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August 19, 2009

3D Movie List

Filed under 3D, Movies


I spent some time searching for a list of the “new generation” 3D movies (movies made for RealD or Dolby 3D). I never found a comprehensive list, so I made my own.

If you have any additions or corrections…please post in the comments and I will update this list.


  1. Chicken Little
  2. The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl in 3-D


  1. The Ant Bully
  2. The Nightmare Before Christmas (reissued annually)
  3. Monster House


  1. Meet the Robinsons
  2. Beowulf


  1. U2 3D
  2. Hannah Montana & Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert
  3. Journey to the Center of the Earth
  4. Bolt
  5. Fly Me to the Moon


  1. Jonas Brothers: The 3D Concert Experience
  2. My Bloody Valentine 3-D
  3. G-Force
  4. Up
  5. Coraline
  6. Final Destination 4
  7. Monsters vs. Aliens
  8. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
  9. Avatar
  10. A Christmas Carol
  11. Toy Story
  12. Toy Story 2
  13. Michael Jackson: This Is It
  14. Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs
  15. X Games 3D: The Movie


  1. How to Train Your Dragon
  2. Alice in Wonderland
  3. Shrek Forever After
  4. Oobermind
  5. Toy Story 3
  6. Beauty and the Beast
  7. Tron Legacy
  8. Rapunzel
  9. The Gate
  10. Resident Evil: Afterlife
  11. The Hole
  12. Piranha 3D
  13. Humpty Dumpty


  1. The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn
  2. Tintin 2
  3. Frankenweenie
  4. Battle Angel
  5. Cars 2
  6. The Bear and the Bow
  7. Kung Fu Panda: The Kaboom of Doom
  8. The Guardians
  9. Happy Feet 2 in 3D
  10. Rio

2012 and Beyond

  1. Monsters, Inc. 2
  2. Truckers
  3. Super Secret Ghost Project
  4. Madagascar 3
  5. Crood Awakening
  6. Tintin 3
  7. Puss in Boots: The Story of an Ogre Killer
  8. Newt
  9. King of the Elves
  10. Star Wars
  11. Empire Strikes Back
  12. Return of the Jedi
  13. The Phantom Menace
  14. Attack of the Clones
  15. Revenge of the Sith
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August 16, 2009

SIGGRAPH: Stereoscopic 3D

Filed under 3D, Gadgets, HDTV, Movies, SIGGRAPH


Stereoscopic 3D (S-3D) was big at SIGGRAPH this year and left me thoroughly impressed. For me, it was the biggest news of SIGGRAPH 2009.

What is S-3D? S-3D creates the illusion of depth, like you would see with a View-Master. Instead of a single image, each eye has a unique perspective of the image.

Why is S-3D hot all the sudden?

Hollywood has taken notice of the increased revenue, and it shows. There is a surge in the number of 3D movies coming out.

There are many ways you can see S-3D. Two technologies that standout as the best:

RealD has most of the market currently. I don’t have any stats, but I believe I heard in the SIGGRAPH panel that over 1,000 theaters are RealD-capable now and they have more than 90% of the market for 3D cinema. To use RealD, theaters need a special silver screen to reflect more light and keep the light polarized. They also need a RealD filter device in front of the projector to polarize frames for the left eye and right eye. The glasses are cheap to produce and can be recycled or replaced.

Dolby 3D uses color filters instead of polarizing light. Each eye can only see certain colors, but amazingly appears as a full color image. Dolby 3D uses a standard white screen. A big advantage is there is no special screen to buy and thus 2D movies are not impacted by a theater’s move to 3D-capable. I’m not sure how a 2D movie looks on RealD’s silver screen, but I’ve been told it does look different than using a standard white screen. The Dolby 3D glasses are not cheap like the RealD glasses, and theaters must be careful not to lose the glasses.

I’ve seen both RealD and Dolby3D and I can’t pick a winner…both look really good.

