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Kodak discontinues production of Kodachrome film. Kodachrome processing to end Dec. 31, 2010

Kodachrome boxes."Don't take my KODACHROME away..." Paul Simon's song, sadly, has come true. Eastman Kodak Company announced on June 22, 2009 it will discontinue sales of KODACHROME Color Film this year, concluding its 74-year run as a photography icon. Sales of KODACHROME, which became the world's first commercially successful color film in 1935, have declined dramatically in recent years as photographers turned to other films or digital capture. Today, KODACHROME represents just a fraction of one percent of Kodak's total sales of still-picture films.

Many 3-D photographers continued to use KODACHROME to make 3-D slides. The loss of this film and the processing will affect many stereographers. KODACHROME film slides retain their vibrant colors better than most other slide films. Some slides taken during the 1950s look as good as the day they were processed.

Processing KODACHROME involves a highly complex development process, which became too costly over the years for many companies to offer developing services due to the drop in the film's use by the general public. Only two companies still process KODACHROME in the entire world, one in Kansas and the other in Switzerland.

Although KODACHROME has very distinct characteristics and no film will give the exact same results, Kodak is urging current users to try other Kodak films. Kodak released seven new professional films over the last three years alone.
KODAK PROFESSIONAL PORTRA 160NC and VC Film
KODAK PROFESSIONAL PORTRA 400 NC and VC Films
KODAK PROFESSIONAL PORTRA 800 Film
KODAK PROFESSIONAL T-MAX 400 Film
KODAK PROFESSIONAL EKTAR 100 Film

Q&As:

Why has Kodak decided to stop offering KODACHROME?
Due to declining customer demand for KODACHROME, continued production of this film in no longer viable. Over the years people have moved from KODACHROME to other methods of capture, be it new films or digital. Simply put, not enough people are shooting KODACHROME for us to continue offering it.

What are recent sales of KODACHROME?
KODACHROME currently represents a fraction of 1% of Kodak’s still film sales. While KODACHROME is a truly iconic product that has served photographers very well for 74 years, the simple truth is that people have moved on and are no longer purchasing it in sustainable volumes.

How long will Dwayne’s continue processing KODACHROME?
Dwayne’s has informed us they plan to continue to process KODACHROME through Dec. 31, 2010.

Dwayne's Photo Service
415 S. 32nd Street
Parsons, KS 67357
(620) 421-3940
Toll Free: 1-800-522-3940
Fax: (620) 421-3174

In Europe, where KODACHROME film is sold along with a prepaid mailer, Kodak will continue to accept those mailers for processing through Nov. 30, 2010.

Kodak Photo Service SA
Case Postale
Ch-1001 Lausanne
Switzerland, CH

How long will Kodak continue to accept KODACHROME (PK) processing mailers, which were sold separately in the U.S.?
In the U.S., Kodak will continue to accept PK processing mailers though Dec. 31, 2009, provided the mailer has a valid expiration date or no expiration date. Expired mailers will not be accepted. This is a change in policy that will also affect many people who purchased the mailers in the secondary market. Kodak had previously accepted expired mailers...some dating back more than 20 years. The mailers may still be good for Ektachrome processing, although this has not been confirmed with Kodak.

How long do you expect the current supply to last?
Based on usage patterns, we expect KODACHROME to remain on store shelves until the early Fall 2009.

What product do you recommend KODACHROME shooters transition to once it is no longer available?
There’s no doubt that KODACHROME is a unique look, and no film will give the exact same results. That said, Kodak recommends KODAK PROFESSIONAL EKTAR 100 Film and KODAK PROFESSIONAL EKTACHROME Film E100G.

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The Woman in Black in 3-D

Hammer Films, which is having a resurgence with The Resident and Let Me In in post-production and currently filming, respectively, is about to tackle one of the best ghost stories ever written, The Woman in Black...and it's going to be in 3-D!

Jane Goldman, who is best known for co-writing the big screen adaptation of Neil Gaiman's Stardust, will write the script based on Susan Hill's 1983 novel about a menacing spectre that haunts a small English town. This will be the first theatrical version with the story having numerous stage adaptations and it was turned into a British TV movie in 1989 by Nigel Kneale, creator of the Quatermass science-fiction serials.

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Arabian Nights in 3-D

Chuck Russell is set to direct a 3-D reworking of Arabian Nights. He co-wrote the script with Barry P. Ambrose.

The action adventure, with an estimated budget of $70 million, will be financed by Inferno Entertainment, with production slated to begin in April 2010.

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The Battle of Yellow Sea in 3-D

Kwak Kyung-taek is set to make Korea's first 3-D live-action film tentatively titled The Battle of Yellow Sea. The film is based on the true story of the 2002 gun battle between the North and South Korean navies, the biggest naval clash since the Korean War.

