The 45th National Stereoscopic Association Convention

2019 3D-Con

July 30 - August 5, 2019 • Hilton Akron Fairlawn • Akron, OH

3D THEATRE

3D-CON's 3D Theatre features HD digital projection on a 16'x9' screen of an eclectic mix of presentations encompassing a diverse range of subjects and techniques. The theatre is also the venue for special presentations (to be announced).

In response to popular demand, this year the 3D Theater will devote one session to short, live-narrated slideshows based on still images rather than videos. A separate submission form describing details and formats is available in both Word and PDF format.

Video Presentation Proposal Form:  
Slideshow Presentation Proposal Form:  

Featured Theatre Presentations

GUEST SPEAKER THURSDAY NIGHT, 8:30 - 9:30 PM

Paul Schenk: New Horizons. Paul's discussion will be a survey of the Outer Solar System in 3D, starting with the large moons of Jupiter, all the way out to the diminutive "Ultima Thule". Stereo views returned from visiting spacecraft revealed alien landscapes on the ice-rich worlds of the Outer Solar System, including large impact crater scars, towering fault scarps, enormous ridges, and even a few volcanic edifices. Some of these worlds even harbor liquid water oceans beneath their icy crusts.

Geologic exploration of the Outer Solar System began 40 years ago with the first Voyager flybys of Jupiter. The other gas giants followed through 1989. Galileo and Cassini orbiters to Jupiter and Saturn exploited Voyagers discoveries. New Horizons completed our reconnaissance at Pluto in 2015.

Biography: A space-groupie since Gemini days in the mid 1960s, Paul's first formal introduction to planetary sciences was as a NASA Planetary Geology summer intern in 1979 at JPL during the Voyager 2 Jupiter encounter. Working for Voyager during one of its encounters was an unforgettable experience for him. Since 1992 he has also been an intern advisor for the Lunar and Planetary Institute's (LPI) summer intern program. In 1988 Paul completed his Ph.D. at Washington University in St. Louis under Dr. William B. McKinnon. Since arriving at the LPI in 1991, he has been using Voyager, Galileo, and Cassini stereo and monoscopic images to map the topography and geology of the icy outer planet satellites (and dabbling a bit on Mars and the Moon).

Paul has also been a stereo image aficionado for many years, and in 1997 completed an educational/fun CD-ROM entitled 3-D Tour of the Solar System showing the planets in 3-D. Other interests include 20th Century history, the Titanic, volleyball, stained glass, scuba, and deep sea diving. In 2010, his Atlas of the Galilean Satellites (copyright 2010) was published. Paul is a Participating Scientist on the DAWN (at Vesta) and Cassini missions, studying impact cratering on small bodies and plume deposition processes on Enceladus. He has also been a co-investigator on the New Horizons mission to Pluto and beyond, responsible for cartography and topography.

GUEST SPEAKERS, FRIDAY

Eric Kurland is an award-winning independent filmmaker, past president of the LA 3-D Club, Director of the LA 3-D Movie Festival, and CEO of 3-D SPACE: The Center for Stereoscopic Photography, Art, Cinema, and Education. Operating out of a Secret Underground Lair in Los Angeles, he specializes in 3-DIY (do-it-yourself 3-D) and consults on every stage of 3-D production and post-production, from development through exhibition. His 3-D clients have included National Geographic, Nintendo, and NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. He has worked as 3-D director on several music videos for the band OK Go, including the Grammy nominated All Is Not Lost, he was the lead stereographer on the Oscar-nominated 20th Century Fox theatrical short Maggie Simpson in The Longest Daycare, and served as the production lead on the Emmy nominated The Simpsons Planet Of The Couches VR for Google Spotlight Stories. In 2014, he founded 3-D SPACE, The Center For Stereoscopic Photography, Art, Cinema, and Education, a Los Angeles based 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation of the history of stereoscopic imaging and the advancement of current and future 3-D arts and sciences. 3-D SPACE has implemented an ongoing program of public presentations, classes and workshops in stereoscopic 3-D content creation, from 3-D photography and filmmaking to immersive virtual reality, and the 3-D SPACE museum gallery/exhibition space opened in July, 2018. Eric sometimes wears a gorilla suit and space helmet.

Dr. Melody Davis: Sentiment and Irony: The Narrative Stereographs of F. G. Weller. Melody Davis will speak on her new ebook, "Sentiment and Irony: The Narrative Stereographs of F. G. Weller." This Scalar ebook presents the full run of F. G. Weller's narrative stereographs in a format that can be viewed stereoscopically from a computer or cell phone. Franklin George Weller was one of the first American stereographers of genre or narrative scenes, and his views are popular to this day. Davis will present both favorite and rarely seen Weller stereoviews and discuss prominent themes, such as the depiction of artists at work, American types, and Weller's self-portraiture in character. New bibliographic and biographic information on the Weller family has emerged, allowing the viewer to identify a number of the actors. Janette Weller's fame may be a surprise to those in the stereoscopic community. Davis will discuss her role in Weller's work and after the early death of her husband, her new career. F. G. Weller's voice emerges in his published books to enrich our understanding of this pivotal figure in stereoscopic history.

