Evolution of 3d Cinema
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The Double Vision of William Friese-Green | Brompton Bicycle

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"One of the early pioneers of movies started life in humble beginnings as plain William Green, born in Bristol in 1855, the son of a metalworker."

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William Friese-Green was the first creator of 3d cinema. He projected two films side by side and used a tool called a stereoscope to join the films into a 3d image. Due to the complicated mechanics however it was not practical for cinema at the time.

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Edwin H. Land and Polaroid

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Edwin H. Land invented the polarized sheet in 1929 which was the next step from the stereoscope. The sheets used could either deflect or absorb light based on the coating which is what produced the 3d effect. These new polaroids however required a new projector which was very expensive so not many theatres used it.

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Single Strip Format

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"3d film made a revival again in the 1960 to early 80s due to the release of "Space Vision 3d" The technology took to images and printed them ontop of one another. This made projecting 3d films alot easier because you no longer had to use 2 projectors."

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IMAX and 3d

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In the early 90s IMAX 3D began to open in various venues around the U.S.. They mainly showed short science documentaries. These documentaries where very popular however due to the large theatre they where showed in.

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The success of 3D movies

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More and more studios began to see the impact that 3d film had on its audience. "The Polar Express" which was the first 3d animated film ever created had a lot of success in 2004. It made 14 times more money in the 3d showing of the film than in the 2d showing.

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The First 3d Film "The Power of Love"

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Notable solely for being the very first 3-D film projected for audiences, this film was produced by Harry K. Fairall and shot by cinematographer Robert F. Elder.

 

Carlos Rodriguez's insight:

It wasn't until many years after William Friese-Green and his stereoscope that the first 3d film came out.  "The Power of Love" first premiered in a Los Angeles hotel theatre in 1922. The camera rig used a dual strip red/green setup to project the film three-dimensionally. Although the technology was groundbreaking for the time it was not very popular among moviegoers.

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The Golden Era of 3d (1952-1954)

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This small clip from "House of Wax" is an example of a 3d movie that came out during the Golden Era of 3d film. The Golden Era was a very short time period in the early 50's when there was a boom in the popularity of 3d films. The popularity however died off quickly due to frequently malfunctioning projectors, tedious labor, and most importantly because the sense of "novelty" associated with 3d film had simply come to an end.

 

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Spacehunter: Adventures in the Forbidden Zone (1983) (TV Spot)

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Spacehunter: Adventure in the Forbidden Zone was a 3d movie that was part of the 3d revival movement that was going on from the 1960s-70s. It was the most expensive 3d film  made at the time and it cost roughly the same amount as Star Wars. Spacehunter had very little box office sucess however.

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Ghost of the Abyss

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James Cameron created a documentary titled "Ghost of the abyss" This documentary showed a very realistic tour of the sunken Titanic. "Ghost of the abyss" which came out in 2003 is what set the tone for modern day 3D films.

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Avatar's Catalytic Impact on Future 3D TV and Film

Avatar's Catalytic Impact on Future 3D TV and Film | Evolution of 3d Cinema | Scoop.it
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"Avatar" spent 500 million dollars in production which makes it the most expensive 3d movie ever made.  The technology that went into it was very expensive and top of the line. This was the movie that has truly set the bar high for future 3d movies to come.

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