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Star Wars Behind the Scenes in 3-D to be held at NSA 3-D Con on Aug. 12, 2017

On Aug. 12, 2017, during the National Stereoscopic Association's annual 3-D Con being held in Irvine, California, Chris Casady will show never before seen 3-D images taken at Industrial Light and Magic in 1977 as part of a 40th anniversary tribute to the special effects behind Star Wars.

Animator and 3-D photo hobbyist Chris Casady, who was 24 years old at the time, documented his work environment in 1977 skulking around Industrial Light and Magic (ILM) after midnight. Chris made 3-D portraits of the props, the environment and fellow coworkers not realizing the film Star Wars would be a smash hit, but knowing the models looked really cool.

What remains is a casual, candid view of the production environment at ILM for a modest little "science fiction film for children" that 20th Century Fox took a gamble on. The 3-D images feature close-ups of the Rebel spaceships, the Millennium Falcon, X-Wing and T.I.E. Fighters, Sand Crawler and Luke's Land speeder, stages, machine shop, props and the Death Star. These images have never before been seen in public.

Star Wars was not the only film Casady took 3-D photos while working behind the scenes. "I've got the Close Encounters of the Third Kind Mothership too," said Casady.

At the same venue will be J-Walt's Lucid Dreamscapes. A mind-blowing live 3-D performance by Academy Award winning multimedia artist J-Walt. The show integrates live music and stereoscopic computer graphics to create immersive worlds and dreamscapes, all manipulated in real-time on the big screen. It has been described as being inside of a huge Roger Dean painting in 3-D.

This ticket gets you into both events! Self parking at the Hotel Irvine is $5 with validation, Get validation at event and mention you are there for -3D Con. Tickets for the event are $28 ($29.97 with service fee) and are available online. The Hotel Irvine is located at 17900 Jamboree Road in Irvine, California.

3-D Con is Aug. 8 to 12
The following article was written by David Kuntz and is reprinted from a recent issue of the Stereoscopy newsletter.

Come immerse yourself in some spectacular 3-D over six action-packed days! This joint ISU World Congress and National Stereoscopic Association Annual Convention (3-D Con) will offer the best of both experiences, and will be the place to find a cutting-edge stereo theater, informative workshops, a stereoscopic art exhibition, image competitions, room hopping, a 3-D auction, a large trade fair, and a technical exhibit of new equipment and displays. Plus, you'll enjoy excursions to unique attractions in southern California.

In 2017, the event will take place in Irvine, California, which is about 45 miles south (approximately 1-1/4 hour driving time) of downtown Los Angeles, the second largest city in the United States. Los Angeles is known throughout the world, in particular because it includes Hollywood, the center of the US film, television and entertainment industries. Los Angeles is a tourist mecca, and currently hosts about 45 million annual visitors.

The greater Los Angeles area includes a multitude of iconic sights, including the Hollywood sign, the Hollywood Walk of Fame, most of the major US film and television studios, as well as other points of interest, such as Griffith Observatory, the Getty Center, Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, the Walt Disney Concert Hall, the Space Shuttle Endeavour (at the California Science Center), and a number of famous beaches, including Venice and Malibu.

The event venue is the Hotel Irvine. Irvine is a planned community located in Orange County. Irvine consistently ranks as the safest city in America with over 100,000 in population. The city, only a few decades old, is home to the University of California, Irvine, a gem of the state university system. A section of the former El Toro Marine Base, located within city limits, was turned into Orange County Great Park. The park features a helium balloon ride which offers breathtaking views of Orange County. Close by Newport Beach has pristine beaches and historic areas. Of course, Los Angeles, Hollywood and Santa Monica, and all that they offer are in proximity.

What is the 3-D Con, NSA and ISU?
The National Stereoscopic Association is a non-profit organization founded in 1974, whose goals are to promote the study, collection and use of stereo photography it has over 1,000 members. ISU is the International Stereoscopic Union. The International Stereoscopic Union (ISU) was founded in 1975 and is the only international 3-D association in the world. The ISU is a club of individual 3-D enthusiasts as well as a club of stereo clubs. The ISU's members currently number more than 1,050 and come from over 40 countries world-wide.

3-D Con is traditionally the name of the NSA annual convention. Every few years there is a combined ISU/NSA convention. These are generally very well attended compared to the uncombined conventions. 3-D Con 2017 is a combined convention.

What happens at a convention?
The convention has programming for the collector as well as the photographer. Among the highlights are: the trade show, the stereo theater, workshops, tours, and auction, and birds-of-a-feather meetings.

The event will offer slide and print contests and showings of stereo (3D) photography, a trade show, field trips, banquets and other goodies. Irvine is convenient to Disneyland; Knott's Berry Farm; Legoland; Universal Studios; and of course Southern California is the home to several large antique areas such as 2nd Street in Pomona and the Circle in Orange.

