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March 15, 2002

Zoe Beloff - SHADOW LAND & LOST

Thursday April 25, 7:00 PM
Spring 2002
Zoe Beloff presents two works from her ongoing investigation into the relationship between imagination and technology

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SHADOW LAND
Or Light from the Other Side

B/W 16mm Stereoscopic film, 32 minutes

Based on the 1897 autobiography of Elizabeth d'Esperance, a materializing medium who could produce full body apparitions

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LOST
A performance for stereo slide projector, hand cranked film projector and 78 rpm gramophone. 20 minutes.

Using imagery from the Lower East Side of New York, archaic home entertainment devices disrupt the seamlessness of conventional cinematic viewing. Like dream images these relics are hieroglyphic clues to a forgotten past illuminated at the very moment of its disappearance.

Zoe Beloff teaches film and digital media at the City College of New York and Columbia University. A Mechanical Medium, her recent collaboration with sound artist Ken Montgomery is included in the 2002 Whitney Biennial. For more information see www.zoebeloff.com

Co-presented with the American Museum of Natural History's Art/Science Collision series.

New York Stereoscopic Society members admitted free.
Guests $10, AMNH members $8.50

February 15, 2004

Columbia 3-D Thursdays at Film Forum

Thursday, March 4, 7:30 PM

Winter 2004
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Film Forum, 209 West Houston Street, just west of 6th Avenue
Free to renewing NYSS Members; Guests $10

Columbia 3-D Thursdays at Film Forum

New York Stereoscopic Society members are invited to the opening night of this 6-week festival of 3-D films. Director of Repertory Programming Bruce Goldstein will welcome us and introduce the festival’s program. The films are new 35mm restorations of Columbia’s 3-D classics, and will be shown in Film Forum’s renowned double projector 3-D system. The March 4 program includes Gun Fury and the 3 Stooges riot, Pardon My Backfire.

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Gun Fury (1953, Raoul Walsh)
A lively Western, with Arizona locations in stunning stereo — effects not fully appreciated by one-eyed director Walsh. With Rock Hudson, Donna Reed, Lee Marvin and Neville Brand.

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Pardon My Backfire (1953, Jules White)
3 STOOGES 3-D! When escaped criminals invade their garage, knuckleheads Moe, Larry and Shemp have a whole arsenal of tools to throw at them — and you!

In order to reserve one free ticket to the 7:30pm March 4 screening, 2004 membership renewal must be received by February 26. Please use the Membership Form here.

Please Note: 3-D screenings at Film Forum often sell out. It is advisable to purchase advance tickets for other films in the schedule at www.filmforum.com (NYSS members will receive more information about another special presentation on the closing night of the festival, April 8.)

October 15, 2005

Science & Cinema II: From Natural History to the Unconscious

Sunday, November 6, 4 pm
Winter 2005

The Margaret Mead Film and Video Festival is the longest-running showcase for international documentaries in the United States, encompassing a broad spectrum of work, from indigenous community media to experimental non-fiction. The Festival is distinguished by its outstanding selection of titles, which tackle diverse and challenging subjects, representing a range of issues and perspectives, and by the forums for discussion with filmmakers and speakers.

The New York Stereoscopic Society is co-presenting the following program on
Sunday, November 6th at 4 pm


Science & Cinema II: From Natural History to the Unconscious
(multiple titles)

This program spans nearly a century of science and cinema and features computer animation, photography, experimental documentary, and a stereoscopic film excerpt.
Featured titles: Moss Reproduction, Arlene Ducao, 2004, 2 min. (U.S.) U.S. Premiere; The American Cockroach Project, Catherine Chalmers, including Burning at the Stake, 2003, 4 min., Squish, 2003, 2 min., and Crawl Space, 2004, 10 min., along with photos from her book, American Cockroach, 2004; Locomotion in Water, Hanna Rose Shell, 2005, 13 min. (Italy/U.S.) U.S. Premiere; While Darwin Sleeps, Paul Bush, 2004, 5 min. (U.K.) NY Premiere; Doubled Up, Samantha Moore, 2004, 6 min. (U.K.), U.S. Premiere; and two titles presented by Zoe Beloff, Case History of a Multiple Personality, Dr. C.C. Wholey, 1923, 13 min.; and Charming Augustine, Zoe Beloff, 7 min., excerpt from a 40-minute stereoscopic film in progress.

Sunday, November 6
4 pm, Program F20
Discussion with directors
Co-presented with the New York Stereoscopic Society

New York Stereoscopic Society members receive the festival members discount.
For tickets, call: 212-769-5200; state that you are an affiliate of the New York Stereoscopic Society.

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All screenings are held at the American Museum of Natural History, Central Park West at 79th Street. Enter on 77th Street between Columbus Avenue and Central Park West.



Victorian New York
Digital anaglyph presentation for the New York Victorian Society
A joint meeting of the NY Victorian Society and the NYSS

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"Mum's the word," says the butler to the maid

November 8, 6pm
NY Public Library
Donnell Media Center
20 West 52nd Street, NYC



Unseen Ellis Island - 3D Slide Show
Lyceum series at Orange County Community College
Middletown, NY

October 16, 2005

3-D FOLLIES at the Lafayette Theatre in Suffern, NY

The SALUTE TO FILM PRESERVATION Film Festival comes to the historic Lafayette Theatre in Suffern, NY

Six programs screening on November 12 & 13, 2005

Suffern, NY: THE LAFAYETTE THEATRE SALUTE TO FILM PRESERVATION salutes the heroic work from film archives around the world in preserving our motion picture heritage and features six programs of rare and hard-to-see films.

Among the programs will be the East Coast premiere of the newly-restored SuperCineColor treat ABBOTT AND COSTELLO MEET CAPTAIN KIDD, which will feature additional rare film footage and a personal appearance and Q & A session with Lou Costello's daughter Chris Costello, presented in cooperation with the Fort Lee Film Commission.

Other films being screened highlight different film processes, including two-color Technicolor, three-strip Technicolor, silent cinema and 3-D. All of the films are screening in the finest studio and archive prints available and each show will feature pre-show music from the Mighty Wurlitzer Theatre Pipe Organ. Festival Dates: November 12 & 13, 2005.

Film Schedule

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 12

12:45 pm ABBOTT & COSTELLO MEET CAPTAIN KIDD (1952, directed by Charles Lamont) - starring Bud Abbott, Lou Costello and Charles Laughton; presented in a newly created print (courtesy of Warner Bros. and the UCLA Film & Television Archive) created from the original SuperCineColor elements discovered by Bob Furmanek, with rare trailers and film footage. Personal appearance and Q & A with Chris Costello moderated by Bob Furmanek & Ron Palumbo, authors of Abbott and Costello in Hollywood.

3:30 pm DOCTOR X (1932, directed by Michael Curtiz) - starring Lionel Atwill & Fay Wray, presented in Warner Bros. vault print created from the original two-color Technicolor materials.

7:15 pm THE BIG PARADE (1925, silent, directed by King Vidor) - starring John Gilbert, presented in a new print from Warner Bros. with live accompaniment by John Baratta on the Wurlitzer Theatre Pipe Organ.

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 13

1:30 pm Bob Furmanek presents 3-D FOLLIES, a selection of rare short subjects preserved by the 3-D Film Archive and introduced by 3-D film historian Bob Furmanek, presented in the miracle of perfected polarized 3-D.

