A haunting castle, a giggling realtor and a ghostly count are but a few of the strange and kooky elements Jonathan Hutter encounters on his surreal 3-dimensional journey in Orlok the Vampire in 3-D. This newly remastered version of Nosferatu is now available on DVD.
This delightfully entertaining 3-D production delivers the perfect balance of mystery and intrigue mixed with the fun of classic B-movie thrills. A 10-minute sneak peek was shown to a the Washington D.C. Independent Film Festival, which drew rave reviews from the audience. "The 3-D gave this film so much character." "Scary, but I couldn't stop laughing." "The 3-D effects really did create a fresh new perspective on Nosferatu.
"Orlok the Vampire in 3-D offers viewers a chance to sample a true masterpiece with a contemporary spin," says Keith Carter, creator of Orlok the Vampire in 3-D. The DVD also contains exciting extras including new animated credits, never before seen footage, a new musical score, CGI graphics, an introductio by TROMA sensation Lloyd Kaufman (creator of The Toxic Avenger) and two pairs of 3-D glasses. A 2-D version is also available.
The 2-D to 3-D conversion was handled by Chris Heuer from Freefall FX near Washington D.C. Heurer used the 3-D Glasses effect from Adobe® After Effects® software to do the conversion.
The DVD sells for $19.95 and is available from the Quality Chese Productions Web site.
Orlok the Vampire in 3-D receives a "Must See 3-D™" Editor's Choice Award.
Burberry Prorsum’s cadet girls marched out in military jackets over little lacy dresses. On high-heeled, thigh-rise boots they stepped forward to take on the world. And that was the story as the British brand closed the London fashion season with a show that was a 3-D live stream across continents, to New York, Los Angeles, Paris, Tokyo and Dubai.
Not only could the 3-D guests evaluate from all angles the latest way that the designer Christopher Bailey gave heritage a hitch, with vast aviator collars fanning behind narrow faces and wispy hair. But the worldwide audience watching on the Burberry Web site could click on an item and order it on the spot. The vision of catwalk to consumer via cyberspace has become a reality. And this show may herald a new 21st-century use of the runway.
“Strong and sexy, but protective and back to our history,” Mr. Bailey said backstage while celebrities from the Olsen twins to Kristen Stewart lined up to join his fashion army. A rainstorm, reminding the audience of Burberry’s waterproof heritage, was projected with LED lights while crashing thunder boomed on the soundtrack.
The show was good strong stuff, in those khaki, muddy green and mustard colors that Burberry owns, with a richer cranberry palette for the cut-up velvet evening dresses. If the collection did not have quite the dash or daring of last season’s jersey ruching, there were novelties, especially denim pieces that were Mr. Bailey’s only foray into pants.
You could almost spot the pieces that will be an instant success: especially the banana-shaped studded handbag in bubble gum pink. The clothes looked young, easy and desirable, even with tricks like coats un-zippering at the waist.
Like good Shakespeare, Alice
In Wonderland entertains on all
This viewer found herself regretting
not having more time to savor the
Like a fairy tale, true to the
original, with left and right hand turns,
One has to love to hate Helena
Bonham Carter’s Red Queen. So perfect in
her imperfectness. So expressive with a mere hiked
eyebrow. It was also hard to tear away from Tweedledum
and Tweedledee, the texture of their skin so flawless.
For some reason the Bandersnatch brought to mind
the “Emo” in Jim Carrey’s excellent,
Grinch in this viewer’s mind.
While most actors are worried about their good angles and cellulite, Depp is able to, with complete abandon, deliver an earth shaking performance that can only be categorized as a finely conducted musical symphony of character development. As with the team of Depp and Burton, which came first the chicken or the egg? Or is it just the sum of the parts…….
The saturated colors of Alice In Wonderland enhanced the dimensional art. So well filmed that you could reach out and touch the forehead of the Red Queen. Caress the fur coat of the White Rabbit hair by hair.
Granted, there were some hitches
in the 3-D, Small flying characters
That being said, there is so much
to see in this extraordinary film that it
The Zanuck Company, historic Hollywood
royalty, is once again at the
If the mesmerizing trailers of
Clash Of The Titans are any indication,
Director Roland Emmerich has revealed his next project will be more epic than anything he’s done in the past. The director of Independence Day and The Day After Tomorrow will take on an adaptation of the sci-fi book trilogy by Isaac Asimov's Foundation series.
