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November 2004 Issue

Vol. 2, No. 11

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Godzilla in IMAX 3-D

Godzilla vs. The Smog Monster director Yoshimitsu Banno announcing the IMAX 3-D Godzilla movie he will be directing.Godzilla vs. Hedorah (also known as Godzilla vs. The Smog Monster) director Yoshimitsu Banno announced at a dinner hosted by G-TOUR on Aug. 3, 2004, in celebration of Godzilla's 50th Anniversary, that he will be helming an IMAX Godzilla movie planned to be in 3-D this coming year. The 3-D IMAX Godzilla film's title is Godzilla: Life After 50.

Banno indicated to the dinner attendees that this project is currently a secret, at least until this coming fall. Hedorah is slated to be a featured monster opponent in the film. It is not certain at this time if any other monsters will appear or other details on the film project. Banno said he has to keep mum to the media until fall.

Sixty members of G-TOUR attended the dinner when Banno made the announcement and word has leaked out in some Web sites on the Internet. At this time, these are the only details known of the project. It appears that Godzilla: Final Wars is not so final after all.

Godzilla will appear in a Godzilla: Final Wars float at the 73rd Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade on Sunday, Nov. 28. Then, Godzilla will be immortalized at 11:30 a.m., Monday, Nov. 29, when he is inducted into the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Godzilla's star will be located at 6925 Hollywood Boulevard, just east of the intersection of Orange Avenue and Hollywood Boulevard. The Walk of Fame ceremony will include a presentation of the proclamation of 50th Anniversary of Godzilla Month from the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors. Honorary Hollywood Mayor Johnny Grant will emcee the ceremony and present the proclamation.

Godzilla: Final Wars will receive its world premiere at a special showing at 7 p.m., Monday, Nov. 29, 2004, at the world famous Grauman's Chinese Theater!

IMAX Bugs! in 3-D: A Rainforest Adventure to be Released on Sensio 3-D DVD

Bugs! in 3-D: A Rainforest Adventure logoOn Nov. 2, 2004, Sensio releases the Sensio 3-D DVD for the IMAX film Bugs in 3-D: A Rainforest Adventure.

Filmed in the rain forests of southeast Asia, Bugs! in 3-D: A Rainforest Adventure stars Papilio, a butterfly, and Hierodula, a praying mantis, who live in an abandoned hut by a river surrounded by lush tropical foliage and a supporting cast of other intriguing and extraordinary insects.

Throughout the film, we meet a host of other insects, which, in various deceptive guises, also inhabit the rich, green and humid world:

  • Leaf Cutter Ants which consume 20 percent of the rainforest’s leaves
  • Rhino Beetles battling for the favours of a female
  • The Trilobite Beetle hiding his tiny head under amour plating
  • A Scale Bug disguised as a ball of fluff
  • An aggressive Spiny Katydid
  • An Orchid Mantis which resembles the flower and
  • The Thorn Bug, identical to a thorn.

In addition, scorpions, tarantulas, frogs, lizards and a colony of three-million bats that consume two and half tons of bugs every night, skitter across the screen, some magnified 250,000 times their normal size.

According to Richard LaBerge, vice-president of sales and marketing for Sensio, the company will be releasing more great 3-D movies in the next few months.

For more about the film, visit www.giantscreenbugs.com.

Harold Lloyd's Hollywood Nudes in 3-D

Cover art for Harold Lloyd's Hollywood Nudes in 3-DHarold Lloyd's Hollywood Nudes in 3-D is now available. The book was published by Black Dog & Leventhal on Oct. 25, 2004. Harold Lloyd, beloved silent film star, was also an avid 3-D photographer.

In this collection, put together by Harold's granddaughter Suzanne Lloyd, you will be viewing the photos of his Hollywood nudes taken during the 40s, 50s and 60s. Many of these photos have never been seen before. They are risque and playful portraits of some of Hollywood's most stunning beauties.

