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8th Annual Los Angeles 3-D Movie Festival Announces Winners

The Los Angeles 3-D Club is pleased to announce the winners of The 8th Annual LA 3-D Movie Festival, whose mission is to showcase the best independent stereoscopic 3-D filmmaking from around the world. The festival took place on May 14 and 15, 2011, at the Downtown Independent Theatre in Los Angeles.

Eight awards were presented at the Closing Night Awards Ceremony on Sunday, May 15. Top films were selected by an esteemed jury of stereoscopic experts - Chuck Comisky, 3-D VFX Supervisor of Avatar; Brian Gardner, Stereographer for Coraline; and David Wilson, founder of the Museum of Jurassic Technology. In addition, a prize was awarded to the audience favorite, and two student films were given special awards.

The First Place Jury Award winner was 27 Years Later by Shinterra. Originally produced for the Seoul International Extreme - Short Image and Film Festival in Korea, 27 Years Later tells the story of a scientist, Dr. Sim, who has developed a time machine that can be used just once, and plans to turn the clock back a year, with lottery information. However, the time setting changes from 1 year to 27 years because of a suspicious mans disturbance.

Second Place Jury Award went to the animated film UYUYUI! by Santiago Caicedo of Estudio Timbo in Colombia. UYUYUI! is an elaborate piece of artistic creation where technology highlights the work of manual illustration, real imagery and composition. The story introduces us to a fantasy world where the skies are populated by curious life forms and strange robotic creatures lurk the forest. Two children on a picnic day are separated by a violent wind and only the force of their friendship will guide them through danger and adventure.

Third Place Jury Award was presented to My Dream by Korean filmmaker Joy Park. My Dream features an extraordinary dance performance presented by the China Disabled People's Performing Art Troupe. The film maximizes the 3-D effect, using a broad range of depth on the Z-axis, by showing 21 beautiful hearing-impaired dancers, moving their hands in highly synchronized patterns. The film creates a special art what delights audiences as the performers present what they have dreamed of.

The winner of the Audience Favorite Award was the comedy Thicker Than Water by Tommy Tripodes of Los Angeles, California. It tells the story of a young man who meets the love of his life at a family party only to discover a disturbing secret that changes everything.

Honorable mentions were given to the animated short Miss Daisy Cutter, by Laen Sanches of The Netherlands, and to the 3-D version of the Linkin Park music video Waiting For The End, by PassmoreLab in San Diego, California.

Awards for Outstanding Student Achievement in 3-D were presented to the Bollywoodesque music video Blood and Glory by Thenmozhi Soundararajan, and the emotionally touching stop-motion animation The Reality Clock by Amanda Tasse. Both films were produced at the University of Southern California's School of Cinematic Arts.

Award winners were presented with the traditional "Ro-Man" trophy of the LA 3-D Club in an evening ceremony that culminated with the screening of the award winning films. Filmmakers also won prizes from festival sponsors Sony Creative Software; author Bernard Mendiburu; 3-D Film Factory; and Fujifilm.

The LA 3-D Club, also known as the Stereo Club of Southern California, was established in 1955 by dedicated stereo photographers and 3-D filmmakers who have continued their work today with the Annual LA 3-D Film Festival at the Downtown Independent Theatre, Los Angeles' premiere venue for screening independent film and video.

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Despicable Me 3-D Ride Coming to Universal Studios Orlando

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Universal Orlando Resort announced that its newest attraction will be based on Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment’s blockbuster 3-D-CGI feature Despicable Me, bringing minions, mayhem and a whole new level of 3-D family fun to its guests. The Despicable Me experience will replace the Jimmy Neutron attraction at Universal Studios Florida.

Universal also announced that The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man, one of the greatest attractions in theme park history, will be completely reanimated in 4K digital high definition, once again redefining the theme park experience.

Both will open in 2012 and are being developed by the same award-winning Universal Creative team that has brought all of Universal Orlando’s spectacularly themed attractions to life. Both will utilize brand-new, highly sophisticated Infitec 3-D projection systems designed to make the experience sharper, clearer and more real than ever before.

Despicable Me will become the first-ever Universal animated film to be transformed into a theme park experience. The Universal Creative team is working closely with producer Chris Meledandri, the founder of Illumination Entertainment, to create all-new animation for an all-new Despicable Me adventure that places guests right in the center of the action.

Gru, one of the world’s greatest super-villains, is bringing his high-tech empire and his three adopted daughters to Universal Studios, and he is looking for all the help he can get. First, he will transform guests into an army of mischievous, scene-stealing minions. Then he will train them. And that kicks off an unforgettable ride experience that creates a hysterical mix of chaos and family fun.