3:30 pm A STAR IS BORN (1937, directed by William A. Wellman) starring Fredric March and Janet Gaynor, presented in a restored print from the UCLA Film & Television Archive from the original 3-strip Technicolor negatives.

7:15 pm Howard Hughes' HELL'S ANGELS (1930, directed by Howard Hughes) starring Jean Harlow, presented in its full-length original version with a restored print courtesy of Universal Pictures.

Tickets are $8.00 for each show. Money-saving multi-show tickets are also available: Saturday or Sunday Passes are $22.50 each. The Full Festival pass (all six shows) is $45.00. Advance tickets are now on sale at the Lafayette Theatre's box office during theatre hours. Day-of-the-show tickets will go on sale at the box office approximately 30 minutes before showtime.

The Lafayette Theatre named one of USA Today's "Great Places to Revel in Cinematic Grandeur" - is a renovated and restored 1000-seat 1924 movie palace. Featuring a large auditorium, superb acoustics, clear sight lines, modern projection equipment, and the Ben Hall Memorial Mighty Wurlitzer Theatre Pipe Organ, the Lafayette Theatre is the premiere venue for classic films in the tri-state area.

The SALUTE TO FILM PRESERVATION festival is a production of Nelson Page's Galaxy Theatre Corporation and the Big Screen Classics film series. The official website for the festival is available at: www.bigscreenclassics.com. For further information, please contact Nelson Page or Peter Apruzzese at the Galaxy Theatre Corporation: 201-836-8801, or via e-mail at festival@bigscreenclassics.com.

April 18, 2007

3D Films to Save Movie Theaters. . .Again?

CNN's Technology column from April 9, 2007 makes a convincing case that 3D films are one way for movie theaters to compete with the wide range of entertainment options available in today's digital marketplace. They say Jeffrey Katzenberg, the CEO of Dreamworks Animation SKG, believes his company will move to releasing only 3D films as early as 2009.

Read the entire article here.

There are certainly more options battling for our free time: video games, the Internet, cable TV, DVD rentals, digital downloads of music, films and TV shows, (there are even a few people left in America who actually read something called 'books' when they are unplugged from the electronic teat of mass media, but they are an ever-dwindling market segment).

If CNN's piece sounds familiar to those of us in the 3D community it may well be that we remember the last time this rallying cry was heard: in the early 1950s when the threat to movie houses was a technology you might be old enough to remember: broadcast TV.

How will this all play out? I hope better than it did 50 years ago. In any event, there are more 3D film releases scheduled today than at any time since the last heyday of 3D movies. And that can't be all bad.

--Joe Pedoto

April 19, 2007

NYSS member Anthony Matt's documentary film at the Tribeca Film Festival

If you were at the Summer Salon last year you saw NYSS member Anthony Matt's stereo portrait of author Samuel Delany. Now you can see the documentary film Anthony shot and produced at the Tribeca Film Festival.

Strange Attractor

Tribeca Film Festival


-Greg Dinkins

3D Cinema: Real D

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"In the next 10 years it'll be as ubiquitous as colour or sound."

An excellent piece by Australian Cam Shea from IGN.com on Real D technology, the 3D system that directors like James Cameron, Peter Jackson, George Lucas, Bob Zemeckis and John Lasseter of Pixar are considering for upcoming films. Go here for the complete article.

May 15, 2007

"Top Directors See the Future, and They Say It’s in 3-D" from the New York Times

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Acclaimed directors Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson are collaborating on a 3D trilogy featuring Hergé's Tintin, the perennially youthful reporter/adventurer who is, outside of the US, one of the world's most famous comic book characters.


Jeffrey Katzenberg, the chief executive of DreamWorks Animation, gets my vote for being the biggest promotor of 3D cinema around today.

Take just two statements from this New York Times article: “I believe that this is the single greatest opportunity for the moviegoing experience since the advent of color” and his prediction that after 2009 “consumers will own their own 3-D glasses in the same way they have sunglasses for going outside.”

For the complete article, go here.

October 20, 2007

Tim Burton's Nightmare Before Christmas in Disney Digital 3D

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I missed it during last year's premier theatrical run, so I was determiined to catch the 3D version of this 14 year old stop-motion animation classic this Halloween season. The film remains delightful and the 3D conversion by Industrial Light and Magic, with polaroid glasses by RealD, is quite impressive, though for the sake of corporate branding it's promoted as "Disney Digital 3-D. . .3-D so real it's like you're in the movie."

This tag line hints at what is the sole limitation in this conversion process. If you take the physical plane of the movie screen as the stereo window, all depth effects occur behind it. With the exception of a very few weather effects, swirling snowflakes for example, nothing in Nightmare Before Christmas comes through the window.

This is in sharp contrast to a newly produced opening segment with a jack o' lantern jack-in-the-box where ghostly numbers and, at the climax, a grinning pumpkin head zooms out of the screen to hover briefly in projected space that seems to be at arm's length distance from your seat.

It reminded me of the floating fish in Murray Lerner's 1978 classic Sea Dream shown at Marineworld that achieved a similar proximity. My target market advisory team, three sisters aged 7 to 10, confirmed that the effect in this short intro was the most effective 3D of the entire presentation.

While 'through the window effects' certainly got a bad rap from their over-use and mis-use in the first wave of 3D theatrical films in the early 1950s, the inability of the current conversion process to include them even occasionally short changes the contemporary audience of the most pronounced 3D experience possible. No other single shot elicited the gasps and delighted reactions of this opening segment.

Maybe this limitation will be overcome with the planned 3D conversion of Orson Welles' muckracking potboiler Citizen Kane by Martin Scorsese's Film Foundation, scheduled for release in 2010. ;-)

October 21, 2007

Creature From The Black Lagoon in Anaglyphic 3D at Alex Theatre, Glendale, CA

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Thanks to member Kerry O'Quinn, we've got this 3D film news:

Saturday, October 27, 2007 at 2:00 P.M. & 8:00 P.M.

Creature from a million years ago! Every man his mortal enemy. . .and a woman's beauty his prey!!

The Alex Film Society celebrates the Halloween season with Creature From The Black Lagoon, presented in anaglyphic 3-D (red/green lenses). A scientific expedition searching for fossils along the Amazon River discovers a prehistoric Gill-Man in the legendary Black Lagoon. The creature escapes capture but returns to kidnap the lovely young fiancee Kay, whom it loves. This classic Universal (1954) horror film, directed by Jack Arnold, stars Richard Carlson and Julia Adams.

The film will be preceded by an on-stage Magic Show.

For complete info, go here.

November 3, 2007

"Beowulf in Digital 3D" Opens on November 16, 2007

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Tonight will be different! I am the ripper, the terror, the slasher. I am the teeth in the darkness! My name is strength! And lust! And power! I AM BEOWULF!

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GRRRRRRRrrrrrrrrr!

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Are you the one they call Beowulf? Such a strong man you are. A man like you could own the greatest tale ever sung. Beowul. . .Stay with me. Give me a son, and I shall make you the greatest king that ever lived. This. . .I swear. . .




Directed by Robert Zemeckis, who successfully brought us The Polar Express in 3D in 2004, with a screenplay co-written by comic book fan favorite, Neil Gaiman Beowulf in Digital 3D opens on November 16, 2007.

This digital capture, full CGI animation stars Ray Winstone as Beowulf, Anthony Hopkins as King Hrothgar, Crispin Glover as Grendel and Angelina Jolie as Grendel's mother. I'm excited to learn that it will contain "intense sequences of violence including disturbing images, some sexual material and nudity." Cool!

