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LG Ditches 3-D on 2017 OLED TVs - Petition Started to Revive 3-D on 2018 OLED TV Models

LG Electronics OLED TVs at the CES 2017 consumer electronics trade show in Las Vegas won't have 3-D as an option. Fans of 3-D movies are disappointed by the news that the South Korean manufacturer has joined most other TV brands in culling 3-D from 2017 OLEDs. None of LG’s new W7, G7, E7, C7 or B7 OLED models will support 3-D, even though the cost to implement 3-D capability is incremental.

A petition asking LG to revive 3-D on 2018 model TVs has been started on the Internet. You can add your name to the online petition to urge LG to bring back the 3-D format on their TVs, which are rated the highest quality home 3-D in production. It might be a long shot, but maybe, just maybe, LG will listen. They did listen when people shouted for an "HDR Game Mode," so hopefully they will listen to 3-D consumers, too.

On LG’s 2015 and 2016 UHD (ultra high-definition) OLEDs, the onboard passive 3-D technology allowed for a sufficiently bright extra-dimensional image,

Polarized 3-D filter normally halves the vertical resolution, but on a 4K OLED that has 2160p feeds 1080p to each half, which is the native resolution of 3-D Blu-ray disks. OLED’s true blacks, rich colors and absence of crosstalk makes it the best for watching 3-D Blu-ray films.

Why has LG abandoned 3-D on LG 4K OLEDs? It could be that not many film studios are going to bundle 4K HDR and 3-D Blu-rays in one package. Most consumers will have to choose between an Ultra HD Blu-ray and a 3-D Blu-ray. HDR’s benefits are easily visible without the need to wear extra goggles so most buyers will pick up the 4K UHD version, unfortunately giving movie studios even less incentive to release actual 3-D Blu-rays in the future.

Had LG persisted with 3-D it could have been a unique selling point, especially among 3-D enthusiasts who have amassed stacks of 3-D Blu-ray discs, The best 3-D picture quality is avaialble on the outgoing LG C6, E6 and G6 OLED televisions, so if 3-D is important to you, we suggest you snag one before stock runs out.

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Greater Wichita Partnership Uses View-Master® to Market Region

The Greater Wichita Partnership has produced a 3-D View-Master® reel showing images to promote the Wichita region. Two hundred reels and 3-D viewers are being sent across the United States and to the local area to show the opportunities Wichita has to offer.

The viewfinder contains slides about Wichita, including things like the city being a Top 10 nationally for new college graduates and the No. 3 hotspot city for advanced manufacturing. The Wichita View-Master® is being used to share information about the area for those looking for a community to facilitate growth.

Wichita View-Master

Wichita View-Master

Wichita View-Master

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In Memory - Astronaut John Glenn

America's first man in space, John Glenn, passed away in December. Back in 1963, Topps released a set of trading cards featuring astronauts with 3-D drawings on the back of each card. Card #47 featured John Glenn meeting President Kennedy. On the back of the card is a 3-D anaglyphic drawing showing an astronaut on a life raft. The card pack came with 3-D glasses.

Topps card #47

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Kodak Brings Back Ektachrome Slide Film

Ektachrome

Kodak Brings Back a Classic with EKTACHROME Film - 3-D Slide Film Users can Rejoice

To the delight of film enthusiasts across the globe, Eastman Kodak Company announced plans to bring back one of its most iconic film stocks. Over the next 12 months, Kodak will be working to reformulate and manufacture KODAK EKTACHROME Film for both motion picture and still photography applications. Initial availability is expected in the fourth quarter of 2017.

KODAK EKTACHROME Film has a distinctive look that was the choice for generations of cinematographers before it was discontinued in 2012. The film is known for its extremely fine grain, clean colors, great tones and contrasts.

“It is such a privilege to reintroduce KODAK EKTRACHROME Film to the cinematography community,” said Steven Overman, Kodak’s chief marketing officer and president of the Consumer and Film Division. “We are seeing a broad resurgence of excitement about capturing images on film. Kodak is committed to continuing to manufacture film as an irreplaceable medium for image creators to capture their artistic vision. We are proud to help bring back this classic.”

Kodak will produce EKTACHROME at its film factory in Rochester, N.Y., and will market and distribute the Super 8 motion picture film version of EKTACHROME Film directly.

Kodak Alaris, an independent company since 2013, also plans to offer a still format KODAK PROFESSIONAL EKTACHROME Film for photographers in 135-36x format. KODAK PROFESSIONAL EKTACHROME Film is a color positive film, also known as “reversal,” “slide,” or “transparency” film. Unlike all of the other KODAK PROFESSIONAL Films available today, which are color negative films, EKTACHROME generates a positive image that can be viewed or projected once it is exposed and processed. This makes it ideal for high-resolution projection or presentations. It is also well suited for scanning and printing onto a range of professional-grade photographic media. Availability is expected in the fourth quarter of 2017.