Emmerich revealed he wants to produce the film using 3-D and motion capture technology. The Foundation series covers more than 500 years and includes seven books, three of which are included in “the trilogy.” All the books deal with mathematics, psychohistory and alternate universes. The first installment was published in 1951.
“Probably now all big movies have to be 3-D,” said Emmerich. "I think there’s no way around it. I was on the set of Avatar and I saw how it worked and I really thought, ‘That’s the ultimate way of making movies.'“
Starting March 21, Samsung announced customers who buy a Samsung Full HD 3DTV along with a Samsung Blu-ray 3-D player or Blu-ray 3-D Home Theater in a Box (HTiB) system will be eligible to receive a free 3-D Starter Kit. Included in the kits are two pairs of active 3-D glasses and the Blu-ray 3-D version of Dreamworks Monsters vs. Aliens. The glasses sell for $150 each so the deal is worth more than $300 along with the Blu-ray disk.
Samsung is offering the kit, through a partnership with Dreamworks, to spur the adoption of its new 3-D technology and also to promote Dreamworks venture into the Blu-ray 3-D format. "Samsung is proud to deliver increasingly flexible, immersive HDTV experiences including the incorporation of 3-D technology that meet consumers' evolving entertainment expectations," said John Revie, senior vice president of Home Entertainment for Samsung. Samsung Electronics USA President Tim Baxter made the announcement and handed off the first 3-D Starter Kit to Dreamworks CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg.
Katzenberg accepted the kit and praised Samsung for its efforts in bringing a high quality 3-D experience into consumer's homes. Katzenberg announced the first three Shrek films would also be released in Blu-ray 3-D format later this year in support of the upcoming and final film in the series, Shrek: Forever After, which hits theatre screens in 3-D in May.
BigPictureBigSound.com reports seeing a 2-D to 3-D demo of Star Trek on Blu-ray at a Samsung press event in New York City announcing the 2010 lineup built around its 3D-enabled products. The company announced plans to sell 17 different full HD 3-D enabled products, ranging from 3-D ready displays, Blu-ray 3-D players and even 3-D ready home theatre in a box (HTiB) systems.
According to the site, one of their editors "...saw a 2-D to 3-D demo of Star Trek on Blu-ray at the event and it looked pretty realistic in 3-D, albeit less dramatic than "real" 3-D content.
Anyone at Samsung want to send us a copy of that demo?
The 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
In the Gallery
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.
The NCAA Final Four will be broadcast in 3-D live at as many as 100 digital theatres nationwide, as part of an agreement between CBS Sports and LG Electronics.
Fans living in Indianapolis will be able to watch the April 3 and April 5 games live in 3-D at Lucas Oil Stadium locations using LG LCD 3-D HDTVs.
“CBS Sports has always been on the forefront of new technology to enhance the viewing experience,” said Ken Aagaard, CBS Sports EVP of operations and engineering. “Through our partnership with the NCAA and LG, and the technological innovations of Cinedigm, we are excited to be able to present Men’s Final Four weekend in 3-D offering fans an exciting and different way to view a major sporting event.”
Cinedigm Digital Cinema Corp. was the same company responsible for bringing the 2009 BCS Championship and the 2009 NBA All-Star Saturday Night events live in 3-D to select theatres.
“The theatre experience is changing dramatically,” said Bud Mayo, chairman and CEO of Cinedigm. “The Final Four is a signature event, with millions of fans clamoring to be among the few who get to see it in person.”
Courtesy of News1.net
- Tokyo Oct. 11, 2009 by Frank X. Didik
I have been a 3d-TV enthusiast since the mid 1970’s and have written extensively on the topic of lenticular and 3dTV. Well, several days ago, while on assignment in downtown Tokyo, I was shocked to see that FujiFilm just released the FinePix Real3D video still camera.
I immediately contacted Fuji and with the assistance of Ms Emi Miyata, I was able to interviewed the Mr. Shinichi Fujimoto, who was the operations manager who planned the FinePix Real 3D camera. They were kind enough to lend me the FinePix Real3D camera and their new 8-inch flat screen, stereo 3-D monitor, which I have been using for a few days and I can report that the results are truly stunning.
The camera itself has a full 3-D screen and both the still and video images can be clearly viewed on the screen. The result truly jumps out at you. In fact, I was sitting in a Tokyo subway car reviewing what I had just photographed and people sitting next to me were amazed and asked many questions about the camera.
