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November 7, 2014 2:54 pm

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies trailer

The new trailer for The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, the final installment in Peter Jackson‘s Hobbit trilogy, has dropped in preparation for the film’s Christmas release. While I wasn’t overly enamored with the previous installment, which suffered somewhat from being a middle film with no beginning and no end, the final act looks like a suitably epic conclusion to the story, with the stunning effects work we have come to expect from Weta Digital. I will definitely be booking tickets to see this film in 4K stereo. But I’ll probably give the 48fps a miss this time.

September 8, 2012 1:03 pm

old school stereo

In honour of nothing in particular, imgur user thealetent has found a collection of classic Cavenders cigarette card stereoscopic images taken between 1927 and 1931 by  J. Dearden Holmes, and has compiled them in such as way as to make the viewing easy an possible without the need for glasses.

Personally, as someone who is generally enthusiastic about the possibilities of stereoscopic 3D (although often disappointed with its implementation), I find these early examples to be fascinating. Not only do they show how old the technique is, but also demonstrates some of the problems and pitfalls (misalignment, scratches and exposure shifts) which have dogged stereoscopic images in their early days, and which only digital image processing has been able to solve.

The whole collection can be viewed here.

February 13, 2012 8:26 am

Jeremy Messersmith – Tatooine

In honor of the release of Star Wars: The Phantom Menace 3D, here is the most 2D version of the original trilogy that you have ever seen.

This paper cut out animation from Eric Power is a music video for Jeremy Messersmith‘s charming ballad Tatooine. It’s a sweet retelling of the Star Wars fable, and a nice contrast from the ever-more-digital versions being released by Lucasfilm.