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3-D Revolution: The History of Modern Stereoscopic Cinema by Ray Zone

By Ray Zone

In 2009, Avatar, a 3D motion picture directed by way of James Cameron, grew to become the main winning movie of all time, a technological leap forward that has grossed greater than $2.5 billion world wide. Its seamless computer-generated imagery and stay motion stereo images successfully outlined the significance of 3D to the way forward for cinema, in addition to all different presently evolving electronic monitors. notwithstanding stereoscopic cinema all started within the early 19th century and exploded within the Fifties in Hollywood, its current prestige as a permanent style used to be proven via Avatar's success.

3-D Revolution: The heritage of recent Stereoscopic Cinema strains the increase of recent 3-D expertise from Arch Oboler's Bwana satan (1952), which introduced the 50s 3-D growth in Hollywood, to the rapidly-modernizing 3-D at the present time. Ray sector takes a entire procedure that not just examines the know-how of the flicks, but additionally investigates the company, tradition, and artwork in their construction. Influencing new generations of filmmakers for many years, the evolution of 3D cinema know-how maintains to fill our theaters with summer season blockbusters and vacation megahits.

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14 A serious disadvantage of this system is a 60 percent loss of light through reflection and transmission. 5 times with this system, and a scene normally requiring 600-foot candles to light would require 1,500-foot candles. Despite these limitations, this configuration found use in conjunction with the large three-strip Technicolor cameras. Dual-Band Cameras 29 Almost every one of the 3-D feature films made in the 1950s was shot with a stereoscopic rig combining two 35mm cameras together to produce the twin-strip or dual-band format in use in the theaters with two interlocked projectors, polarizers, and the silver screen.

In his pioneering 1949 book Painting with Light, a poetic textbook on motion picture lighting, Alton wrote about creating photographic depth using light. 3 In a chapter titled 50 3-D Revolution “Visual Music,” Alton again addresses the third dimension: “In real life, the pleasure of visual music is enhanced by the third dimension. ”4 Four years later, with I, the Jury, Alton had an opportunity to render space stereoscopically and with light and shadow at the same time. From the opening scenes, in which we see a killing take place in the shadows from the point of view of the murderer, to the final scene, in which we witness Hammer’s revenge slaying of one of the most complicated femmes fatales in all of film noir, Alton made the most of it.

Somerset Maugham, was Bernhardt’s only stereoscopic feature. Bernhardt was not a fan of 3-D movies, and he found the bulkiness of the dual-camera rigs of the 1950s an impediment to his usual style of directing motion pictures utilizing highly mobile camera work. In an interview with Mary Kiersch published as a book by Scarecrow Press in 1986 as part of the Director’s Guild of America Oral History series, 56 3-D Revolution Bernhardt spoke candidly about the filming of Miss Sadie Thompson. Kiersch is a solid interviewer who is knowledgeable about 3-D camera techniques.

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