For those of you who didn't have to read this in high school, Beowulf is an eighth century English epic poem about a legendary Scandinavian hero who saves the Danes first from a monster named Grendel, then from Grendel's mother who begins her own campaign of terror in revenge.

Hollywood, being no doubt aware of the immense popularity of epic Olde English poetry among today's youth, green lighted this film in a cynical attempt to cash in on the fad before the youth market moves on to say, The Sorrows of Young Werther by Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe.

[ Also highly reccommended, though not in 3D, is John Gardner's 1971 classic Grendel, told from the monster's view point.]

November 9, 2007

Margaret Mead Film Festival - Friends in the News

New York Stereoscopic Society member/friend/supporter Elaine Charnov gets some nice ink in the "Public Lives" column of today's New York Times. The interviewer makes some kitschy references to the 3D glasses Elaine keeps at her desk. Those glasses are handy because she appreciates the work of 3D filmmakers and documentary photographers.

(Funny coincidence, the office photo shows a poster from a recent lecture by fellow NYSS member Oliver Sacks. He spoke at the Museum last week in connection with his newest book Musicophilia)

Now we need to persuade Elaine to dust off her Stereo Realist and put it to use.


November 13, 2007

The Duke in 3D on Tuesday, November 13, at 8:00 pm in Beverly Hills, CA

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As part of a two-night exploration of 3D motion picture technology called "The Next Dimension: 3D and the Movies,” a newly restored 3D digital projection of John Wayne's 1953 film Hondo will be presented by the Science and Technology Council of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

For complete details, go here.

November 18, 2007

3D in the 20th Century - YouTube video post from a friend of NYSS

Travel back in time to the downtown avant-garde arts scene of New York City 2000 — and in 3D!

Both in format and content, a rare video document.

Part 1
Part 2
Part 3


HOW TO SEE THE VIDEO IN 3-D:

ALL forms of stereoscopic viewing work by giving each eye its own slightly different view of a scene, so it is necessary for there to be two images to produce a 3-D effect. The two images, although very similar, are not identical because they were videotaped at a distance of a few inches apart from each other (just like human eyes). The left side is for your left eye and the right side is for your right eye.

--NYSS Member submitted post

Market Saw 3D: a Blog focused on 3D Motion Pictures - Upcoming Releases

Some people say there's a blog devoted to every topic under the sun.

Of course, this statement is unprovable and provides no real information. Some people say things that are just plain stupid. But there is a blog devoted to 3D movies and we thought we'd give it some attention here. It's called Market Saw 3D.

One interesting feature of this blog is that it tracks 3D films scheduled, tentatively scheduled, planned and rumored. So check out Market Saw 3D and look at this list of 3D movies announced for release. . .

2008
U2 3D
Journey 3D
The Dark Country
Horrorween 3D
Coraline
A Christmas Carol

2009
Avatar
Monsters vs. Aliens
Stewardesses 3D
How to Train Your Dragon
Dumbass 3D
Tintin

2010
Shrek 4

MarketSaw 3D - Upcoming Interview with Ed Meyer of Adirondack International Pictures

Thanks for the link. I am quite passionate about 3D and really appreciate feedback - I will have an interesting interview with Ed Meyer of Adirondack International Pictures next week that may interest you too!

-Jim Dorey

MarketSaw.com

NYSS Member Reviews (and explains) "Beowulf in IMAX 3D"

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The monster Grendel, performed by actor Crispin Glover and 'enhanced' with motion capture digital 3D animation.

Director Robert Zemeckis and crew have paid a great deal of attention to the volume of, and movement through the computer-generated space and have created, IMHO, the best 3D movie ever commercially released.

Expanding on methods developed for the film "Monster House," the production phase of these films is closer to theater than to filmmaking. There are no sets to dress or locations to get to; no lighting changes, camera reloads, rigging, makeup & hair, props, special effects or indeed most of the usual accoutrements of filming. Instead, there is a period of motion-capture preparation during which the actors are "suited up" with close-fitting spandex to which are attached numerous reference points. Their faces also have a plethora of such points. Then, once prepared, the director and actors can focus almost exclusively on the performances without all the usual interruptions associated with traditional filmmaking.

As the actors perform, a 360-degree field of approximately 200 tracking "cameras" sends the coordinates generated by their movements to a bank of computers, thus creating a "dot cloud." At this point in the "filming" process, there are no images, only acted motions and recorded dialog.

In order to actually see something move, a computer-generated, polygonal mesh (the outer skin of the actor, if you will), and a bone structure that represents the skeleton are needed. These meshes can be made from scratch in a computer by pushing, pulling, sculpting and otherwise deforming simple objects such as spheres, planes and cylinders. However, by laser-scanning real people and real objects, much more realistic skin meshes can be to created in a fraction of the time. This is obviously the case in "Beowulf" as the meshes, with one notable exception, are readily recognizable.

Once the skin and an appropriate skeleton have been created and merged, the "dot cloud" is used to animate them. Now there is a real-time, repeatable performance by the virtual actors that becomes the basis for everything else. All the sets, props, lighting, makeup & hair, special effects and whatever else is required by the story can be computer-generated and added wherever is best. Unlike traditional film, this provides unparalled freedom to "fix it in post." Need to move that bed over 6-inches?No problem! Want the walls a darker green? No problem! Don't like the distance between the two actors? No problem! Just adjust the position of the dot clouds! And unlike traditional techniques, there is no animator pulling the strings of a virtual puppet, but rather the original performance of the original actor is driving the movements in perfect lip synch with the original dialog.

Now the fun can really begin because, once all these elements exist in the virtual space of the computer, it's time to actually shoot the movie!

Instead of the tedious programming, that was done in many previous films, "Monster House" and "Beowulf" used actual physical devices to control the cameras' viewpoints. Much like the geared Worral head of traditional filmmaking, one of these devices has dual wheels that control the tilt and pan of the virtual cameras in the computer. Turn the wheel and the camera looks up. Turn it the other way and the camera looks down. Yet another device enables handheld camera movement. Joysticks allow dollying and zooming in combination with any of the other moves. Using these controls helps the shots retain a more human feel than can be obtained by programming. And the ability to make shot changes in real time is invaluable.

Playing the performance over and over - it is exactly the same each time, the director and cameraman can try many different angles until they have the best camera positions for maximum 3D and storytelling impact. These camera moves are recorded with and integrated into the rest of the computer generated reality. Because there are no physical cameras, the filmmaker's viewpoint is freed from the limitations of tripods and dollies and steadicams and SkyCams and cables and rigging and helicopters and weight and inertia. These virtual cameras can fly through space twisting, turning and performing impossible feats of vision. They can as easily spend minutes underwater as fly on the back of a dragon. And the incredible added advantage in 3D is that there are no limitations to interocular spacing. The virtual lenses can be moved closer or further apart to constantly provide the best possible stereo viewpoint for that moment in the film.

For me, "Beowulf" IMAX 3D is the present high water mark in a long line of increasingly more sophisticated computer-generated realities. The ultimate goal is to generate virtual actors that are indistinguishable from real people. While unable to claim that title, "Beowulf" is well along the road and combined with the consistently excellent quality of the 3D visualization, is a benchmark film. I highly recommend experiencing it at your earliest convenience.

William Meredith, CFO
Stone Circle Productions, Inc.
New York, NY

--NYSS Member submitted post

November 30, 2007

Hannah Montana concert film in digital 3D opens February 1, 2008

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Stereo clubs around the nation have been experiencing a decline in membership brought on by an aging population of stereo enthusiasts and shooters and the decline in film and slide processing options.