Back at my hotel, I plugged in the 8-inch monitor and my 8GB SD card and proceeded for the next hour, kept saying oh, and wow. I can only guess what the people in the next room must have been thinking! Most people will be very impressed with the results. Just imagine the Vari-Vue 3-D lenticular postcards of the 1960’s and then imagine these postcards in full motion. This will give you a rough idea of what to expect.
Besides stereo 3-D stills and full motion video, the camera can do other unique things. For example, since it has two lenses, you can shoot at the same time, a closeup and a long shot. This is ideal when photographing a sports event, action photographs, family shots or many other environments. You can also use the two lens system to photograph one shot in color and one shot in black and white or perhaps most interestingly, one shot with a slow shutter speed while the other shot with a fast shutter speed&ldots;at the same time! There are many possibilities. The camera has the ability to photograph still 3-D stereo images using “hyperstereo” or exaggerated stereo. For example, for you can create greater depth when photographing distant mountains, or photographing from an airplane. This was possible in the past using early 3-D film cameras, such as the Stereo Realist, but it is much easier to do and the results are immediate, with the FujiFilm FinePix Real3D camera.
As most stereo 3-D cameras, this camera uses 2 lenses with an interocular distance of 77mm, which is the approximate distance between our two eyes. With advanced electronics and auto-focus, the lenses very quickly turn to the correct orientation of the subject, just as human eyes work, thus the two images snaps together the moment that you partially depress the shutter button.
Mr. Fujimoto explained to me that the FinePix Real3D camera, monitor and printed still images actually employs three separate stereo 3-D technologies. For example, the 8-inch monitor uses barrier strips, rather than a lenticular screen in front of the monitor. The results are excellent. The individual barrier strips are not visible to the naked eye. The camera screen is also in stereo 3-D and uses a left-right rapid directed “flicker” system. Perhaps I should not use the word “flicker” since there is not any visible flicker. If you want to make prints from the digital images, uses lenticular technology, again similar to the Vari-Vue postcards of the 1960’s and 1970’s. I was told that the prints will cost will cost about $.40 each and at first, the turn around time will be two weeks but may be quicker the future. You will be able to upload your stereo images to a special FujiFilm 3-D Web site, but the prints will of course, have to be sent to you by regular mail.
The camera feels very solid and well built. It is built upon a die cast, aluminum chasis, which is rather rare these days. I can attest that the camera can survive extreme punishment. While climbing up Mount Fuji, I slipped and the camera went sailing, landing about 8 feet from me. I was sure that it would be severely damaged, and though it had a minor scrape on the bottom, it functioned just fine. The camera uses two separate ten megapixel ccd’s and uses two 3x optical zoom lenses. It performs very well in low light level conditions. In fact I was able to shoot many night stereo 3-D night scenes in Tokyo with terrific results.
The camera does a variety of other functions, most of which I have yet to test, including wireless transfer from the camera to the monitor and a wide variety of settings, such as night shots, sunset shots, anti-blur and so on. Because of time restrictions, I have not able to test the accompanying software yet, though from what I understand the software will allow you to edit the stereo 3-D movies, “de interlace” the images to give a left and right jpg image and various other enhancements.
There were several things that I would have preferred different, than the way the camera was designed, but in comparison with the remarkable results, my complaints are minor. First, from an asthetic point of view, I do not like the shiny plastic look that the camera has. This look does not reflect the true quality of the camera. Second is that because of the placement of the two taking lenses, a certain degree of caution must be taken when using the camera, since it is possible that one can inadvertently cover or partially block a lens. Finally, the various control buttons on the back of the camera are easy to accidentally press while taking a photograph. Still, with such a small camera, I am not sure how this can be resolved, without making the camera larger. Overall, I would say that anyone using the FujiFilm FinePix Real3D camera will be very satisfied.
I should mention a little about my involvement in stereo 3-D technology. Besides being a photo-journalist, I have been have been involved in stereo 3-D photography and television since the 1970’s. In the late 1970’s and early 1980’s, I had designed and built a series of 3d-TV systems using two cameras, a broadcast quality 1” video tape recorder and a broadcast quality monitor with a course lenticular lens in front. In order to create the 3-D effect without glasses. To interlace the two images from the TV cameras, I used a special effects generator and stabilized the image with a Time Base Corrector or TBC for short. The results were very good, but the system was very expensive and enormous in size. At the time, I envisioned the system used by the medical industry and for various other industrial applications. At the time, there was a lot of interest in my system, though it was not an economic success (www.didik.com/dtv.htm). In 1986, I purchased the production line and archive of the Vari-Vue company, which was the company that first popularized lenticular images, starting in the late 1930’s. I am also the author of the History and Guidebook to Lenticular Technology (www.Vari-Vue.com). Frank X. Didik, Tokyo Oct. 11, 2009.