Now if they would also bring back Kodachrome...(we can dream can't we?)

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Stereoscopic Displays and Applications Conference is Jan. 30 through Feb. 1 in San Fransisco

SDA logoThe Stereoscopic Displays and Applications Conference, the world's premier conference for 3-D innovation, will be held Jan. 30 through Feb. 1 at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport hotel in Burlingame, California.

SD&A 2017 Advance Program
The advance program for the 2017 Stereoscopic Displays and Applications conference is available online at http://www.stereoscopic.org/2017/program.html.

There is a full three day program with lots of stereoscopic delights on offer with 37 technical presentations including two keynote presentations, demonstration session, 3-D Theatre, and much more.

This year there is a special joint session “Visualization Facilities” with sister conference The Engineering Reality of Virtual Reality. The session will include news about visualization facilities at university campuses around the world about special aspects of stereoscopic 3-D and VR research.

SD&A 2017 Keynote Speakers
Jan. 29 - David Chavez from zSpace Inc. (USA) will discuss the application of their high-quality desktop 3-D display system in the education market. The talk makes a case for the broad value of a system of 3-D and VR on the user's desk.

Feb. 1 - Tim Macmillan and David Newman from GoPro Inc. (USA) will discuss “360° 3-D Capture - Meeting the Need in VR”. Tim Macmillan’s short technical presentation at the 2016 SD&A conference has been hugely popular with almost 3,000 views on the SD&A YouTube channel so it was a natural choice to invite him back to present a longer and more in-depth keynote.

The abstracts for the two keynote presentations are available online at http://www.stereoscopic.org/2017/program.html#key1
http://www.stereoscopic.org/2017/program.html#key2.

Registration
Registration for SD&A 2017 allows you access to the full SD&A conference, plus the full Electronic Imaging Symposium that includes:

  • 18 technical conferences with many joint sessions
  • Three Plenary sessions
  • Keynote speakers
  • 3-D Theatre session
  • Symposium Demonstration session
  • Industry Exhibition
  • Interactive Paper (Poster) session
  • 24 short courses (separate fee payable for short courses)
  • Monday reception event

Deadlines
Jan. 6 - Hotel reservation deadline
Jan. 9 - Early-bird Registration deadline. Prices increase after this date
Jan. 11 - Full Proceedings Manuscript Due Date
Jan. 29 - Feb. 2 Electronic Imaging Symposium 2017
Jan. 30 - FEb. 1 Stereoscopic Displays and Applications XXVIII conference

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Stereo World Magazine November/December 2016 Vol. 42, No. 3

Stereo World cover art

The November/December 2016 issue of Stereo World magazine is now available.

Inside this issue:

Shackelton Expedition Stereos
3-D Con 2015
European Gems
Stereo Brownie in Museum of Interesting Things
Birthday Performance Captured in 3-D
The Unknowns
Editor’s View
NewViews
The Society
Classifieds

Join the National Stereoscopic Association and get six issues of Stereo World with your annual membership.

To order individual printed back issues of Stereo World from the past three years only, write to:

Back Issues
P.O. Box 86708
Portland OR 97286

Or, email strwld@teleport.com.

Back issues are $8 each postpaid in the U.S. and $10 each for international shipment.

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Los Angeles 3-D Film Festival 3-D Photo Gallery Available Online

Kaufman3d Flickr gallery

Check out 3-D photos taken by Lawerence Kaufman at the 2016 Los Angeles 3-D Film Festival held last December at the Kaufman3d Flickr site.

13th Annual LA 3-D Movie Festival Wrap-up
3-D SPACE, Stereo Sisters, and the LA 3-D Club are pleased to announce the winners of The 13th Annual LA 3-D Movie Festival. The festival’s mission is to showcase the best independent stereoscopic 3-D filmmaking from around the world.

This year’s fest took place on Dec 8 through 11 at several venues in the greater Los Angeles area. The festival featured over 20 independent 3-D short films, including 10 student produced films; the 57th Hollywood International Exhibition of Stereoscopic Photography; a live 3-D performance by multimedia artist J-Walt; a program of historical 3-D rarities featuring the U.S. premiere of the 1954 British short Harmony Lane, and the world premiere of the 3-D Film Archive’s digital restoration of the 1960 CinemaScope drama September Storm.