But perhaps there is hope on the horizon as film, in an attempt to offer an experience not available in home theaters, embraces digital 3D projection. As advertisers and marketers well know, the key is to hook 'em while they're young. With that thought in mind we present the following. . .

Hannah Montana fans everywhere will have a chance to see their favorite singer, songwriter and actress, Miley Cyrus, perform her sold-out concert tour on the big screen in HANNAH MONTANA & MILEY CYRUS: BEST OF BOTH WORLDS CONCERT. Shot during Cyrus’s 54-city tour and exhibited in state-of-the-art Disney Digital 3D™, the film will be coming to theaters for a special one week engagement on February 1, 2008.

January 11, 2008

Takashi Sekitani's "Doggycam VISTA" video at the 3D Center of Art & Photography, Jan. 3 - Feb. 17, 2008

Our pals at the 3D Center of Art & Photography in Portland have a great new program running in their stereo theater. As the owner of two Labradors I'm always curious about the ways that my world view differs from theirs. Now Takashi Sekitani has completed a project that gives us all a 3D view of Tokyo from the perspective of dog by building a rolling "doggycam" and taking it for a stroll around Japan's largest city.


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"Doggycam VISTA is a short video which reveals Tokyo through the eyes of an artificial dog. The dog sees through a pair of SONY HDR-HC1 (Handycam) cameras with LANC shepherd to sync. The cameras had a 65mm separation. When asked about his inspiration for Doggycam, Sekitani replied, 'I wanted to make a 3D movie that would make the viewers laugh, and I wanted to explore another way for people to view things. When I photographed a dog from low angle at a park, I got the idea of shooting a movie from a dog's eyes.' ”

--Diane Rulien, 3D Center News Jan. 2008 www.3dcenter.us


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The rolling "Doggiecam" camera


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A still from the video

January 20, 2008

U2 in 3D Concert Film in Digital 3D opens on January 21, 2008 at Sundance

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"The first Imax movie that deserves to be called a work of art." --The New York Times

"This is the future of concert films."
--The Toronto Star

"I saw U23D and I thought that the 3D effects were not just remarkable but historic
. . .the film has ushered in a new era for 3D."
-- Frank Miller (Sin City, 300, Batman: The Dark Knight)

"The lensing is so vibrant and the music so buoyant, even nonfans may find their eyes popping and their heads bobbing. . .High-def cameras wielded by Peter Anderson and Tom Krueger swoop overhead with an enthusiasm to match the crowd's, their arms upraised and their excitement infectious throughout. Dynamic editing, constant camera movement and inventive application of 3-D effects all combine to create an intense but fluid visual layering, one that heightens, rather than detracts from, audience involvement."
-- Variety.com

"It's kind of horrific," to see himself on stage in 3-D, said Bono. "It's bad enough on a small screen. Now you get to see the lard arse 40-foot tall."
-- Optimum Online Movie News

U2 3D is a 3-D concert film of U2's Vertigo Tour. The film will get a limited release on January 21, 2008 premiering at the Sundance Film Festival, Park City, Utah and will get a wide release on February 15, 2008. Upon its release, the film will be the first live-action movie ever entirely shot, produced and exhibited in digital 3-D.

For the film's web site, go here.

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Set List
"Vertigo"
"Beautiful Day"
"New Year's Day"
"Sometimes You Can't Make It on Your Own"
"Love and Peace or Else"
"Sunday Bloody Sunday"
"Bullet the Blue Sky"
"Miss Sarajevo" / Reading of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights
"Pride (In the Name of Love)"
"Where the Streets Have No Name"
"One"
"The Fly"
"With or Without You"
"Yahweh"

January 23, 2008

"3D Is Now Open"

A panel discussion on 3D filmmaking entitled "The Future Is Now" was held the morning after the U23D premiere. Ray Zone and Phil McNally exchanged thoughts on Moore's Law, gimmickry, and storytelling.

March 5, 2008

Exclusive Interview: Charlotte Huggins on "Journey to the Center of the Earth 3D" on IESB.net

IESB.net, the Movie Reporter site has an interesting interview with Charlotte Huggins, one of the producers of the upcoming 3D film Journey to the Center of the Earth, starring Brendan Fraser.

Huggins was interviewed at San Francisco's Wondercon, the smaller, more intimate comics, sci-fi and fantasy expo, as compared with San Diego's Comic-Con, the industry's largest event.

Footage of Journey to the Center of the Earth, opening nationwide on July 11, was screened at Wondercon and Huggins spoke about her film, James Cameron's Avatar, the 3D conversion of Tim Burton's Nightmare Before Christmas and the Star Wars 3D project.

For the complete interview, go here.

March 6, 2008

Paramount, Universal, 20th Century Fox and the Walt Disney Company to Help Fund Theaters Transition to 3D

Four major Hollywood studios are offering to kick in between $800 to $1,000 per film, per theater over the next 10 years to help fund the transition to digital projection, estimated to be around $75,000 for each movie house, according to the New York Times. For the complete article, click here.

As everyone on this site already knows, digital projection is a requirement for the current generation of 3D films.

Also, below the fold Paramount revealed that the new Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull movie would be released digitally to theaters with installed digital projection systems. This is news because director Steven Spielberg has always maintained that he wanted his films released solely in film, rather than digital format.

The fourth installment in the franchise was shot on film and George Lucas said that it looked "like it was shot 3 years after the Last Crusade, you'd never know there was 20 years between shooting."

"Crank" franchise considers going 3D for third entry

The sequel Crank 2: High Voltage is already in production with returning star Jason Statham and the same writer-director duo of Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor. And they are already planning the third film for 3D.

In Crank 2 the filmmakers are planning to update and enhance the classic 'bullet time' effect that begin with The Matrix and now is used in car commercials. This is a pseudo-3D looking camera move that uses many still cameras, green screen and lots of computer rendering time.

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Mark Neveldine explained, "We're pushing the limits. . .We're going to be creating a moving bullet[-time] camera that has never been done before. We're putting about 15 cameras onto a piece of speed rail, all these super lightweight cameras that I'll be holding on rollerblades flying around people. So you'll have that image that you've seen in The Matrix, where they stop motion and the cameras spin around, except for the fact that our cameras can spin around and move while the actor moves."

For the complete article, go here.

OK, I know this is only slightly connected to 3D, but we happen to be huge Jason Statham fans.

"Shadow Vision" film production goes from 2D to 3D Format

MarketWire carries the announcement that Empire Film Group's upcoming Shadow Vision will change from a 2D production to 3D, using the 'Real D' format. The film stars Vivian Schilling as a blind woman who develops the ability to remotely sense and visualize crimes.

"Movie goers want to be dazzled," said Empire Film Group CEO Dean Hamilton-Bornstein. "As big screens and home projection systems become more common, consumers are demanding a bigger, better movie experience from theatres. The 'Real D' 3D format meets this challenge as it delivers a stunning, perfectly sharp 3D image, free of frame jitter or left eye-right eye issues that plagued previous attempts at 3D exhibition."

For the complete article, go here.

March 22, 2008

The Museum of Jurassic Technology & NYSS screen "Björk's Wanderlust in 3D" in Culver City, CA

The Museum of Jurassic Technology and The New York Stereoscopic Society invite you to a private screening of the new Ghost Robot production "Björk's Wanderlust in 3D" directed by Encyclopedia Pictura.