South Korea has about 60 screens equipped with a 3-D projection system. The number is expected to rise to 100 by next year.

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Dave Matthews Band 3-D Concert Movie

InConcert3D, AEG Live, Action 3D Productions, and RealD have partnered up to bring the latest concert of the Dave Matthews Band nationwide in stereoscopic 3-D using some new technology that brings the production costs down significantly.

“With the Dave Matthews (movie), the idea was to mimic a concert,” explains AEG Live’s John Rubey, who is executive producer and president of AEG’s Network LIVE. “The movie features Dave Matthews at the Austin City Limits festival, Ben Harper from the Mile High Music Festival and Gogo Bordello from the Pine Music Festival.”

Action 3D Productions chair Jeffrey B. Lewis reports that, with his partner Wayne Miller, a music video/commercials director, they have come up with a way of cutting costs in capturing live events in 3D. They use a mix of cameras and rigs; Sony, Fujinon and other companies have been helpful in providing new technologies. The 8-camera set up for the Dave Matthews Band concert also included a very small German camera that was used with a Steadicam rig and a set of long lenses from Fujinon.

“I always believed that 3-D was the right way to release concerts,” says Rubey. “It was just a matter of whether the time was right. If the 3-D premium was more than 50 percent than 2D, then the timing wasn’t right.”

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The Nutcracker to be Zemeckis next 3-D Holiday Film

Robert Zemeckis has his sights set on satisfying both his Christmas and motion-capture fetishes with an adaptation of The Nutcracker.

Zemeckis’ take would not be an adaptation of the popular Tchaikovsky ballet, but rather a more faithful adaptation of E.T.A. Hoffmann’s original novel, The Nutcracker and the Mouse King. The film will be a period piece, set in 19th century Russia, which will explore how the cursed Nutcracker character came to be and the battle between the dolls and the mice.

If all goes through, this will not be the first big-screen adaptation of The Nutcracker. Back in 1979, there was the stop-motion version called Nutcracker Fantasy, starring Christopher Lee. In 1990 there was a traditional animated versioncalled The Nutcracker Prince, featuring Kiefer Sutherland.

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Kenny Chesney Summer in 3-D Film Slated for April Release

Kenny Chesney: Summer in 3-D, a concert film shot in five cities, will hit theaters in April. Chesney is currently editing the film that will be released by Sony Pictures Entertainment's Hot Ticket Division. He got the idea after seeing U2's 1998 film, U2 3D.

"It was like something I'd never seen, and I wondered what would happen if we tried to capture some of what was going on like that," he said. The film was shot with 22 3-D camera rigs during concerts in Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Seattle, Boston and Indianapolis.

Rory Bruer, Sony's head of distribution, says he expects Summer in 3-D to play on at least 750 screens in April. "Kenny's not going to be touring next year," he says. "This is going to be a chance for fans to spend some time with Kenny, and I think they're going to enjoy having front-row seats."

The film will feature more than Chesney's stage show. Before his June concert at Pittsburgh's Heinz Field Chesney took the 3-D cameras to a houseboat on the Ohio River. "We did a 35-minute show with all the tailgaters, right on the water. Unless you're down there, nobody gets to see that."

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December 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.

Mr. Claus has scheduled a very special stop at the 3-D Center of Art and Photography this holiday season! Santa Claus will be at the Center on Sunday, December 20 from 1 to 5 p.m., during which time visitors of all ages will be able to take a 3-D photo with the man himself. Souvenir photos will be available for immediate purchase with a 3-D viewer for $6. Please note - regular Center admission fees apply! This is a once-a-year opportunity, so don't miss your chance to spread the holiday cheer in 3-D!

Olive with Santa in 3-D.

In the Stereo Theatre
Dec. 3 - Jan. 31
Opening: First Thursday, Dec. 3 from 6 to 9 p.m.
A program of short 3-D videos
Moving Still by Santiago Caicedo
Skydiving by Eric Deren,
Elevation by Eric Kurland
Fireworks by Takashi Sekitani

Moving Still uses stunning animation to turn an everyday Parisian
train ride into an apocalyptic vision.

Skydiving puts the viewer right into the action with a head-mounted 3-D video camera. It captures group dive maneuvers that induce breathlessness.

Elevation tells a serio-comic tale of a woman trapped in an elevator
with a clown.

Fireworks presents the brilliance of a Japanese fireworks display with outstanding 3-D night videography.

In the Gallery
Nov. 5 through Jan. 3 from 6 to 9 p.m.
3-D Doodle Daze, a participatory event and exhibition.

