|Birth: ||May 16, 1947|
|Death: ||Nov. 13, 2012|
Los Angeles County
Ray Zone ( May 16, 1947 - November 13, 2012 (aged 65) ) was an American film historian, author, artist, and pioneer in methods of converting flat images (in particular, comic books) into stereoscopic images. Starlog has called him the "King of 3-D Comics", and Artsy Planet has called him the "3D King of Hollywood".
Ray Zone was an author, 3D film producer, speaker and award-winning 3-D artist. Zone moved to Los Angeles in the early 1980's and began working in the world of 3D converting flat art to 3D images. He began working in comic books in 1983 and his early collaborations with Jack C. Harris and Steve Ditko drew the attention of Archie Goodwin, who recruited him to work with John Byrne on the 1990 Batman 3-D, a full-length 3D graphic novella. Zone produced 3D adaptations of art for over 150 comic books, for clients such as Disney, Warner Bros and the Simpsons, and including stories by Alan Moore and Grant Morrison which were specifically written to accommodate stereoscopy.
An internationally recognized expert in all things 3-D, Zone had a special interest in stereoscopic cinema and Large Format 3-D (15/70) filmmaking. He created stereo conversions and stereoscopic images for a wide variety of clients in publishing, education, advertising, television and motion pictures. In 2006 Zone was acknowledged by the Grammy Awards as "3D Artist" on the platinum selling Tool_(band) 3-D CD "10,000 Days" which garnered the Grammy in the category of "Best Recording Package." Ray Zone is the recipient of numerous awards for his 3-D work, among them a 1987 Inkpot Award from the San Diego Comic-Con for "Outstanding Achievement in Comic Arts."
He is the author of "3D Filmmakers, Conversations with Creators of Stereoscopic Motion Pictures" (Scarecrow Press: 2005) , "Stereoscopic Cinema and the Origins of 3-D Film, 1838 - 1952" (University Press of Kentucky: 2007) , "3-DIY: Stereoscopic Moviemaking on an Indie Budget" (Focal Press: 2012) , and "3-D Revolution: The History of Modern Stereoscopic Cinema" (University Press of Kentucky: 2012) .
In 2008 Zone worked as 3D Supervisor on the feature film Dark Country (Sony Pictures) with director/star Thomas Jane and in 2010 as 3D Producer on "Brijes 3D," (Ithrax/SDA), the first animated 3D feature film made in Mexico. His website is viewable in anaglyphic 3-D at: www.ray3dzone.com
Ray passed away on November 13, 2012 in Los Angeles.
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Ray actively reached out to help people under stand 3D. He was very supportive of people and their projects. Laurie Anderson wrote "the day my father died, it was like a whole library burned down." That also speakers to Ray's place in the 3D and larger...(Read more)|
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