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July 2004 Issue

Vol. 2, No. 7

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Spider-Man 3-D Ride

Spider-Man 3-D RideTalk about your ultimate Web experience...its the Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man Ride at Universal Studios' Islands of Adventure theme park.

Put on your 3-D glasses for an eye-popping, pulse-pounding, first-of-its-kind 3-D thrill ride. Careening through the streets and swinging high above the city, you’ll see, hear and actually feel the action of the web-slinger’s most amazing adventure ever. It's good vs. evil as Spidey battles 3-D monsters that jump on your vehicle.

Since Islands of Adventure opened a few years ago, Spider-Man has been the park's most popular ride. Wait time can sometimes average between 75 and 90 minutes, longer than the park's signature rides, The Hulk and Dueling Dragons coasters.

The new movie Spider-Man 2 introduces classic Marvel villian Dr. Octopus. Riders can see the Doc Ock in action on the ride, too.

Missouri State Parks and Historic Sites in 3-D

Stereo photographer Larry Stephey is making it his mission to document every Missouri State Park and Historic Site in 3-D. Stephey is sharing examples of his stereoscopic trek on the Web in full-color 3-D images in various parallel and cross-eye views.

"I just completed my tour of the Kansas City region, tornados and all," said Stephey. "I will have all those parks and historic sites on the Web site. The one stop I made in the Central region in Sedalia completes that region for me, too. I also stopped by Finger Lakes State Park near Columbia, Missouri, again and took some more shots. From Friday to Monday one weekend (in June, 2004), I drove 890 miles, camped three nights and visited 12 parks."

The Missouri 3-D images currently online include

  • Sandy Creek Covered Bridge State Historic Site in Hillsboro, Missouri
  • Locust Creek Covered Bridge State Historic Site in Laclede, Missouri
  • Flowers at Hickam House at Rock Bridge Memorial State Park in Columbia, Missouri
  • Nursery at Van Meter State Park in Miami, Missouri
  • First Missouri State Capitol State Historic Site in St. Charles, Missouri
  • Buzzard's Roost at Mark Twain State Park in Stoutsville, Missouri
  • Felix Valle State Historic Site in Sainte Genevieve, Missouri
  • Visitor's Center at Cuivre River State Park in Troy, Missouri
  • Hawn State Park in Sainte Genevieve, Missouri
  • State Capitol Building, Jefferson Landing State Historic Site in Jefferson City, Missouri
  • Boardwalk at Johnson's Shut-ins State Park in Middle Brook, Missouri
  • Bluebonnets at Battle of Athens State Park in Revere, Missouri

Almost 18 million people annually visit Missouri's 83 state parks and historic sites. Missouri State Parks and Historic Sites are administered by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. Stephey is not affiliated with the Department of Natural Resources or the Division of State Parks.

Is This Tomorrow? Presents 3-D Comic Strip on July 12, 2004

Is This Tomorrow? 3-D Coming Soon logo.Kelly Shane and Woody Compton are the creative minds and talent behind the weekly online comic strip Web site, Is This Tomorrow?. New comic strips are posted every Monday.

On July 12, 2004, to celebrate its first year online, the comic strip will be presented in 3-D anaglyphic format. Kelly Shane told 3-D Review Online Magazine the strip will be "a tribute to 50s science-fiction films." The strip's artist is also working on a short article about his own obsession with 3-D images for the site.

To see the comic in 3-D, you'll need a pair of 3-D glasses. Compton is sending free 3-D glasses to people who send an e-mail who ask politely and include their name and address.

"I really have no idea how to do 3-D conversions," said Compton. "I have simply looked at the art I have seen in 3-D comics and taken my best guess. I noticed that in 3-d comics, the blue image being to the right of the red image caused that part of the picture to stand out and blue being to the left created depth. I simply tried to replicate this appearance in the 3-D art."

"The drawings themselves were not handled in any special way. They are just black and white drawings on things I thought might look good in 3-D. The only exceptions to this were a couple of simple rules I learned from seeing poorly done 3-D. Often the 3-D glasses don't cancel out well with the printed art. This is most obvious when large areas of black are used or layers of depth don't happen in small steps. To prevent problems with poor cancellation, I tried to use thicker lines for the art, and make the large areas of black exist in the flat plane of the 3-D where the colors are overlapped to make brown."

"I could probably convert most any picture to 3-D, but the few I experimented with steered me in the direction of a certain type of art that was most appropriate. I tried to make my drawings follow my own rules and they seem to work pretty well."

