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Zapruder 63|3D - The Kennedy Assassination Reel

Kennedy assassination View-Master® reel

Zapruder 63 Viewmaster packet, booklet and reel envelope art.

On Nov. 22, 1963, Abraham Zapruder used an 8mm home movie camera to film the clearest views of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy during a motorcade in Dallas, Texas. Fifty years later, Barry Hale of Threshold Studios, released a single View-Master® style reel containing seven images using sequential film slides that render views of the assassination in 3-D.

"An extraordinary alignment of factors converged around Abraham Zapruder on that day in Dallas," said Hale. "These synchronicities have enabled us to convert the 8mm footage into convincing stereoscopic 3-D without computer manipulation."

"I’d collected View-Master® reels, stereoscopic viewers, odd photographic equipment for years, so during my early viewings of the 8mm footage it was not a great leap of imagination for me to realize the way Zapruder had panned with the action offered an opportunity to show the scene in 3-D. I proposed the idea first in 1985, attempting it by making slides of adjacent frames. I was not happy with the results. In 2002, I attempted it again as an anaglyph moving image piece. Still not happy with it. Finally, I feel that affordable 3-D moving image technology has caught up with my aspiration for the piece."

The 3-D images on the reel are using the specially spaced and cropped sequential Zapruder film slides do give the impression of 3-D. One of the slides has a pseudoscopic effect with the upper part of the image reversed but the lower part in regular depth.

Following the 50th anniversary of the Kennedy assassination, Threshold Studios held an exhibition entitled 63|3D from Oct. 16 to 19, 2014 in London's Old Truman Brewery, supported using public funding by the Arts Council England. The exhibition included a reconditioned and repurposed 1960s stereoscopic 3- arcade viewer, mounted with 40 stereo image pairs. The coin operated viewer was triggered by old British three-penny piece.

A polarized stereoscopic 3-D movie running on a loop at quarter speed, half speed and normal speed was accompanied by ambient sounds created from Dallas motorcycle police radio communications, news reports and Kennedy speeches. Each visitor received one pair of polarized glasses.

Read more about the 63|3D project online. You can order one of the Zapruder 63|3D packets available for sale online.

About Threshold Studio
Threshold Studios is a creative media and visual arts organization working with new and emerging technologies; specializing in the production of digital, moving image and public realm works.

Working across the arts and creative media industries, the public sector, grassroots communities and higher education, Threshold brokers, supports and delivers digital arts and media projects to drive Creative Media for Social Change.

They work with a range of partners to broker solutions towards employability, skills and sector development agendas, as well as supporting arts organisations with the development of their digital strategies.

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Stereo World March/April 2020, Vol. 45, No. 5

Stereo World March/April 2020 cover art.

The March/April 2020 issue of Stereo World magazine is now available

Inside this issue:

3D-Con 2020, Tacoma, Washington, Aug. 11-17
PresKo, Keystone and Black Devils - The 8th Illinois National Guard by Ralph Reiley
Getting Even More from StereoPhoto Maker by David W. Kuntz
Stereoscopic Snippets: Diving Down Rabbit Holes of Research by Paula Fleming
Crown Jewels, William Jaeger - Favorite 3-D Images from Photographers & Collectors by Douglas Heil
Unpeeling Top Banana - The 3-D Movie that Slipped Away
Harry zur Kleinsmiede (1947 - 2020)
A 3-D High Road to Scotland, Scotland in 3D, A Victorian Virtual Reality Tour, review by John Dennis
Editor’s View
50s Flavored Finds
The Society
Classifieds and more!

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

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

Back Issues
P.O. Box 86708
Portland OR 97286

Or, email strwld@teleport.com.

Back issues are $8 each postpaid in the U.S. and $10 each for international shipment.

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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone 3-D and 4K Restoration

A 3-D and 4K restoration of Harry Potter and The Sorcerer’s Stone will open in Chinese cinemas next month. April 30 is the rumored release date but there is no official word from Warner Brothers as of now,

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Spaces Mapped and Monsterous - Digital 3-D Cinema and Visual Culture - New Book by Nick Jones

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Spaces Mapped and Monstrous - Digital 3-D Cinema and VIsual Culture is the latest book by Nick Jones. The book is a great read for those interested in the use of stereoscopic imagery in pop culture. The book covers the taste and trends favored by audiences and consumers and the intricacies that make good and bad 3-D.

Jones helps describe the 3-D stimulation of our senses in many pop culture arenas, especially big budget Hollywood films. This is evident in how good Avatar was in immersing the audience in a 3-D world vs. the cut-out 3-D the was evident in most of the horrible 3-D rushed out in Clash of the Titans.

The book is broken down into several sections that totally describe the feeling of seeing in 3-D including visualization, simulation, immersion, distortion, intimacy and more. Each section contains excellent examples and observations of the use and implementation of 3-D including it's history and the science behind the visualization used in the real world. Spaces Mapped and Monstrous - Digital 3-D Cinema and VIsual Culture is a recommended read for everyone interested in 3-D.

Publication Date: April 2020

ISBN: 9780231194235
304 Pages
Format: Paperback
List Price: $35

ISBN: 9780231194228
Format: Hardback
List Price: $140

ISBN: 9780231550710
Format: E-book
List Price: $34.99

Publisher's Description
Digital 3-D has become a core feature of the 21st century visual landscape. Yet 3-D cinema is a contradictory media form, producing spaces that are highly regimented and exhaustively detailed, it simultaneously relies upon distortions of vision and space that are inherently strange.

Spaces Mapped and Monstrous explores the paradoxical nature of 3-D cinema to offer a critical analysis of an inescapable part of contemporary culture. Considering 3-D’s distinctive visual qualities and its connections to wider digital systems, Nick Jones situates the production and exhibition of 3-D cinema within a web of aesthetic, technological, and historical contexts. He examines 3-D’s relationship with computer interfaces, virtual reality, and digital networks as well as tracing its lineage to predigital models of visual organization. Jones emphasizes that 3-D is not only a technology used in films but also a tool for producing, controlling, and distorting space within systems of surveillance, corporatization, and militarization. The book features detailed analysis of a wide range of films—including Avatar (2009), Goodbye to Language (2014), Love (2015), and Clash of the Titans (2010)—demonstrating that 3-D is not merely an augmentation of 2-D cinema but that it has its own unique properties. Spaces Mapped and Monstrous brings together media archaeology, digital theory, and textual analysis to provide a new account of the importance of 3-D to visual culture today.

Nick Jones is a lecturer in film, television, and digital culture at the University of York. He is the author of Hollywood Action Films and Spatial Theory (2015)

The book Spaces Mapped and Monstrous is available online from the Columbia University Press.

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3-D Wishlist - King Kong Escapes

Mechanikong and King Kong behind the scenes.

We would like to see a 3-D version of King Kong Escapes. What movies would you like to see converted to 3-D and released on 3-D Blu-ray?

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Auction Results

1868 San Fransisco Earthquake Pacific Pump Co. Stereoview

Muybridge San Fransisco Earthquake stereoview.

An 1868 Muybridge San Fransisco earthquake stereoview sold for $650 with one bid. The image features earthquake damage at the Pacific Pump Manufacturing Company.

Ridgeway Glover stereoview of Lincoln's funeral.

An 1865 Ridgeway Glover stereoview of Lincoln's funeral sold for a best offer of $597.97 with one bid. The image shows the Lincoln funeral in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on April 22 1865.

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