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Once again, as a special Halloween treat, the October issue of 3-D Review Online Magazine presents some classic 3-D monster information as well as the latest 3-D items.

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Joel Fletcher's 3-D Images from the set of The Nightmare Before Christmas

3-D image from The Nightmare Before Christmas.  Used by Permission.  Courtesy of Joel Fletcher.  (c) Disney

Joel Fletcher is an artist and animator with quite an impressive resume. Career highlights include being a Principal Animator for The Nightmare Before Christmas and Supervising CG Animator for Disney’s Dinosaur.

Fletcher has 14 years experience as a Lead CG Animator using Maya and Softimage for films, commercials and video games. He has filmed stop-motion animation and visual effects for nationally known products including Hersheys, Listerine, Pillsbury and even Smokey Bear. Fletcher is an expert in 3-D stereo photography and is accomplished in the traditional arts of painting, drawing, sculpture and cinematography. He is also proficient with Adobe® Photoshop® and Final Cut Pro® software. Fletcher and Prudence Fenton were co-nominated for a primetime Emmy® for Outstanding Achievement in Graphic Design and Title Sequences for 1998's Pee-Wee's Playhouse Christmas Special.

Being a principal animator for The Nightmare Before Christmas gave Fletcher a unique opportunity for creating a series of 3-D images of scenes created for the film. "I was an animator at Skellington Productions for The Nightmare Before Christmas in the early nineties," said Fletcher. "Whenever possible, I took the initiative to photograph the amazing setups in 3-D. I photographed them with my Nikon stereo rig on Kodachrome slide film."

"The stereo pairs were digitally scanned and converted to anaglyph format for presentation on my webpage. They are a testament to the outstanding artistry of the crew of Skellington Productions," said Fletcher. The anaglyphic photos require either red/blue or red/cyan 3-D glasses to see the stereoscopic effect. The red lens goes over the left eye.

Fletcher grew up in Wisconsin, but moved to Los Angeles to get into the animation and special effects business in 1985. That was the same time he started his stereo photography, "To document all the cool projects I was working on," says Fletcher.

There are so many great artists that inspired Fletcher over the years, however the formative teenage period was when the spark began. "Back then, I would have to say artists like Frank Frazetta, Steve Ditko and Richard Corben influenced my drawing and painting," said Fletcher. "My animation interest came from the films of Ray Harryhausen, early Disney, as well as the Rankin-Bass Christmas specials. As for 3-D photography, that all came from View-Masters®, especially the reels that had all the great diorama model work. Originally I thought I would be a painter, but I found I had a knack for filmmaking and stop-motion animation. I view stop-motion as an 'ultimate art form' as it combines sculpture, painting, model making, storytelling, photography, lighting, character acting and sometimes even dance and music. I made a lot of short films as a starving artist, and that experience led to going pro when I moved to Los Angeles."

Visit The Art of Joel Fletcher Web site to see his 3-D images from the set of The Nightmare Before Christmas as well as other 3-D galleries including:

3-D Nightmare Before Christmas
Depicting many setups from the ever popular film The Nightmare Before Christmas.

3-D Movie Magic
A selection of scenes photographed when Fletcher was working as a modelmaker and animator in the movie special effects business.

3-D Stop-Motion
A number of setups from the popular children's book adaptations by Churchill Films.

3-D Glamour
Features beautiful women in exotic locations, shot with a Nimslo camera.

Must See 3-D Award3-D Nature
Displays some spectacular landscapes, and the anaglyphs in this gallery are in color!

3-D Variety
A small collection of cool images that would not fit in a particular category.

The Art of Joel Fletcher receives an Editor's Choice "Must See 3-D™ Award" from 3-D Review Online Magazine.