The opening night of the festival, on Dec. 8 was co-presented with the American
Cinematheque at the historic Aero Theatre in Santa Monica, and featured the world
premiere of the digitally restored feature film September Storm. A rediscovered gem newly restored by the 3-D Film Archive through the generosity of over 300 backers on Kickstarter, September Storm is a CinemaScope Stereovision adventure that plunges the viewer into the depths of the Balearic sea off the coast of Spain. Mark Stevens stars as a treasure hunter who convinces a yacht hand (Asher Dann) to take him and his cohort (Robert Strauss) on a quest for gold doubloons. They encounter many spectacles along the way: a violent storm, man-eating sharks, a deadly man o' war, but perhaps the most stunning sight of all is the bewitching model Joanne Dru who embarks on the journey with them. Director Byron Haskin (The War of the Worlds, Robinson Crusoe on Mars) uses the 3- D camera to maximum effect, while hard-boiled writer W.R. Burnett (Asphalt Jungle, Little Caesar) injects the screenplay with liberal doses of seduction and betrayal. This was the last 3-D picture filmed in the 1950s, and the first to be released in 3-D CinemaScope. It was also the first feature to include color underwater 3-D footage, and was long considered lost until the original negative elements were located for this digital restoration.

The screening also included The Adventures of Sam Space, a 3-D stop-motion animated short produced by Volcano Pictures in 1953, but not released until 1960, when it was retitled Space Attack and paired with September Storm. This was the first time both films were seen together in over 55 years. Bob Furmanek, founder of the 3-D Film Archive, attended the show to take audience questions and explain the process that went into preserving these rare motion pictures.

The second night of the festival took place at the Velaslavasay Panorama in Los Angeles, an L.A. cultural treasure located in the Union Cinema building, built in 1915 as one of the cities first movie theaters. This was the perfect venue for an evening of
3-D Rarities
that have been rescued and restored by the 3-D Film Archive, presented by Bob Furmanek.

The program covered the origins of 3-D movies from it’s earliest days in 1922 through the 1930s and 40s, and into the 3-D Golden Age of the early 1950s. Films screened included Kelley's Plasticon Pictures, the earliest extant 3-D demonstration film from 1922 with incredible footage of Washington and New York City; New Dimensions, the first domestic full color 3- D film originally shown at the World's Fair in 1940; Thrills for You, a promotional film for the Pennsylvania Railroad; and Stardust in Your Eyes, a 1953 musical routine by night club comedian Slick Slavin, which was originally shown in theaters with the classic sci-fi movie Robot Monster. Trustin Howard, who performed in the 1950s under the stage name Slick Slavin, was a special guest at the festival screening, performing a hilarious live stand-up act for the audience. The evening culminated with the US premiere of the 1954 British 3- D film Harmony Lane.

In August 2014, this lost 3-D film was discovered buried deep in the vaults of the British Film Institute, and was restored this year by the 3-D Film Archive. Directed by Lewis Gilbert (as Byron Gill) and photographed by A.E. Jeakins in March 1953, it
sat on the shelf until the end of 1954 when it was finally released flat. This delightful 27
minute short is like spending a night at the Palladium with several variety acts. They
include dancing by the Jack Billings Trio; a song by the Beverley Sisters; Swan Lake by Svetlana Beriosova and David Paltenghi of the Sadler's Wells Ballet; precision dancing by The Television Toppers and a comedy routine with Dora Bryan and Max Bygraves. The orchestra was directed by future Hammer Studios composer, Philip Martell. The excellent stereo cinematography was the work of Brian Smith. In 1951, he directed the first live action British 3-D short in Technicolor, Distant Hames/Royal River, which was a tremendous success at the Festival of Britain and the Edinburgh Film Festival. Harmony Lane had never before been seen in its native 3-D.

On the third day of the fest, the LA 3-D Club presented the 57th Hollywood International Exhibition of Stereoscopic Photography and hosted its annual holiday party at the festival. The Hollywood Exhibition is a still photography contest sanctioned by PSA (The Photographic Society of America) featuring the best 3-D images from around the world.

The juried competition presented the Gold Medal for “Best of Show” to Festung IR by Bruno Braun of Kassel, Germany. This year’s holiday party festivities included appetizers from Spitz - Home of the Döner Kebab and a main course from Howlin’ Ray’s Nashville Hot Chicken, one of LA’s most popular new restaurants, helmed by chef Johnny Zone. The party culminated in a mind-blowing live 3-D performance by Academy Award winning multimedia artist J-Walt. The show, Spontaneious Fantasia, integrates music and stereoscopic computer graphics to create immersive worlds and dreamscapes, all manipulated in real- time on the big screen.

Festival Awards were announced at the Closing Night Ceremony on Sunday, Dec. 11 by LA 3-D Movie Festival director and 3-D SPACE executive director Eric Kurland and Stereo Sisters founder Shannon Benna. Top films were selected by audience ballot and by special jury. Award winners were presented with the traditional Ro-Man trophy of the LA 3-D Movie Festival, Stereo Sisters’ Golden Mirror Trophy and an assortment of valuable prizes from festival sponsors Berezin Stereo Photography Products and the London Stereoscopic Company.