NSA 3-D Con Promotional Videos
See the promotional video here (YouTube): http://tinyurl.com/zbv2wv8
or the proper player enforcer link: http://tinyurl.com/hhfbpqm
And download the 2017 trailer from this link: http://tinyurl.com/h2e4zko

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View-Master® Shows Up on AMC-TV's Preacher

A View-Master® viewer showed up in Series 2 Episode 6 of the AMC-TV series Preacher. Junkie vampire Cassidy uses a View-Master® viewer that shows "The Saint of Killers" in fictional stereoviews from the 1800s converted to reels.

Cassidy looks through a View-Master viewer in the TV series Preacher.

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3-Dementia Film Festival held in Philadelphia

3-Dementia poster art

On Sunday, July 16, Exhumed Films presented 3-Dementia!, an unprecedented five-film 3-D marathon featuring everyone's favorite machete-wielding madman, Indiana Jones-style adventure, killer dogs, Smokey and the Bandit-like chases and ass-kicking kung fu chicks all coming at you in 3-D!

The film festival used state-of-the-art chromatic filter technology projected from original 35mm prints at the International House in Philadelphia. These films haven't been seen on screen in the Philadelphia area in decades. Director Worth Keeter introduced Rottwieler and Hit the Road Running.

The 1970’s and 1980’s saw a resurgence of three-dimensional movies, particularly in the realm of genre cinema. Some of the most infamous and beloved 3-D titles in history were released during this era.

3-Dementia! featured the following flicks:

Friday the 13th Part 3 3-D Jason reaches through the theatre screen.

Friday the 13th Part III 3-D
1982 / 35mm / Dir. Steve Miner / 95 minutes

While not necessarily the most original installment in the series, Friday the 13th Part III is arguably the most influential slasher sequel of all time due to its introduction of the iconic hockey mask that would soon become a horror movie hallmark. Moreover, Friday the 13th Part III features some of the most entertaining 3-D gags in cinema history, including an impressive assortment of deadly weapons protruding from the screen. The story is nothing new: unstoppable killer Jason Voorhees, apparently recovered from his injuries at the end of the last film, finds a new slew of torpid teens to terrorize. Rarely screened in its original 3-D format, Friday the 13th Part III is an entertaining departure from the predictability of the average slasher movie.

Treasure of the Four Crowns 3-D poster art

Treasure of the Four Crowns
1983 / 35mm / Dir. Ferdinando Baldi / 97 minutes

The 1981 3-D spaghetti western Comin' At Ya! was a such a financial success at the box office that it effectively started the 3-D resurgence of the 1980’s. The filmmakers behind that hit followed it up with Treasure of the Four Crowns, an action/adventure film clearly inspired by Raiders of the Lost Ark. Tony Anthony stars as a soldier of fortune that assembles a team of thieves with the goal of stealing a set of mystical gems. The quest leads them to creepy caves and booby-trapped fortresses, setting the stage for a series of inventive 3-D gimmicks. Indiana Jones it ain’t, but Treasure of the Four Crowns is nevertheless an enjoyable artifact from a bygone era.

Rottweiler 3-D poster art

Rottweiler
1983 / 35mm / Dir. Worth Keeter / 89 minutes

Producer/actor Earl Owensby created a series of low budget regional genre films throughout the 1970’s and 1980’s, and even built his own soundstage, EO Studios, in Shelby, North Carolina to accommodate his productions. When the 3-D craze of the early 1980’s began to take hold, Owensby quickly jumped on the bandwagon, bringing along his longtime collaborator, director Worth Keeter. Their first foray into the realm of 3-D was Rottweiler (aka Dogs of Hell), a horror thriller about a murderous pack of killer canines. Owensby stars as a small town sheriff who must defend the community against a group of deadly dogs that have escaped from a secret military project. If you love “animals attack” movies, then Rottweiler in 3-D is not to be missed!

Hit the Road Running 3-D poster art

Hit the Road Running
1983 / 35mm / Dir. Worth Keeter / 92 minutes

Worth Keeter and Earl Owensby followed Rottweiler with Hit the Road Running, an action-packed 3-D car chase comedy. If Rottweiler was born from films like Jaws and The Pack, then Hit the Road Running takes obvious inspiration from Smokey and the Bandit and the popular TV show The Dukes of Hazzard. Owensby once again stars, this time as Beau Jim Donner: a fast talking, fast driving “good ol’ boy” who returns to his hometown to free his uncle and neighbors from the clutches of a corrupt land baron. Hijinks and lots of car crashes ensue. Exhumed Films is proud to welcome Worth Keeter to what is surely the first theatrical screening of Hit the Road Running in nearly 35 years!