"The method I've used is to scan in the original drawing. The original is the red layer. It remains untouched. The blue layer is made from the original, but I make 10 layers in Adobe Photoshop™. I keep the original layer untouched for comparisons to the altered layers. The other layers are made by erasing everything in the layer except what I'd like on a particular layer of depth. Then I go to the next layer of depth, and erase everything except what needs to be in the next layer, including the art that was used in the first layer. After creating nine layers that when layered over each other make one complete drawing, I grab each layer and move them. I will take the layer that goes back from flat and pull that to the left. One that goes deeper than that goes further o the left. The layers that should come out of the page are pulled to the right. The layers should not be too far apart in the amount of shift to prevent eye-fatigue. After making the shifts I print out the new image."

"Now that the art is shifted, I need to white-out overlapping art, and fill in missing art that was left open after some of the art was moved. I make these corrections and scan the image back in the computer. I line the blue image (the adjusted and corrected one) to line up with the red image by using the panel border. Now both the "blue" and "red" images are still black and white. I convert them to red and blue line art in Adobe Photoshop™ and make transparent layers set to darken. This creates and 3-D image with red, blue and brown colors. I flatten the image and save as a JPEG and the image is done."

According to Kelly, "In 1991, Woody Compton, a talented artist and good friend, and I began creating comics for The Florida Flambeau, a student-run newspaper affiliated with Florida State University and Florida A&M in Tallahassee, FL. I was finishing up my English degree from FSU, doing a little writing for the Flambeau Arts section and working at an indie record store. Woody worked at a local news dealer/bookstore, after having spent a number of years at the best comic shop in town, where I first met him. More or less, I wrote the strips and he drew them, but how we developed the ideas and forms varied from comic to comic."

Is This Tomorrow preview 3-D artwork courtesy of Kelly Shane and Woody Compton.  Used by Permission."We always saw the strip as experimental in form.They were, in theory, to be entertaining and humorous, but Woody and I were fascinated as to how the comic format could be exploited in ways rarely seen in the medium, especially ways rarely seen in strips. We were both excited by comics' potential and unhappy with what was being done with them in the mainstream. Here was an opportunity to do something about it, at least on a small scale."

"Is This Tomorrow? strips were filled with bad attitude and bad taste. What can I say? We were angry young men. As fans of William S. Burroughs, John Waters, S. Clay Wilson and the early Mothers of Invention, we probably thought these strips were relatively restrained. Underground comics, punk rock and Dada informed our outlook. Perhaps in our deluded youth, we thought we could shock the bourgeois into self-recognition."

"But the subject matter managed to upset the Arts Editor, and the paper ran the strip less and less frequently. We worked on strips into 1992, but the Flambeau just wouldn't print them. We decided to turn in a comic that we knew they would never publish. When Woody got the art back, there was a big NO! written on the page. And thus ended the original run of Is This Tomorrow?, cut down in its prime."

"The title, Is This Tomorrow?, was taken from a comic book created in the 1940s by the Catholic Church Is THIS Tomorrow? concerning the dangers of communism. We found it to be a silly, yet evocative name. Considering this was just a couple of years after the Berlin Wall fell, we thought we might be on the cutting edge of Cold War nostalgia, though it hasn't happened yet."

Anachrome 3-D Glasses

Anachrome 3-D glassesAnachrome 3-D glasses have taken 3-D anaglyphic glasses to a new level. Anachrome 3-D. Not only has the company created some of the most advance anaglypic glasses for TV and computer viewing, they have also created high quality lenses specially designed for viewing 3-D closely on a computer.

There are two distinct formulas for Anachrome 3-D glasses, Anchrome and Mirachrome.

Anachrome have mild diopter correction, which sharpens the red image to match the cyan. They work well with TV and computers for folks with normal to near-sighted vision. Mirachrome have stronger diopters so they work well when using a computer closely...they are not for TV.

People with normal to far-sighted vision can use them with computers. For viewing a DVD on a TV monitor more than five feet away, everyone gets a better result with the Anachrome formula.

Anachrome 3-D to Photograph and Film 2004 Olympics in 3-D

Anachrome 3-D, a company based in North Hollywood, California, is hoping to change the way the International Olympic Commitee will want to present the 2008 Games! Optional...High Definition 3-D...wall to wall! Anachrome 3-D is asking for help to make that happen by demonstrating interest in 3-D sports coverage!

