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The History of Statue of Vulcan from the 1904 St. Louis World's Fair to Today

One half of the stereo pair produced by the Keystone Stereoview Company showing the gigantic iron statue of Vulcan on display in the Palace of Mines and Metallurgy during the 1904 World's Fair.
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The statue of Vulcan is the largest iron cast statue ever constructed in the entire world. The statue was built in Birmingham, Alabama in 1904 to be on display during the 1904 St. Louis World's Fair inside the Palace of Mines and Metallurgy to show Birmingham as the capital for producing iron in the world. The statue was featured in several 3-D stereoviews produced by the Keystone Stereoview Company.

Vulcan stood 56 feet tall and weighed 60 tons. It received the grand prize in the Mines and Metallurgy building. After the World's Fair ended, it was dismantled and shipped by rail back to Alabama. The statue was to be re-assembled at a park in Birmingham but local residents objected. A "temporary" home for the statue was found at the Alabama State Fair. It stood at the fair for 30 years.

In the 1930s, the statue was moved to a park on the very mountain where the iron was mined to create the statue. In the 1960s, modernization of the statue's base and a change in highway traffic saw the park and statue suffer further deterioration. Concrete poured in the statue during the 1930s to make it more solid had damaged the statue. Alabama residents came to the rescue by dismantling the statue and putting in steel supports to replace the concrete and cleaning up the statue's base to restore it to the original stone facade.

During the last restoration, 3-D stereoviews were used to create a faithful reproduction of the spear in Vulcan's hand that had been lost during the statue's trip from St. Louis to Birmingham after the World's Fair.

The statue is a landmark you can still see by visiting Vulcan Park and Museum in Birmingham, Alabama.

Find out more about the history of the Vulcan statue in this video produced by the Vulcan Park and Museum.

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Legend3D Enters Strategic Partnership with Imagineer Systems

Legend3D Enters Strategic Partnership with Imagineer Systems - Leading 2-D to 3-D stereo conversion company integrates Imagineer technology within award-winning conversion and VFX pipeline to add increased efficiency to 3-D film production

Imagineer Systems, creators of the Academy Award-winning mocha® Planar Tracking technology, today announced a strategic partnership with world-renowned 2-D to 3-D stereo conversion company Legend3D. Imagineer Systems recently completed an innovative R&D initiative, optimizing integration of mocha Pro with Legend3D’s proprietary VFX tools. The new workflow features mocha Pro fully integrated into the Legend3D conversion and visual effects pipeline in its Southern California and India facilities. For 2-D to 3-D conversions, mocha Pro is used for multiple processes including segmentation and clean plating: the process to recreate and fill in background pixels that do not exist in the 2-D version. This custom development gave Legend3D access to Imagineer’s engineering team, resulting in a streamlined workflow for mocha Pro and Legend3D’s internal systems. With support for up to 325 artists, Legend3D represents the largest mocha Pro installation to date.

“When we began talking with Imagineer, we realized fairly quickly that it made sense strategically to partner closely with them as their technology and engineering capabilities would ideally fit our proprietary pipeline,” states Anthony Lopez, director of I.T. at Legend3D. “With the custom integration work complete, mocha conforms soundly with the rest of our technology and allows us to extract data in the form that works best for us. It fits hand in glove with our existing workflow.”

Ross Shain, chief marketing officer, Imagineer Systems, comments, “Legend3D is well known to Hollywood studios for delivering the highest-quality stereo 3-D film conversions and visual effects. Imagineer’s planar tracking, roto and object removal tools found in mocha Pro are very useful in assisting the technical process of converting a film from 2-D to 3-D. Imagineer is thrilled to be working closely with Legend3D as a valued partner, and we look forward to this collaborative relationship, which will help improve our technology and the way it integrates with Legend3D’s proprietary tools and conversion pipeline.”

Known for work on box office hits such as The Lego Movie, Man of Steel and Hugo, Legend3D employs some of the most talented stereo supervisors and artists who provide the highest-quality stereoscopic visual effects and conversion work in the industry. Utilizing mocha, Legend3D has also completed work on several films including The Smurfs 1 & 2, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, The Amazing Spider-Man and Life of Pi. Matthew DeJohn, Stereo VFX supervisor at Legend3D, says: “Even without the custom development, mocha is an extremely powerful visual effects tool. mocha helps us refine the final compositing pass and is an essential tool for that process. It’s a best-of-breed software.”

