3D-News Archive February 2014

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Splash's 'Dive Olly Dive and The Pirate Treasure' Sets Sail
3D-News Posted: Friday, February 14, 2014 (9:01 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster

Newly-rebranded Splash Entertainment, formerly Moonscoop LLC, announced that the company has recently finalized key international sales for its 3D stereoscopic feature film Dive Olly Dive and The Pirate Treasure (80 minutes) that recently completed a successful theatrical launch in China. Dive Olly Dive and The Pirate Treasure, based on the highly successful global animated series Dive Olly Dive, follows the adventures of Olly, a young submarine-in-training, and Beth, his best friend and fellow sub-in-training.

Headlining the list of sales secured by Splash Entertainment is Discovery Kids Latin America for its broadcast platform throughout Latin America with the film slated to air later this Spring. Next up is Lagardere in France who has acquired the film for its free-to-air channel Gulli where it will be telecast in France, as well as all French speaking countries in Europe and Africa. Rounding out the sales is AKM Distribution Company in Russia and the CIS with plans to release the film in theaters by Spring 2014. With these current deals in place Dive Olly Dive and The Pirate Treasure will now be seen in over 80 Countries.

"After a successful theatrical launch in China, and having recently been honored as Best Animated Film, as well as Best Screenplay, at the prestigious Huabiao Film Awards in Beijing this January, we are delighted be unveiling these new sales today," commented Mevelyn Noriega, Senior Vice President Sales. "We are confident viewers the world over will love this film."

nWave Pictures Distribution & Red Star Launch New Simulation Ride: 'Dino Safari 3D'
3D-News Posted: Friday, February 14, 2014 (9:01 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster

"Dino Safari 3D" places crowds within touching distance of a giant Diplodocus and the ferocious T-Rex, in addition to many other vestiges of the age of thunder lizards, as they experience a unique tour of a dinosaur reserve. But when disaster strikes and there is a major security breach... chaos reigns.

The 4-minute 3D experience is available for distribution exclusively from nWave and will premiere at attractions and theme parks this year.

Earlier collaborations with Red Star include "The Good, The Bad and A Horse," "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea" (2012) and "Sherlock Holmes" (2013)."

Website: http://www.nwave.com/films/2d-3d-ride-films/16-films-cat/ride/101-dino-safari-3d-2d
Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CjyboahOVl0

Heathrow Airport Trials Glasses-Free 3D
3D-News Posted: Friday, February 14, 2014 (9:00 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster

Heathrow Airport has deployed Exceptional 3D's patented auto-stereoscopic 3D display technology as part of a trial for assisting passengers through designated security areas. The project has introduced the glasses-free 3D solution to increase the eye-catching interest of travelers who pass through hand luggage security checkpoints prior to entering the boarding terminals.

The no-glasses 3D technology provided by Exceptional 3D and being trialed at Heathrow Airport brings a very innovative aim at reducing traveler delay within the Security Areas prior to entering Terminal 1. The 3D technology acts as a part of the security checkpoint process in an effort to reduce the amount of items that travelers have inadvertently packed in their 'carry on' which should be disposed of prior to boarding.

"We're very excited to be working with Heathrow Airport in an effort to make traveling an even smoother experience," said Matthew Young, Managing Director for Exceptional 3D Europe. "As our business requires us to travel like many others in the world," said Mr. Young, "we know and understand that there is a mild frustration when it comes to unexpected delays." Mr. Young continues, "We felt that being involved with this project was both educational and helpful because it gave us an opportunity to see our technology make a real-life improvement to the everyday experiences we all encounter." Mr. Young finished saying, "It's very rewarding to help make a positive impact on the daily lives of so many as they endeavor on their worldly journey's through Heathrow Airport. It's our expectation that this will not only improve the traveler experience but also help minimize delays at necessary and very critical stages of air travel."

