Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Stereoscopic Slump: 3D Goes to the Amusement Park

During the late '80s and '90s stereoscopic films lost popularity attheaters. Instead the technology found a home at theme parks like 
Disneyland and Universal Studios. Several short films were
specifically created as featured attractions. Titles included the

Captain EO (Disney Theme Parks)
Alfred Hitchcock: The Art of Making Movies(Universal Studios Parks)
Jim Henson's Muppet*Vision 3D (Disney Theme Parks)
Honey, I Shrunk the Audience! (Disney Theme Parks)
T2 3-D: Battle Across Time (Universal Studios Parks)
It's Tough to Be a Bug! (Disney Theme Parks)
Transitions (IMAX Attraction)

RealD, The Business Behind Today's 3D

From the RealD Website:

"We are a leading global licensor of stereoscopic (three-dimensional), or 3D, technologies. Our extensive intellectual property portfolio enables a premium 3D viewing experience in the theater, the home and elsewhere.

We license our RealD Cinema Systems to motion picture exhibitors that show 3D motion pictures and alternative 3D content. We also provide our RealD Format, active and passive eyewear, and display and gaming technologies to consumer electronics manufacturers and content producers and distributors to enable the delivery and viewing of 3D content on high definition televisions, laptops and other displays. Our cutting-edge 3D technologies have been used for applications such as piloting the Mars Rover, heads-up displays for military jets and robotic medical procedures."

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Different Types of Glasses

The most familiar elements of stereoscopic 3D are the glasses issued to the viewing audience. There are different types of glasses used to achieve the same illusion of depth.

Anaglyph glasses use color filters to control the image that each eye sees.


Polarized glasses use a different type of polarizing filter for each eye.


Shutter glasses are relatively new and use battery operated shutters to control what each eye sees These glasses are becoming popular with 3D televisions.

Stereoscopy in Movies: Early History

The Early Stereoscope

In Movies
1890s - William Friese-Greene files a patent, makes first 3D moving projections, viewer used a stereoscope to combine to seperate images that were projected side by side. Awkward and difficult.


1900 - Frederick Eugene Ives patented his stereo camera rig


1922 - The Power of Love - anaglyph glasses used (red/green)

1935 - Audioscopiks - documentary showcasing the technology (MGM)

Audioscopiks (1935) from Patrick Nissim on Vimeo.

1930s-1940s - Polaroid filters developed for 3D projection systems.

1952-1955 - Golden Era of 3D

Tuesday, September 7, 2010


Background Information
Invention of Stereoscopy
Early Popularity in Cinema
How it worked
Films That Showcase Stereoscopy
Recent Popularity and Technological Advances
How New Technology Differs From Old
James Cameron
Development Of Camera Systems
Unique To The Theater?
Stereoscopic 3D In Your Living Room
Television Manufacturers Adopt Technology
Background In Television Adaptation
How will it be used at home?
How/When will it change the nature of TV broadcasting?
Economic Effects
Effect On Product Pricing (Electronics/Televisions)
Effect On The Film Industry
How Will This Effect Everyday Household
Computer Monitors/Video Billboards/Video Installations?
Scientific Applications