Anachrome 3-D hopes to get some killer coverage this year to make their point. Anachrome 3-D will be posting a least 400 3-D stills on a special password controlled section of their Web site. You can get that
password with the purchase of a pair of Anachrome 3-D glasses. Just add the words Olympic Password to your ordering note or letter. Actual posting of the 3-D images will begin on August 1.

Anachrome 3-D will be shooting the venues and prep at the Athens sites in mid July. They are also talking to Olympic press officials, while in Athens to hopefully get a few venues with good access for 3-D. "It is in the lap of the "Olympic Gods" how much 3-D we are permitted to shoot. We have wide-screen HD 3D cameras, as well as NTSC three-chip 3-D camera rigs, and very good dual five-meg still cameras. We also have the ability of converting good flat images to 3D. We will be there for prep time and as many events as they allow us to cover. We'll certainly get the local color of this historic return to the original home of "The Games". Just in case "Sports Illustrated" or a similar magazine offers 3-D, you'll have much sharper clarity than paper glasses can deliver!"

2004 National Stereoscopic Assocation 3-D Exposition Update

NSA 2004 Convention logoThe National Stereoscopic Association (NSA) will hold its annual 3-D Exposition in Portland, Oregon July 7 through July 12, 2004. The public event will open with a full day of 3-D movies at Cinema 21 followed by four days of events at Jantzen Beach Doubletree including stereo slide and digital projections, workshops and special interest meetings, an auction of 3-D paraphernalia and two days of the world's largest 3-D trade fair.

This year's Expo, hosted by the Cascade Stereoscopic Club of Portland, will have several special features including a full day of 3-D movies on Wednesday from 9:15 am to 5 pm. The 3-D movies are open to anyone registered for Wednesday's activities or for the full convention. A highlight is the American premiere of The Little Magician. New York based actor/producer, Tirlok Malik's Little Magician was produced in 2003 and is a magical tale about the adventures of a little boy who moves from India to New York City and befriends three American kids and a dog. The majority of this 3-D film is shot in New York City and represents the first time that both American and Indian children have acted together. Little Magician has achieved success at the Indian box office and will be released in the U.S. soon by the NRI TV Film Club. Malik will be present after the screening to answer questions and tell a little about the filming.

The featured 3-D short subject will be Sea Dream, the award winning and popular film by Academy Award® winner Murray Lerner. Lerner created a fundamental breakthrough in the creative use of 3-D with Sea Dream at Florida's Marineland and Magic Journeys for the Kodak Pavilion at EPCOT. Not only has Sea Dream won a number of awards, but it was also the first of only two 3-D films to be officially included in the Cannes Film Festival. It has been licensed worldwide by major theme parks over twenty countries, including Korea, Australia, England, Holland, Germany, U.S. and France. In many of those venues it has run for 5 to 10 successive years. A rare print of the film has been restored and is being provided for the screening. Lerner will be the keynote speaker at the convention's awards banquet Saturday night. Spacehunter and Friday the 13th, Part III will begin the day of movies.

Another notable first for the Expo is a specially designed postal cancellation which will commemorate the event. An employee of the Post Office will be present on Saturday to cancel postcards and envelopes for anyone who would like to collect what is believed to be the first postal cancellation in 3-D. The cancellation will continue to be available for one month at a local post office.

Three days of workshops, 3-D digital and slide projections, displays and exhibitions will culminate in an awards banquet Saturday night with a keynote address by Murray Lerner. Best known as the director of From Mao to Mozart, for which he received the Academy Award®, Lerner will discuss his career in film making and his continued interest in 3-D filming. Virtually every film Lerner has produced, whether 3-D or not, has won an important award at a major film festival; Secrets of the Reef was voted one of the 10 Best by Time Magazine, To Be a Man won a Blue Ribbon First Prize at the American Film Festival, and Festival, a full length documentary about the Newport Folk Festival featuring Bob Dylan, won the San Giorgio award at the Venice International Film Festival as well as an Academy Award® nomination.

The NSA convention and 3-D Expo draws 3-D enthusiasts from all over the world. Schedule and registration information are available at www.nsa2004.com or by calling (503) 655-5326. Registration for the expo is available now online or in person at the Doubletree Jantzen Beach beginning Tuesday, July 6. Wednesday's 3-D movie day registration will also be available at Cinema 21 beginning at 8:30 am, Wednesday, July 7.

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