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April 1, 2008

Björk in 3-D: The 'Wanderlust' Video

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Melena Ryzik of the New York Times talks to Björk and Isaiah Saxon and Sean Hellfritsch, the directing team 'Encyclopedia Pictura' about the making of their new 3-D music video 'Wanderlust.'

To see the video interview and the complete video in 2D, as well, go here.

Speed Racer lenticular 'teaser' poster in theaters now

The Wachowski brothers, Andy and Larry, have Speed Racer, the follow-up project to their massively successful Matrix Trilogy opening on May 9th.

Filmed in filmed in high-definition video the Wachowskis used a layering approach that would put both the foreground and the background in focus to give it the appearance of real-life anime.

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In support of the film's opening there's a lenticular teaser poster on display at selected theaters. You can can a feel for the look of this online at the following link, here. Click and drag with your mouse to see an approximation of the 3D effect (wait for file to completely load on slower connections).

April 3, 2008

"Dolphins and Whales: Tribes of the Ocean 3D" 3D IMAX documentary opens

“Looking into the eye of a whale is like looking into a human soul,” says Daryl Hannah in this new 3D IMAX documentary filmed by Jean-Jacques and Francois Mantell and presented by Jean-Michel Cousteau.

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Here's some fascinating info about this production: it took 3 years, 12 expeditions and 600 hours of diving to obtain the 42 minutes of finished footage. It was filmed completely underwater, most of which was done by free diving since the subjects being filmed can be spooked by the bubbles created when scuba diving.

And you think your job is tough.

For the official film site, go here.

April 4, 2008

Hannah Montana and Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert Tour DVD— blu-ray high def in 3D?

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Hannah Montana and Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert Tour will be released August 19th on blu-ray high def and have both 3D and 2D viewing modes — the first time this has been done for the home video market.

Shot during her 69-city, standing-room-only concert tour, the film has generated $65 million in theaters early this year. And the 'tween market will surely absorb many units of the home DVD.

As always, our interest remains with the 3D viewing experience. I don't know much about Miley Cyrus except that she is hugely popular and is affectionately called the Anti-Britney.

But which stereoscopic format will be on the disk? This information I cannot find online. If any in our audience has details on this, please spill the beans! Confirm this as a blu-ray 3D DVD. Explain which method is being used, and why?

If Disney does this right, this release could give a strong boost to 3D at home. Closer to release date I'm sure more details will be forthcoming.

April 10, 2008

Our next event. . .Saturday, April 12, 2:00 pm Preservation Dialog – From Stewart Wetlands to the Ocean

Preservation Dialog – From Stewart Wetlands to the Ocean
Saturday, April 12, 2:00 pm

Kaufmann Auditorium,
American Museum of Natural History

NYSS members Lynn Butler and Ed Jameson have put together two shows that resonate with the Museum's current exhibition, Water = Life.


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Lynn's atmospheric images were inspired by her walks in the Stewart wetlands near Newburgh, New York. Water filtered through those wetlands ends up in the ocean, where Ed has been making 3D images for many years.


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Stereoscopic photographer Ed Jameson will show images created on his many dives, where he has become familiar with numerous individual animals in the underwater environment. Like Chester, seen here above. An exceptional underwater photographer, Ed will discuss the unique technological challenges inherent to his media.


Our special guests will be members of SPARC, Stewart Park and Reserve Coalition, the group that lobbied successfully to save the wetlands, which are now a part of Stewart State Forest.

3D Holographic Video in West Coast Stores to Generate Coupons, Promotions & Sweepstakes

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Reuters news service carries the announcement that Provision Interactive Technologies has signed a three-year agreement with several independent Hispanic grocery store chains to install 3DEO Reward Centers in 47 locations in Southern California.

The 3DEO Reward Centers are kiosk style displays that project 3D holographic images and give customers promotions, sweepstakes and coupons for products and services. The logic behind starting this program in Hispanic markets is that in-store coupons are well accepted by this demographic with redemption rates close to 30%, as compared to 9% the industry average for other shoppers.

