Digital 3D Presentation
Stereoscopic pictures, commonly called 3D, have been around for a long time. Binocular vision gives us the capability to perceive depth, with the brain decoding the depth information from the disparity between the images captured by the left and right eye. The first 3D movies were produced over 100 years ago, but they never caught on due to complexities in capturing and displaying stereoscopic pictures. The second wave of stereoscopic movie presentation occurred in the 1950’s as moviemakers and exhibitors were seeking a new sensational experience to revitalize sagging attendance at the box office. Movies that exploited the 3D experience, such as “Bwana Devil” in 1952, “House of Wax”, and “Kiss Me Kate” played to avid fans. In 1953, 27 movies were released in 3D format, followed in 1954 by 16 movies, but this tailed off to one in 1955. Once again, the format was doomed by the complexity of dual camera rigs and the cost of double prints and dual projectors, each equipped with polarized filters. When a sophisticated movie was finally made in stereo it was too late, and Hitchcock’s “Dial M for Murder” was released in flat format.