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Filmmakers Sean Hellfritsch, Isaiah Saxon and Mark De Pace will be on hand for questions. The evening includes a slide show by Greg Dinkins offering behind-the-scenes views of the production.

Thursday, March 27, 8:00 pm
Foshay Masonic Lodge
9635 Venice Blvd, Culver City, 90232

Followed by a reception at
The Museum of Jurassic Technology
9341 Venice Boulevard
Culver City, CA 90232

Donations to support the programming of the Museum and the Society will be gratefully accepted.

March 29, 2008

Exclusive: The 3D Explosion! on Comingsoon.net

The website ComingSoon.net has a nice feature on the resurgence of 3D filmmaking in the 21st Century. Especially informative are the two interviews with Walden Media CEO Cary Granat and Real D CEO and Chairman Michael Lewis.

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Walden Media CEO, Cary Granat

I loved Granat's comment, "If this were a comic book, [this] would be called the 'origin story' period of time." Michael Lewis also makes an excellent point when he said, ". . . it's been driven at the end of the day by filmmakers. We spend a lot of time with filmmakers. We bring them in and show it, and they get excited. They go, 'Wow, this is a new way to tell my stories, this is cool. I want to play.' "

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Real D CEO and Chairman, Michael Lewis

For the complete article, go here.

April 1, 2008

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

"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.

December 23, 2008

"My Bloody Valentine 3D" opens Jan. 16, 2009 — Bringing New Depth to Horror Movies?

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How times have changed since I was wading in the dating pool.

Acapulco Gold, Yago Sangria, drinks with names like Tequila Sunrise and a Sloe Comfortable Screw, electric guitar solos, a mattress in the back of a VW microbus — you can say a lot of things about us Boomers but we knew how to have a good time.

Now in the New Millenium you've got "Nothing says 'Date Movie' like a 3D RIDE TO HELL!"

This is progress?

If all the recent (and upcoming) Disney-Pixar digitally animated family fare in 3D haven't gotten you back into the multiplex, maybe a bloody pickaxe taking a swipe at your head will do the trick.

For the trailer and an examination of what could be a new trend in film horror, check out the New York Times article, here.

January 12, 2009

Credit Market Crunch to Affect 3D Films - Fewer Screen Conversions than Expected

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Director James Cameron on the set of his $200 million dollar 3D production Avatar, his first non-documentary film since the one about that boat, you know the one I mean, it's on the tip of my tongue, it will come to me in a second. The boat sank, Celine Dion sang, that one.


All 3D and nowhere to go. . .?

The New York Times has a detailed article on how the current economic crisis is affecting the rollout of 2009's major 3D film releases. For the complete article, go here.

January 19, 2009

"My Bloody Valentine- 3D" — 3D film, 1D plot & characterizations

Technically, the 3D in "My Bloody Valentine- 3D" is excellent; however, the use this technique is put to here is simply moronic.

This is a horror/thriller with no horror and no thrills despite a very high gore content and extremely gratuitous nudity.* Unless you consider sudden loud noises and the abrupt, unexpected appearances of supporting cast members to be 'thrilling.'

To earn the 'bloody' in the picture's title you get sequences like this: a buxom midget motel owner is impaled on the ceiling with a pick axe; the top half of a pretty blonde's head is severed with a shovel in a mine shaft; an eyeball is popped out of one character's head; the jaw of an old man is ripped from his face and hurled at the camera; a comatose patient awakes after a decade asleep in a hospital and severs nurses and fellow patients in two, disemboweling some of them and placing one woman's heart inside a box of Valentine chocolates.

You get the feeling that this stuff was written by two stoned 14 year olds, cracking each other up with how 'outrageous' they were being. Dude! A word of caution to parents: let them have the pot, but please lock up the lap tops and word processors.

The film is a remake of a 1981 Canadian slasher picture set in a mining town where a pick axe swinging menace slices and dices teenagers trying to have sex on Valentine's Day. (Teen age sexuality is the number one cause of serial killing, as depicted by Hollywood screenwriters). The original was a low-budget entry in the category of the more imaginative Freddy's, Jason's and Michael Meyer's that continue to spawn sequels today.

What 3D slasher horror really needs is a great genre director like John Carpenter; if only this level of quality stereoscopic filming could have been available to him for the first "Halloween" picture!

Not only does the story of "My Bloody Valentine- 3D" make little sense, the film stoops to outright cheating to deliver it's ho-hum 'twist' ending. Scenes that we originally saw with two characters in them are shown in flash back with only one, so that the reveal of the killer will 'kinda sorta' fit. The final shot even sets the stage for a sequel (that I doubt will ever be made) and is the only truly frightening thing about the entire picture.

Given all the above, you'll probably think I'm crazy to praise the 3D filming but, if you can separate what is being filmed from how it's being filmed, you have to be impressed.

3D movies can now be produced with excellent depth and no eye strain. The glasses are comfortable to wear and they fit easily over prescription glasses. They simply need better content, if Hollywood expects to pull people away from their wide screen TVs and into theaters for a 'premium' viewing experience (and ticket price). "My Bloody Valentine- 3D" cost $13.75 per at my local multiplex.

It really all comes down to the story and the writing. Sadly, for both 2D and 3D cinema technical production today far exceeds both the skill and imagination of our current crop of screenwriters.

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*For the record: I stand in full support of gratuitous nudity, but isn't it supposed to be naughty or tittalating? Not here it isn't.

One attractive young actress (Betsy Rue as "Irene") is required to perform almost her entire on-screen time completely nude, except for a pair of platform heels, for no discernable reason. She even walks out of a No Tell Motel in the buff to confront her fornication partner, a bald trucker, over his illicit videotaping of their rutting encounter.

She's upset that he filmed them having sex but she stands stark naked in the middle of a parking lot to complain about it?

Rather than arousing the entire sequence came across as merely uncomfortable. It was a relief when the trucker's bald dome was punctured by the killer's pickaxe, even if only to allow poor shivering Betsy to run back inside. (Also: didn't adult human females used to have pubic hair at one time? I'm just saying, is all).

January 21, 2009

The Jonas Brothers and TV's "Chuck" coming at ya' in 3D

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In this concert film you follow the Jonas Brothers as they cross the country on their "Burning Up Tour." Filmed in Disney Digital 3-D it will only be shown in Digital 3D, like last year's Hannah Montana concert pic. Demi Lovato and Taylor Swift guest star and perform a song with the band.

You'll see real-looking but staged backstage adventures with the Jonas Brothers, and you'll follow them as they allegedly prepare for this exciting tour. A new song by the Jonas Brothers will premiere in the film, too. The picture was filmed July 12 and 13 in Anaheim, California at the Honda Center, and August 10 and 11 in New York City, New York in Madison Square Garden.

And if you're clueless about the Jonas Brothers, you obviously don't read Tiger Beat magazine.

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The TV show "Chuck" (yeah, I know, I've never heard of it either) will return on February 2, 2009 with a special 3D episode. Informed sources tell us it's about a computer geek who is catapulted into a new career as the government’s most vital secret agent. (People are going hungry in America tonight and yet someone was actually paid to come up with this idea; television is just plain scary).

Show runner Josh Schwartz says on the program's fan site, “The technology is pretty amazing, and the stuff we were able to shoot – all the mind flashes are going to be in 3D and the opening credits, as well as the action set pieces.”

Referring to Yvonne Strahovski’s ever-sexy character, Schwartz said, “Sarah scantily clad in 3D – maybe [that] might happen. I don’t know, that sounds like a natural. Also, [there's] weird stuff, like Big Mike eating a donut in 3D is completely different than Big Mike eating a donut in merely two dimensions.”