Over the years, Harold photographed more than 5,000 models on his 16-acre Beverly Hills estate, Greenacres. Gorgeous young women were captured lounging in the formal gardens, splashing in the fountains and cavorting through the cypress trees. Every inch of the estate was Harold's photographic playground and with more than 5,000 women...that's 312 girls per acre!

The cover art of the book is in 3-D. A huge lenticular image showing a beautiful nude brunette is tastefully covered by floating dots that reveal lettering when viewed at an angle.

The book includes a special pair of paper 3-D anaglyphic glasses shaped like the trademark silent movie round-rimmed glasses Harold Lloyd wore in his silent movies.

Some of the famous females featured in the book include

  • Arlene Hunter (Sex Kittens Go to College and Son of Sinbad)
  • Bettie Page
  • Marilyn Monroe (not nude and not in 3-D)
  • Dixie Evans (The Marilyn Monroe of Burlesque)
  • Tura Santana (Faster Pussycat! Kill! Kill!)
  • Joy Harmon (Cool Hand Luke)
  • Shirley Kilpatrick (The Astounding She-Monster)

The book is a fascinating look at Hollywood glamour photography during the heyday of modern 3-D photography and a recommended gift book. The quality of Harold's photographs is superb. The original 3-D slides must be breathtaking. The anaglyphic 3-D photos in the book, that are in proper register, show a great amount of depth in sharp detail. The only drawback is that a few of the 3-D anaglyphs have too much separation, which causes ghosting of those 3-D images. The image on page 153 is marked as being in 3-D, but is not an anaglyph.

Suzanne Lloyd has done a great job of selecting the photos included in the book, which is a follow up to Hollywood 3-D, which featured many Hollywood stars in candid 3-D photos taken by Harold Lloyd. We can only hope to see another book of Harold's photos showing all the images Harold took of Bettie Page, Marilyn Monroe and other Hollywood stars in parallel 3-D (side-by-side) format.

The Museum of Sex in New York is acquiring some of the prints and will unveil them in an exhibit opening in March 2005. A special preview of the photos and a 3-D slideshow will be shown in mid-November.

A new Harold Lloyd Web site, The Harold Lloyd Collection, will be launched in November.

Harold Lloyd's Hollywood Nudes in 3-D retails for $24.95. ISBN #1-57912-894-5. Harold Lloyd™ is a trademark and service mark of The Harold Lloyd Trust.

Anachrome's Cinema 3D/6 Concept for Theatrical Widescreen 3-D Projection

An example of the 3D/6 perf film stripAllan Silliphant, of Anachrome, is one of the best known figures in 3-D film in the last 30 years. He has developed the 65/70mm 3-D Anachrome System, specifically designed to shoot 3-D feature films to be distributed in anaglyph 35mm 3-D, IMAX polarized and in home 3-D DVD formats, as well as 35mm polarized projection. The process provides three times greater clarity than Cinema HD 3-D video methods advocated by others.

He has announced plans in November 2004, to promote theatre industry-wide use of 6 perf 35mm projector conversion kits for just one screen per complex, so that polarized 3-D can be offered all over North America and the world.

Any popular motion picture projector can be set up with an interchangable kit to alter the pull-down,
in terms of the number of spocket holes (PERFS) moved with each stroke of the Geneva movement.
"We propose to change the pull down to move six sprocket holes (PERFS) every 24th of a second, not four, as is the case with regular 35mm film projection," said Silliphant.

"A split lens with built-in polarizers would then project two images onto the screen in overlay. This would be somewhat larger, but still basically similar to the Stereovision lenses developed years ago by Chris Condon and myself," Silliphant said. "The greater size and spacing, will dramatically improve brightness, while the bigger film image will improve clarity and color values. The split lens system uses built-in polarizers, or mirror boxes, with a single large lens, uses larger polarizers. The projector could be re-rigged in 10 minutes or less to run standard 35mm pull down."

This would be far better than any previous above/below form of single projector, polarized 3-D.
The same camera negatives could also be processed into theatrical Anachrome red/cyan format for mass world theater distribution or for HD-DVD Blu-ray home release in a year or two. At an estimated $14,000 total cost per auditorium, CINEMA 3D/6 would be a way to get a thousand more high quality polarized screens in a year or less.

