March 2010

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Priest Goes 3-D

Priest poster art with 2010 release date.Screen Gems' has decided to convert the film Priest into 3-D. It opens on its new release date of Jan. 14, 2011.

"We're thrilled with the way Priest has come together, and we saw some spectacular sequences in the film that we all believed would be even more amazing in 3-D." said Clint Culpepper, President of Screen Gems in an official press release.

An adaptation of a TokyoPop comic book, Priest is set in a world ravaged by centuries of war between man and vampire and follows a warrior priest who turns against the church to track down a murderous band of vampires who have kidnapped his niece.

Director Scott Stewart explained that when the vampires of Priest get bitten, they transform into vampire familiars, host bodies to be controlled by an evil outside force rather than a human transformed directly into a monster.

Stars Paul Bettany, Cam Gigandet, Karl Urban and Maggie Q should have plenty to be afraid of as they confront the non-human threats.

While the 3-D aspect of the film may be a welcome addition to moviegoers, the augmentation does result in a later release date. Originally slated to arrive in theaters on Aug. 27, 2010, fans will now have to wait until early 2011 to catch the adaptation.

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Clash of the Titans 3-D Opens March 26

Clash of the Titans 3-D poster art.

Clash of the Titans 3-D poster art.

Clash of the Titans 3-D poster art.

Clash of the Titans 3-D poster art.

Clash of the Titans 3-D poster art.

Here are several of the posters promoting Clash of the Titans 3-D.

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Panasonic's 3-D Plasma TV

Panasonic Plasma 3-D TV.

Panasonic has announced a 3-D plasma TV, the Viera VT in two different sizes, a 50-incher retailing for $4,800 and a 54-inch for $5,900. Just put on your 3-D active shutter glasses, included with the TVs, and you're set to step into the immersive world of 3-D.

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20th Century Fox's Markets Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief with 3-D Displays

Percy Jackson poster art.

20th Century Fox’s latest release Percy Jackson and The Lightning Thief has been brought to life through the world’s first outdoor Real 3-D campaign.

The campaign enables consumers to see a 3-D trailer on 42” HD screens. The characters appear to reach out of bus shelters in London locations on Oxford Street, Buckingham Palace Road, Kensington High Street and Kingsway.

The original Percy Jackson trailer was converted from 2-D to 3-D with additional elements recreated to take the film's marketing into the next dimension. The Real 3-D effect is achieved without the use of glasses through a special filter affixed to the high quality HD display. The LCD image is divided into complex repeating segments that result in the human binocular vision interpreting the image as a 3-D scene.

Cameron Saunders, UK theatrical marketing director at 20th Century Fox said, “Our strongest asset for marketing movies has always been the product itself. In the past 18 months digital outdoor has moved on leaps and bounds, enabling us to showcase movies in brand new environments. This visually spectacular new technology means we can present Percy Jackson and The Lightning Thief to mass audiences in a way never seen before. In a world where consumers are being bombarded with competing messages, this is something that no one could fail to be absorbed by.”

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ESPN 3-D Sports Channel to Debut in June 2010

Sports broadcasting will enter the third dimension in 2010, as ESPN will unveil the industry's first 3-D network.

ESPN 3-D will showcase a minimum of 85 live sporting events during its first year, beginning June 11 with the first 2010 FIFA World Cup match, featuring South Africa versus Mexico according to ESPN and ABC Sports president George Bodenheimer.

Other events to be produced in 3-D include the 2011 BCS National Championship Game, college basketball and football contests, up to 25 World Cup matches and the Summer X Games. Additional events will be announced at a later date.

"ESPN's commitment to 3-D is a win for fans and our business partners," Bodenheimer said in a statement. "ESPN 3-D marries great content with new technology to enhance the fan's viewing experience and puts ESPN at the forefront of the next big advance for TV viewing."

ESPN has been testing ESPN 3-D for more than two years, even showing a USC-Ohio State college football game in select theatres and to 6,000 fans at the Galen Center on USC's campus.

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Theatre Operators Move to Install More 3-D Screens

Banking giant J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. has raised nearly $700 million on behalf of a group of the country's largest theatre operators to speed addition of 3-D screens across the country. The financing was delayed for more than a year because of the financial crisis and the tightening of credit markets

The financing would pay for the installation of digital projectors in about 12,000 locations, easing a bottleneck caused by an abundance of 3-D movies competing for too few screens. Less than nine percent of the country's nearly 40,000 theater screens can play 3-D movies.

Theatre owners have seen a surge in business thanks to 3-D screenings. The higher box office from 3-D films is driven in part by their ticket prices, which can run 25 percent or higher than prices for a typical movie.