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The Complete Twilight Zone Trading Cards includes 18 3-D lenticular motion cards (2009)

You to once again are invited to enter The Twilight Zone with Rittenhouse Archives 50th Anniversal special The Complete Twilight Zone Trading Cards. This set, released in 2009, covers all 156 episodes in one comprehensive collection. Each box of this set contains four autograph cards! The list of signers includes:

• John Astin (A Hundred Yards Over The Rim)
• Cliff Robertson (The Dummy)
• Morgan Brittany (Caesar and Me)
• Richard Erdman (A Kind of Stopwatch)
• Jean Marsh (The Lonely)
• June Foray (Living Doll)
• Earl Holliman (Where Is Everybody?)
• Noah Keen (The Trade-Ins)
• Tim O'Connor (On Thursday We Leave For Home)
• Linden Chiles (Four O'Clock)
• David Macklin (Ring-A-Ding Girl)
• Mariette Hartley (The Long Morrow)
and more.

Collectors can also look for several exciting chase sets including a 9-card A Life of Its Own (1:12 packs), 9 Twilight Zone Portraits (1:12 packs) and 18 Twilight Zone In Motion Lenticular Cards (1:12) bonus set!

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Guillermo del Toro to direct H.P. Lovecraft's At the Mountains of Madness in 3-D

H.P. Lovecraft's best-selling supernatural story At the Mountains of Madness will soon be directed by horror film director Guillermo del Toro with production support from the science-fiction godfather James Cameron.

The plot, set in the 1930s, will narrate the story of a professor's expedition to Antarctica, where he discovers horrific ruins. According to TotalFilm.com, James Cameron is serving as 3-D advisor. More...

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Doctor Who: 3-D Trailer UK Cinema

The BBC commissioned a 40-second 3-D cinema trailer to promote the Doctor Who TV series.

The promo, which was shot in 2-D and converted to 3-D, was shown in UK cinemas before Alice In Wonderland. The standard 2-D trailer aired on BBC One.

Doctor Who is the appropriate vehicle for 3-D. It just fits. It’s a great way to introduce and showcase the new Doctor to younger viewers.” said a BBC spokesperson.

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Doctor Who 3-D Posters

The Doctor has got himself into a bit of a spin in an excellent new 3-D lenticular poster. The eleventh Doctor, played by the enigmatic Matt Smith, and his assistant Amy Pond, played by the gorgeous Karen Gillan, are pictured swirling around in a deep, dark vortex surrounded by some of the biggest, baddest monsters from this long running cult classic. The vortex appears to spiral in and out from the wall, which takes you even closer to the action. More...

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Doctor Who SFX 3-D Lenticular Cover

Issue 194 of sci-fi magazine SFX has an exclusive image of Doctor Who series 5 in stunning 3-D on the cover!

SFX194, went on sale March 10, 2010 with a specially commissioned, eye-popping 3-D image of Matt Smith as Doctor Who, Karen Gillan as Amy Pond and a couple of Weeping Angels lurking about the plac,e too. The animated gif gives you an idea what to expect, but you really need to see the real thing in all its glory.

The cover was created with the full association of the Doctor Who production team. SFX's art team popped down to Cardiff last month to conduct the exclusive photoshoot, to create an exciting image you'll see nowhere else. The issue also includes a massive nine-page feature on the new series of Doctor Who, including all-new interviews with Matt, Karen and Steven Moffat. More...

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Creature from the Black Lagoon Collectibles

The most famous monster to star in 3-D films is The Gill Man from The Creature from the Black Lagoon. Thousands of collectibles are available featuring our favorite fish-man. Are you a Gillie?...and do you have these recent and vintage items in your collection?

Filmfax #73 - June/July 1999 Click to see cover art
Full Creature from the Black Lagoon Trilogy coverage with rare, never-before-published photos, plus the "remake" that was never made
Ginger Stanley, the Creature's underwater swimming mate|
Ralph McQuarrie interview and unpublished STAR WARS artwork
1940s Horror Code
The "Bad Guys" Falling Starlet Barbara Payton (Part 3)
Deke Heyward (Part 8)