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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Shooting 3D: Introduction to Stereoscopic Production Techniques

PassmoreLab's New Tutorial Video 'Shooting 3-D' Takes the Mystery Out of 3D Production

Shooting 3-D cover artSan Diego-based 3-D producer PassmoreLab announced today the release of a new self-produced short film entitled Shooting 3-D: Introduction to Stereoscopic Production Techniques that is intended as a quick-start to de-mystify the production requirements and camera techniques of the genre and take the guess-work out of shooting live-action 3-D productions. It was created as a tool for beginners and emerging 3-D film-makers to better understand the process, from a seasoned 3-D producer's hands-on perspective.

"I have been shooting 3-D for years, and trust me, I have made all the mistakes I care to remember," smiles Greg Passmore, president of PassmoreLab. "At the time, there were no real tutorials to speak of, and all of us in 3-D were mostly learning the process by trial and error. Honestly, the error part can get quite costly, so I thought a 3-D self-help DVD might be in order."

Shooting 3-D: Introduction to Stereoscopic Production Techniques discusses camera selection, alignment, symmetry, proper mountings, editing tips, technique and a host of other technical details about how to shoot professional looking 3-D productions, even without using professional gear or budgets.

The 2-D video is 20 minutes long and was created for beginning 3-D enthusiasts, focusing mainly on consumer and prosumer cameras and comparisons. Shooting 3-D: Introduction to Stereoscopic Production Techniques provides general information and advice from Passmore, himself an industry pioneer, on 3-D productions and how they are set up, calibrated, shot and edited.

"It dawned on me one day that I was explaining 3-D production over and over again at film festivals, so I thought I could create a tool that was much more helpful," says Passmore. "With the added bonus that they could go back and replay anything they may have missed."

2009 has been a great year for PassmoreLab. The independent studio has been busy producing a number of live-action 3-D science and nature-themed productions, namely Microworlds, The Extreme Nature of Bats, and Physics of Surfing to name a few...as well as rolling out conversion after conversion, with the most high-profile title being the 3-D conversion of the original 1968 George Romero zombie classic Night of the Living Dead, Now in 3D!, which premiered October 3 in Los Angeles.

The 3-D industry in general has had a banner year as well, as consumers have embraced it worldwide. The explosion at the box office has been exceptional, as was evidenced again recently with Sony's $30 million opening weekend for Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 3-D. The emergence of a 3-D Blu-ray DVD player for the home entertainment market is next on the 3-D horizon, due out in 2010.

"Next year we will see more 3-D at the theatre level, and ground-breaking new innovation in the home market, which is great news for the industry" said Steve Glum, Head of Branding and Distribution for PassmoreLab. "Our titles are uniquely poised and positioned to embrace both markets, as we continue to produce 3-D content that can be enjoyed no matter where 3-D lovers may be. And with our new Shooting 3-D video, perhaps there will be even more 3-D content out there."

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Avatar Glasses made from recycled Coke Zero bottles

20th Century Fox is mounting an unusual and extensive promotional campaign for James Cameron's Avatar, including 3-D glasses made from recycled Coke Zero bottles and a 3-D video game from Unisoft.

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Alice in Wonderland 3-D Posters

Here is the artwork for two of the posters for Disney's Alice in Wonderland 3-D.

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Takao Kamimura 3-D Photos

Takao Kamimura 3-D photo

3-D enthusiasts find their way on the Web in many places. Check out the 3-D stereo pairs created by Takao Kamimura that also pinpoint where they were taken in Google maps. Plus, a few motion picture screen grabs from old movies that become stereo pairs when placed side-by-side.

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3-D Drawing Pad

3-D Drawing Pad

The 3-D Drawing pad takes drawing and sketching to a whole new dimension. The pad comes bundled with 3-D glasses that will transform your doodles into 3-D images. Each page of the pad has a special stereographic background and 50 sheets are included. The pad can be used as a great fun tool for kids to learn about perspective. The 3-D Drawing Pad retails around $7.

Auction Results

Dark Shadows packet art.

A Dark Shadows View-Master® packet sold for ship sold for $31.01 with five bids. The packet was in the original glassine covering that was carefully opened to keep the packet crisp and clean.

Watkins 1868 earthquake stereoview.

An 1868 C. E. Watkins stereoview showing the effects of the Hayward Earthquake sold for $321.60 with eight bids. The earthquake occured on Oct. 21, 1868.

China stereoviews.

A partial set of China stereoviews sold for $912 with eight bids. The 1902 China and Hong Kong stereoview photo cards were made by Stereo Travel Company of New York, NY. 57 cards in total featuring views such as fixing the Great Wall and Prison views. The was no box included in the sale.

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