Revenge of the Shogun Women 3-D poster art

Revenge of the Shogun Women
1977 / 35mm / Dir. Mei Chun Chan / 98 minutes

Exhumed Films wowed the crowd at eX-Fest this year with the 3-D kung-fu classic Dynasty. As an encore, we present this equally epic bit of martial arts madness! Revenge of the Shogun Women (aka 13 Nuns) tells the tale of a group of women who are assaulted and degraded by a gang of bandits. In order to protect themselves from future attacks, our heroines become masters (mistresses?) of martial arts, and it is not long before they seek out vengeance against their attackers. Featuring a plethora of projectiles popping off the screen, festival organizers said "Revenge of the Shogun Women is definitely one of the impressive 3-D features ever made."

Limited edition posters of Justin Miller's art for the movie poster and t-shirts were also available.

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Cadillac 30 Slide Realist Set (1962)

Scott Gilbert recently made a great flea market find. A Cadillac 30-slide Realist set in the original green presentation box with a gold imprinted Cadillac logo. The images show various 1962 model vehicles.

Cadillac Realist set
Photo courtesy of Scott Gilbert

Cadillac Realist set
Photo courtesy of Scott Gilbert

Cadillac Realist set
Photo courtesy of Scott Gilbert

Cadillac Realist set
Photo courtesy of Scott Gilbert

Cadillac Realist set
Photo courtesy of Scott Gilbert

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Coca-Cola Burger King View-Master® Reels (1998)

View-Master Coca-Cola Burger King Go Large Crew English reel

Coca-Cola and Burger King produced a set of three reels most likely distributed training for Burger King managers and crew. The three reels are "Go-Large" manager, "Go-Large" crew-English, and "Go-Large" crew-Spanish. The reels were accompanied by a red View-Master® viewer.

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View-Master® Tru-Vue Mashup Viewer

View-Master Tru-View mashup viewer
Photo courtesy of Scott Gilbert

View-Master Tru-View mashup viewer
Photo courtesy of Scott Gilbert

View-Master Tru-View mashup viewer
Photo courtesy of Scott Gilbert

Scott Gilbert sent these photos of a View-Master® Tru-Vue mashup viewer he built. Gilbert wanted to have less wear and tear to the Tru-Vue slide rolls in his collection. The solution was to mount a Tru-Vue viewer to the front of a View-Master® light attachment.

"I removed the advancer so it wouldn't mangle the film and mounted it to a VM light attachment," said Gilbert. "I also wired it with a toggle switch for the light. It functions very well and is my go-to Tru-Vue viewer."

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Auction Results

View-Master® Amish Folk packet cover art

A Photo Arts View-Master® set titled The Picturesque Amish Folk of Pennsylvania Dutch Country (Lancaster, Pa.) sold for $25.49 with three bids.

The seller thinks the reels were produced by the View-Master® factory, but we suspect it was produced by Photo Arts in Lancaster, PA using View-Master® Personal® blank reels. This would make each reel unique in that they were taken with a View-Master® Personal® camera and most likely contain different images in each packet. In fact, it states on the cover art that Personal® reels are inside. Most likely a short run produced by a local company for souvenir sales. The home-made looking packet was sealed. An interesting description about the Personal® reels being made of "sturdy aluminum." We would have liked to have been able to see the contents to see if the reels were specially made from aluminum or if they are actually factory produced Personal® reels.

The subject matter being the Amish is also unique for this packet since Lancaster Amish don't like to have their photo taken. According to the Discover Amish website, "The Amish hold humility as a highly-cherished value and view pride as a threat to community harmony. Because items such as personal photographs can accentuate individuality and call attention to one's self, they are prohibited from the home.

Moreover, the Amish believe that photographs in which they can be recognized violate the Biblical commandment, "Thou shalt not make unto thyself a graven image." They want to be remembered by the lives they lived and the examples they left, not by physical appearance. Just as the Amish do not carry personal photographs or display them in homes, they do not want others to take photographs of them. Many visitors to Lancaster County, find it difficult not to do so. Yet, if there is one that appears to frustrate the Amish, it is tourists attempting to take their picture. Please follow our lead in taking no photographs in which faces are recognizable. Refraining from taking photos is more than just a courtesy; it's a respect for our Amish neighbors and their way of life."

Keystone Tele-Binoccular

Keystone Tele-Binocular name plate

A Keystone Visual Survey Tele-Binocular was offered at auction for $150 with no bids. The tele-binocular weighs 18 pounds, is 17' tall and 8" across the base. This kind of stereoviewer was sold to eye doctors and used special stereoview cards to determine visual acuity.

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