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3-D Film Fest in Hollywood

Discussion in 'Visual Arts' started by Pinknik, Jun 6, 2003.

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  1. Pinknik

    Pinknik Senior Member Thread Starter

  2. Michael

    Michael I LOVE WIDE S-T-E-R-E-O!

    Thanks! I really enjoyed that link..That 3D DVD sure looks tempting!
    I was wondering if you can use the Polariod 3D Glasses or do ya need the RED/BLUE Glasses?, or can you use BOTH to see the DVD in 3D?
  3. Pinknik

    Pinknik Senior Member Thread Starter

    Red and blue for this particular DVD, Michael. It did look tempting to me as well. Though, maybe not as much as your latest avatar . . .
  4. Steve Hoffman

    Steve Hoffman Your host Your Host

    My buddy Jeff Joseph is putting this on:

    World 3-D Film Expo to Unspool at Egyptian Theatre With Over 30 Classic and
    Rare Feature Length Treasures and Over 20 Short Subjects, All Screened
    Using the Original Polaroid "Double-Interlock" 3-D System

    September 12 - 21, 2003

    Hollywood - Sabucat Productions will present the largest 3-D tribute show
    ever mounted anywhere in history, from Friday, September 12 - Sunday,
    September 21 at the Egyptian Theatre (6712 Hollywood Boulevard) in
    Hollywood. The 10 day festival, which celebrates the golden era of 3-D
    filmmaking, will include many of the best known 3-D titles of the 1950's,
    will also offer fans of the format an opportunity to see some of the more
    obscure 3-D movies, many of which have not been seen in 3-D in over 50
    years! Some of these titles include: I, THE JURY, JESSE JAMES VS. THE
    DALTONS, GOG, and GLASS WEB. In all, 33 features and 21 short subjects
    will be shown along with a "rarities" show consisting of rare, wonderful,
    stereoscopic images, many of which have never been seen in a public
    setting. In person guests will speak at selected screenings. Guests will be
    announced as they are confirmed. All prints will be 35mm and run in the
    "double-interlock", Polaroid System, the original method (and still the
    best method) for showing true 3-D.

    Festival organizer Jeff Joseph says, "Many of the prints that we're running
    are the last in existence... and in some cases the original negatives no
    longer exist. Due to the complexity of projecting these films in the in the
    stereoscopic format, this may be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to
    experience these movies the way they were meant to be seen."

    Daniel Symmes, noted 3-D historian and 3-D filmmaker, is working with Jeff
    in organizing the technical aspects of the Expo, as well as providing
    background information on the films. "This is a totally unique event in
    film history," says Symmes. "It is my dream come true to see all this
    wonderful, stereoscopic art at one time. Nobody has ever seen all these
    films together - not even when they were originally released."

    It has been over 50 years (November 26th, 1952) since BWANA DEVIL, opened
    at the Paramount Theater in Hollywood. While not the first 3-D feature film
    (which was POWER OF LOVE, U.S.A., 1922), the popularity of BWANA DEVIL was
    the direct cause of the production of over 60 3-D films from 1952 through
    1955, often referred to as the golden era of 3-D.

    The 3-D format is often thought of as "gimmick" filmmaking. While it was
    one of the many mid-20th century inventions of the motion picture industry
    to give audiences a big screen experience to compete with the new
    phenomenon of television, for the most part 3-D, (like the Cinemascope
    format for example), was used to great effect in high quality studio
    productions with some of the most talented industry professionals behind
    the camera. Such producers/directors as George Sidney, Alfred Hitchcock,
    William Cameron Menzies (THE MAZE), Budd Boetticher, Raoul Walsh, Ross
    Hunter and Douglas Sirk photographed films in the third dimension, as did
    cinematographers like John Alton (I, THE JURY), Karl Struss and Lucian
    Ballard (INFERNO). They often utilized depth as an integral aspect of the
    dramatic narrative. Seeing these films flat today on television or home
    video totally diminishes the impact of the original stereoscopic
    cinematography. The filmmakers composed, designed and intended these
    movies for 3-D presentation, and that's the way in which they should be
    seen. This unique series will give audiences that opportunity.

    The presentation of 3-D has garnered a bad reputation over the years,
    mostly due to anaglyphic (red/blue) presentation, poor projection, lab
    problems, and so on. Actually, when shown with proper (Polaroid)
    presentation, good prints, professional projectionists, and so on, 3-D from
    the 1950's looks spectacular. The feeling of depth actually tends to suck
    you inside the action. It is not just a function of "coming at you" scenes
    (such as when objects are thrown at the audience), but is also used
    effectively in smaller, more intimate settings, such as in Hitchcock's DIAL

    This once-in-a-lifetime retrospective will give fans, historians and
    critics the unique opportunity to re-assess one of the most unjustly
    maligned aspects of cinematic history. Due to an awful succession of
    gimmick films throughout the 1970's and 80's, as well as poor quality
    re-issues of the older films in the inferior red/blue anaglyph system on
    television, 3-D movies of the 1950's have basically gotten a bad rap.

    Detailed information about the festival, film schedule, etc. can be found

  5. Michael

    Michael I LOVE WIDE S-T-E-R-E-O!

    She is a -Peach- indeed!:love: :thumbsup:
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