The 43rd National Stereoscopic Association Convention

2017 3D-Con & ISU Congress

August 8-14, 2017 • Hotel Irvine Jamboree Center • Irvine, CA


3D-CON's Stereo Theatre features HD digital projection on a 16'x9' screen of an eclectic mix of presentations encompassing a diverse range of subjects and techniques.

Comprehensive Stereo Theatre Schedule (Google Doc)

Featured Theatre Presentations

FRIDAY NIGHT KEYNOTE SPEAKERS (following the auction):

James Comstock: Into Orchids. Visually, the close-up 3-D image is usually clearer than unaided human vision can commonly provide. And while all of this is hopefully engaging on a botanical level, at its heart this show is an aesthetic journey, where each flower becomes a breathtaking combination of alien sculpture, elfin architecture, and fantasy landscape. We will visit orchids, both hybrids and species, and representatives from the Aroid, Lily, Asclepiad, and Amaryllis families, in addition to Clivias, carnivorous plants, and more. Come ride the dangerous curves of a petal to slide into a throne room decorated with colors and patterns that would make your interior decorator shriek (with delight or horror)! James Comstock's pictures appear frequently in Orchid Digest magazine, where the editors also humor Jim by providing a 3-D feature page in each issue. He is currently in the beginning stages of producing a 3-D book on orchids. Jim has also been hybridizing clivias since 1986.

Denis Pellerin: Charles Wheatstone and the early years of the stereoscope. Contrary to what has often been written, stereoscopy was far from being an overnight success. It took several years, some careful planning and a few technical improvements before it spread and became a craze - albeit a short-lived one - which saw millions of stereo cards on a huge variety of subjects made and sold all over the world.


Chris Casady: Premier, Never Before Seen: Industrial Light and Magic, 1977, 40th anniversary tribute to the special effects behind Star Wars. Then-24 year old Animator and 3D photo hobbyist Chris Casady documented his work environment back in 1977 skulking around Industrial Light and Magic (ILM) after midnight. Not realizing the film Star Wars would be a smash hit, but knowing the models looked really cool, Chris made 3D portraits of the props, the environment and fellow coworkers. What remains is a casual, candid view of the production environment at ILM for a modest little "science fiction film for children" that 20th Century Fox took a gamble on. See close-ups of the Rebel spaceships, the Millennium Falcon, X-Wing and T.I.E. Fighters, Sand Crawler and Luke's Land speeder, stages, machine shop, props and the Death Star. These images have never before been seen in public.

J-Walt: Lucid Dreamscapes. Mind-blowing live 3-D performance by Academy Award winning multimedia artist J-Walt. The show integrates music and stereoscopic computer graphics to create immersive worlds and dreamscapes, all manipulated in real-time on the big screen. J-Walt is a director, interactive designer, filmmaker, performer, graphic artist, music composer, and VR pioneer. For more than a quarter century, he has been at the forefront of interactive art and computer performance, expanding the uses of computer animation into uncharted territories. His Spontaneous Fantasia performances combine aspects of animation, video games, music, theater, dance and architecture into a seamless new art form. He produced location-based video games for Sony and was a founding member of Disney's VR studio. J-Walt's movies and images have been exhibited at Ars Electronica, SIGGRAPH, MOCA, Sinking Creek Film Festival, New York Animation Festival, and others. In his spare time, he organizes the Los Angeles Abstract Movie Workshop. See his work at Read review here.


Captured Aural Phantasy Theater. Captured Aural Phantasy combine the art, drama and comedy of a vintage radio program with the live entertainment of a variety show. This special show is built around performances of 3-D comic book stories, vintage pop culture gems, along with live sound effects, music and projected art.


SEPTEMBER STORM. Join us outside at the pool for a special screening of the restored 1960 3-D feature film, SEPTEMBER STORM. This drama of treasure hunters exploring the Mediterranean Sea was the last 3-D picture filmed in the 1950s, and the first to be released in 3-D CinemaScope. Hoping to impress New York model Joanne Dru, sailor Asher Dann borrows his boss's boat; con men Mark Stevens and Robert Strauss convince the couple to search for a fortune in sunken gold coins. Director Byron Haskin is best known for the 1953 classic THE WAR OF THE WORLDS; the script is by noir legend W. R. Burnett (THE ASPHALT JUNGLE, HIGH SIERRA). The first feature to include color underwater 3-D footage, SEPTEMBER STORM was long considered lost until the original negative elements were located for this digital restoration by the 3-D Film Archive and restored through the generosity of 3-D fans through a Kickstarter campaign organized by 3-D SPACE. The program begins with the 3-D stop-motion animated short THE ADVENTURES OF SAM SPACE, which accompanied SEPTEMBER STORM on its original release in 1960 under the title SPACE ATTACK.

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