Movies are obvious candidates for S-3D…but I saw other forms of entertainment that *really* shine in 3D. In the SIGGRAPH panel, I watched a demo reel from 3ality Digital that showed scenes from an NFL game, an NBA game, and a U2 concert. Seeing a live event in 3D is *very* compelling.

Two scenes stood out in my head:

  1. A running back trying to break through a wall of linemen and eventually forced out of bounds and into the 3D camera made the entire audience react as the running back kept getting closer to us. We had the same reaction as if we were standing there preparing to get hit.
  2. Watching the kicker kickoff. Seeing the ball from the opposite end zone is nearly impossible with the sea of people in the background…but in 3D, the ball popped out in front and was very clear, even though it was very small.

I can’t wait for movie theaters to start hosting NFL/NBA games in 3D…I’ll definitely shell out some cash to see that.

I’m a believer in 3D for movie theaters…I’ll definitely go see every movie in 3D that I can.

But what about in your home?

That is getting very interesting very quickly.

JVC had a 46 inch LCD on display at SIGGRAPH that uses the same technique as RealD…and it looked really good. The bad news: You lose half your resolution because each frame contains the left and right images instead of just a single image. That means you *cannot* do 1080p currently in 3D.

However, HDMI 1.4 fixes this with its “3D over HDMI” feature.

Panasonic should have a 3D-capable set by next year. Sony has not made a 3D  announcement yet, but was very active in the SIGGRAPH panel…so you can draw your own conclusions.

So you get a Blu-ray player and TV that supports HDMI 1.4…what about 3D content? There is *no* standard for 3D yet…so anything you buy now may be worthless when a standard is decided.

My advice for 3D in the home: wait. It is coming, but it looks like it is still a few years away.

As soon as 3D for the home is standardized…I’m jumping in…I’m hooked on this stuff.

The SIGGRAPH panel left some good websites to follow for information on this topic:

Finally…an IMDb Movie Credit!

Filed under Movies, Web

I submitted this well before the movie came out. Nothing happened. I tried submitting a second time and this one finally took.

I’m now listed in the full credits for Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince on IMDb, under “Visual Effects.”


They also added Harry Potter to my IMDb page. Now I have a movie credit and a video game credit (for Star Wars: The Force Unleashed).



My STARmeter has fallen 42%…I need more people to visit my IMDb page…help me out!

August 5, 2009

SIGGRAPH: Evening Theater

Filed under 3D, Animation, SIGGRAPH


The Evening Theater was amazing…we saw a lot of impressive work.

New this year is a 30 minute real-time section. A presenter interacts with the work to show how it updates (and prove that it is not just a video).

Stand-outs in real-time:

  • Flower for the PS3. I’m going to pickup this game.
  • AMD’s Froblins. Everything is running on the graphics card, including the artificial intelligence…very impressive.
  • Fight Night Round 4. Mike Tyson versus…SIGGRAPH Keynote Speaker Will Wright?!?!? It was hilarious to see Will take down the champ.

Next up: Juried Reel, work selected by the Computer Animation Festival Jury
from hundreds of international submissions. Here’s what I liked best:

The last section was the Curated Reel, work invited by the Computer Animation Festival Chair. My favs:

  • ILM showed clips from Star Trek, Terminator Salvation, and Transformers. No link for this, but you can see it on Friday’s at noon if you come for a tour.
  • Pixar showed its short “Partly Cloudy” (shown before “Up”)

SIGGRAPH: My Cuz Made the E.T.!

Filed under 3D, Animation, Family, SIGGRAPH

I went to the SIGGRAPH E.T. tonight. E.T. once stood for “Electronic Theater,” but now stands for “Evening Theater.”

The E.T. shows the very best in computer graphics from the past year. It is a great honor to be selected.

I was thrilled to see my cousin’s (Anne Johnson) music video is part of this year’s E.T.! I had no idea it was going to be included.


It is a really funky video…must see material.

See Gnarls Barkley’s “Who’s Gonna Save My Soul” here.

Congrats Cuz!


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