J. Scott Nicol Launches New POP 3D Series of Oil Paintings at Art Expo NYC Through Kickstarter
3D-News Posted: Friday, February 14, 2014 (9:00 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster

J. Scott Nicol debuts a new series of Oil Paintings entitled "POP 3D". By using the 3D glasses to view the artwork, the viewer gets to experience original paintings like never before. These paintings incorporate pop culture images in a unique way that combine the realism of a photograph and the excitement of Pop Art. The paintings when first viewed appear to be stylized portraits. The background suggests a Pop Art silk screened image with bold text in the foreground. The text does not suggest a title, but a word to elicit a personal interpretive relationship with the viewer.

The unique experience happens when you put on the 3D glasses. The elements of the painting separate. What was the silk screened part of the image becomes black and white receding into the background. As the viewer moves from left to right, the background image also moves. The viewer is having an interactive experience with an original oil painting that is new, current, and fresh.

"I turned to Kickstarter as a means to fund the launch of my exciting new series of Oil Paintings that I call 'POP 3D'". Nicol continued: "For many years I wanted to exhibit at Art Expo NYC. Art Expo has become the ultimate venue for independent artists to be discovered, not only by gallery owners, art publishers, and museum curators, but by collectors and enthusiasts in search of exciting new works."

The "POP 3D" Kickstarter campaign is from January 16 to February 25, 2014. Those who fund the project receive valuable rewards such as limited edition prints on canvas in a variety of sizes and original oil paintings. Art Expo NYC, at Pier 94, is April 4 to April 6, 2014. If the campaign is fully funded, close to 30,000 art enthusiasts will be able to view and interact with this new series in a way that has never been seen before. To view the "POP 3D" project, please visit Kickstarter.

J. Scott Nicol is a New Jersey based fine artist who exhibits in galleries around the country and is purchased by collectors all over the world. For more information and to view the series, please visit his website at http://www.jscottnicol.com

nWave Pictures Distribution Explores the Enchanted Galapagos Islands in New 3D IMAX Theatre Film
3D-News Posted: Friday, February 14, 2014 (8:59 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster

nWave Pictures announced the February 2014 release of its new film "Galapagos: Nature's Wonderland" at IMAX® Theatres and Digital 3D Cinemas in North America and Europe. A presentation of Colossus Productions in association with SKY 3D, and distributed exclusively worldwide by nWave Pictures Distribution, the 40-minute film is written by renowned naturalist David Attenborough, produced by Anthony Geffen and directed by Martin Williams. "Galapagos: Nature's Wonderland" explores the Galapagos archipelago with its remarkable collection of unique plants and charismatic animals, filmed for the very first time in 4K 3D using revolutionary digital filmmaking technology.

The film is scheduled to premiere at the following theaters this spring:

  • February 8: Tycho Brahe Planetariet, Copenhagen (Denmark)
  • February 10: Montreal Science Center's IMAX® TELUS 3D Cinema, Montreal, QC (Canada)
  • February 15: Houston Museum of Natural Science, Houston, TX (USA)
  • March 14: Planetario Alfa, Garza Garcia/Monterrey (Mexico)
  • March 30: Malecon 2000 Foundation IMAX® Theatre, Guayaquil (Ecuador)
  • May 24: Tennessee Aquarium IMAX® 3D Theatre, Chattanooga, TN (USA)
  • May 24: Moody Gardens MG 3D Theatre, Galveston, TX (USA)
  • Coming Soon: Arizona Science Center IMAX® 3D Theatre, Phoenix, AZ (USA)
  • Coming Soon: Hanwha Hotels & Resorts 63 IMAX® Theatre, Seoul (South Korea)
Additional theaters will be added as the footprint expands domestically and internationally over the coming months, with the Asian premiere set for April at the 4th Beijing International Film Festival held in association with the China National Science and Technology Museum.

