Snail Games demoed and announced their new Glasses free 3D gaming cell phone at CES 2015. There has been a lot of buzz surrounding the new Glasses Free Android based 3D gaming cell phone at this years E3 convention held in Los Angeles. The W3D gaming cell phone comes equipped with a 2.2 GHz eight-core huh speed CPU, 2 GB RAM, 16GB built-in storage, a 5.5-inch HD screen, eye tracking, 1080p resolution and a glasses-free 3D display. A lot of bang for the buck! For gamers, the W3D comes equipped with shoulder buttons, dual joysticks, D-pag and four face buttons that are usually found on handheld gaming devices. The Snail Games W3D mobil gaming device can now be pre-ordered on Amazon for $399.00 USD. For more information visit Snail Games or click on the Amazon link to pre-order. Look for a September 29th 2015 release date per Amazon’s website.
Universal Pictures recent release of Jurassic World dominated the world-wide box-office this weekend. The film generated 65% of it’s box office receipts from the sale of 3D tickets.
CNN money reports that $205 million of the estimated $315.7 million dollar record breaking International release came from sales of 3D tickets.
3D Entertainment is becoming “The Future of Entertainment®”. Just think of the increased box office with even stronger word of mouth of a visually stunning 3D constructed film.
Still many of the current tentpole films the studios have been releasing in 3D have been visually flat. The conversion companies are still missing key moments to really immerse the audience in the film. I’m not sure if it’s the conversion companies or the directors choice to use the 3D effect in such a conservative manner. I’ve talked to moviegoers and guest of NowPlaying3D and all agree…they love the 3D film format but wish there was a bit more!
Source: CNN Money
Avatar proved the world is interested in an immersive 3D experience. Hollywood immediately tried to cash in on the trend, rushing to market with poorly shot and poorly converted 3D movies to tarnish the 3D movie image a bit. The tech community and Silicone Valley saw the potential in 3D VR entertainment, meaning Google with the acquisition of Oculus Rift and Microsoft development in the Hololen’s. The test results recent VR demos has beed really amazing!
Engineers and designers are finding an array of uses for the VR format well beyond gaming. VR is being used in the classroom, medical fields and in the military as a truing tool just to name a few.
Sony and Samsung have jumped into the game as well. Sony with it’s Project Morpheus and Samsung’s partnership with Oculus. I think with the tech community firmly planted and moving forward with 3D VR the future looks very bright. Google recently announced the launch of Jump, a camera rig that is offered as an open sourced specification. You download the design from Google and 3D print up a carousel that fits 16-3D cameras, the demo uses 16- GoPro cameras. The move is to help drive the development of new 3D VR content by putting the tools into the hands of consumers. Upload your 3D VR content and let Google work their magic sticking the footage together and presto 3D VR on you tube. The process sound easy but online reports there is a backlog of video that is waiting to be processed. Imagine 16-HD source files that need to be processed, that will take an incredible amount of computing processing power. But given that Google is behind it I’m sure they’ll find a way to streamline the process. Click on the Google link to learn more. Video courtesy of CNET.com
Theme parks have a long standing relationship with film and television properties. This is especially true
in the case of Global theme parks like Disney and Universal Studios. Universal Studios has been on a roll lately,
by exploiting the popularity of some of it’s biggest movie franchises by creating a theme park ride based on cast and elements of that franchise.
Universal recently announced that it will be developing the mega-hit movie franchise, Fast and Furious into an high speed 3D theme park ride filled with all the bells and whistles.
The action packed ride will utilize the latest in 3D HD imagery projected onto the world’s most expansive 360-degree screens per Universal’s press release.
Can’t wait to demo this one! Opens June 25th 2015.
Source: Universal Studios Hollywood.com
By: Steven D. Ito
Sega announced today that it has remastered 3D Thunder Blade exclusively for the Nintendo 3DS. The remastered
Sega game is now available for sale in the Nintendo eShop. 3D Thunder Blade was originally released in 1987.
In 3D Thunder Blade players control a helicopter and use guns and missiles to destry enemy vehicles while flying between buildings, caves and into enemy bases.
BY: Steven D. Ito
Electronic music pioneers, Kraftwerk have announced a 12-city North American tour that will kick-off on Sept. 16th.
The 3D tour requires fans to wear paper 3D glasses. Kraftwerk was founded as an experimental rock band in Dusseldorf Germany in 1970. Kraftwerk is best known for their hit The Model, The Robot and Autobahn just to name a few.
Tickets go on sale at 10am Friday, May 8th. Prices start at $59.50 to $79.50.