Editor's Note: Thanks to Frank X. Didik for giving us permission to reprint his article about and photos of the Fuji FinePix Real3D video/still camera. Fuji is supposed to send us one of the Fuju FinePix Real3D systems for our own review at some point in the future so watch for additional reviews in an upcoming issue.
Behinds the scenes during the filming and produciton of IMAX Hubble 3-D courtesy of MovieWeb
The 3-D musical is screening in the theme park's Tomorrowland Theatre, complete with a shiny new 70mm print and improved sound thanks to "acoustic enhancements made to the theater since the film last played there in 1997."
In case you don't remember it, Captain EO is a musical sci-fi longer-than-your-average-short short. The story follows EO (played by Jackson) on a journey to deliver a gift to the evil Witch Queen (Anjelica Huston). Thanks to the power of song and MJ magic, the Queen is transformed before she can send EO and his ship crew off to be tortured. It's all very uplifting, but then this is a Disney attraction we're talking about.
Some serious players came together in bringing Captain EO to life. In addition to Jackson and Huston, you've got Francis Ford Coppola directing, a score from Oscar-winner James Horner and none other than George Lucas filling executive producer duties. It's definitely a product of it's time, but it's also a lot of fun and MJ fans should be excited about being able to check it out again.
According to dpreview.com, Sony bosses are pushing the company to produce a 3-D digital camera, according to Masashi "Tiger" Imamura President of Sony’s Personal Imaging and Sound Business group.
In an exclusive interview with dpreview.com, Imamura admitted that 3-D imaging is an area into which Sony is keen to expand. Following Hollywood's recent push for 3-D movies and Fujifilm’s innovative digital 3-D still camera, the Real 3-D W1, Imamura told dpreview.com that his bosses keen to create a similar 3-D imaging device.
Will Quentin Tarantino Kill Bill in 3-D?
"If I had the right story I'd be tempted to do it in 3-D, at least Volume I," said the director, writer and actor.
Tarantino was thinking 3-D after he saw House Of Wax, Friday The 13th 3-D and his friend director Robert Rodriguez' Spy Kids 3-D. "I've always liked 3-D and I remember thinking 'Oh wow Robert's done a 3-D movie - now he can teach me how to do one,'" Tarantino said.
Daryl Hannah would like to return as blind assassin Elle Driver in a third Kill Bill movie, even if it was animated, and Tarantino would be keen to write her a part. "I didn't kill her so Elle Driver is still waiting to get her revenge, so that could happen," he said.
The U.S. Masters where Tiger Woods will make his return to golf will be shot in 3-D by Sony and will be available in Australia for anyone who has a 3-D computer.
The event that takes place on April 5 through 11 at the Augusta National course is set to be one of the biggest sporting events prior to the Soccer World Cup in South Africa.
Sony is teaming up with U.S. pay channel Comcast to deliver the event. As part of the deal Sony will shoot two hours of 3-D coverage every afternoon of the event, focusing on the back nine holes. The event will be presented free of charge to Comcast subscribers who have already purchased a 3-D TV. The 3-D feed will also be available at http://www.themasters.com for those with 3-D-capable computers.
3-D coverage rests outside of the 2-D distribution rights held by CBS who will cover the main event, which will be shown on Foxtel and the Nine Network in Australia.
Depending on who you ask, 3-D could change the way we watch TV and play computer games, but there's is there any way to avoid wearing glasses to see the 3-D displays?
It turns out you might not have to. At the Cebit IT fair held in March, engineers showed a new breed of screen that projects a 3-D image towards the viewer's eyes so glasses aren't required.
Glasses are used to select which two images each eye sees, allowing the right eye to see one and the left eye the other using either color filters or shutters synchronized with the screen. The new displays separate the image by a panel consisting of tiny lenses that sits in front of the screen.
The basic technology isn't new but in the past this type of screen has projected a 3-D image to a single point in space and the viewer needed to be in that sweet-spot to see it. If you move to another position all you see is a blurry image and if you watch the screen with a friend, someone is out of luck. That is changing with the new displays.
Singapore based Sunny Ocean Studios developed a panel fitted to a standard display, sending out a stereoscopic image to 64 positions around the screen.
"This means you have a very large area to view a nice 3-D display," said Armin Grasnick of Sunny Ocean Studios. "Normally you have just five or eight or nine angles, but with 64 its very easy to catch a 3-D effect."
