Redesigning Bane

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The Bane of 2012′s The Dark Knight Rises will be remembered for a lot of things, particularly the voice.  That might actually be an accomplishment considering how difficult it was to create such a unique-looking figure and still have the character’s aggression come across with deadly seriousness. The tone of the film series also demanded …

Jewish Wisdom in Graphic Design

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The Jewish community in the United States is a proud one. It’s not uncommon to see celebrations of Jews in various industries, and graphic design is no exception. Voices & Visions, a Los Angeles exhibit, celebrates Jewish contributions to design culture with 18 posters referencing 18 major players in Jewish history. The series takes quotations …

Previewing Next Summer’s 3D Movies

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When it comes to 3D movies 2013 has an extended line up, including new releases in 3D IMAX and several 3D conversion rereleases. While msot of the previews below are trailers, check out one of the better 3D flash motion posters in our list. Man of Steel In about a day, Man of Steel’s new …

2012 3D Rerelease in China makes $100 Million

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End-of-the-world super film ’2012′ has been rereleased in China in 3D to a resounding success, making over $75 million thus far.  The 3D rerelease was only in China, but that still seems to be worth it.  3D movies in China are more popular than in Western countries, evident by the revenue from this flick alone. …

Santa Claus: The Myth and The Man

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Some will tell you that the modern image of Santa Claus is nothing more than a creation of Coca Cola Company’s ad campaigns starting in 1931. While Coca Cola was influential on the origins of Santa Claus in the modern era, it too followed on previous influences.  So, where is Santa Claus, as we know …

Why Green Looks Good in 3D

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The following article offers reasons why using certain colors, like green, can prevent color saturation in 3D photography: Anaglyph 3D is what most of you are familiar with.  It’s the method that filters red or blue light waves and creates two different images – one for each eye – when you’re at the movies.  But …

Ray Zone, Pioneer in 3D Comics, Dies

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Ray Zone wasn’t the first to use 3D and stereoscopic tactics in comic books, but he took the torch as it was passed on – he might have even been inspired by his 3D Mighty Mouse comic books as early as 1953.    He worked on the graphic novel “Batman 3D” in 1990 plus a …

The Difference between 3D Stereograms and Anaglyphs

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The two sub-media are competing ways of creating 3D illusions.  Moviegoers are more familiar with the anaglyph technique.  Anaglyph 3D encodes each eye’s image using filters of opposite colors (red/blue; magenta/green, etc.). The two differently filtered images ensure different light information hits each eye, tricking your typical perception and causing the foreground to jump out at you …

Android’s New 3D Panorama Expands Google Street View and Answers the iPhone

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Android 4.2 was launched this week, giving Google a chance to debut its brand new Photo Sphere.  This seems to be the response to the 3d panorama for the iPhone 5.  For Google though, this isn’t just about responding to Apple.  This is about strengthening Google’s Street View feature.  According to an announcement from the …

Disney Buys Lucasfilm: Star Wars 7 in 2015

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This breaking news could shake up the movie industry.  At the hefty price of $4.05 billion, Disney has purchased film production company Lucasfilm, the firm that got off the ground with the George Lucas-helmed Star Wars trilogy in 1977.  Since then, Lucas has worked with 20th Century Fox to release special editions of the original …

High Frame Rate Stereoscopic 3D Gets Showcase Soon

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High Frame Rate filming (HFR) – it’s not a term that gets kicked around moviegoers so much, but this December they’ll get the first major taste of it with The Hobbit. A frame rate measures how many frames of an image are captured (via video, motion capture systems, etc) in a given amount of time, …

3D gif Files are the Next Big Trend on the Internet

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If you follow social media, or are a big Reddit-user, you might be aware of how quickly a trend can spread across the web.  There are different examples.  Some things can go “viral,” being shared quickly and being seen by thousands, perhaps even millions of people within a few days or even hours.  Memes are …

James Cameron Takes Advantage of Emerging 3D Chinese Market

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China made waves last year when a 3D, big production, soft pornography movie was released in Hong Kong and attracted massive tourism from the mainland.  Readers abroad saw it as a Chinese phenomenon regarding sex.  But it was actually more of an indication that 3D was gaining massive traction there. Famed director James Cameron (along with his …

Joe Kubert and the Experiment of 3D Comics

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Joe Kubert was a titan in his field. As one of the main pencilers and illustrators of comic books in the early 40s, he is considered a virtual founder of the industry as we know it.  He passed away earlier this August.  He left behind two sons who are comic artists themselves; his very own …