Sega recently announced plans for the next generation of Sega 3D Classic games. The new Sega 3D Classic games will feature
3D enhanced versions of favorites from the arcade and Genesis/Mega Drive days to the Nintendo 3DS eShop. Siliconera reports
that 3D Streets of Rage 2 is due out in July, but it arrives a few months early in Japan, hitting shelves there on April 28th 2015.
We’ve included a 3D clip that you can watch on your 3DS and you should be able to watch it if you have a pair of anaglyphic glasses handy.
By: Steven D. Ito
Looks like everyone’s going 3D! The Famous Group was recently enlisted by the Los Angeles Clippers to create a 3D Pre-Game show. The outcome…stunning!
The Famous Group has also created 3D magic for the Brooklyn Nets, The New York Nets, Dallas Cowboys and the Washington Wizards. More to follow I’m sure. Crowd response has been amazing reports Adweek online.
Check out the video courtesy and property of The Famous Group. For more in-depth info on how the 3D pre-game show was created click on The Famous Group.
BY: Steven D. Ito
Just in time for the school break, Insurgent will open nationwide in 3D, thanks to a new partnership with RealD and the growing demand for 3D content overseas.
Take a look at the 3D motion posters that have been poping up online. The one’s we’re featuring are courtesy of ScreenRant via MTV (Caleb), IGN (Tori), MovieFone (Uriah).
Screenrant reports that the film looks to be post converted due to the late announcement. Converted to 3D in post production should be ok if the post conversion company is not too conservative in it’s use of 3D!
Very few films even though they are marketed as 3D films have that truly immersive quality 3D quality that the world fell in love with in James Cameron’s Avatar.
“3D”, seems to cross all platforms of our culture from3D movies, 3D Games to 3D printed clothing and 3D products.
3D imagery when done right has an amazing long lasting wow effect on end users and viewers. The Atlanta Hawks recently proved the power of 3D imagery by the Pre-Game full court 3D Display for NBA great Dominique Wilkins during a recent line up with the Cavaliers.
Take a look at the Pre-Game 3D Tribute from the Atlanta Hawks.
Source: Sports Grid.com
Multiple online sources report that The Lego Movie is getting a sequel. Deadline reports that the official title to the film is “The Lego Movie Sequel.”
The previous title was referred to as “The Lego Movie 2.” Deadline also reports that the director for the Lego Sequel is Rob Schrab. Rob comes from the world of live-action TV. Credits include
Comedy Central’s The Sarah Silverman Program, NBC’s Community and Fox’s The Mindy Project to name a few.
Snow Girl and the Dark Crystal is one of the biggest films this year in China, will get a 3D release in North America beginning on Feb. 27th. The film is a action fantasy that explores the legend go Zhong Kui, a mythical Chinese warrior who is forced to conquer the realms of Heaven and Hell to save his people and the woman he loves. 3D films are considered a premium form of entertainment in China and are extremely popular.
A 3D international release of a film is rare in North America, according to a quote taken from Doris Pfardrescher in a Variety article. Doris Pfardrescher is president and CEO of Well Go USA, “sometimes there’s a movie so visually stunning that 3D will take that film experience to a higher level.” The 3D film is co-directed by Oscar-winning cinematographer Peter Pau of “Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon” fame.
We reported last week that Mockingjay would be getting a 3D release made especially for China. Lionsgate just announced that Mockinjay Part 2 will also get a 3D makeover and a 3D release her stateside.
The 3D format for Mockingjay Part 2 is a first for the mega franchise film. Entertainment Weekly reports that films director Francis Lawrence was thrilled with the recent decision to release Mockingjay Part 2 in 3D after seeing how immersive the 3D version for China was. Mockingjay Part 2 will be release on November 20th 2015 domestically.
Source: Entertainment Weekly
By: Steven D. Ito
The Hunger Games Mockingjay Part 1 will be the first installment of the popular franchise to play in 3D when it opens in China. The film will open in China on February 8th of this
year. China will have both a 2D and 3D release unlike statesides 2D release only. 3D is seen as a premium format in China and the 3D format has proven to be incredibly successful at the box off overseas.
I have to say that 3D would be just as successful in the states if the filmmakers would not make their 3D movies so flat. James Cameron if you’re reading this, I know you’re pushing the next installments of the Avatar franchise back a bit…but I think filmmakers need another glimpse of how 3D should actually look. Guys look, if the audience members agree to wear the 3D glasses for 2 hours in the theaters give us something we can reach out and touch!
BY: Steven D. Ito
Disney Screening Big Hero 6
On November 8th 2014 The International 3D and Advanced Imaging Society hosted a screening for the 3D animated feature Big Hero 6 at the Disney studios. Big Hero 6 was directed by Don Hall and Chris Williams. The movie opened in the USA on November 7th 2014 and has been holding steady in the number one box office position domestically.