The 3-D Shorts Award winners were selected by audience ballot and were presented to
three recipients. Third Place went to LA Complex - Presenting Jim Barrett by Tom
Koester and Frances Bohn
. This half hour documentary features LA artist Jim Barrett’s solo exhibition at bG Gallery in Bergamot station in July 2016, including his massive 30-ft multi-panel work, War Complex, which speaks to the heart and mind of both the terror of war and the complexity of the human condition.

Second Place was awarded to Hidden Worlds in 3-D by Robert Bloomberg. The film explains how and why we see in 3-D, then takes the audience on an amazing 3-D journey inside a snowflake, into space, and through the human heart. Robert Bloomberg was also the recipient of this year’s Ray Zone Award for Excellence in 3-DIY. Named for festival co- founder Ray “3-D” Zone, who passed away in 2012, the award celebrates what Zone described as “fiercely independent do-it-yourself 3-D filmmaking.” Bloomberg is a stereo photographer, filmmaker, musician and graphic artist whose award-winning 3-D shows have been presented worldwide.

The First Place Golden Ro-Man Trophy was presented to Little Red Dot, written and directed by Chanel Samson. This music video for an original song by the band Chanel and the Circus is “a sweet little song about waiting to get your period after not practicing safe sex” presented in the form of a cabaret stage show. The video features performances filmed against a green screen and composited into backgrounds hand-painted by illustrator Katelyn McCarney. It can be viewed online, in 3-D, at youtu.be/6zb6h3AZAyY.

The Special Award for Achievement in 3-D Feature Film went to Tenderness written by Waclaw Miklaszewski and Alina Sztoch and Directed by Waclaw Miklaszewski. This Polish production is a multi-faceted story about youth, decountrifying and attitude toward life. Filmed in native 4K 3-D in Lodz, Poland, Tenderness uses long takes and proscenium compositions to create a sense of intimacy. The feature directorial debut for Waclaw Miklaszewski, the film links his theatre and stereoscopic activities. The director was in attendance at the festival and engaged the audience in an informative Q&A session.

The Stereo Sisters Golden Mirror Award for Excellence in Student 3-D was presented to Shelby Merritt of the University of Texas - Austin's 3-D program. Her work entitled Pic tells the story of a young woman as she finds a mysterious camera in an odd shop, with the power to transform her surroundings. The short displays excellent use of color and composition to create an internal perspective, and the 3-D was a delightful compliment to that vantage point, showcasing both the diversely textured and cluttered junk shop interior, as well as the beautiful rolling vistas of Central Texas' Hill Country.

About the Festival Organizers
3-D Space: The Center For Stereoscopic Photography, Art, Cinema, and Education
is a Los Angeles based 501(c)3 nonprofit dedicated to the preservation of the history of
stereoscopic imaging and the advancement of current and future 3-D arts and sciences. 3-D SPACE has implemented an ongoing program of public presentations, classes and workshops in stereoscopic 3-D content creation, from 3-D photography and filmmaking to immersive virtual reality. www.3-DSpace.org

Stereo Sisters is a point of convergence for Women who work, live and love in 3-D! Our
focus is synergy among Women in 3-D via mentorship, education and community. We are directors, stereographers, editors, producers, writers, photographers, and artists - and we welcome all women who have a passion for exploring this new dimension of entertainment! www.StereoSisters.com

The LA 3-D Club was established in the Greater Los Angeles area in 1955 by a dedicated group of 3-D stereo photographers to further the art and science of stereoscopic photography. For six decades members have been meeting monthly to share images created through stereoscopic photography, computer generated imagery, and film and video. For more info, visit www.LA3DClub.com

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Auction Results

Keystone History Set

A Keystone History Set (300/300) #1 - 300 sold for $1,351. The set included some non-stereo images of famous events and famous people, but also many less-common views. Also some fine close views of famous (these all 3-D) such as Warren Harding driving the last spike of the Alaskan Railway, Anna Howard Shaw the Suffragette, a Suffragette parade, Booker T Washington with group which includes Andrew Carnegie, 2 other Tuskegee views, several Teddy Roosevelt, a Thomas Edison, Marconi of radio fame, J.D. Rockefeller with his black golf caddy, the Wright Brothers airplane in the air fairly close, the Lusitania in dock in NYC, Clara Barton of the Red Cross, and more. According to John Saddy of Saddy Stereoptic Consignment Auctions, the set contained no Lincoln, and he thought there was supposed to be one in the set. (Images G++ TO Exc., mts generally Exc., boxes, two poor, one G.

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