consideration based on working samples from production units that produced a large number of excellent sample photographs. Shipment was to have commenced in June 2008.

Loreo has worked hard since June 2008 to get a quality product to market. However, Loreo had to postpone the delivery of the 3-D Lens in a Cap Digital many times due to production problems. "Out in the field, people have been waiting for the 9008 lens. They have been making purchasing decisions for photographic equipment based on the future availability of the lens. Several parties have been developing products to be sold with the 9008 lens. Many dealers have already made commitments to their customers for delivery of the lens. All of this has happened because people trusted us when we told them that the 9008 product would be shipped, and demonstrated its capabilities through sample photographs taken by real working units. We have let everyone down." said the spokesperson.

The production problems over the last year have always revolved around the inconsistent quality of the images produced by the lens. Loreo told 3-D Review Online Magazine, "Naturally, when people purchase a lens of any kind, they expect it to take reasonably sharp pictures. Unfortunately, not all of them were like this, so we invested considerable resources in trying to make consistent lenses. A few weeks ago, we discovered that the 9008 lenses are unstable even within a narrow temperature variation range. The combination of the design of the lens and the materials it is made from causes a focus shift, leading to partially blurred images."

This image was taken by a 9008 lens with a focus shift.

In late May 2009, Loreo got to a point where they had the stock required
to ship the lens, but their final photographic test in early June failed a
large number of lens units. The lenses were all lined up in their shipping
office, ready to be packed, and they couldn't ship.

"Over the past weeks, we worked hard to find out whether the 9008 lens could be delivered to us and onward to end users without going out of focus. We also sought clarification on the operating and storage temperature range of the lens within which there would not be a focus shift. We conducted our own tests, took hundreds of test photographs, and tried to find out what could be done to fix the problem. We also recalled the test units we sent out last year so that we could test them too."

Here is an image taken with one of those returned test lenses in 32 degree C. Hong Kong. Note the blurred left image and the difference with the right image.

"We have reached the point where it is obvious that the production problems with the 3-D Lens in a Cap Digital (model 9008) cannot be fixed within any determinable time frame. We don't give up easily, but we cannot keep people waiting indefinitely. It is very late to be saying this, but prolonging the decision further will only bring more frustration to our customers. We are grateful for the patience that many people around the world have shown in waiting for the product, and the help and advice of those who assisted with testing and development. We apologize to all our customers for the long and fruitless wait for this product. We will try our best to do better next time," the spokesperson stated.

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August 21 is Avatar Day

AvatarAt the very highly anticipated presentation for James Cameron's Avatar at Comic-Con, the filmmaker himself announced an unprecedented marketing campaign unlike anything you've ever seen before - which is just like what you'll see on the screen that very day. On August 21, Fox will take over "as many" IMAX 3-D and digital 3-D theaters as they can and screen 15 minutes from Avatar for free to whoever wants to see it.

For those who were lucky enough to get into Hall H in San Diego, they were treated to roughly 25 minutes of select scenes from Avatar. It started out with an introduction to Sam Worthington as Jake and then an introduction to what we'll be seeing for the remainder of the movie - his Avatar body. The bodies are actual biological beings and Jake's mind becomes a part of theirs and he, essentially, becomes this animal. These Na'vi are 10 foot tall creatures who are a pale blue color yet glow at night. This is the kind of footage you'll see on August 21 and this is the truly only way to get immersed into Cameron's amazing new world.

Fox posted a full press release regarding this announcement and included a few more details. The official trailer will also arrive online on August 21 as part of this big promotion. "The worldwide trailer launch will be presented in all formats, including IMAX 3-D, IMAX 2-D, digital 3-D, digital 2-D, and 35mm 2-D. The trailer will also be available online. The extended 15 minute look at Avatar will unspool only on August 21 and only in 3-D in select theatres and IMAX. Details on locations and reserving tickets for this extraordinary and unprecedented experience will be announced soon."

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YouTube Testing 3-D Video Player

YouTube logo.According to CNet, YouTube is working on bringing 3-D videos to the popular video sharing site, and a Google employee has been quietly working on the project.