The animation was amazing, very entertaining, the screening was packed.
Now on to the 3D. The filmmakers seemed very conservative in their use of 3D or characteristics that I think make a great 3D film…some of which are the before the screen particles and or images that seem to pop out of the screen. I know critics in the past have criticized 3D filmmakers for their over use of that effect but I think many of the filmmakers and 3D post conversion companies are missing the mark and the recent 3D films have seemed a bit flat.
James Cameron utilized 3D incredibly well in Avatar. I was a little disappointed in Cameron’s second film Sanctum 3D, which he produced but did not direct. With Sanctum given the environment in which director Alistair Grierson was working it seemed difficult to capture foreground images which gives depth to 3D films while keeping the camera focused on the performers. The movie was an amazing technical exercise given the difficult environment in which the cast and crew had to work in but the 3D was very disappointing.
Back to Big Hero 6 there were again so many missed opportunities to really immerse the audience in the movie and to share that magical movie-going experience that 3D is capable of. Big Hero 6 had so many scenes in which a bit more out of the screen 3D effect would have really immersed the audience in the film. The story and characters held the attention and emotion of the audience now the film makers had yet one more tool that imho was not utilized to it’s full effect.
Let us know what you think.
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Reuters reports that Scientist at the University of Rochester have discovered a device that seems to make objects disappear just like the magical cloak from the pages of the Harry Potter stories. Professor of physics John Howell from the up state New York school said a lot of people have worked on numerous aspects of optical cloaking for years.
The newly discovered Rochester Cloak is not really a tangible cloak at all but actually a device composed of layers of optical lenses. According to Joesph Choi a graduate student and one of the inventors of the cloaks said, “from what we know this is the first cloaking device that provides three-dimensional continuously multidirectional cloaking. For a more detailed interview be sure to check out the video.
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By: Steven D. Ito
The Turtles are blowing up at the box office! Take a look at the behind the scenes video in the making of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The Los Angeles Times reports that the Turtles are likely to hold the number one spot even with the upcoming release of the New Expendables and Let’s be Cops. Opening week for the Michael Bay directed Teenage Mutant Turtles was an estimated $65 million haul.
Look for more videos in our trailer section and on our youtube channel.
Dragon Ball Z fans get ready! On August 5th in the USA Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods will open to a limited engagement.
The latest in the franchise is directed by Masahiro Hosoda (Son Goku) and stars, Masako Nozawa (Son Goku), Laura Bailey (Trucks) and John Burgmeier as (Tien).
I know first hand that the Dragon Ball Z series has scores of fans from around the world, so we’ll share with our readers a few newly released images from the upcoming movie as well as a few film clips and of course the Official Trailer. Stay tuned!
The Amazing Spiderman 2 hits theaters on May 2nd 2014. We’ve got some behind the scenes clips of Music director Hans Zimmer, Pharrell Williams, Alicia Keyes as they
score music for the upcoming Spiderman 2. Check out the behind the scenes clip featuring the all star cast with scenes featuring Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone and Jamie Foxx as Electro Man.
What a huge production can’t to see it on the big screen. Take a look again at the photo in the article. If the emotion that Jamie Fox is connected to is carried out throughout the movie…look for another powerful performance by J. Foxx. Let’s just hope the director and writers gave him the tools and material to use his entire instrument.
By: S.D. Ito
Source: Sony Pictures
Peanuts, a family favorite of young and old alike first ran as an American syndicated comic strip beginning October 2 1950 until February 13, 2000. Recently announced the cast of Peanuts will be coming to the big screen sometime in 2015. The iconic 3D animation will hit the big screens in the USA around November 2015. Snoopy, Charlie Brown and the rest of the endearing gang created by the late talented Charles Schulz will be directed by Steve Martino. Writing credits go to Bryan Schulz, Charles Schulz, Craig Schulz and Cornelius Uliano. Check out the trailer and a couple images courtesy of 20th Century Fox Studios, Blue Sky Studios, Peanuts Worldwide.
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Oddworld reports that Oddworld Stranger's Wrath HD gets a new patch next week adding some cool features like Move and 3DTV support.
LG Optimus 3D Max – product synopsis 4-1-12 LG Optimus 3D Max LG’s Optimus 3D Max (known as the Optimus 3D Cube in some countries) is LG’s second version of a glasses-free 3D phone, since last year’s LG Optimus 3D. The Optimus 3D Max will have a dual core 1.2 GHz processor, 8GB of storage, [...]
PC gamer reports computer manufacture Asus demos world's first glasses-free 3D laptop. The Republic of Gamers G53SX Naked Eye 3D was recently featured this week at Computex. The featured 3D glasses-free laptop featured a...