Rival studios are muscling one another to get their 3-D pictures into theatres. Warner Bros.will release the action movie Clash of the Titans in 3-D on April 2, a week after DreamWorks Animation Studios releases its childrens movie How to Train Your Dragon. Those films also will compete for screens with Walt Disney Pictures' family film Alice in Wonderland, starring Johnny Depp, which premieres March 5 and even Avatar if it continues to play in theatres.

The funding comes nearly three years after the nation's largest exhibitors, AMC, Cinemark and Regal, formed the Digital Cinema Implementation Partners to pay for the digital conversion of theatres.

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March 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 Stereo Theatre
Feb. 4 through March 28 from 6 to 9 p.m.
International Stereoscopic Union
The second installment of the International Stereoscopic Union's digital compilation presents works selected by stereo clubs world-wide. Acting as both a 3D travelogue and digital art gallery, over a hundred images are presented from: Australia, Austria, Denmark, Poland, Switzerland, UK, Boise, Washington, DC, Detroit, Minneapolis, and the Cascade Stereoscopic Club in Portland.

In the Gallery
March 4 through May 28
Observing the Human Parade by David Lee
This is a selection of stereoscopic imagery of sacred urban and natural environments at times juxtaposed with their profane counterparts. It is a celebration of different perspectives, cultures and people. It is also an attempt to understand and learn from the other cultures. It is a search for meaning. It is connecting to something beyond one's own individual reality." - Dale Walsh

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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Kenny Rogers: The First 50 Years 3-D HD TV Special

Country legend Kenny Rogers announced at a press conference in Nashville that he will tape an upcoming television special to commemorate the first 50 years of his career. Kenny Rogers: The First 50 Years will be filmed in high definition, digital 3-D on April 10 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

Dolly Parton, Lionel Richie, Alison Krauss, Wynonna and the Oak Ridge Boys are some of the artists already slated to appear on the show.

Rogers said, “When this was first proposed to me as a 50-year celebration, something about that sounded final and I didn’t want that, so I suggested we call it The First 50 Years. I will tell you this, the first 50 years TV show is gonna be awesome.”

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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 to be in 3-D

Hermoine poster.

Warner Brothers Pictures confirmed it will implement the 3-D technology used in Avatar, which raked in over $2 billion worldwide in seven weeks, to the final installments of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 and mostly likely Part 2.

Serving as the final chapter of the film series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows will follow Harry Potter, Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger who leave Hogwarts behind and set out to find and destroy the Horcruxes-the secret to Voldemort's power and immortality.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1, is set for release Nov. 19, 2010 and Part 2 is set for a summer 2011 release.

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Cats and Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore 3-D in Theatres Summer 2010

Cats and Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore logo and trailer.

Cats and Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore 3-D hits theatres in summer 2010. Check out the trailer at the official Web site.

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Forensic Expert Brings New Dimension to Historic Photos

Alfred Seaman stereoviewA mystery surrounding a Derbyshire Victorian photographer has been solved, thanks to the University of Derby and a local historian.

Derbyshire-based photo historian Dr. John Bradley called in the expertise of University forensic scientist Dr. Ian Turner to try to discover who had produced an intriguing set of 19th century stereoscopic photograph, many of which depict local Derbyshire scenes.

Stereoscopic photography was discovered by the eminent Victorian scientist Sir Charles Wheatstone in the 1840s at the very birth of photography. He showed that if two photographs were taken from a few inches apart - at about the same distance as that between the human eyes, and then viewed through a special viewer, the result was a scene with a complete sense of depth, what we now term 3-D.

The same principles are still in use today in 3-D movies, 3-D comics and devices such as the View-Master® 3-D picture viewer.

Stereoscopic photographs became a hugely popular Victorian collectable, with millions being sold every year, until they were eventually replaced by the picture postcard as a cheap holiday souvenir.

Dr. Bradley, who is based in Ashover, has thousands of such stereoviews in his collection. Images in the collection include popular UK tourist sites such as the Isle of Man, Scotland, Scarborough and Bridlington.

However, one important group of photographs remained unattributed because the photographer had not printed their name on the cards. This 'unknown' group of pictures had some similarities to photographs that were know to be taken by the famous Derbyshire photographer Alfred Seaman, of Chesterfield. There was a hidden clue, handwriting on the cards, where the photograph's title had been written under each picture.

Dr. Bradley called in University of Derby forensic science expert Dr.. Ian Turner to identify the handwriting on the unnamed photos to see if they could be matched to the handwriting on the cards that were known to be by Seaman.