OK, I'll admit this isn't the future of advertising as depicted in Bladerunner or Minority Report, but we are getting there, slowly.

It's easy to imagine other applications for this technology such as having displays outside stores to entice shoppers inside with 3D displays of their merchandise (and just wait until the California-based adult entertainment industry gets its hands on this technology. . .).

For the complete article, go here.

"Dark Country" Noir Thriller in 3D uses Silicon Imaging SI-2K Stereo Camera System

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Thomas Jane is best known to audiences for his performances in films like The Mist (2007), The Punisher (2004), Deep Blue Sea (1999) or his turn as Mickey Mantle in the TV film 61* (2001) directed by Billy Crystal. Now he's stepping into the director's chair for the noir thriller Dark Country (2008).

What makes this worth noting here is that the picture has been shot with a new highly mobile 3D Steadicam-based rig made possible by the Silicon Imaging SI-2K stereo camera system, reports Market Wire.

"The physical size of the Silicon Imaging 3D rigs completely redefine the scope and potential of 3D cinematography," says Director of Photography Geoff Boyle.

"'Dark Country' is a film that I wanted to express in a manner that remains true to the stylistic choices of film noir, while delivering an immersive reality and visceral experience that only the next generation of 3D cinematography could provide," says "Dark Country" director/actor Thomas Jane.

For the complete article, go here.

April 13, 2008

Ralph Kramden, Your Prayers are Answered: 3D TV is Here!

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Engadget is reporting that the world's first 46-inch stereoscopic 3D TV is now on sale in Japan from Hyundai. The resolution of this LCD display is 1,920 x 1,080. It's designed to receive BS11 3D broadcasts by Nippon BS in Japan. The price is ¥498,000 (about $4,857).

For the complete article, go here.

April 17, 2008

3-D COMIC CAROUSEL

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3-D COMIC CAROUSEL
Sunday, April 20
3 PM - 4 PM

At the New York Comic Con
Jacob K. Javits Center (655 West 34th Street)
Location: Kids Room 1E09

A series of cartoon slide shows of comics from Nickelodeon Magazine, presented by an array of artists and other characters.

April 24, 2008

Stereoscopic Atlas of Human Anatomy

The New York Times published a nice piece about the collaboration between Dr. David Bassett and William Gruber to create the legendary View-Master Stereoscopic Atlas of Human Anatomy. The article establishes the intense labor of love that both men invested in the 25 volume set with its 1500 stereo pairs. The illustrations in the newspaper and the online slide shows are all 2D, (half of the 3-D image).

An antecedent of this project was the 1908 Edinburgh Atlas of Human Anatomy set of stereo view cards. Dr. Bassett would likely have used the Edinburgh set in medical school. New York Stereo Society member Dr. Chun Siang Chen continues the work of creating stereoscopic views for use in medical training. He reported at our June 2007 meeting that medical students learn more from their dissections when they have studied stereoscopic pictures. His images are sometimes gruesome but always amazing.

April 29, 2008

Dan Iglesia

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Artist Dan Iglesia is developing a live audio and video performance system that maps sound information to 3D space. He gave a presentation in March to Jerry Marks's Stereoscopic 3D class at the School of Visual Arts. It was amazing to see 3D imagery synchronized with rhythms created on the fly.

Dan has several more performance events in the next few weeks:

May 5th
"Contrapositive Antidote", for flute, clarinet, violin, cello, percussion, live electronics, and live 3D video, performed by the Talea Ensemble. (another, longer, musical act with non-3D video is on the bill as well: Bradford Reed and Adam Kendall)
Kathy Supové's "Music With a View" series, The Flea Theater (41 White Street), 7PM, $FREE

May 8th
Live 3D video and audio performance, with several other acts from Columbia and Princeton's electronic music+performance scene.
The Tank, 279 Church Street 9:30 PM, $5

May 14th
Dan is performing 3D video along with music by electronic whiz Joshua Fried, at "Rake" an A/V performance series, along with two other acts.
Monkeytown, 58 N 3rd St., Williamsburg (reservations recommended)

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