The Reel-Master Picture Frame is a 19-inch picture frame shaped like a View-Master® reel. It is not available yet, but it could be if enough people become backers through a Kickstarter project to fund tooling and an initial production run.
The project is the brainchild of Ron Brengartner and family from Cleveland, Ohio. "We have three lovely, talented daughters and there’s always a craft project taking place at home," writes Brengartner on the Kickstarter site. "Some time ago, I ran across a vintage store display of a 3-D reel sold by Viewmaster®. I thought, 'That would make a great picture frame.' I took the idea home and asked the family if they were interested in embarking on a small business they could create, manage and build on their own. They have an entrepreneurial spirit and were all in. Everyone had a chance to get their hands dirty and be involved with the entire process from concept to finished product. They were the primary decision makers on how it was designed, helped tremendously with production and assembly and made it fun. They also persevered through some of the grief, mistakes and hard work associated with a project like this."
The Kickstarter website is a funding platform made especially for creative projects. A project has a clear goal, like making an album, a book or a work of art. A project will eventually be completed and something will be produced by it.
As of April 2, the project had 25 backers with $1,247 pledged of their $15,000 goal. That leaves 43 days to go of the 50 day solicitation period. This project will only be funded if at least $15,000 is pledged by Wed. May 16 at 11:34 a.m. EDT.
Here is a behind the scenes look at how Lucasfilm converted Star Wars: Episode 1 The Phantom Menace from a 2-D film to 3-D. The featurette includes comments from Star Wars creator George Lucas.
Niffler Ltd. has just launched a Kickstarter page to raise funds for Chuck’s Challenge 3-D, that follows on from their successful game Chuck’s Challenge, previously available exclusively for the Apple iPhone®, Apple iPod touch® and the Apple iPad®.
Chuck’s Challenge 3-D is a puzzle game that walks through the evolution of gaming: move from A to B, collect items, the red key opens the red door, etc. But, like Lego, knowing what each piece does is only the beginning of the fun, as players can also create and share their own levels using a simple paint-style interface.
“As we're making a game for the players, we thought we should make it with the players,” says Chuck Somerville. “ We want to know what they think should be included in the game and we believe Kickstarter is a great place to do just that”, Somerville continues.
Chuck’s Challenge 3-D is being developed with the Unity Game Engine to enhance the graphics in glorious 3-D, and to initially port the game to PC and Mac. The money raised through the Kickstarter initiative will be used to measure how much content can be included in the game: if the estimated goal is exceeded, extra features may be added such as:
We have not been able to find a lenticular poster released to theatres for The Hunger Games 3-D but Lionsgate did post a cool Hunger Games motion poster online.
YouTube has rolled out its 2-D to 3-D conversion software and now your can view certain videos in 3-D with the touch of a button.
View with colored glasses
Colored glasses have a pretty big effect on the way you see video. With certain colors, they can cause an unpleasant feeling called "retinal rivalry." To minimize this feeling, you can try out a few different settings. While watching a video you can choose one of the following options from the 3-D menu (or click on the 3-D menu button to toggle between them):
View with 3-D TV / monitor,
or active shutter glasses
Interleaved Rows, Columns or Checkerboard
Side by side
Half width, full width
View without glasses
If you pick this option, you'll be able to choose from several viewing methods in the YouTube player's 3-D menu:
Left / right image only
Set up HTML5 Stereo View
NVIDIA 3-D Vision
HTML5 stereo view adheres to Web standards so new devices can easily support watching 3-D on YouTube. YouTube aims to expand support for additional standards compliant devices in the future.
Convert 2-D Video to
To convert a video to 3-D:
Note: This feature is in beta and converted 3-D videos don’t currently display in 3-D on the HTML5 player or mobile players. This affects users of NVIDIA 3-D Vision, and 3-D mobile phones.
When James Cameron originally made Titanic he tried to get every detail exactly right, but there was something he missed. Eagle-eyed astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson saw the error during its initial release and noted the star map was wrong for the time and place of the sinking.
Tyson says although the film was "widely marketed as having precisely captured the details of the ship" and even though "we know the day, the time, the longitude...everything" about when and where the ship sank, when Kate Winslet's character looks up at the night sky toward the end of the movie, it is "the wrong sky. In fact, the left half of the sky was a mirror reflection of the right half," or, as Tyson says: "It was not only wrong, it was lazy."
Tyson contacted James Cameron to let him know about the error and reportedly the 3-D re-release of the film will have the stars in the sky will match those one would have seen at 4:20 a.m. on April 15, 1912 from the middle of the Atlantic Ocean.
See Tyson tell the full story on YouTube.
Did you know?
Eight View-Master® movie preview reels were offered in separate auctions. In the early 1950s when View-master® reels were already in every household, the movie studios used viewmaster reels in theater lobbies to advertise upcoming 3-D releases. These "movie preview" reels were only made for about 30 different movies, many of them featured major stars of the time including Vincent Price, Dale Roberson, Kim Novak, Jane Russell, Edward G. Robinson and many others. The production number on these reels was much lower than the standard reels that Sawyer's produced and so they are highly sought after by collectors.
Eight of the rare preview reels were found at a Goodwill store. Although the reels were only in good to poor condition, it is still remarkable to find reels like this at a Goodwill store. According to the seller, "The reel surfaces show bubbling, the film chips themselves are "cupped" as is often seen for reels that have been in the heat of a projector lamp for long periods of time and there is a set of fine spots on many of the film chips that give white spots on dark areas of the image and dark spots on light areas of the image when the reels are viewed in a viewer. Still, the images are striking and are certainly representative of the films from that era."
The reels sold at auction included the following
A box of vintage Green Hornet Vari-Vue flicker rings was offered for a price of $1,999.99. This is another phenomenally rare and amazing warehouse find. A vintage 20th Century Fox and ABC Television officially licensed 1966 Green Hornet TV series Vari-Vue Flicker Ring Store Display including 36 Mint/Untouched Flicker Rings in an aged but completely solid fine box. Quite possibly the only example of this item available now or any at any other time. A near pristine example of this virtually unseen display.
A 1951 Wollensak Model 10 stereo camera sold for $154.66 with seven bids. The camera was listed in excellent condition in its original box with leather Wollensak case and included the manual, original lens cap, and several paper shooting and exposure guides.
A model G View-Master with a Planter's Peanuts advertising reel sold for $10.56 with four bids.
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