Big Mike eating a donut in 3D? Well, as long as it advances the plot and isn't just a cheesy gimmick. . .

January 31, 2009

900 theaters nationwide to present Henry Selick's "Coraline" in 3D; John Hodgman voices Coraline's Dad

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Henry Selick, the director of the stop-motion animation classic, Tim Burton's Nightmare Before Christmas has made the wise decision to cast John Hodgman as a voice artist for his new feature, Coraline, based on Neil Gaiman's book (if you're a comic book geek, that last reference will impress you. Sandman. There, I said it.)

Hodgmania has gripped America as a yearning nation turns towards its movie screens seeking respite from all the grim financial news of late. But can John Hodgman single-handedly turn the country around, giving it the uplift it so desperately desires? What a silly question. If he can't, no one can.

Oh, apparently this is also the first stop-motion feature to be shot entirely in 3D and blah, blah, blah. . .stereoscopic blah, blah, blah. . .

But John Hodgman. Wow!

For a more balanced take on this film, and one that only mentions John Hodgman in passing (!), go to the New York Times article, here.

February 6, 2009

FRAUD AT NEW YORK TIMES!! Coraline 3D receives great review; John Hodgman only mentioned once!!

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OK, it's now clear that there's a full blown conspiracy at the New York Times to minimize the contribution of John Hodgman to the success of Henry Selick's Coraline. Whatever journalistic integrity the Times may have once possessed lies in confetti-shaped tatters on the newsroom floor.

But, as 3D enthusiasts we must put this slight behind us, hard as that may be. I urge everyone in the NYSS audience to fill the multiplex's and give Coraline a great opening weekend box office. Support quality 3D film making, if you want to see more of it. Don't worry about John Hodgman, he'll be just fine.

For the complete review, go here.

February 27, 2009

Film Festival adds 3D category - Call for submissions

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BEFILM The Underground Film Festival has added a 3D stereoscopic competition category. Entering its 6th year BEFILM is comprised exclusively by short films from around the world.It is the first established film festival in the US to 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 28th through May 2nd.
Screenings will be held at the Dolby Screening Room and the Disney Screening Room.

New sponsors include DOLBY® Production Services and the Gershwin Hotel. Stereoscopic projection will include DOLBY® 3D Digital Cinema, polarized and anaglyph projections. Films accepted in competition qualify for a special discount through BEFILM for DCP transfer (2D or 3D). Competition lineup will be announced April 7th.

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. For any technical questions and information you can contact dimitris@befilm.net

BEFILM The Underground Film Festival
New York City
April 28th - May 2nd 2009

www.Befilm.net

March 22, 2009

"Monsters vs. Aliens in 3D" Opens Friday, March 27, 2009

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The New York Times
has a nice, comprehensive article on the production of the latest 3D digital animation from DreamWorks (complete article here).

Is it necessary for us to say that, for once, we agree with Jeffrey Katzenberg, who says "because of advances in digital technology. . .3-D was no longer just a gimmick for reaching out and tickling (or scaring) the audience from time to time. . .The eye naturally sees in 3-D, so adding depth to the images on screen delivers a more immersive and realistic experience."

Katzenberg also maintains this can "result in a dazzling new visual language." Well, duh. Stereographers have known this for over a 100 years now. But we'll cut him some slack. The technology to deliver this in animation format to a mass audience has only recently been perfected and made cost-effective for feature length films.

What I see as the great upside to this is that a new generation of kids is being offered a quality 3D experience at the movies. They will grow up expecting this as just another option in the story-telling palette of mass media. This can mean 3D as a mass medium for the first time since the early 1950's — without the eye strain and mechanical synchronization problems of the last go-round. And that future is one to look forward to for all 3D enthusiasts.

March 26, 2009

3D Garden Party Photos — Brownstone Brooklyn Garden District

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Anaglyphs by Mick Andreano.

The Brownstone Brooklyn Garden District event showcasing the high-definition 3D photographs of the 2008 Garden Walk by Greg Dinkins was great success with a capacity crowd at the magnificent Irondale Center.

We were fortunate to have Mick Andreano there to capture some of it in stereo for those of you unable to make it.

March 30, 2009

"Monsters vs. Aliens" wins Weekend Box Office; TIME magazine concedes "3D is pretty darn cool"

The New York Times — apparently it's a 'newspaper' (whatever that is) — reports on the box office success of Monsters vs. Aliens here.

And TIME (evidently a 'magazine' — where do they come up with these crazy ideas, ink on paper? it's so 1995) weighs in on the appeal of 3D to Hollywood and their audience here.

But before you read these articles, consider joining my petition to have all MSM headline writers sentenced to manual labor in rural areas of the country as part of their 're-education' process.

3D or Not 3D: That is the Question? The person responsible for that atrocity should be made to spend an entire day jogging with a sharp tack in his foot.

April 2, 2009

Filming the "Creature from the Black Lagoon" in 1953

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"One bright spot amid the deepening gloom was Universal's Creature from the Black Lagoon, today recognized as a monster classic. Its director was Jack Arnold, who had made Universal's first 3-D movie, a science fiction chiller called It Came From Outer Space. For the creature feature, the cameraman Charles ("Scotty") Wlbourne designed a lightweight, water-proof camera unit for the lengthy underwater sequences. Even though it was released in March 1954, after the 3-D boom had already begun its decline, Creature did so well that Universal made its sequel Revenge of the Creature in 3-D as well. It came out in May 1955 and was the very last film of the 3-D boom, though most theaters showed it flat. Nevertheless, Revenge did well enough to spawn another sequel, The Creature Walks Among Us, which was shot in 2-D."

—Tom Huntington, "The Gimmick that Ate Hollywood: When Hollywood Added a New Dimension to the Movies, Customers Gasped—and Then Yawned" American Heritage of Invention & Technology, Spring 2003, Vol. 18, No. 4

May 6, 2009

BeFilm Festival 2009

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Festival founder Laurence Asseraf, Bill Allen of Dolby, and Program Director Dimitris Athos.

The BeFilm Festival held a great run of 3D projections last week. Several members showed films and participated in the events. Björk's Wanderlust won the prize in the new 3D category organized by New York Stereoscopic Society member Dimitris Athos. We are looking forward to more collaborations with the Festival.

May 15, 2009

Dolby 3D Digital Cinema - A New Approach to Stereoscopic Films

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Dolby, known for their ubiquitous sound system, is making a bid to challenge RealD in the multiplex for your 3D viewing experience. If you've seen a 3D film recently — Monsters vs. Aliens, Coraline, My Bloody Valentine 3D — you've already experienced the RealD system.

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RealD is based on polarized projection of the film that requires a special silver screen. When you take off your glasses at a RealD screening what you see is double image — the right eye and the left eye images projected on the screen at the same time.

In the early history of film all theater screens has a 'silver' coating. This was to help compensate for the dimmer projectors of the time; the silver screen was brighter than a white one. The reason for using a silver screen with 3D projection is that the polarized light striking it will remain polarized as it is reflected back.

This silver screen, along with the digital projectors, is the most expensive part of the installation. Inexpensive polarized glasses — previously with cardboard frames, now molded plastic ones are standard — are distributed to the audience at each showing.

Dolby's new system also uses polarized projection but does not require installation of a silver screen, a major savings for the theater chains. It does, however, use a special multi-coated lens for viewing and these 3D glasses are not cheap. They cost about $25 a pair to produce.

