January 2018

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NBC Radio Stereoviews by Lynn Skeels

Stereographer Lynn C. Skeels photographed 3-D images of an event for NBC Radio. Shown in several of these stereoviews is famed broadcaster Lowell Thomas. These are believed to be 31 one-of-a-kind stereoviews even though there apparently was a commercial NBC set issued with different images. Skeels is a well-known stereographer who took some of the only know 3-D images of the famous race horse Dan Patch.

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Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi Earns an Estimated $153 million for 3-D Showings Opening Weekend

Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi proved fans are as eager as ever to see films in 3-D after it's first weekend in theatres. Lucasfilm’s latest Star Wars installment earned an impressive 34 percent of its worldwide gross from 3-D performances of the film according to RealD, the world’s largest 3-D cinema platform. Of the total estimated nearly $450 million worldwide box office gross an impressive $153 million came from 3-D ticket sales with an estimated $76 million from RealD equipped locations.

Approximately 30 percent of the film’s opening ticket sales came from 3-D performances in the United States.

“With one of the most uniquely dedicated fan bases in cinema, Star Wars: The Last Jedi has performed tremendously at the box office,” said Travis Reid, President of Worldwide Cinema and Chief Operation Officer for RealD. “The highly anticipated film brings new perspectives to storied characters and invites audiences on a cinematic journey that deserves to be experienced in RealD 3-D. Congratulations to our friends at Lucasfilm and Disney on their great success.”

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Ultra-D to Debut 16 Million Pixel Glasses Free 3-D TV at CES 2018 Jan. 9 - 12, 2018

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Ultra-D allows the unassisted human eye to view live and recorded content in comfortable, adjustable Glasses-Free 3-D without the need for glasses or goggles.

Stream TV Networks is proud to debut its most stunning Ultra-D experience yet at CES 2018 (LVCC Central Hall, Booth 10939) with its new 16-million pixel panel that provides a totally immersive viewing experience with unparalleled depth, detail and clarity.

Ultra-D is the only technology poised to take full advantage of the hi-res screens now available from the world’s leading panel makers for both mobile and home entertainment, bringing a new dimension to movies andtelevision, video games, live events, digital signage, automotive and medical applications. With Ultra-D, more pixels means more adjustable depth – a value-add that consumers can really appreciate.

You can watch an exclusive Ultra-D video about the new technology using the password: CEs2018.

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Formosa 3-D from Taiwan

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From the migration of purple butterflies to the crafting of bamboo steam baskets, Taiwan’s leading 3-D film director has spent a decade painstakingly capturing the island’s beauty.

After a life-threatening tumour left him partially deaf and blind in one eye in 2002, Charlie Chu moved away from making television series and music videos, instead seeking to focus on life’s precious details. His new 3-D movie Formosa 3-D, released in December 2017, is a stunning montage of Taiwan’s nature and varied landscapes, as well as portraying traditional trades at risk of dying out. It comprises footage Chu had collated and archived over a period of 10 years.

Scenes of Taiwan’s misty mountains, the famous 101 skyscraper in the capital Taipei, and rich coral life underwater off the island’s east coast all made the cut in the documentary. It also heavily features dozens of artisans making everyday items such as feather dusters, noodles, and handwoven straw sandals. Much of Formosa 3-D is dedicated to shots of artisans quietly working at their crafts and narration is scant.

“I don’t make any critique or pass any judgment, I only hope people will watch the film and agree that Taiwan is beautiful,” said Chu. It is a labour of love for the 50-year-old, who said surviving a brain tumour made him realise life is short and led him to experiment with a new medium. “No one else was working with it at the time. As a filmmaker, I had all this freedom to imagine and lead the pack,” he said.

He is credited as a pioneer in stereoscopic filmmaking, directing Taiwan’s first 3-D feature in 2010, Clownfish, a heartwarming love story between a bullied boy and a blind girl. Chu went on to direct the first 3-D concert film by a Chinese-language artist for famous Taiwanese rock band Mayday.

In 2013, he was awarded the international jury prize at the U.S.-based International 3-D Society awards for his documentary 3-D Taiwan, which follows a Singaporean woman touring the island. But, despite all his accolades, Chu calls himself a “foolish director who is half-blind and half-deaf”.

He recounts how his team spent three years trying to capture the purple crow butterflies portrayed in the new movie, they can only be seen for a few months each winter in an aboriginal village in southern Taiwan.

The crew struggled with unsynchronised cameras and heavy equipment that had to be lugged on a four-hour hike along a riverbed.

“Who would spend three years doing that? Only a crazy person,” Chu said at his studio in Taipei. “We were waiting for the sun to come up. Once the first rays hit, tens of thousands of butterflies filled the skies,” he recalled. “After we wrapped up the shoot, all the men were hugging and crying,” he said.

Since 2014 Chu has also toured Taiwan with a van installed with two 3-D televisions, setting up his mobile theatre in schools in remote and underprivileged areas. He says he is encouraged by how the medium expands children’s ambitions and raises their awareness of the environment.“It enables them to see the world, sparking their dreams and imaginations,” said Chu.

He plans to take the van for another spin with Formosa 3-D next year. “Even if I filmed Taiwan over three to five lifetimes of 100 years each, I still wouldn’t be able to capture everything,” Chu said. “A lot of people overlook the most precious things even if they are right next to them.”

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Babe Ruth stereoview

A Keystone Babe Ruth stereoview sold for $385 with 52 bids. The stereoview shows Babe Ruth standing in front of a dugout while at Spring Training in St Petersburg Florida. It is titled underneath Babe Ruth, King of Swat, at St Petersburg, Florida, card number 32598.

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