View-Master is one of my all time favorite, and most cherished childhood toys. I can't even begin to count the hours spent staring into my viewer and being whisked away into other realms of fun and fantasy. A very simple, but none the less brilliant concept from the age of innocence, made all the more magical by the gorgeous artistry put into the tiny sets and sculptures (in particular the mind bending work of Florence Thomas and Joe Liptak.) So that of course brings me to the point of this post: I've heard people describe the ones that utilized this more puppety look as "creepy" or some nonsense, though aside from the Dracula, Frankenstein, and Wolfman reels (and maybe Casper the Friendly Ghost), I can't really think of any other examples where View-Master actually did delve into the ACTUAL realm of "creepy." And then I recently saw someone online having a fun time making View-Masters that don't really exist for films and shows that definitely deserve the 3D TRU-VUE treatment, and I decided to buckle down and make a few myself.
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And speaking of spooky View-Master scenes, some of my favorite imagery actually comes from a Christmas VM-- that being the bone-chilling spectres from A Christmas Carol (aka Scrooge) set. So what's a guy to do when putting the reels on a scanner doesn't really work for me as it apparently does for others? I aim my iPhone camera into the viewer and take a handful of not totally great, but surprisingly halfway decent shots. Enjoy!
Happy holidays, everyone! Lots more spooky stuff on the way...