For this to be practical tight control over the distribution and collection of these Dolby glasses is obviously needed.

Here are the Dolby advantages, taken from their web site:

• Delivers realistic color and a sharper, clearer image from every seat in the house
• Extends the capabilities of Dolby Digital Cinema’s established, proven technology
• Ensures compatibility with your existing equipment by using a simple digital
projector filter accessory, easily switching between 2D and 3D
• Maximizes flexibility by using a standard white screen rather than a costly silver screen
• Reduces costs with a one-time investment and no annual licensing fee

If you went to an Imax theater in the 1980s you may recall that you had to wear a helmet-type set of goggles with LCD screens for lenses. These lenses were controlled by a radio signal and alternately went rapidly from opaque to clear, delivering to each eye the correct Left or Right image. This blinking sequence had to be matched precisely to the images being projected.

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While the technology behind this was brand-spanking new in the 80s, the concept had been successfully demonstrated back in December 1922 in New York City at the Selwyn Theater using a mechanical system called Teleview.

Two projectors were used along with viewers attached to the seats all of which were synchronized. Alternate frames of left and right eye images are projected and due to the persistence of vision a moving 3D image was perceived by the viewer. The only feature produced using this system was The Man From M.A.R.S. (later re-released as Radio-Mania).

For a fascinating, detailed discussion about the Teleview system please go to Dan Symmes site, here.

June 24, 2009

The Final Destination 3D - Opens August 28, 2009

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Now if you've been following this franchise, you'll know that this is actually Final Destination 4. Three previous films have been released with identical plots, only the Rube Goldberg-like methods by which the young, attractive casts are dispatched are changed.

For examples, go here, here and here.

But this latest entry is in 3D. In fact, this was shot using the same Hi-Def 3D camera system (Fusion F23 3D HD) employed by James Cameron for the upcoming Avatar.

I can't wait.

The set-up is that a group of actors in their late 20s playing teenagers avoid death because one of them foresees a calamity: an airplane exploding on take-off, a multi-vehicle accident on a highway, etc. The mythology of the series is that "Death has a plan" and each major cast member starts meeting their doom in the same order that they would've died had they not avoided the disaster in the opening reel.

The great pleasure in these films is in how ridiculously convoluted the dangers are constructed. For the trailer for the new film, go here.

For a behind the scenes peek, go here on the MovieWeb site.

My favorite this time around is the sequence where a young woman first looks like she will drown inside her car due to a spectacularly malfunctioning automated car wash. Seconds later it looks like she's about to be be-headed.

I'll never wash my car again.

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June 25, 2009

James Cameron's "Avatar" — The 3-D Renaissance Has Arrived

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24 minutes of James Cameron's Avatar were screened at the Cinema Expo in Amsterdam on June 23rd and although all audience members were required to sign non-disclosure agreements anonymous reports have been posted on various websites. Uniformly, they are positive to the point of near-delirium. Like the headline at the FilmDrunk site which modestly proclaims it to be "THE MOST IMPORTANT MOVIE OF ALL TIME."

See The Hollywood Reporter's coverage, here.

The film's budget is reported to be in excess of $200 million dollars — which 20th Century Fox obviously believes is a safe bet, given that Cameron's last feature film back in 1997 went on to earn $1.83 billion-with-a-B dollars world wide. (You know the one I mean, it had a boat in it, and ice—geez, it's on the tip of my tongue—and it was a really big boat). And that was without a Happy Meal tie-in, plastic action figures or even T-shirt sales.

Of course, these days Hollywood takes second place behind the computer gaming industry in the market for our entertainment dollars. But films reach a much broader audience — all video gamers watch movies but not all moviegoers are gamers. Still, this is a science fiction film set on a distant planet and when has a movie like that ever made any money?

Correction: My editor informs me that the 8 theatrically-released Star Wars movies (including Star Wars:Attack of the Clones (IMAX) and the animated Star Wars:The Clone Wars) have a combined world box office gross of $4,411,410,761. $4 billion-with-a-B.

OK, fine, but name another one!

For NYSS members and supporters the big news, obviously, is that Avatar was filmed and designed to be seen in 3D (as well as IMAX 3D). It will also screen in a 2D version. The current US release date is December 18, 2009 though I imagine a lot of you will be booking tickets to Belgium or Egypt to see it on December 16.

First one to see it and send a review to this site wins the fabulous. . . esteem and praise of the NYC 3D community. Remember, if you see it on the 16th you could get either crude oil or waffles.

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Fanboy Trivia: According to IMDB.com Farrah Fawcett, Glenn Close, Barbara Hershey, Bernadette Peters, Bonnie Bedelia, Dianne Wiest, Margot Kidder, Jessica Lange, Meryl Streep, Sigourney Weaver, Cybill Shepherd, Christine Lahti, Jane Seymour, Anjelica Huston, Catherine Hicks, Christine Baranski, Kay Lenz, Kim Basinger, Kathleen Turner, Debra Winger, and Geena Davis all auditioned for the role of Princess Leia.

While James Caan, Al Pacino, Jack Nicholson, Robert De Niro and Burt Reynolds turned down the role of Han Solo.

August 17, 2009

Finally, a reason to go see Shakespeare: the 3D Musical Adaptations

A Shakespeare Musical That's in Your Face
by Genevieve M. Blaber, Latino Review, August 14, 2009

Sometimes you love two insanely different things only to discover that together they make the perfect combo — think, peanut butter and chocolate. And that's how I hope things will turn out now that Mark Thomas from Elsinore Films has announced he'll be combining the musical with Shakespeare and — yes, I cannot believe it — 3-D.

With an intent to target the younger audiences that go crazy for High School Musical and Harry Potter, Thomas plans to adapt six of Shakespeare's plays into 3-D musicals, starting with none other than the classic "Hamlet" and moving on to other well-known works like "Macbeth," "Romeo and Juliet," and "Twelfth Night."

Frankly, the idea of a distraught Hamlet thrusting Yorick's skull into the faces of audience members amuses me to no end. But for those of you who remain a tad skeptical about bringing the words of a long-dead playwright to 3-D musical life, I'd like to remind you that — for all of their classic lines and lofty themes — Shakespeare's plays were about titillating the audience. Ghosts, swordfights, gender bending, were par for the course, and if anything the musical infusion will help liven up the extensive monologues that not every person can stand.

Thomas won't be starting from scratch though. Instead he'll be working off of the musical versions that Shakespeare 4 Kidz, a U.K. theater company, created. John Godber is set to direct, and in the meantime Elsinore Films will also be shooting a TV show to cast for the roles of Romeo and Juliet in one of the forthcoming adaptations. The title of the show? Movie Quest — A Romeo 4 Juliet.


3D Music Video by The Crystal Method, "Drown in the Now"

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NYSS member Dimitris Athos tugs our coat to the new 3D music video by The Crystal Method, the electronica duo made up of Ken Jordan and Scott Kirkland.

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http://www.vimeo.com/6135049
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f9BW-lKg66I

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The song is Drown in the Now featuring Matisyahu, the Jewish reggae rapper from their album, Divided by Night. The video was produced by UVPHACTORY and directed by Alexandre Moors and Jessica Brillhart.

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Divided by Night album cover

August 21, 2009

Robert Zemeckis & Disney to produce 3D "Yellow Submarine" based on 1968 animation from obscure British pop group

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Variety reports here that Robert Zemeckis and the Disney Company are seeking the rights to 16 songs by some obscure British band from the 60s. Who could possibly be interested in music that's over 40 years old?