Filmfax #120 - January/February/March 2009 Click to see cover art
William Lundigan - Spaceman's Daughter.
Dennis Hopper - The early years.
Ed ' Big Daddy' Roth Kustom Kulture.
Jack Leewood - The Alligator People.
Lucky Brown - Plan 9.
Joe Kubert - Master Comic Book Artist.
Joel Grey.
Francic Lederer - Dracula.
Monster Model Kits.
Famous Voices - Popeye to Baby Huey.
King Kong's Spider Pit Lost Footage part 3.
3-D - B Movie Magic

Editor's Note: Filmfax has several 3-D articles in other issues:
Filmfax #121 - History of 3-D Movies Part Two
Filmfax #122 - History of 3-D Movies Part Three
Filmfax #123 - Behind the scenes of Jaws 3-D

Ginger Stanley - The Gill Man's Underwater Mate

Read an interview with Ginger Stanley, known her for her work as the female swimmer of the “underwater ballet sequence” with the Gill Man in the original Creature from the Black Lagoon, in an online PDF archive article from the Filmfax Web site.

Creature Figure from Universal Monsters Select

Diamond Select debuts with the legendary last of the great Universal Monsters, The Creature from the Black Lagoon! Sculpted by Rudy Garcia with a base sculpted by Jean St. Jean, this 18 cm depiction of the infamous Gill-Man shows the legend in perhaps its most screen-accurate detail ever! Perfect for display, the Select version includes an exclusive paint scheme as well as a detailed base featuring a full-sized figure of the Creature´s swimsuited human crush!

Humans Are Among Us Sci-Fi Channel Poster (2009)

In 2009, the Sci Fi Channel, a division of NBC Universal Global Networks, presented an advertising campaign in which the tables were turned. What if our viewing of zombies, aliens and the other strange creatures like the Gill Man is an invasion of their space? They’d be screaming, with horror, "Humans are among us!" The first ad is a spoof of film posters for the 1954 movie, Creature from the Black Lagoon.

The campaign was developed at Saatchi & Saatchi Milan, Italy, by creative director Agostino Toscana, art director Luca Pannese, copywriter Luca Lorenzini and illustrator Mike Koelsch.

Creature from the Black Lagoon The Musical (2009-2010 Universal Studios Tour)

Creature From the Black Lagoon: The Musical was a live performance show formerly located at the Universal Studios Hollywood theme park in Los Angeles, California. It debuted on July 1, 2009, and was loosely based on the basic plot of the 1954 Universal movie. More...

Creature Army Man Bootleg Unlicensed Mashup by Suckadelic

One of the SUCKADELIC products was a combination Creature from the Black Lagoon Army Man figure. According to SUCKADELIC's website, these are not toys! They are art objects and should be handled accordingly. More...

Abbott and Costello Meet The Creature from the Black Lagoon

It's Feb. 21, 1954 and Bud Abbott and Lou Costello performed a skit to introduce Universal's newest monster before a live audience during The Colgate Comedy Hour on TV. The skit runs 14:13 with the Creature (Ben Chapman) showing up only in the last few seconds...most likely for shock value. Glenn Strange also appears as The Frankenstein Monster. Rumor is that Universal International was going to pair up Bud and Lou with the Gill Man but the movie project was scrapped when the studio suddenly fired the comedy team before the feature was filmed.

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View-Master® Monster Gift Pak (1970s)

The Monster Gift Pak, Stock No. 2353 with Standard Viewer and seven reels in storage can (issued 1978), has the following reels:

001-448 Frankenstein (also issued as RP-1181 in Monsters Seven-Reel Pak No. 2741)
001-449 Frankenstein (also issued as RP-1182 in Monsters Seven-Reel Pak No. 2741)
002-048 Godzilla in Godzilla's Rampage (7-picture selection of packet J23)
002-051 Dracula
002-052 Dracula
002-053 Dracula
002-054 The Werewold Curse of the Wolf! (7-picture selection of packet J30)

The two Frankenstein reels are a 14-picture selection of packet B323.
The three Dracula reels are similar to the three reels in packet B324.