Guests will:

  • Laugh as they embark on an entirely-new, high-tech 3-D digital adventure with their favorite characters from the film – Gru, daughters Margo, Edith and Agnes, and of course, Gru’s not-so-bright pit crew, the minions.
  • Marvel as they explore Gru’s lair and descend into his secret lab.
  • Shriek as the entire family is transformed into minions.
  • Celebrate as they are swept into a first-ever, minion-inspired, interactive dance party where they can show off their best moves.

“The Despicable Me attraction is the latest example of how we tap into pop culture’s most compelling stories and turn them into extraordinary theme park entertainment,” said Mark Woodbury, president of Universal Creative. “This is a perfect fit for Universal Orlando, and we can’t wait to bring this one-of-a-kind experience to life.”

“As we write, design and animate our films at Illumination, it is our singular goal to bring to life endearing and, hopefully, enduring characters,” said Chris Meledandri. “With the creation of next year’s Despicable Me attraction at Universal Orlando, audiences will be able to immerse themselves in Gru’s world for many years to come.”

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Ocean Voyagers 3-D Premiere is June 5 in Los Angeles

Ocean Voyagers 3-D poster art.On June 5, 2011, mammoth humpback whales and the vast blue of the Pacific come to life in full stereoscopic 3-D when the LA 3-D Club (SCSC) presents the Los Angeles premiere of Ocean Voyagers 3-D at the prestigious Downtown Independent Theatre. A joint effort between Feodor Pitcairn Productions and 3-D superpower PassmoreLab, Ocean Voyagers 3-D is an exciting adventure where hardship pushes endurance to the brink, danger lurks around every bend and where love knows no bounds.

Narrated by Oscar, Golden Globe and Emmy Award winning actress Meryl Streep, and filmed over a five year span in the waters of French Polynesia, Hawaii, Alaska and beyond, the film follows a mother humpback whale and her newborn calf in a “coming of age” journey for the neonate giant.

“The heart of this film is really the relationship between our humpback mother and her calf, “remarks filmmaker Feo Pitcairn, “we had unprecedented access to these animals, filming them day after day, we established a real bond of trust. This enabled us to get rare and intimate footage, like the calf nursing and the mother resting on the sandy floor of the ocean. We’re very excited to premiere the film in 3-D in the Downtown Independent Theatre, seeing this footage on a big screen in 3-D is the closest thing to experiencing first hand what we experienced while filming them underwater.”

“Rarely does a movie capture the essence of motherhood in the wild like Ocean Voyagers 3-D, ”Producer, Laura Orthwein asserts.

This film is a stirring testament to not only the strength, grace and beauty of these animals, but also a revelation of all the challenges they face, both natural and man-made. They must persevere through months without food, journeys of thousands of miles, and predation by shark attack, as well as the threat of commercial whaling and entanglement in fishing gear. Moreover, Ocean Voyagers 3-D includes rare footage of never-before-seen behavior of these powerful animals in their most intimate of moments.

“Seeing these animals behaving naturally in their environment, interacting with one-another as only this film could allow, is truly something else,” says Greg Passmore of PassmoreLab, “The images are hauntingly beautiful, fascinatingly imaginative.”

Coupled with spectacular imagery is Ocean Voyagers 3-D’s stellar soundtrack with stereo recordings of the humpback whale’s mystic song over a backdrop of gorgeously composed music by Grant McLachlan.

“The goal [in composing the music] was to collect the essence of the ocean, and the humpback whale,” says McLachlan “… to truly capture the might of these majestic animals, while accentuating their more tender appeal.” The combination of stirring visuals, captivating sound and music, and strong thematic elements makes Ocean Voyagers 3-D a timeless experience for the whole family to enjoy.

Ocean Voyagers 3-D will also have a private premiere in New York on Saturday June 4, hosted by Dimitris Athos.

PassmoreLab is a San Diego-based multi-media production studio that specializes in 3-D production. The studio custom-designs and builds its own 3-D camera rigs for both conventional and rugged film productions. PassmoreLab’s vast library of 3-D titles includes: feature films, television programs, science and sports documentaries and music videos. Its state-of- the-art facilities include a full 3-D production studio, video/film post- production, optical development lab, and a software development environment. In addition, PassmoreLab’s proprietary technology for 2-D to 3-D video and film conversion is unmatched in the entertainment industry, in both affordability and turnaround times. Visit www.passmorelab.com.