In the YouTube forums, "YouTubePete" has said he has been working on the stereoscopic player "during his '20 percent time' at Google."

The video, which can be viewed lower in the post, gives watchers the option to change to many different types of 3-D, depending on what glasses they own, or hardware. View the clip here: YouTube testing 3-D.

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Coraline 3-D DVD

Coraline DVD cover art.

Both 2-D and 3-D versions of the movie Coraline are featured in the DVD release of the film. See the official movie trailer below.

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Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince to feature 12 minutes of 3-D Footage on IMAX Screens

Harry Potter Hermione Poster Art.Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince will be presented as an IMAX 3-D experience 231IMAX Theatres.

In IMAX 3-D, the film features approximately 12 minutes of the movie's explosive opening sequence in live-action IMAX 3-D, a process which fans previously saw in the final fight scene of 2007's Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.

The new Potter film, featuring Harry Potter in his sixth year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, has already broken records for IMAX theatres. It claims the title of biggest five-day international gross with $3.6 million coming from 62 IMAX theatres, as well as biggest international Wednesday opening of $570,000 and biggest international single-day gross for an IMAX DMR title of $875,000.

"Warner Bros. is thrilled with the opening weekend numbers and setting a new IMAX international record," said Veronika Kwan-Rubinek, President of Warner Bros. Pictures International, which produced the film. "These results are a testament to the long and flourishing partnership we have had with IMAX, with Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince marking the 19th feature title our companies have released together."

The final film adaptation of the Potter franchise will be based on the seventh book, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, and will be released in two parts - the first scheduled for November 2010 and the second in July 2011.

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Brooklyn-Queens Expressway Includes View-Master® Reel in DVD/CD Double Disk Release

Back in October 2007, Sufjan Stevens debuted The BQE, a visual and musical homage to the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway, at the Brooklyn Academy of Music's Howard Gilman Opera House in downtown Brooklyn. Originally commissioned by Brooklyn Academy of Music for the Next Wave Festival, the BQE featured three simultaneous film projections, a 35-piece band and orchestra, and live hula hoopers for a 3-night run.

One week following the performances, Sufjan and his orchestra went into the studio to record the soundtrack, but afterwards, feeling disenfranchised by the magnitude of the universe, Sufjan decided to shelve the project. Until now. Two years later, Sufjan found inspiration to mix the music, edit the video and expand the project to include photographs, liner notes, a comic book, and a stereoscopic View-Master® reel, a multi-media package that attempts to render this much-loathed urban expressway into a conscionable work of art.

The release date is set for Oct. 20, 2009. The double-disc album released by Asthmatic Kitty, will include the original film on DVD, the original soundtrack on CD, a 40-page booklet with photos and liner notes, and a stereoscopic View-Master® reel, created by illustrator Stephen Halker.

Tracks
1. Prelude on the Esplanade
2. Introductory Fanfare for the Hooper Heroes
3. Movement I - In the Countenance of Kings
4. Movement II - Sleeping Invader
5 .“Interlude I - Dream Sequence in Subi Circumnavigation
6. Movement III - Linear Tableau with Intersecting Surprise
7. Movement IV - Traffic Shock
8. Movement V - Self-Organizing Emergent Patterns
9. Interlude II - Subi Power Waltz
10. Interlude III - Invisible Accidents
11. Movement VI - Isorhythmic Night Dance with Interchanges
12. Movement VII (Finale) - The Emperor of Centrifuge
13. Postlude - Critical Mass

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Auction Results

Wollensak 10 Stereo Camera box

A Wollensak 10 Stereo Camera in the original box sold for $303.50 with 11 bids. The box contained a Wollensak 10 with the lens cover.

Robot Monster lobby card.

A Robot Monster theatrical lobby card sold for $576 with two bids. This was an 11" x 14" lobby card.

Laetitia Casta six foot lenticular poster

A Laetitia Casta six foot tall lenticular poster is listed at auction through August 17 for $1,669.69 with no bids. Measuring 43" X 74", this lenticular poster was created sometime in the late 1990's for a store display.

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