Zemeckis plans to use the 3D motion capture technique he used in The Polar Express and his upcoming A Christmas Carol.

Can't these guys come up with anything original? What's next — big screen re-makes of dopey 1960s sit-coms like Bewitched or Get Smart?

October 21, 2009

"Newark in 3D" at the Newark Museum thru Jan. 10, 2010 :: Panel Discussion Thurs. Oct. 22, 7:00 PM

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Newark in 3D
A Centennial Film Commission by Marylou Tibaldo-Bongiorno and
Jerome Bongiorno
September 23, 2009 to January 10, 2010
Newark Museum
49 Washington Street
Newark, NJ 07102-3176
www.newarkmuseum.org

The public is invited to attend a Centennial Conversation – A Panel Discussion with Filmmakers Marylou Tibaldo-Bongiorno, Jerome Bongiorno and Their Community Partners October 22 at 7 pm. Free. NYSS Member and 3-D artist Gerald Marks will participate. Please Note: Advance Registration Required.

Inspired in 1920 by Walt Whitman’s collection of poetry, “Leaves of Grass,” two artists, Charles Sheeler and Paul Strand, created a six-minute expressive film entitled Manhatta – a work many have described as America’s first avant-garde film.

Almost a century later, two Newark-based, award-winning filmmakers, Marylou
Tibaldo-Bongiorno and Jerome Bongiorno, have created a modern 3D interpretation of
the film in homage to both Manhatta and their home city, Newark. The newly released
six-minute, black & white film, New Work: Newark in 3D, A Centennial Film Commission by Marylou Tibaldo-Bongiorno and Jerome Bongiorno, premieres at the Newark Museum on September 23, 2009 and runs through January 10, 2010.

Set against the backdrop of one of the oldest metropolises in the nation, the Bongiornos’ film captures the vibrancy of present-day Newark, encompassing a cinematic arc from sunrise to sunset that emulates Strand and Sheeler’s historic imagery — from the city’s bustling business districts, port and transit hubs to its parks, grand public monuments, places of worship and impressive iron bridges. In response to the Museum’s centennial, the filmmakers captured the treasured landmarks that have graced Newark’s urban landscape for almost a century.

—from www.newarkmuseum.org

January 18, 2010

London Tabloid reports New James Bond Film to be 3D; Also Madonna Carrying Pope's Baby

The Sun, a gossip-fueled London tabloid not noted for its fact-checking, claims un-named sources tell it the next film in the James Bond franchise will be in 3D here.

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Of course, a phone call to Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson, who control the Bond franchise, could have either scotched or supported this rumor. So until you hear it from their lips, officially, please consider this non-news. We just wanted to run a Photoshopped picture of Daniel Craig wearing anaglyph glasses.

Though apparently it is true that Madonna is having a love child with Pope Benedict XVI.

The Sun will stake its reputation on that.

Of course, I'm just kidding about that last story. The Sun has never claimed any connection between Madonna and the current Pope. There simply isn't time for such silliness. They're too busy getting the facts nailed down on today's exclusive: Britney Spears spotted jewelry shopping in an ill-fitting bra.

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.

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

May 13, 2010

LA 3D Film Festival

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Our friends at the Los Angeles 3-D Club (SCSC) Movie Division present The 7th Annual LA 3-D Movie Festival. The Festival's mission is to showcase the best independent stereoscopic 3-D filmmaking from around the world. The festival takes place on May 15th, 2010, at the Downtown Independent Theater, 251 S. Main Street, in Los Angeles. A jury of celebrity and film industry judges will award prizes to the top entries.

JUST ADDED! Thomas Jane's DARK COUNTRY (rarely shown in 3-D)

The full Festival Program is now online .

Tickets and Passes may be purchased at Brown Paper Tickets until 11am on the day of the show.

ABOUT THE FESTIVAL ORGANIZERS
The LA 3-D Club (Stereo Club of Southern California) was established in the Greater Los Angeles area in 1955 by a dedicated group of amateur 3D stereo photographers to further the art and science of stereoscopic photography. For more than five decades members have been meeting monthly to share images created through classic slide photography, non-standard photographic stereo imaging and, in more recent years, computer generated stereo imaging. The Movie Division was founded in 1982 by Dr. John Hart, to facilitate the production and exhibition of independent 3-D film.

ABOUT THE VENUE
The Downtown Independent Theater is downtown Los Angeles' premiere venue for screening independent film and video. The modern facility features 236 Stadium style seats including 16 reclining sofa seats, digital and 35mm projection, a lobby art gallery, and a rooftop reception space. The LA 3-D Club recently outfitted the theater with a dual projector, polarized 3-D projection system and silver screen, specifically for the screening of independent 3-D content. For more info, visit http://www.downtownindependent.com

July 6, 2010

SAW 3D — World's Most Successful Horror Film Franchise will be Comin' at Ya! in 3D This October

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The various SAW films have earned $730 million dollars world wide earning them a place in the Guinness Book of World Records for Most Successful Horror Film Series. Personally, I don't think I have enough gore hound in me to really appreciate this sub-genre. But a whole lot of you are obviously embracing this torture porn aesthetic by voting with your ticket stubs.

These modern gore fests beat out such competitor series as Halloween, 10 movies with world wide gross of $363 million; Friday the 13, 12 movies, $465 million; Nightmare on Elm Street, 9 movies, $435 million; Texas Chain Saw Massacre, 6 movies, $198 million; and My Fair Lady, 1 movie, $72 million.

The SAW 3D poster above is available in a wobble-stereo format from Market Saw 3D here. Of this format, a sort of simulated 3D effect, this poster is the single most detailed and layered image I have seen. Extremely well done, kudos to the artist(s) that put this one together.

July 31, 2010

Classic 3-D at Film Forum

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Our friends at Film Forum have put together a revival of Hollywood's first 3-D Golden Age. From August 13-26, the repertory theater's silver screen will feature great 3-D films that first saw light in 1953-1954. Check the Film Forum website for a complete schedule, including classics such as Kiss Me Kate, Dial M for Murder, and House of Wax. This is a rare opportunity to see synchronized dual strip projection of the films in their full-color polarized glory.
Stay tuned for a special members event in connection with the August 14 showing of Gorilla at Large, one of the under-appreciated gems that will be screened during the festival.

August 16, 2010

New York Times & Wall Street Journal cover Film Forum's 3D Festival

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As NYSS regulars know there are two events tied to Film Forum's Summer 3D Festival. Saturday, August 14 there were a selection of Realist format slides from the 1950s collections of our members shown before screenings of Gorilla at Large (above). On Wednesday, August 25 we'll show some of Harold Lloyd's 3D treasures in connection with Inferno (below).

Our own Greg Dinkins was interviewed for the The Wall Street Journal piece on this festival:

"Whether it's by digital or film projection, it's still the idea of isolating the left and right image for the left and right eye," said Greg Dinkins of the New York Stereoscopic Society, the independent local chapter of a global alliance of organizations dedicated to championing 3-D image-making.

When this isolation is accomplished, using the combined light of two synchronized, archive-quality projectors (each simultaneously exposing its own 35 mm print), the effect is immersive and spectacular. "You're physically experiencing something," Mr. Dinkins said. "Your eyes are focusing on different places and tracing different parts of the screen."

For the complete article, go here.

The always reliable (and readable) Dave Kehr offers an overview of the festival along with a slide show of images in The New York Times here.

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