The film's official website is http://Galapagos.nWave.com

The trailer of "Galapagos: Nature's Wonderland" can be seen on nWave's YouTube channel at http://www.YouTube.com/nWavePictures The poster image and production stills can be downloaded from the film's IMDB profile at: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3431900

Eric Dillens, Chairman of nWave Studios, said, "'Galapagos: Nature's Wonderland' showcases our commitment, working with creative filmmakers like David Attenborough and Anthony Geffen, to bring visually compelling stories to the giant screen cinema industry. There is no doubt the film will foster greater understanding of a fascinating biological treasure: an archipelago which is home to some 9,000 species, of which 80% of the land-dwelling population is indigenous."

"Galapagos: Nature's Wonderland" takes audiences to a paradise unlike any other. Located close to the equator in the Pacific Ocean, these remote volcanic islands have developed over millions of years in relative isolation. The result is a living museum of nature, with an abundance of curious plant and animal species that have adapted to thrive in this unique and challenging environment. Giant half-ton long-necked tortoises lumber among dancing blue-footed boobies and flightless cormorants. Penguins living thousands of miles from their natural habitats share the seas with unique marine iguanas that spit sea-salt. This is a story of discovery, of survival against the odds, and of nature's ingenuity.

"Galapagos: Nature's Wonderland" was filmed on location over a ten-month period, followed by five months of post-production. Using breakthrough lightweight digital 3D filmmaking technologies and featuring 4K ultra-high resolution imagery, the producers have brought the extraordinary world of the Galapagos to the giant screen in a way that has not been possible before. The Galapagos Islands are governed by Ecuador and lie some 600 miles (966 Km) from the coast of South America.

Jeffrey Katzenberg of DreamWorks Animation (DWA) to Be Honored with 2014 Harold Lloyd Award by International 3D and Advanced Imaging Society January 28 at Warner Bros. Studios
3D-News Posted: Friday, February 14, 2014 (8:59 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster

The International 3D and Advanced Imaging Society will present the 2014 Harold Lloyd Award for filmmaking to Jeffrey Katzenberg, CEO of DreamWorks Animation, at its annual Creative Arts Awards on January 28th.

"Harold Lloyd was an actor, director, producer, and passionate advocate for 3D his entire life," said Suzanne Lloyd, chairman of Harold Lloyd Entertainment. "Harold saw filmmaking as a creative and technical achievement. He understood his audiences and was passionate about serving them. Jeffrey Katzenberg's work is the embodiment of what Harold believed to be important in this craft."

"The Lloyd Award is annually given to individuals whose passion and commitment for 3D is equaled by the quality of their work," said president and CEO of 3net and 3net Studios Tom Cosgrove, who also serves as society co-chairman. "Jeffrey Katzenberg's dedication to his craft and his unparalleled legacy of groundbreaking 3D movie making at DreamWorks Animation makes him uniquely deserving of this special award recognition."

"This award has honored Martin Scorsese, James Cameron, and Ang Lee for their extraordinary achievements," said Society president Jim Chabin. "We now add Jeffrey Katzenberg's name to this very special group of people who've made 3D a remarkable worldwide box office success."

The Society will present awards for "extraordinary achievement" in 3D content categories including motion pictures and television at its annual ceremony, January 28th at Warner Bros. Studios. Top nominees for animation include DreamWorks' "The Croods" and "Turbo."

Entries for the 5th annual awards were submitted from China, Japan, Russia, the U.K., France, Belgium, Luxembourg, Germany, and Taiwan. Winners were selected in voting by more than 300 Society professional members.

Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater in 3D: Shown on Rembrandt 3DTV Without Glasses
3D-News Posted: Friday, February 14, 2014 (8:59 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster

Rembrandt 3D Corp (http://www.rembrandt3d.com) announced that its Maestro™ 3DTV, No Glasses Auto Stereoscopic 3D (AS3D) platform, has been chosen by Emmy Award winner Kenneth Love of Kenneth Love International LLC, to produce "Fallingwater in 3D."

