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Academy To Unveil Technology Behind 3-D Boom

With 3-D productions on the rise, advances in stereoscopic motion picture technology enable filmmakers to reach audiences in more ways than ever before. On Friday, October 17, at 8 p.m. at the Linwood Dunn Theater in Hollywood, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Science and Technology Council will offer an in-depth analysis of 3D techniques in "Getting Perspective II: The Art and Science of 3-D Motion Pictures."

Hosted by Council member Rob Hummel, the evening will feature clips from a new digital version of the groundbreaking short film MUPPET*VISION 3D (1991) and an onstage panel discussions with contemporary 3-D filmmakers including Eric Brevig (JOURNEY TO THE CENTER OF THE EARTH), Bruce Hendricks (HANNAH MONTANA & MILEY CYRUS: BEST OF BOTH WORLDS CONCERT TOUR) and some of those behind the original MUPPET*VISION 3D.

"Getting Perspective II" will examine the basic mechanics of stereoscopic vision, including interocular distance, active vs. passive glasses, and circular vs. linear polarization, as well as delve into such issues as before-screen vs. behind-screen 3-D convergence, audience eye fatigue, adapting big-screen 3D effects for video, and the challenges of subtitling.

Originally produced as a theme park attraction, MUPPET*VISION 3D was the last film directed by Jim Henson. It demonstrates the successful application of stereoscopic techniques and provides an excellent opportunity to examine the full range of visual effects that can be created in a 3-D environment.

Established in 2003 by the Academy's Board of Governors, the Science and Technology Council provides a forum for the exchange of information, promotes cooperation among diverse technological interests within the industry, sponsors publications, fosters educational activities and preserves the history of science and technology of motion pictures.

Tickets to "Getting Perspective II" are $5 for the general public and $3 for Academy members and students with a valid ID. Tickets are available for purchase by mail, at the Academy box office, or online at Doors open at 7 p.m. All seating is unreserved.

The Linwood Dunn Theater is located at 1313 Vine Street in Hollywood. Free parking is available through the entrance on Homewood Avenue (one block north of Fountain Avenue). For additional information, visit or call (310) 247-3600.