Jared Sandrew, Legend3D creative director, continues: “The development project with Imagineer went extremely well, as the team was very collaborative in customizing mocha to fit Legend3D’s unique needs. We were able to have an open discussion to ensure the software would smoothly integrate into our processes and help us increase efficiency in our conversion workflow. We see Imagineer as a strategic partner, and we look forward to continuing development with them as we work on new feature films and other high-profile projects.”

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Stereo World Magazine March - April 2014 Vol. 39, No. 5

Stereo World Magazine March - April 2014 Vol. 39, No. 5 cover art.

The March-April 2014 issue of Stereo World magazine is now available.

Inside this issue:

  • Blu-ray 3-D
  • A Cautionary Tale of Retinal Tears and Detachments
  • Personalities in Perspective: Hollywood's Grace Kelly
  • For the Record
  • International CES 2014
  • I3dS 2014 Awards
  • The Lost World of Planterwald
  • Is it Real, or is it Photoshop?
  • Robert D. Hamilton, Ph. G. Druggist - Stereographer
  • Norman McLaren's 3-D Art
  • Editor’s View
  • NewViews
  • The Society
  • Classifieds

Join the National Stereoscopic Association and get six issues of Stereo World with your annual membership.

To order individual printed back issues of Stereo World from the past three years only, write to:

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Back issues are $8 each postpaid in the U.S. and $10.00 each for international shipment.

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3-D Film Makers Rewarded at 2014 Stereoscopic Displays and Applications conference

SDA logoThe producers and judges of the 3-D Theatre session at the 2014 Stereoscopic Displays and Applications conference announced the winners of the Best of Show prizes. The purpose of each year’s 3-D Theatre session is to showcase the wide range of 3-D content being produced and exhibited around the world. This year’s show contained a broad selection of 42 entries from independent artists through to major studios.

The 2014 winners are:

  1. Best of Show - Live Action category – Soir de Fête by David Robert (France).
    Synopsis: Joachim, 20 or so, a nurse in a psychiatric hospital, is about to leave work to spend New Year's Eve with his family. But his patients, determined to see in the New Year in style, aren't going to let him leave. Joachim is soon out of his depth as the evening's events become more absurd. But madness is not always where you expect to find it…
  2. Best of Show - Animation / CG category – Morpheos Trailer by John Hart (USA).
    Synopsis: Travels in the fractal dimension; art of Mandelboxes, Menger sponges, hybrids, and fractal flames.

Each of the winners received a copy of the Stereoscopic Displays and Applications DVD-ROM, which contains more than 1,500 stereoscopic focused technical manuscripts.

The producers and judges thanked all of the contributors who kindly allowed their 3-D content to be shown at the session. Around 200 people enjoyed the two hour session held as part of the 25th annual Stereoscopic Displays and Applications conference located in the Hilton San Francisco Union Square Hotel.

There has been a noticeable improvement in the quality of 3-D content being shown at each year’s 3-D Theatre session and this year was no exception. This is a reflection of the maturing of the industry and the improvement in the available stereoscopic hardware and software.

The judges at this year’s SD&A 3-D Theatre Session were Lenny Lipton (Leonardo IP), Julien Flack (Dynamic Digital Depth), and Bernard Mendiburu (freelance author and stereoscopic 3-D artist). The producers were John Stern (retired), Chris Ward (Lightspeed Design Group and DepthQ Stereoscopic) and Andrew Woods (Curtin University). Management and playback of 3-D content was expertly handled by DepthQ Stereoscopic. 3-D content partner of the session was 3-D Content Hub.