"This cost would include installing a large metallic surfaced screen in the 1.85 wide format. This inexpensive approach would offer as much as 85 percent of the impact of IMAX 3D, at a tiny fraction of the construction, print and operating cost," said Silliphant.

Disney's 3-D Movies
Disney Motion Pictures Have Been Popping Off Screens In Spellbinding 3-D for 50 Years
Article courtesy of www.magicalmountain.net

Mickey's Philharmagic represents a golden milestone of Disney's involvement with the 3-D motion picture process.Disney motion picture spectacles have been keeping bespectacled audiences spellbound for a half century as the company founded on cinematic innovation has turned the flat screen of the movie theater into an eye-popping three-dimensional canvas.

In fact, the releases in 2003 of Mickey's PhilharMagic in Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World Resort and Ghosts of the Abyss in specially equipped movie theaters countrywide represent a Golden Anniversary milestone of Disney's involvement with the 3-D motion picture process. Adventures in Music: Melody, released in 1953, was the first cartoon ever filmed in 3-D.

In 1956, Adventures in Music: Melody became part of 3-D Jamboree at Disneyland, a milestone in that the show introduced theme park audiences to 3-D.

Twenty-six years later, 3-D motion picture entertainment was introduced at Walt Disney World Resort with the premiere of Magic Journeys as part of Journey Into Imagination at Epcot. It became the first of six 3-D films, all viewed with polarized lenses, to be presented at Walt Disney World theme parks prior to Mickey's PhilharMagic.

The History of 3-D films at Walt Disney World Resort

Magic Journeys
An impressionistic view of a child's imagination, it was first shown at Journey into Imagination presented by Kodak at Epcot in October 1982. Using all the techniques of movie-making, the dream-like journey featured dimensional images that reached out to the audience. The film was moved to Fantasyland Theater in Magic Kingdom from December 1987 until December 1993.

Captain Eo
A musical science-fiction adventure film shown in Journey into Imagination at Epcot from September 1986 until July 1994, it starred Michael Jackson, Anjelica Huston and Dick Shawn. In the story, Captain Eo and his crew of mythical space creatures, Hooter, Fuzzball, the Geex, Major Domo and Minor Domo, discover a colorless planet where they are confronted by the Supreme Leader and her forces of darkness. Using the power of music, dance, and light, Eo and his crew are able to turn the black-and-white land into a magical world of color and happiness. George Lucas was executive producer and Francis Coppola was director. Captain Eo added the elements of light and strobes that extended the energy of the show directly to the audience.

Working for Peanuts
A short featuring Donald Duck, it was produced in 1953, but rarely seen in 3-D prior to its engagement from December 1987 to December 1993 in Fantasyland Theater in Magic Kingdom as "Act 1" of the experience featuring Magic Journeys.

Jim Henson's Muppet*Vision 3-D
Sensational in-theater effects add to the impact of the 3-D film starring the Muppets, presented by Kodak at Disney-MGM Studios. For the first time, the actions of these 3-D film characters affect the world of the audience. Cannonballs fired in the film create holes in the back wall of the theater! The film opened in May 1991 and continues to delight audiences both young and old.

Honey, I Shrunk the Audience
The third 3-D film shown in Journey into Imagination at Epcot premiered November 1994 and continues its run. Guests enter the laboratory of Professor Wayne Szalinski's Imagination Institute, but the audience becomes accidental victims of the professor's famed, but flawed, shrinking machine. They must face such terrors as a giant python, a huge sneezing dog, and a humongous five-year-old child. The 3-D standard was again raised by Disney with Honey, creating the experience of seeing a live performance on a theatrical stage.

It's Tough to be a Bug
A multi-media production for a 450-seat theater underneath The Tree of Life at Disney's Animal Kingdom, it features 3-D film, Audio-Animatronics®, and special effects which provide an amusing look at a bug's world. The 3-D evolution continues with It's Tough to be a Bug. By the time guests enter the theater, they have been reduced to the size of the star insects and become part of the story. It opened April 1998.