After pain-staking analysis, Dr. Turner was able to determine that the writing was very similar to the writing on Seaman's photographs in more than 55 out of about 65 images. A further nine had some small differences between the handwriting styles, so a definite match could not be concluded in these cases.

Dr. Turner said: "This work we have done seems to suggest that many of the photographs had the same handwriting on them as the known Alfred Seaman images. This along with stylistic similarities between the two groups of photos has now made it possible to confidently claim that the majority of this outstanding pictorial record of Victorian life was taken by Seaman."

Dr. Bradley said: "I had always suspected that the 'unknown' pictures might have been taken by local Derbyshire photographer Alfred Seaman. He was a prolific Victorian photographer and we have many very similar looking stereophotos of Matlock and Chatsworth which we know were taken by him.

"The problem was that with no photographer's name on the other photographs, attribution was very difficult. All we had to go on was the handwritten title on these images."

Dr. Bradley explained that a successful photographer such as Seaman would not have labelled all the images by himself, but would have had a small team of assistants working in his studio, who would have helped in writing the titles on the cards. This made Dr. Turner's task even more challenging as he had to compare handwriting from a number of different people.

The pair have been in close contact with the Seaman family who were also able to provide other clues to help on the case.

Stereo World magazine will be publishing a report of this research. Dr. Turner and Dr. Bradley will be contenders for the annual award of the National Stereoscopic Association for historical research into stereoviews. Dr. Bradley won this international prize himself in 2005 and the following year it was won by the rock musician Brian May of Queen who is also a stereoview collector.

Dr. Turner has considerable expertise in this area of forensic studies. Studies undertaken at the University of Derby in the recent past include analysing Punjabi handwriting styles through different generations, and analysing the potential differences between traditional signatures signed with a ballpoint pen and a digital signature, as found on a driving licence or other document.

You can see more of Alfred Seaman's photographs online.

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CryEngine 3 in 3-D at 2010 Game Developer's Conference

Crytek has announced that it will present CryENGINE 3 in stereoscopic 3-D (S-3D) at this year’s Game Developer's Conference expo in San Francisco March 11 through 13. They'll also be demonstrating "LiveCreate."

One of the key features of the third-generation CryENGINE® is the “LiveCreate™” feature, which will also be showcased at GDC. CryENGINE®3 LiveCreate™ allows designers to work with a single editor, but see and play the results in real-time on the PC, PlayStation® 3 and Xbox 360™. With CryENGINE®3, scalability across multiple platforms is a revolutionary development to enable the creation of truly great-looking games, regardless of the target platform.

“After the successful introduction of CryENGINE®3 at last year’s GDC, we are really excited to show the latest version of our all-in-one game development solution this year in stereoscopic 3-D. Over the past few years, S-3D technology has emerged as one of the key trends both in movies and games. With CryENGINE®3, developers will have the ability to create their content in 3-D on all platforms. There are basically no longer any limits to a designer’s creativity. CryENGINE®3 features many innovations to accelerate development, cut production costs and ensure teams are able to maximize their own creativity without delays,” says Carl Jones, Director of Global Business Development.

Crytek's Engine Business Team will be available during GDC for meetings and to discuss licensing details with prospective clients. In addition, Crytek will be hosting a series of public presentations at their booth, #1414.

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David Klutho Spotted with 3-D Camera at the Winter Olympics

David Klutho, author of In Your Face 3-D: The Best 3-D Book Ever! from Sports Illustrated was spotted with his 3-D camera rig at the winter Olympics.

Russ Beinder spotted Klutho using two modern digital SLRs conjoined with a Sports Illustrated-labeled rig. The camera rig appears to have two higher-end Nikons attached together, the left one upside-down, perhaps to keep the image sensors closer together like human eyes. It appears the two 24-70mm lenses' zoom control rings are linked with a belt-and-gear device to keep them in step.

It wasn't immediately clear how settings such as exposure length, aperture, focus and shutter release were controlled and synchronized, but a box with a rocker switch and protruding cables is attached to one of the camera bodies.

See Beinder's photo of Klutho here.

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Auction Results

View-Master® Nations of the World display and mailer.

View-Master® Nations of the World Library display instructions.

A vintage Sawyers View-Master® Nations of the World Library Display Set sold for $127.50 with 15 bids. Stock #2164. Complete with instruction sheet, three boxes, and 30 cardboard display albums. All in unused excellent condtion.

This display set was made to hold the View-Master® reels and story booklets in only 9-inches of shelf space. Exterior box has wear and water staining, some of the display albums have some corner creasing.

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