About Our 3D Films

All videos were filmed by Thomas P. Riederer, P.E. entirely in stereoscopic 3D using proprietary digital video cameras developed by tree-D Films™. The 3D aspect of the films provides a unique "You Are There!" feeling.

Viewing Our 3D Films

For our live 3D presentations we use dual HD projectors with polarizers, which allows viewers to view our 3D films using inexpensive, non-powered, polarized glasses. This is the best way to give the audience excellent full-color, flicker-free, high resolution 3D. Paper-frame glasses can be pre-printed with a sponsor's logo or we can use higher quality plastic-frame models.

For a small audience viewing on a standard TV set, shutterglasses can be used. These are powered to shutter the eyes in sync with the field-sequential video signal and give a somewhat flickering display, which some folks find distracting. The less expensive models have a wire and a driver box that hooks to the TV. Models with a wireless link to the TV are also available.

In addition to the field sequential stereoscopic 3D versions of our films, standard 2D versions are also included on each DVD.

3D Films Completed & Currently in Production

Aconcagua - The Top of the Western World
Aconcagua Runtime: 37M
Format: Digital Video, Field Sequential Stereoscopic 3D
This video details a successful circumnavigation and summit attempt of the highest mountain outside the Himalayas - Cerro Aconcagua. Located entirely in Argentina, Aconcagua, roughly translated as "The Stone Sentinel", stands out quite distinctly from its distant Andean neighbors at 22,834'. It is the highest point in South America and one of the Seven Summits of the World.

This expedition took a less-traveled route up the beautiful, expansive Vacas and Relinchos Rivers, traversing below the Polish Glacier and on up past a windy Independencia (the highest permanent structure in the world!) to the dreaded Canaleta and then to the Summit. Descent was down along the Horcones River, hence a circumnavigation.

The group consisted of experienced mountaineers from the USA, lead by famous mountain guide and Seven-Summiteer Jim Williams. This production details the climb on a personal level with the climbers along with the gauchos and mules who supported them. High and low feelings about the climb are portrayed in a story that progresses simultaneously in time, weather and altitude.

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Alaska 3D - Flora, Fauna and Fishin'
Alaska Runtime: 38M
Format: Digital Video, Field Sequential Stereoscopic 3D
This video describes fishing in Alaska, most notably in and around Prince William Sound and the Cordova area. It is not, however, limited solely to fishing. Beautiful scenes of the landscape, vegetation, fish and critters found in the areas of interest are compelling to a general family audience - not just the Fisherman!

The first half is devoted to Salmon fishing in freshwater, starting with close-ups of spawning salmon in a tributary far upstream from the sea. Then we do a little Silver Salmon fishin' on a rainy day along a glacier-fed stream, with its beaver ponds, eagles and wild swans.

For the second half of the movie we go out into Prince William Sound on a sport-fishing boat, traveling around numerous scenic islands to the fishing grounds. We catch Halibut, Rockfish, a giant Octopus and some "other surprises". In the end we travel back to Anchorage via Ferry Boat and the beautiful Alaskan Railway, snaking our way thru snow-capped mountain canyons, absorbing the grand vistas in a way only 3D can provide!

Honorable Mention Winner at the Stereo Club of Southern California 3D Video Competition!

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Carstensz Pyramid - Adventure in Irian Jaya
Irian Jaya Runtime: 45M
Format: Digital Video, Field Sequential Stereoscopic 3D
This video portrays a successful adventure trek and technical summit attempt of the highest mountain between the Himalayas in Asia and the Andes in South America - Carstensz Pyramid in Irian Jaya, on the island of New Guinea. It is the highest point in what's known as Australasia (sometimes called Oceania) and one of the Seven Summits of the World.

Unrest in the area caused major departures from more well-traveled routes. The route taken for the trek to the base camp was seldom, if ever, used by modern explorers, creating an Indiana Jones-style adventure in itself. Meeting and living with the local Amungme tribe, who are caught between their Stone Age past and a rapidly-advancing future, was a thought-provoking quandary: We were excited to see former headhunters in their native environment, glad they were former headhunters, and pleased to see their children being educated in modern ways to deal with modern society. Yet this caused such a variety of dilemmas including difficulties finding guides and porters to aid us in our travels, and wondering if their future generations will really be any better off than they have been for several thousand years while living in isolation.

The rich, dense and very wet jungle turns to high savannah-like terrain and eventually into austere high alpine rock even including a glacier on the Equator. This provides the viewer with incredible 3D vistas as well as a feeling of being adjacent to the daily toils of a difficult and tiring adventure through obstacles of nature.

In addition to filmmaker Thomas Riederer, the eclectic group consisted of two climbers from Singapore - Swee Chiow, one of the few who has climbed all Seven Summits and trekked to both Poles, his associate Amos Sim Seng Chye - plus an English team led by Gavin Bate. Our outfitters from Indonesia and porters and guides from both Amungme and Dani tribes rounded out the group.

Honorable Mention Winner at the Stereo Club of Southern California 3D Video Competition!

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Death Valley 3D Daze (Preview)
Death Valley Runtime: 5M
Format: Digital Video, Field Sequential Stereoscopic 3D
Hot. Dry. Barren. Dust. Cactus. Bones. These are what you think of when you hear "Death Valley". With an average annual rainfall of less than 2 inches and temperatures over 120 degrees that's what you'd expect to find on a visit there.

Well there's plenty of that, but far more as well. With diversely unique geology, geography, history, flora and fauna, Death Valley is an amazing place to explore and find mysteries of nature and oddities of man.

Water is the precious commodity. Water is life. The small amount of it is hoarded and used sparingly by all who survive here in the lowest point in the Western Hemisphere. But, once in a great while there is a bountiful rainstorm here in the desert and it comes alive!

This film explores the hidden treasures and surprises, the tough honchos who lived here, the 20 mule team legacy and an explosion of life which comes along only once a century.

Honorable Mention Winner at the Stereo Club of Southern California 3D Video Competition!

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Up Denali 3D
Denali Runtime: 30M
Format: Digital Video, Field Sequential Stereoscopic 3D
This stereoscopic 3D video portrays a successful adventure trek and technical summit attempt of the highest mountain in North America. Also known as Mount McKinley, Denali has an altitude of 20,320' and is one of the Seven Summits of the World.

Situated in Alaska near the Arctic Circle, a June Denali climb is spent entirely without darkness - essentially a single month-long "day". And being so far North and so high, the entire climb, from flying into Base Camp via bush plane to up-and-down the Kahiltna Glacier with repetitive carry and move snowshoe pack trips to steep ascents near the 20,000' Summit Ridge, is spent entirely on snow.

Come join 3D filmmaker Tom Riederer on a classic climb of America's high-altitude jewel. Start in the lush, green Talkeetna summer and wind your way through spectacular 3D vistas, blizzards and personal triumphs to reach the pinnacle of the United States of America. Once you see the mountains in 3D you'll never want to see them "flat" again!

Honorable Mention Winner at the Stereo Club of Southern California 3D Video Competition!

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