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February 4, 2010

Fuji announces a 3D Photo Printer for the UK

As the owner of a Fuji W1 camera I certainly think this is good news. However, I worry that lenticulars made from less than 4 images are likely to suffer from quality issues, even using quality dye-sub printing technology.

"These new 3D print varieties are well suited to on-site print services, at venues such as theme parks, tourist attractions and cruise ships."

This also does not seem to be a product pitched for the home user. Unless, of course, your home (like mine) is a theme park located on a cruise ship.

For the complete press release, go here.


The Pluses, and Oddities, of 3D TV from the New York Times

The paper of record continues their coverage of the coming of Ralph Kramden's dream, 3D TV, here.

It will come as no surprise that the article hits three main points: excessive hype from sellers, dumb glasses and does the experience merit the cost?

Going out on limb, the Times posits that the hype around the subject is overblown. Overblown hype and technology, when has that ever been the case in the past? Oh right, that's always the case (iPad). So that's not really news, is it?

And yes, you have to wear dumb glasses. Why is this such a sticking point for so many? I have to wear dumb glasses all the time. . . because I'm near-sighted. Stars (and wannabes) wear sunglasses all the time. . . in order to look cool.

The Times also states the novelty factor of 3D wears thin quickly and then sets up a classic 'straw man' argument here: "With the right content, it’s great, but it’s doubtful many will be excited by My Dinner With Andre in 3-D."

Sigh. Why are mainstream tech writers so biased against 3D?

February 9, 2010

"Avatar in 3D" May Make You Sick, says the New York Times; Hollywood Doesn't Care, Announces 3D "Spider-Man 4" for 2012

The New York Times ran a piece about how, for some people, viewing 3D movies can induce headaches and sickness. (They ignore the well-established fact that the same is true for many 2D films, although for different reasons, Ishtar). As far as we are aware, it is not yet compulsory to attend a screening of Avatar in 3D. And it is available in 2D formats, for those who prefer not to wear "dumb glasses."

Given the success and the record-breaking profits (there's a ticket surcharge for 3D screenings) generated by Avatar, the lesson Hollywood seems to be taking away from all this is, "let's imitate success." Did I mention the record-breaking profits?

Clearly, more 3D films will be coming at ya! this year (and beyond) whether you can view them clearly or not.

As an example, Sony pictures has announced that the next film in the highly successful "Spider-Man" franchise will be released on July 3, 2012 in 3D, directed by Marc Webb (500 Days of Summer). Minor details like a cast and a finished shooting script to come. Did I mention the record-breaking profits of Avatar in 3D?

We trust that everyone who experiences discomfort while viewing 3D movies will make the common-sense choice to avoid them and view them in 2D. Or go read a book. . . about 3D. We could recommend a few. Trying to force a format on an audience is simply bad business. Anyone here remember "Smell-o-Rama"?

On the other hand, the record-breaking profits (have I mentioned them?) would seem to indicate that the people adversely affected by 3D films like Avatar are in the minority.

There's also the idea that not every film would benefit from a 3D presentation. Die Hard 5? Yes. A re-make of Merchant-Ivory's The Remains of the Day? Not so much.

Miggs Burroughs Lenticular Art - 'Very Short Movies' at The Greenwich Art Society, March 4-24, 2010

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Journeys - Miggs Burroughs
Greenwich Art Society

299 Greenwich Ave
Greenwich, CT
203-629-1533
www.greenwichartsociety.org

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Opening Reception
Thurs. March 4, 2010
6:00-8:00 pm

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Gallery Hours
10:00 am-5:00 pm, M-F
12-4:00 pm Sat/Sun

We've tugged your sleeve to the artistry of Miggs Burroughs before, here and here.

Obviously, his work holds special appeal for 3D fans due to his use of the lenticular format. But that's not the only reason we urge our audience to go, if they can.

Here, lenticular, the format is in service of Art (whatever you conceive that to be), not advertising, novelty or promotion. Corporations shouldn't be the only ones producing high quality lenticular images, should they?

With today's digital image work flow an artist can use the photographic lenticular to produce a scene for strictly aesthetic purposes. And with a GIF file (thank you CompuServe) you can display your art on the web.

"You are enlisted as a critical collaborator who controls the speed, sequence and ultimately, the meanings of these very short 'movies.' " Miggs Burroughs told the Connecticut Post's Christina Hennessy, in her article, "A Moving Experience."

Perhaps the success of Burroughs' work will convince other artists and photographers to try this demanding format? We hope so, but for now the competition is few and far between. So many people hurling paint on canvas, so few processing lenticular files on their PC's. Sigh.

If anyone in our audience knows of other contemporary artists using large scale lenticular formats, please clue us in. We'll try and get the word out on them as well.

And I have to finish by saying how much I love the concept of art lenticulars as 'very short movies.'

Film Festival - 3D Category - 2nd Year! April 27th through May 1st

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BEFILM The Underground Film Festival has announced their call for submissions in their 3D stereoscopic competition category. This is the second year the festival is supporting the 3D stereoscopic medium in this manner. Entering its 7th year BEFILM is comprised exclusively by short films from around the world.Be Film is the first established film festival include a 3D short category. Submissions are open with the final deadline on March 22nd.

The festival will take place in New York City from April 27th through May 1st. Screenings will be held at the NYIT auditorium, Dolby Screening Room, Disney Screening Room and Crosby Hotel.

New sponsors include New York Institute of Technology - NYIT. The Stereoscopic category will include DOLBY® 3D Digital Cinema, polarized and anaglyph projections. Films accepted in competition qualify for a special discount for DCP creation courtesy of returning sponsor Dolby Production Services, NY. This applies to 2D as well as 3D stereoscopic films. Competition lineup will be announced in April.

The festival was founded and is directed by Laurence Asseraf. It begun in 2004 and started in her Tribeca art gallery “A Taste Of Art.” NSA and New York Stereoscopic Society member Dimitris Athos is Program Director and 3D specialist. For any technical questions and information you can contact dimitris@befilm.net

BEFILM The Underground Film Festival
New York City
April 27th - May 1st 2010

www.Befilm.net

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