The 3D pilot, designed as a 'proof of concept' piece will be on display at Fallingwater later this spring. Mr. Love stated, "The Rembrandt 3D Maestro™ TV and their conversion method, captures the spatial power of Mr. Wright's design and presents the viewer with a 'true to life' image realism, geospatially accurate and without artifacts. Mr. Wright said that only 3D photography could do justice to his architecture, and Rembrandt 3D achieves that."

Lynda Waggoner, Fallingwater's Director and Vice President of the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy commented, "Ken Love's 3D Pilot exceeded all expectations. The presentation on the 42" Rembrandt 3DTV, glasses-free LCD monitor really impressed us with its depth image quality and its adherence to Wright's vision of architecture as a 3D visual experience."

She went on to say, "We are delighted with Love's artistic treatment of Fallingwater, and we are exploring a number of possible applications for the Rembrandt AS3D technology at our site, including a glasses-free video tour specially produced for the handicapped."

Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater and 9 other Wright buildings are in the process of being considered for the inscription on the UNESCO World Heritage List of world renowned and culturally significant landmarks. These include the Taj Mahal and the Pyramids of Giza. Waggoner speculated that this 3D technology would be a wonderful way to share these sites with an international audience.

Rembrandt 3D's CEO Steve Blumenthal said, "We are honored to have been selected to display Frank Lloyd Wright's work on our Maestro™ auto stereoscopic 3D, glasses-free screen. We hope to bring the magic of its timeless beauty to a wider audience through the richness of our AS3D television system. Being a Frank Lloyd Wright fan, I'd like to think that our 3DTV would have warmed his heart."

Columbia Pictures To Release 'Stalingrad', Highest-Grossing Russian Movie Of All Time, In The United States
3D-News Posted: Friday, February 14, 2014 (8:58 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster

Columbia Pictures will release Fedor Bondarchuk's Stalingrad in the United States for a one-week exclusive engagement in IMAX® 3D theatres nationwide on Feb. 28. The 3D World War II drama has recently become the highest-grossing Russian movie of all time, earning $66.1 million in its six-week theatre run.

Stalingrad, which is Russia's official entry for Best Foreign Language Film to the Academy Awards®, is also the first Russian movie made completely in 3D and the first-ever Russian film to be released in the IMAX® format.

"We are delighted with the film and the partnership, and congratulate our friends Fedor Bondarchuk and Alexander Rodnyansky on the record-breaking success of this movie in Russia, followed by a phenomenal performance in China," said Greg Foster, CEO of IMAX Entertainment and Senior Executive Vice President, IMAX Corp.

Rory Bruer, president of Worldwide Distribution for Sony Pictures, added, "We're thrilled to be bringing Russia's top-grossing movie of the year to US audiences. Stalingrad is not only an incredibly well-told story – it is visually spectacular with an amazing use of 3D, and is perfect for the IMAX format."

Stalingrad is an epic look at the battle that turned the tide of World War II. A band of determined Russian soldiers fight to hold a strategic building in their devastated city against a ruthless German army, and in the process become deeply connected to a Russian woman who has been living there. Presented in IMAX® 3D, the scale of the battle contrasts dramatically with the human drama of the Russian soldiers, the few remaining civilians and their invaders into Stalingrad.

"We are proud and pleased to be collaborating with IMAX® and Sony on the release of Stalingrad, and very excited to be bringing it to American audiences," Rodnyansky said. "The film has received accolades and has broken box-office records in several countries already; we look forward to its welcome in the US, as well."

Stalingrad is directed by Fedor Bondarchuk ("The 9th Company"), with a screenplay by Ilya Tilkin and Sergey Snezhkin, based on chapters from the novel Life and Fate by Vasiliy Grossman. The film stars Thomas Kretschmann ("King Kong," "The Pianist"), Petr Fedorov, Sergey Bondarchuk, Mariya Smolnikova and Yanina Studilina.

Stalingrad is produced by Alexander Rodnyansky, Sergey Melkumov, Dmitriy Rudovskiy, Anton Zlatopolskiy, with executive producer Nataliya Gorina.

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