Category: 3D movies

A year or so ago I wrote about designer 3D glasses for everyone as 3D was poised to takeover movie screens with offerings from the biggest filmmakers including James Cameron, Robert Zemeckis, Steven speilberg and many others.

2009 delivered, as box office saw enough success and available screens to be called a watershed year for 3D Cinema, where some films can even be profitable on exclusively 3D theatrical releases. Speaking at the National Association of Braodcasters Conference in Vegas, Chris Chinnock, President of consultation and market research firm Insight Media predicted that 2010 will be a “watershed year for 3DTV.”

This is an amazing prediction considering most consumers have yet to hear or see anything about 3D solutions for the home theater. And yet the installed user-base is already sufficiently in place that the chicken/egg conundrum that usually delays new platform rollouts due to lack of standardization has already been hatched; over 2 million DLP/Plasma 3D screens already sit in consumer home-theaters and yet 99% of their respective owners aren’t even aware of their home screens capabilities. As the content becomes avaialble and is broadcast, these screens will be able to handle the incoming signals.

Chinnock and his companies research identified over 40 different market segments for 3D in play today each with their own hardware and software approach to the emergent technology.

While the public is most familiar with standard stereoscopic 3D that requires either active or passive glasses to view properly, end-users will begin seeing more and more AS-3D products – that is – auto-stereoscopic 3D – that require no glasses to be correctly viewed. Already there are AS-3D picture frames coming out of China for a street price of about $300 although at this time quality is still considered sub-par, and with a viewing angle between 15 and 45 degrees.

I will continue to report on this market segment over the coming days from here at the NAB show in Vegas.

oscar statue - academy awards 2009After all the haranguing and rhetoric, the ad campaigns and endless comment threads, stories surfaced that SAG has decided to forget the whole vote to authorize a strike thing altogether, citing they didn’t feel they could get the 75% majority they would need to move forward.  *Eyebrow raised up into the hairline* WTF?

If the story proves to be true, one could argue they saw the light in the wake of California’s recent state of bankruptcy (in case you live under a rock, the state is handing out I.O.U.’s in lieu of tax refunds and most road work has been stopped, two buck chuck is no longer as a tax on wine is being implemented, the list goes on…) or perhaps they folded under other pressures.

Visiting the official SAG site at, however, provided nothing to substantiate this claim.  I read the story in various places including E Online, but now I am beginning to wonder if it was just a PR campaign by those who oppose the strike.

UPDATE: It is official: SAG loses support for strike vote.

Meanwhile, the nominees for the 2009 Oscars was announced.  I’ll likely chime in on my podcast at about my thoughts on the nominations. As I predicted in episode eleven, Man On Wire got a nom for best doc.

Here is the list for your consideration.  Would love to hear your opinions on this year’s contenders.

(technical categories excluded):

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
The Reader
Slumdog Millionaire

Danny Boyle, Slumdog Millionaire
David Fincher, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Ron Howard, Frost/Nixon
Stephen Daldry, The Reader
Gus Van Sant, Milk

Richard Jenkins, The Visitor
Frank Langella, Frost/Nixon
Sean Penn, Milk
Brad Pitt, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Mickey Rourke, The Wrestler

Anne Hathaway, Rachel Getting Married
Angelina Jolie, Changeling
Melissa Leo, Frozen River
Meryl Streep, Doubt
Kate Winslet, The Reader