Want to See the Vatican in 3D?

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First Pope Francis started making nods toward modernism, perhaps moderating the Church’s stance toward gays and maybe even marriage for priests. Now, the Vatican wants to offer yet another very modern idea – the Sistine Chapel in 3D. Yes, you read that right – the place where we see man touching God, as conceived by …

World’s First 3D VR Film in Production

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Movies have undergone a number of changes since Thomas Edison realized that he could fool the human eye into seeing motion by use of a set of rapidly flashing still photos. They have seen sound added on and there have also been various efforts to make the film seem more realistic, including Imax and 3D …

3D Artist, Marchal Mithouard, Takes It To The Streets

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As we discussed in last week’s blog 3D vs Lenticular: Is There a Difference? there are numerous ways to achieve the illusion of 3D. When an artist successfully incorporates those methods into a piece of art the results are nothing short of magical as can be seen by the French 3D street artist, Marchal Mithouard …

A Very Retro Look at 3D Television

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You may think that the idea of 3D television and films are a relatively recent concept, however you’d be very, very wrong. Enthusiasts probably know about early attempts at 3D films using red and blue glasses designed to trick the eye into seeing depth on the screen. These have existed since at least the 1920s …

Where We’re Going: The Future of 3D Imaging

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Growing up watching The Jetsons and Back to the Future, I thought we’d be well on our way to flying cars by now. Never did I imagine that instead we’d be heading in the direction of electric cars and solar roadways (even cooler than flying cars)! Which goes to show that predicting the future of …

Toronto Stereoscopic Conference Showcases What’s Hot in 3D Films

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Presented by Toronto group 3D FLIC (Film Innovation Consortium), The Second Annual Toronto International Stereoscopic 3D Conference was a true treat for professional in the 3D film industry. The 4-day conference was a chance for industry professional to network with one another and learn trade secrets from some of the best in the 3D movie …

3D in the 19th Century: Take A Spin in the Cyclorama

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From the earliest stage productions of ancient civilizations, visual art such as painted backdrops were incorporated adding depth and visual trickery to draw in the audience.  This tradition continues as technology has brought us to the age of the green screen with CGI so commonplace it has become difficult to appreciate how astounding this technology …

To This Day Project

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The “To This Day Project” short film – written and narrated by Shane Koyczan, produced by Giant Ant, and animated by a team of 87 animators and motion artists – went viral this winter, reaching over 4 million views on Youtube and over 178,000 on Vimeo. A raw and poignant look at the damaging, long-lasting …

Decals & Earrings & Cufflinks, Oh My!

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Among the visionary and creative photographers in the lenticular and 3D printing sphere exists visual artists creating a world of lenticular crafts and accessories.  These crafty designers utilize the medium to create apparel, home decor and kitchenware.  It is a world of whimsey and online marketplaces are ripe for the picking, bursting with lenticular wares.  From …

Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away 3D – A Weather Report

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The weather report is partly cloudy for Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away 3D, starring the famous Quebecois troupe, whose name means “Circus of the Sun” in English. Released in time forthe 2012 holiday season, the film, which was anticipated as a blockbuster artistic success, has gathered only lukewarm critical reviews over the past two months. …

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 …

Audience Gets Visual Overload with “The Hobbit”

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The reviews for The Hobbit 3D have been mixed and not just for the story.  Peter Jackson’s experiment with 48 frames-per-second (FPS) filming is apparently still a work in progress after many early reviewers and some theatergoers reported feeling queazy from the up-and-coming visualization technique.  The technology was meant to optimize the 3D experience, but …

Cirque du Soleil 3D Hits Theaters to High Visual Reviews

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The famed globetrotting act Cirque du Soleil has hit the silver screen with their own 3D movie, and it’s provoking mixed reactions. Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away 3D follows a character as she explores the mesmerizing acts of the world-renown circus.  The film’s production was 3 years in the making, a sort of side project …

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 …

Disney Sues to Keep its 3D Rights

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Walt Disney Studios is caught up in a legal battle as it fights for its rights to distribute 3D movies.  The studio is engaged with the Digital Domain Media Group (DDMG), a 3D movie conversion company who technology is often licensed out to major studios.  Disney had gotten its license to use certain 3D conversion …

The Paradigm Effect: Matthew Thomas and his Rocking Lenticular 3D Art

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Guest author Matthew Thomas talks about his dive into lenticular 3D art: This is my first attempt at writing about something I am passionate about – lenticular prints. In the ‘age of austerity’ I am in a battle to persuade many companies to invest in the creative and artistic possibilities of lenticulars (and my USP …

Independence Day and Jurassic Park: Latest in 3D Conversions of Movie Classics

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20th Century Fox cancelled the 2013 release of Independence Day 3D last week.  It was supposed to be released on the 17th anniversary of the original release.  The cancellation came as a surprise considering just how fast the 3D film conversion trend has reached the new classics. Speculation has been rife on the movie blogs …

Redefining Life of Pi and 3D Movies

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Early reviews are calling The Life of Pi a visual triumph. But it’s the visual complexity of the story that kept it off the screen for so long. Now, Ang Lee is being haled as a 3D master. One reviewer saw it as a perfect use of the medium, falling into the same category as …

Warhol 3D Painting goes for over $40 Million

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A 1962 Andy Warhol silk-screen painting with a built-in 3D effect’s been sold for almost $44 million.  It features the Statue of Liberty and was sold at auction at Christie’s. The painting is executed in silkscreen inks, spray enamel and graphite, and is about 6½ by 7 feet. Warhol has two other paintings in the same silk-screen 3D style. …

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 …