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Tangled

December 8th, 2010 · 1 Comment · American cinema, Cinematography, Computer animation, Feature films, Stereoscopic films

Despite the unexpected critical admiration Byron Howard and Nathan Greno’s Tangled seems to have gained, I was somewhat neutral in approaching the film. In the end, though, I found much to admire in it, especially its use of lighting. The film, which is inspired by the Brothers Grimm version of Rapunzel, is not without its […]

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2009 Movie Box Office Break UK Records, While Attendance Also Blossoms

July 25th, 2010 · No Comments · British cinema, Film exhibition, Film industry, Stereoscopic films

While there’s much suspicion about the validity of Avatar’s box office performance due to inflated 3D ticket prices, the UK Film Council’s 2010 Statistical Yearbook paints a different picture. As reported by The Guardian, last year was the best ever in terms of box office takings and the second best year since 1971 in terms […]

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More of John Bailey on 3D

July 14th, 2010 · No Comments · Cinematography, Stereoscopic films, Technology

Ace cinematographer John Bailey’s newest posting on 3D, “3-D, 3-D, 3-D, in All Directions,” is essential reading for those interested in stereoscopic cinema.  In it, he reports on “a 3-day 3-D workshop sponsored by IATSE Local 600 and longtime master 3-D guru Buzz Hays” as a jumping off point to discuss the problems and possibilities […]

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Why 3D TV May Not Be the Next Great Thing — At Least Not Right Away

April 16th, 2010 · No Comments · Stereoscopic films, Technology, Television

According to a Digital Home story, Samsung Electronics has posted an advisory on its corporate web site warning that children and teenagers may be more susceptible to health issues when viewing 3D content on their televisions. The company also recommends that pregnant woman, the elderly and anyone under the influence of alcohol should refrain from […]

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John Bailey on 3D

April 3rd, 2010 · 1 Comment · Stereoscopic films

I’m embarrassed to say I was a bit late in catching up to John Bailey’s wonderful blog, John’s Bailiwick,  hosted by the The American Society of Cinematographers, especially since John and I have been friends since our days as cinema students at the University of Southern California’s in the 1960s.  (John’s recollection of me during […]

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The 3D Films Are Coming, the 3D Films Are Coming

March 21st, 2010 · 2 Comments · Cel animation, Digital projection, Film history and criticism, Stereoscopic films

A little over a year ago, I wrote that, “I suspect 3D will not go away anytime soon; the question , I believe, is whether or not it will go beyond being a niche market.” I also noted that it was seen as a way to get theaters to switch to digital projection, providing what […]

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Avatar

December 31st, 2009 · 2 Comments · Animation and live action, Computer animation, Motion capture, Stereoscopic films

‘ Well, the wait is over and, whether one likes it or not, Avatar looks like the game changer that James Cameron, Jeffrey Katzenberg and other promoters of 3D movies said it would be, quieting critics who said the technology would never really work in live action. It also looks like it will be the […]

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My 3D Headache

December 24th, 2009 · No Comments · Stereoscopic films

Yesterday, tired of Atlanta’s continuing lack of Imax theaters showing Hollywood fare, my wife and I drove to the AMC Southlake 24, in Morrow (about a 30 minutes away) to see Avatar. The theater complex is a rather comfortable oasis in the midst of a rather desolate shopping complex and largely enjoyed the movie; but […]

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3D Cinema is Art’s New Renaissance

August 28th, 2009 · No Comments · Film technology, Stereoscopic films

While part of the animation blogosphere has been agitated by the apparent resemblance between James Cameron’s Avatar and Marc Adler’s Delgo (see here and here), Jonathan Jones’ On Art Blog for The Guardian uses the film’s impending release to make a rather bold statement on the importance of stereoscopic movies. He feels that the technology’s […]

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Coraline, Monsters vs. Aliens and the Future of 3D

May 3rd, 2009 · No Comments · Film technology, Stereoscopic films

  I’ve been rather busy of late with work on this summer’s The Persistence of Animation/Society for Animation Studies Conference (check out what’s happening with it here), but did want to put in my two cents about Henry Selick’s Coraline and Conrad Vernon and Rob Letterman’s Monsters vs. Aliens before it’s too late. Henry Selick […]

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Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa & Bolt

December 22nd, 2008 · 1 Comment · Animation technology, Computer animation, Feature films, Stereoscopic films

I am a little late in reporting my thoughts on Madagascar: Escape to Africa, the new DreamWorks Animation movie directed by Eric Darnell and Tom McGrath, and Bolt, the new stereo 3D film directed by Byron Howard and Chris Williams. Madagascar 2, which continues the screwball capers of the original, seems much the better of […]

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SANDDE??? How the NFB Does (Drawn) 3D Stereoscopic Animation

November 6th, 2008 · No Comments · Canadian cinema, Stereoscopic films, Technology

Is this the future of drawn animation? The National Film Board of Canada has recently posted this fascinating film in which “Munro Ferguson explains the principles of the 3D Stereoscopic animation technique a.k.a. Sandde. He also shows us the lab where these short animations are shaped up.”

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Is Nothing Sacred?

October 12th, 2008 · 2 Comments · Stereoscopic films

Reg Hartt announced that he will be showing a 3D version of D.W. Griffith’s Intolerance at The Cineforum, in Toronto. His email ]proclaimed that, The Greatest Spectacle In the History Of Motion Pictures Just Got More So. See for the first time ever in 3D…  D. W. Griffith’s INTOLERANCE. Using the same technology employed by […]

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Journey to the Center of the Earth 3D

September 2nd, 2008 · 1 Comment · Feature films, Special effects, Stereoscopic films

Eric Brevig’s version of Jules Vernes’ Journey to the Center of the Earth is not a film I would usually comment on, but several things piqued my interest. First, I’ve always been something of a sucker for stereoscopic films ever since seeing Bwana Devil, the film that started the first wave of 3D films,  when […]

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Stereoscopic Films

January 4th, 2008 · No Comments · Digital projection, Stereoscopic films

Last month, IMAX signed a deal with AMC Entertainment to “to install 100 IMAX digital projection systems at AMC [theater] locations in 33 major U.S. markets.” Once this is done by 2010, IMAX says it will have doubled the amount of its 3D large-format theaters. This, coupled with the small but increasing number of films […]

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