Mickey's PhilharMagic
With Mickey's PhilharMagic, Disney advances 3-D technology one bold step, as the stage and theater disappear, embracing guests as part of the entire adventure. What started in 1953 with the first Disney 3-D movie has continually evolved to today's experiential adventures that guests can't climb into anywhere else.

Waldsmith 3-D Auction to be held Nov. 6, 2004

Stereo Views book cover art.A 3-D Auction being held as part of the FlashFestival is starting at 7 a.m. on Nov. 6, 2004 at the Home of the Johnson-Shaw Stereoscopic Museum Collection of Keystone View Co., at the Meadville Council of the Arts, Market Square in downtown Meadville, Pennsylvania.

John Waldsmith, the collector's auctioneer, will hold an auction of stereoscopic photographica, stereoviews, viewers, View-Master® and stereo cameras and equipment. A preview of the auction starts at 6 a.m.

The auction will accept telephone and e-mail bids until 11 p.m. eastern time on Nov. 4.

A full color catalog is available for $4 by mail or $2 at the auction site.

Some of the highlights of the auction catalog include

  • Keystone 38554 - A close portrait of President Dwight D. Eisenhower seated with his Secretary of Health, Education and Welfare Overta Culp Hobby.
  • Keystone 33198 - Pres. Franklin D. Roosevelt and Mrs. Roosevelt at the American Legion Convention, Administration Building at A Century of Progress Exposition, Chicago, Oct. 2, 1933. One of the few photographs showing FDR standing and it's in 3-D.
  • Keystone V28007 (from Underwood & Underwood negative) - Close portrait of Thomas A. Edison in his laboratory.
  • 1998 yellow and black advertising View-Master® viewer with Caterpillar (CAT) logo on front and reel B featuring scenes of Caterpillar heavy machinery in action.
  • Historic Cities of Virginia View-Master® packet.
  • 78 of 100 Keystone View Co. "Birds" set. This scarce later issue is on gray mount with rich black-and-white squared prints. Close up views of birds, many in nests.

For more information visit www.yourauctionpage.com/waldsmith.

Etudes in Red and Cyan at the 3-D Center of Art and Photography in Portland, Oregon

Keystone anaglyphThe 3-D Center of Art and Photography, 1928 N.W. Lovejoy, in Portland Oregon, presents Etudes in Red and Cyan featuring anaglyphs by Jim Harp. The exhibit will be on display from Nov. 3 through Dec. 22, 2004.

Harp uses anaglyphs to restore and display antique stereo images from the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Many of the anaglyphs begin from glass negatives and contain an astounding amount of detail. His large anaglyph prints will be displayed and viewed with red and cyan glasses provided by the Center.

Jim Harp's passion for stereo photography began with the purchase of a Loreo compact 3-D camera eight years ago. In recent years he has been shooting 3-D medium format transparencies and experimenting with various techniques for displaying his images as prints. Jim's exhibit, Etudes in Red and Cyan, consists of anaglyph prints, which are viewed with red-cyan anaglpyic 3-D glasses. In addition to creating prints from his own slides Jim restores and displays the vintage stereocards of the late 19th and early 20th century. Many of these old cards are contact prints from glass negatives and contain an astounding amount of detail. A large anaglyph print allows the viewer to explore subtleties in these classic images that might otherwise remain unnoticed.

Jim resides in New Jersey and is an electronic music designer specializing in systems used for Broadway shows. In recent years he has focused on the development of the interactive software based musical instruments sometimes referred to as "virtual orchestras."

Accompanying Harp’s exhibit is Art in Depth, a slide show of 3-D conversions by Jim Long. Long converts classic two dimensional paintings to 3-D slides. The images are compiled in a breathtaking show which is projected every hour.

Hours: Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. First Thursday 6 to 9 p.m. and last Wednesday 6 to 9 p.m.