The Ghost and Monsters Seven-Reel Pak (Stock No. 2741, issued 1976) has the following reels:

RP-1175 Casper The Friendly Ghost in "The Witch"s Broom" (same as B5331)
RP-1180 Prehistoric Monsters (7-picture selection of packet B619)
RP-1182 Frankenstein
RP-1182 Frankenstein
RP-1183 Land of the Lost (7-picture selection of packet B579)
RP-2191 Casper The Friendly Ghost and Nightmare (same as B5453)
RP-2174 Jack and the Beanstalk (same as FT-3; not complete sure if this reel was inside. Do you know? I don't have the complete round box, but the title is printed on that round box, and RP-2174 is the RP version of FT-3)

Thanks to Harry zur Kleinsmiede for providing this information.

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Harry Potter Lenticular Poster Book (2004)

The Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban lenticular poster book was published in 2004 by Scholastic. The 16-page book contains trading-card sized movie photos that change images. More...

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3-D Center of Art and Photography October Events

3-D Center logoThe 3-D Center of Art and Photography in Portland, Oregon has two new stereoscopic events scheduled

The 3-D Center of Art and Photography is located at 1928 NW Lovejoy in Portland, Oregon. Call (503) 227-6667.

Open Thursday - Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. First Thursday (Free), 6 to 9 p.m. Admission for Adults (over 12) is $4. Save with the $7 rate for families.

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Auction Results

A promotional 3-D poster for Star Trek - The Motion Picture sold for $9.99 with one bid. The anaglyphic poster was released in 1979. It measures 56cm x 85cm. On the reverse side is the same image but non 3-D and with the Bounty/Mars logo on it. More...

An 11" x 14" title lobby card for the 3-D film Robot Monster sold for $999.95 with a buy it now option. More...

A Brain in a Box CD set sold for $59 with one bid. Brain in a Box is a collection of science fiction music issued in the year 2000 by Rhino Records. The box has a lenticular image that makes the storage box look like it is holding a living, dismemberd human brain. Actually inside are five CDs and one booklet. More...

Track listing
1. Science Fiction/Double Feature - (from The Rocky Horror Picture Show)
2. Introduction From Also Sprach Zarathustra - (from 2001: A Space Odyssey)
3. Main Titles/Overture - (from Forbidden Planet)
4. Prelude/Outer Space/Radar - (from The Day The Earth Stood Still)
5. Visitors From Space - (from It Came From Outer Space)
6. Main Titles - (from Creature From The Black Lagoon)
7. Main Theme - (from The Incredible Shrinking Man)
8. Main Title/Credits - (from The Time Machine)
9. Main Title - (from Them!)
10. Prelude - (from The Thing)
11. Main Title - (from First Men On The Moon)
12. Main Title - (from The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms)
13. Radio Announcement - (from Fantastic Voyage)
14. Main Title Sound Effects Suite - (from Fantastic Voyage)
15. Main Title - (from Planet Of The Apes)
16. Desert Trip - (from The Andromeda Strain)
17. Conversation, The - (from Close Encounters Of The Third Kind)
18. Ripley's Rescue - (from Aliens)
19. Three Million Light Years From Earth - (from E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial)
20. Robo vs. Ed-209 - (from Robocop)
21. Main Title - (from Robocop)
22. Trust Me - (from Terminator 2: Judgement Day)
23. Mine, The - (from Outland)
24. Main Title/Introduction - (from War Of The Worlds)
25. Main Title - (from Predator)
26. Main Title - (from The Fly)
27. Main Title - (from Mars Attacks)
28. Anything Is Possible - (from The Matrix)

1. Main Title - (from The Twilight Zone)
2. Main Title - (from Lost In Space)
3. Theme - (from My Favorite Martian)
4. Dr. Who - (from Dr. Who)
5. Theme - (from The Jetsons)
6. Main Title - (from The Time Tunnel)
7. Fear - (from One Step Beyond)
8. Control Voice Introduction - (from The Outer Limits)
9. Main Title - (from The Outer Limits)
10. Theme - (from Men Into Space)
11. Theme - (from The Thunderbirds)
12. Theme - (from Stingray)
13. Theme - (from Astroboy)
14. Main Title - (from Voyage To The Bottom Of The Sea)
15. Main Title - (from Land Of The Giants)
16. Main Title/Closing Theme - (from Star Trek)
17. Theme - (from Star Trek: The Next Generation)
18. Main Title - (from V: The Series)
19. Main Title - (from Babylon 5)
20. Treehouse of Horror I (Kang & Kodos Medley) (From The Simpsons): Holy-Moly / We Offered You Paradise
21. Main Title - (from The X-Files)
22. Changing Channels