Biography: Melody Davis is an Associate Professor of art history at The Sage Colleges, where her courses include the history of photography and stereography. Her forthcoming ebook, "Sentiment and Irony: The Narrative Stereographs of F. G. Weller," will be available July 1st. For her Stereo World article "A Victorian Women's Dirty Joke," she was awarded the 2019 Susan Warren Beatty Faculty Research Award at the Sage Colleges. Davis is the author of 2015 scholarly study, Women's Views: The Narrative Stereograph in Nineteenth-Century America, which has become a college textbook. She has published and spoken internationally, most recently at the University of St. Andrews and Concordia University's "Speaking of Photography" annual lecture. Davis is also the author of The Male Nude in Contemporary Photography and four books of poetry. Ghost Writer, poems from Broadstone Books, was published this year.

FILM FEATURE SATURDAY AFTERNOON, 3:00 - 5:00 PM

Bob Furmanek began his work to save our stereoscopic film heritage in 1980. As founder of the 3-D Film Archive, his organization has located and preserved dozens of vintage 3-D shorts and features. To date, they have released fifteen restored titles on 3-D Blu-ray, including the critically-acclaimed 3-D RARITIES in 2015. Their most recent restorations include William Cameron Menzies' THE MAZE; a collaborative preservation project with Martin Scorsese, The Film Foundation and Paramount Archive; REVENGE OF THE CREATURE for NBCUniversal and the Pine-Thomas stereoscopic gem JIVARO, released flat only in 1954 and now available on 3-D Blu-ray from Kino Lorber.

Greg Kintz - 3-D became a personal interest in 1979 after seeing a vintage stereoscopic feature film at a local college. In the early 1990s started investigating many of the then available 3-D video formats and their viability with existing television technology including various stereoscopic film to video transfer methods, workflow, storage, as well as different dual cam designs. Work included being an officer with the 3-D Film Preservation Fund which has worked closely on two widely acclaimed World 3-D Film Expos and assisted with a third. For over 15 years have remastered rare and vintage stereoscopic materials for the 3-D Film Archive, which has worked with various studios over the last twenty plus years and at one point was on record as having the largest private 3-D film archive in the world. With the 3-D Film Archive have worked with various studios on preservation projects including some of the following: Universal Studios, Paramount Pictures Archive, MGM, the Library of Congress and the British Film Institute. Have restored over a dozen feature length films plus numerous short subject features for 3-D bluray release, as well as others for archival purposes.

The star and director of 1953 3-D hit Sangaree, team up again in this romantic and thrilling adventure in glorious Technicolor. Jivaro also known as Lost Treasure of the Amazon stars Fernando Lamas (100 Rifles), Rhonda Fleming (Those Redheads from Seattle), Brian Keith (The Rare Breed), Lon Chaney Jr. (Big House, U.S.A.), Richard Denning (Target Earth), Rita Moreno (West Side Story) and directed by Edward Ludwig (Wake of the Red Witch). Alice Parker (Fleming) arrives at the Brazilian trading outpost of Rio Galdez (Lamas) in search of her fiancé, Jerry Russell (Denning), an alcoholic engineer who has ventured into a headhunter country on a quest for gold. More about the film: Jivaro

GUEST SPEAKER SATURDAY NIGHT, 8:30 - 9:30 PM

Denis Pellerin: Victorian Working Class Women in the Stereoscope. The Stereoscope was a middle-class device that was to be found in the parlours of the bourgeoisie both in Britain and in France. Unsurprisingly, most of the images made for this "magical instrument" had the middle-class as their target audience and definitely catered to their tastes and aspirations. However, there exists a fairly large number of stereoscopic pictures representing working-class women, mostly seamstresses, laundry girls, fishwomen, farm lasses and female servants. The reasons behind these representations are as varied as the occupations illustrated. With 3-D images from Dr. Brian May's extensive collection photo historian Denis Pellerin will show how the Victorians evidently admired the strong, healthy-looking and independent fishwives, took a real interest in the working conditions of the seamstresses, found laundresses titillating, had idyllic notions about life in the countryside and were, in some way, fascinated by their servants whom they often feared as much as they distrusted... or sometimes desired them.

Biography: Denis Pellerin was a teacher for thirty years before being "liberated" by Brian May who made him the curator of his extensive collection of Victorian stereographs and enabled him to indulge in his long-standing passion for history and stereoscopy. Denis has been in charge of the collection for six years and in 2105 was appointed Director of the London Stereoscopic Society. Denis is well known by the readers of Stereo World for his column "European Gems". He has written and co-written several books and articles, both in French and English, and delights in researching the early years of Stereoscopy and adding to Brian's collection. He has been giving lots of 3-D talks lately on a whole range of different subjects and holds his main mission to be keeping Brian May's collection alive and spreading the word that 3-D photography is far better than its mono counterpart. What could be wrong with that?


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