Stereoscopic Displays and Applications Conference to be held Jan. 17-19, 2005, in San Jose, California

Mars lander 3-D imageThe 2005 Stereoscopic Displays and Applications Conference is scheduled for Jan. 17 through 19, 2005, at the San Jose Convention Centre, San Jose, California.

The three days of the conference will see sessions on Stereoscopic Image Processing and Rendering, Convergence Accommodation Issues, Human Factors, 2-D to 3-D conversion, Autostereoscopic Displays, Volumetric 3-D Displays, Integral 3-D Imaging, Stereoscopic Display Applications, Depth Mapping and Stereoscopic Video.

Special events include the demonstration session, keynote presentation, 3-D screening session, discussion forum and this year for the first time there will be a 3-D Phantogram Exhibit.

Dr. Justin Maki from JPL will present the Tuesday morning Electronic Imaging Plenary on the topic of the 2004 NASA Mars rovers that put eight stereoscopic cameras on the surface of Mars.

The Advance Program for the 2005 Stereoscopic Displays and Applications Conference is now available.

3-D Visions: Stereography by Robert Bloomberg on Display Nov. 7, 2004
A Retrospective of Stunning 3-D Stereoscopic Images and Multi-Media Presentations

One of the world’s leading contemporary stereoscopic photographers, Robert Bloomberg, will present several of his most acclaimed 3-D multi-media works on Sunday, Nov. 7, 2004 at 2 p.m., at The National Heritage Museum in Lexington, Massachusetts.

The program, presented by Stereo New England/NE3D, represents some of Mr. Bloomberg’s most celebrated and recognized work in the areas of stereo still photography and original musical composition. The award-winning short programs will be shown in a large-screen, multi-projector presentation that is open to the general public and is free of charge.

Program highlights include

  • The City of Quakes: The San Fransisco Earthquakes of 1906 and 1989 (1992, 15 min.)
    This historic show features rare stereo images of the San Francisco earthquake and fire of 1906 as well as dramatic 3-D photos of the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake.
  • Variations on a Screen: A Duet for Camera and Computer (1995, 6 min.)
    A blend of traditional stereo photography and whimsical computer manipulation.
  • Frogs and Friends (1998, 12 min.)
    Frogs as you’ve never seen them before, with stereo macro cameras providing stunning close-up detail. This show features some of the world’s most colorful creatures; from the tiny jewel-like golden mantella to the giant, cannibalistic Argentine horned frog. The “friends” range from a shy chameleon to a friendly whale. Best of Show, Stereo Theater, National Stereoscopic Association Conference, 1998
  • Portait of Tuscany (1998, 14 min.)
    A dreamlike view of one of the most charming places on Earth, with each photographic image flowing poetically into the next. Best of Show, Stereo Theater, National Stereoscopic Association Conference, 1999.
  • Day of the Dead: Mexico's Liveliest Celebration (1999, 10 min.)
    Once a year, at the beginning of November, the souls of the dead return for a unique home coming. This show follows the preparations for this remarkably joyous festival, including the special markets, public and private ofrendas (altars) and all-night vigils at the cemetery. Filmed in Oaxaca and Mixquic, Mexico.
  • About Face: A Show of Masks (2000, 6 min.)
    Featuring 70 masks from 14 countries.

Bloomberg will present the program and also be available for a discussion and questions regarding his works and techniques.

Robert Bloomberg received his BA in art/music from U.C. Berkeley and MA in cinematography from S.F. State University. His passion for 3-D began in 1980 and over the past 24 years he has produced an exceptional and highly-acclaimed body of work. His prize-winning multi-media shows have been featured at the San Francisco Exploratorium, Oakland Art Museum as well as national and international stereo conventions. In June 2000, as director of the stereo theater at the National Stereoscopic Association (NSA) convention in Mesa, Arizona, he produced the world’s first 3-D Dive-In Theater. Currently, Mr. Bloomberg serves as the Northern California Director of the NSA and 3-D Technical advisor for the Photographic Society of America. Equally talented in music composition and performance, he composes and performs the original soundtracks for his shows.

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