Feodor Pitcairn Productions, Ltd: Founded in 1977, FPP is an independent production company featuring the work of diver, naturalist and underwater cinematographer Feodor Pitcairn. FPP was an early pioneer in the use of High-Definition technology in the underwater environment, originating and releasing Sperm Whale Oasis and Realm of the Killer Whales in HD in 2000. FPP was commissioned by the Smithsonian to create the Ocean Odyssey exhibit for the Sant Ocean Hall, which opened in 2008 at the National Museum of Natural History in Washington D.C. The installation consists of eight HD projections wrapping more than 220 feet around the interior of the space.

The premiere is Sunday, June 5, 2011 at the Downtown Independent Theatre at
251 S. Main St.in Los Angeles, CA starting at 8 p.m. with Ocean Voyagers 3-D + Q&A. Cost is $5 for current LA3DClub members and $10 for non-members (admission is waived with USC Student ID). Note: Street parking in downtown LA is free on Sundays.

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Win an HTC EVO 3D Phone from Sprint

Sprint is giving away 32 HTC EVO 3-D phones, starting June 13. Clicking on the link brings you to the Be a 3-D Star Sweepstakes page. Following the links brings you to an entry form available only to Sprint Premier customers in which 10 EVO 3-Ds are up for grabs along with a bag of EVO goodies.

After June 13, everyone will be able to enter the sweepstakes and also become part of a unique 3-D movie experience known as Present Tense. It appears from the preview that uploading your photo will place you in this 3-D movie, displaying your picture throughout a few scenes.

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Consumer Reports Reviews LG’s LW5600-series Cinema 3-D TV

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Retrocollect Uses Virtual View-Master® Style Disks to Organize Photos, Tweets and more in an Phone App

Retrocollect App.A good idea but a bad app, Retrollect is a free app available for iPhone and Android that enables users to create a visual mash-up of their lives through virtual View-Master® style discs. Users grab their photos, tweets and status updates from multiple content sources and seamlessly share their discs on Facebook, Twitter or the Retrollect community right from the app.

While other applications can push individual pieces of content within one social network, Retrollect allows users to pull content from multiple sources and networks, compile a disc and then push that disc to multiple social networks. And since View-Master® style disks contain multiple items, they tell a more complete story than any single image can.

"Never before has it been so easy to incorporate multiple content types from various media sources, iPhone, Twitter, Facebook or Instagram, to create your perfect visual story," said Adam Sexton, CMO of Border Stylo. "With Retrollect, you're just a click away from sharing your disc with your favorite social network. Sharing photos is great, but sharing a social media narrative via Retrollect is even better."

3-D Review tried installing the android app on an HTC Inspire smartphone. The app would not allow you to use the back button to exit a screen. There were links to other people's disks but no information on how to create your own gallery. In addition, the app would not close. The Retrocollect website was of little help with no instructions on how to create a disk. In fact, using the Mozilla browser, when we tried to view other people's disks the images showed up on the reel but the full size theatre window was black as the reel images were clicked. We had to uninstall it. We also don't know if Border Stylo has the licensing rights to use the View-Master® name or View-Master® reel design and due to all these factors we can not recommend anyone using this app.

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Auction Results

Black Hills stereoview.

A stereoview of the Bismarck, Dakota Territory operations of the Black Hills Stage Company sold for $327 with three bids. The stereoview shows the large house that presumably was the administrative headquarters and the large stage barn likely for construction, maintenance and repair work. Lined up across the view are about 24 covered wagons with their tops down and another four or so with their canvas tops up. One man is visible in the right distance and another seated on the small wagon in the foreground.

One of the more interesting aspects of this view is there appears to be a large painted scene of a stage driver seated on a huge barrel painted on the side of the large tent. This appears to be an advertisement for the company. From the series "110. B(lack) Hills Stage Cos. Buildings, Bismarck. F. Jay Haynes, Moorhead. Northern Pacific Railroad Views. Black Hills Views. Comprise all important places in the Black Hills and along the Custer Route from Bismarck to Deadwood.

This view is illustrated on page 252 of the book Following the Frontier with F. Jay Haynes where it is dated 1877. It was taken on Haynes early trip to Fort Lincoln just after the Custer massacre when he photographed the beginnings of the gold rush in the Black Hills. No doubt the freight operations shown in this view were heavily involved in supplying the gold mining activities. They were also likely linked to activities in Montana and Wyoming.

Lincoln's tomb stereoview.

A stereoview from Carbutt's Garden City Photographic Art Gallery, Chicago titled Lincoln's Tomb (in pencil) sold for $770 with two bids. The card shows three men sitting outside the tomb, two with rifles in hand.

Los Angeles stereoview.

A stereoview of Los Angeles, California taken from the vantage point of Fort Hill sold for $464.22 with nine bids. The publisher of the card is listed as Godfrey's Photographic View Rooms, Los Angeles California.

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