A similar panel developed by Germany's SeeFront projects an image to a single point but that point can be moved around with a camera the system that makes constant adjustments to the image so it follows the viewer's head movements.
"The camera is looking at you," said Christoph Grossman, founder and CEO of the company. "It determines your position in space in terms of X, Y, Z coordinates and information is passed your cuttent postion to an algorithm running in the computer in the background so you can move around freely and still see a great 3-D image."
The most impressive system is a screen from Germany's Fraunhofer Institute with a panel of narrow, cylindrical lenses in front of the screen dividing the two images and directing one to each eye.
"Of course you want to move," said Bernd Duckstein, a research associate at Fraunhofer's Heinrich Hertz Institute. "On top of the screen are two cameras to detect the position of the viewer's eyes. According to the position of the eyes, the lenticular plate moves in front of the flat-panel screen so the channels can follow the eyes of the user."
Infrared cameras above the screen read hand gestures so users can manipulate objects on screen and control software without actually touching the screen.
The technologies are more complex than those coming to market this year but from the reaction of those who viewed the new technology at Cebit, they're definitely worth keeping both eyes on.
Lady Gaga's record label just teased a 3-D concert and DVD!
A rep for Interscope told MTV "there are talks" for a 3-D extravaganza for "the near future."
Anyone who got the deluxe edition of the Fame Monster album, released in December, already has a pair of 3-D glasses, which cryptically came with the message: "For things happening soon."
A Wollensak 10 stereo camera sold for $237.50 with 15 bids. The camera had issues with one aperature sometimes being open wider in one lens than the other lens.
A 1960s View-Master® Santa Claus cardboard display sold for $38.99 with four bids. According the the seller, "Right out of the Christmas boxes in the attic. A really fun Santa advertising standup for Sawyer's View-Master. Santa is on heavy tagboard. He has been used. Has two nail holes. Shows where the scotch tape was. Some of the scotch tape is still there. Back shows where the display easel has pulled off. Color still vibrant on the printing. Santa stands 17" tall by 10" across."
A View-Master® Travel store display sign was offered for $45 with no bids. The red, pink and white sign printed on slick, glossy paper is approximately 30"x12" and has a 2-inch split at the center and some surface wrinkling articularly to left half of sign.
A View-Master® accordian store display sign was offered for $399 with no bids. The display shows 10 View-Master® packets and is die-cut to allow the packets to fold out accordian style to be more eye-catching. The packets are from the early 1960s, which would date this display to that era.
A Recordak camera sold for $10.45 with two bids.
This is not a movie camera and not in the strict sense a stereo camera either. It is called a Recordak and it was a system used by banks to photograph checks and designed to make a double record. It's a bulk-loading still camera for 16mm.
A LOMO Disderi Two-Two 35mm 2-lens Toy Camera sold for with bids. These toy cameras actually take 3-D photos.
The cameras come in a variety of color combinations. We've seen the following combos:
A Realist Macro Stereo Camera outfit with case was offered for $3,134.60. The set included a Realist branded carrying case.
A Le Prismac Stereo Camera was offered for $7,500 with bids. The camera measures approximately 60mm x180mm x 90mm. This early stereo metal camera is No 217 made in France and was designed by Deloye and built by Devaux. It has two 90 degrees prisms that reflect the image at right angles from lenses onto the film, allowing for a more compact body than usual.
The camera was listed in good condition by the seller, with brassing from use. On the camera in the sale, the 5-speed guillotine shutter is functional but shutter speeds from 1 to 5 seemed to be the same speed. The switch on the top moves from 8 to 12 but not to 16. The switch on the bottom activates the shutter. The lenses are behind the leaf shutter. The camera use Kodak 102 size rollfilm.
A 2001: A Space Odyssey (MGM, 1968) space station lenticular 3-D display (10.375" X 13.5") sold for $1,539.16 with buyer's premium and received six bids.
Stanley Kubrick's fantastic science fiction epic is still considered one of the greatest films ever made for both conceptual ideas and technological innovations and MGM went all out to promote the film by creating many unusual items for the film's release, such as this extremely rare lenticular poster featuring the Pan Am Clipper and the massive rotating space station. Aside for a small scratch on the right side, this exquisite piece, which comes with its original tabletop frame, is in impeccable condition.
A 2001: A Space Odyssey (MGM, 1968) moon base lenticular 3-D tabletop display (10.375" X 13.5") sold for $836.50 with buyer's premium and received one bid.
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