1. Telstar - The Tornadoes
2. Blast Off - Jimmy Haskell & His Orchestra
3. Out of Limits - The Marketts
4. Have You Seen the Saucers - Jefferson Airplane
5. Waiting For the Ufo's - Graham Parker & the Rumour
6. Spaceman - Nilsson
7. Space Child - Spirit
8. Flying Saucer Safari - Suburban Lawns
9. UFO - Soul, Inc.
10. Rocket - Joe Bennett & the Sparkletones
11. Rocket to Nowhere - Webb Wilder
12. For Science - They Might Be Giants
13. Machines - Lothar & the Hand People
14. Beyond Tomorrow - Stan Ridgway
15. Theme For the Creature From Under the Sea - Milton DeLugg
16. Humans From Earth - T-Bone Burnett
17. Fear - The Ventures (from One Step Beyond)
18. Rocket Ship - Vernon Green & the Medallions
19. Radar Blues - Chris Connor
20. Creature With the Atom Brain - Roky Erickson
21. Rocket Ship - Kathy McCarty
22. After the Gold Rush - Prelude

1. Frozen Neptune - Russ Garcia & His Orchestra
2. Lunar Rhapsody - Les Baxter
3. Man From Mars - Ferrante & Teicher
4. On the Dark Side of the Moon - Frank Comstock
5. Saturday Night on Saturn - Les Baxter
6. Welcome to Tomorrow - Attilio Mineo
7. Space Reflex (Blues in 5/4) - Dick Hyman
8. Mars, The Bringer of War - Prague Philharmonic Orchestra (from The Planets)
9. Theremin Solo - Samuel J. Hoffman
10. Guitars in Space - Billy Mure
11. Nova (Exploding Star) - Russ Garcia & His Orchestra
12. Space Is the Place - Sun Ra
13. Twilight Zone - Raymond Scott & His Orchestra
14. Cosmic Ballad - Perry & Kingsley
15. Moon Gas - Dick Hyman
16. Monsters of Jupiter - Russ Garcia & His Orchestra
17. She Likes Me - Jerry Goldsmith
18. Tone Tales From Tommorrow - Frank Coe
19. Alien - Leonard Nimoy
20. On Planet X - David Garland/John Zorn

1. Flying Saucer, The (Parts 1 & 2) - Buchanan & Goodman
2. Beep! Beep! - Louis Prima
3. Blob, The - The Five Blobs
4. Martian Hop - The Ran-Dells
5. Music to Watch Space Girls By - Leonard Nimoy
6. Planet Claire - The B-52's
7. Gigantor - The Dickies
8. Two Little Men in a Flying Saucer - Ella Fitzgerald
9. Flying Saucer Attack - The Rezillos
10. Flyin' Saucers Rock 'N' Roll - Billy Lee Riley & His Little Green Men
11. UFOs, Big Rigs & BBQ - Mojo Nixon & His World Famous Blue Jays
12. We're Going Ufo'ing - Jimmy Durante
13. Surf Trek - The Rubinoos
14. Mister Spaceman - The Holy Modal Rounders
15. Meet Space Pilot Jones - Satellite Singers
16. Purple People Eater, The - Sheb Wooley
17. Knocked Out Joint on Mars - Buck Trail
18. Tiny Space Man - Bill Carlisle
19. Those Flying Saucers, (When You See) - Buchanan Brothers & The Georgia Catamounts
20. Unfunky UFO - Parliament
21. You Came From Outer Space - Kirby Stone Four


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