‘A Prairie Home Companion’ star to visit library on Saturday

Fred Newman

Learn how to create stunning three-dimensional photographs with sound effects wizard and actor Fred Newman of “A Prairie Home Companion” during an Allen and Helen Hermes Arts Series workshop on Saturday, April 22, at 3 p.m. at the Mark Twain Library.

An Emmy-award winning artist, Newman is best known as the one-man sound effects machine and star of Garrison Keillor’s radio show A Prairie Home Companion. In his spare time, Newman has learned how to create breathtaking 3-D photographs.

During the workshop, Newman will discuss different methods of taking a three-dimensional photograph and participants will learn how to use cameras or cell phones to create their own 3-D pictures.

“It will change the way you photograph — and see!” Newman said.

In addition to his work on A Prairie Home Companion, Newman has been the voice of Harry in the movie Harry and the Hendersons, and also created sounds for other movies, including Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Practical Magic, and Gremlins, among others.

He hosted the All-New Mickey Mouse Club and Nickelodeon’s Livewire, and created music and sounds for the animated series Doug.

Younger audiences may know him from his word segments on PBS’s Between the Lions, for which he won three Emmys. Newman also revealed some of his secrets for creating sounds in his book MouthSounds.

The workshop is for ages 10 and up and seating is limited. Visual aids will be provided. Register online at www.marktwainlibrary.org or at the library or call 203-938-2545 for information.

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  • John A. Rupkalvis

    Part of the picture used as an example in this article is pseudoscopic. While the face and background are oriented left-right parallel for parallel freeviewing, the glasses and hand holding them are oriented right-left transposed for crossview freeviewing.

    This problem probably was caused by differential motion during a time parallax imaging sequence. That is, a monoscopic camera was moved laterally between the two shots to effect the stereoscopic disparity, but during that interval the hand holding the glasses also moved, thereby effecting the visual anomaly.

    The fact that the hand moved is proven by the fact that while the vertical alignment on the face and background appears correct, the hand and glasses are vertically misregistered. This may have been done to effect the appearance of more depth on the glasses, but the hand moving in the wrong direction had the opposite effect.

    Preventing motion artifacts during time-parallax shots can be challenging. The technique requires that nothing but the camera moves between shots. This is why dual-lens stereo cameras were made.

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