The full list of 3-D content

Competition Category

  1. Metallica Through the Never – Picturehouse (USA)
  2. Hamilton – Ivan Ceriex - Fabien Remblier (France)
  3. The Lady Assassin – Nguyen Quang Dung (Vietnam)
  4. Underwater Predators and Prey – László Magyar and Dr. György Kriska (Hungary)
  5. Crime Squad: UNDERCOVER3-D – Andrew Murchie (United Kingdom)
  6. Cosmic Origins 2 – Nick Holliman, the University of York, Carlton Baugh, Carlos Frenk, Durham University (United Kingdom)
  7. Mars Views 3-D (trailer) – Martin Hans Schmitt (Germany)
  8. Quadcopter Flying Movies – Phil Captain 3-D McNally (USA)
  9. Clear Buildings – Boris Starosta (USA)
  10. ZeitRaum, an Investigation in Space-time – Volker Kuchelmeister (Australia)
  11. Wooden Palace of Russian Tsar – Andrey Anokhin (Russia)
  12. Shine 3-D – Jesse Blanchard (USA)
  13. Baby Blues – Pegasus Motion Pictures Production Ltd. (China)
  14. Atmosphere – Ikuo Nakamura (USA)
  15. The Simple Carnival - A Geek Like Me – Jeff Boller (USA)
  16. Soir de Fête – David Robert (France)
  17. World's Largest Elephant Buffet – Al Caudullo (USA)
  18. Hydrochoeruspaedia 3-D – Helio A G Souza and Ludger Pfanz (Brazil)
  19. Chasms of Silence – Marten Berkman (Canada)
  20. Morpheos Trailer – John Hart (USA)
  21. Aloft – Kate Duhamel, Fountain 3 Films (USA)
  22. Foxed! – Geneva Film Co. (Canada)
  23. 3-D Natural Wonders of California – Charles Booth (USA)
  24. Horn Quest – Ryan Suits (USA)
  25. Educational 3-D Content: Tumulus – Shibata lab, Tokyo University of Social Welfare (Japan)
  26. The Sunday Morning Drive – Ole Schell (USA)
  27. Busan 3-D – Kwangwoon University (South Korea)
  28. Flight of the Butterflies – SK Films Inc. (Canada)
  29. Formation of the Cosmic Web – Ralf Kaehler (KIPAC), Carter Emmart (AMNH), Tom Abel (KIPAC) (USA)
  30. 47 Ronin - Feature Trailer – Universal Pictures, director Carl Rinsch (USA)
  31. Hsu Ji Derriere L'Ecran - Hsu Ji Behind the Screen – Thomas Rio (France)

Demonstration Category

  1. Puppy – Illumination Entertainment (USA)
  2. Whoops! – Chris Casady (USA)
  3. ORA – Philippe Baylaucq (Canada)
  4. 24 Hours of LeMons, Sonoma Raceway – David Newman (USA)
  5. Planes 3-D – DisneyToons Studios (USA)
  6. ’Being There’: Avercamp: Winter landscape - Rijksmuseum - a presentation in stereoscopic 3-D – René van Gageldonk (The Netherlands)
  7. Monsters University – Pixar Animation Studios (USA)
  8. Eurovision Young Dancers – KUK Filmproduction (Germany)
  9. CELLmicrocosmos Cell Modeling SS2012 – Christian Bender, Tobias Hoppe, Björn Sommer (Germany)
  10. To Space & Back 3-D Trailer – Sky-Skan in association with The Franklin Institute (USA)
  11. The Blue Umbrella – Pixar Animation Studios (USA)

The show was visually spectacular and served well to illustrate the diversity of 3-D content that is being produced by stereoscopic professionals and enthusiasts alike. Another impressive aspect of the show was the large number of countries represented, 14 in total; from USA to Hungary to China, and many more in-between.

The 25th annual SD&A conference was gratefully supported by Gold Sponsors: IMAX Corporation, and DepthQ Stereoscopic by Lightspeed Design; Silver Sponsor: Volfoni; Projection Sponsors: Christie Digital, and Tekamaki; plus 3-D Content Partner: 3-D Content Hub.

More information about the SD&A conference is available online.

About SD&A
The annual Stereoscopic Displays & Applications (SD&A) conference is the world's premier conference for 3-D innovation. It is the largest and longest running technical conference dedicated to the discussion of technical stereoscopic imaging topics. The next conference runs Feb. 8 through 12, 2015 in downtown San Francisco.

The SD&A conference is part of the Electronic Imaging Symposium held in San Francisco, California and jointly organized by the two technical societies IS&T and SPIE. The SD&A conference program includes a range of exciting and useful special sessions, as well as research-based oral and poster presentations dedicated to stereoscopic imaging topics. Special sessions include Keynote presentations and live demonstrations of stereoscopic displays and applications.

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Auction Results    

Dead confederate soliders stereoview.

A stereoview titled Dead Confederate Soldiers in the Trenches sold for a best offer price near $395 with one bid. The Taylor and Huntington stereoview is #6182, taken April 1865 in Petersburg.

1876 Philadelphia Expo stereoview page.

A page from the 1876 Philadelphia Centennial Inventory Book sold for $350 with one bid. Photography of the stereoviews was done by the Centennial Photographic Co., Philadelphia.

1885 New Orleans Expo stereoview.

An 1885 New Orleans Expo stereoview sold for $511 with four bids. The stereoview showed a view of the main building from electric light tower at the expo.

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