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Tim WilsonUnder the Hood & Behind the Scenes: Masters of Stereoscopic 3D Storytelling
by on May 2, 2009 at 11:21:47 am

That stereoscopic issue Ron refers to will contain an interview with Ray Zone, who literally wrote the book on the history of stereoscopic cinema.

One thing he notes is that more people are watching anaglyphic 3D than ever before. There are a couple of anaglphic channels on YouTube, and a TON of corporate sites using it. Most indie 3D uses it because it's cheap to project...and as Ray also points out, 3D production is one area where the studios are far, far behind what he calls the "3DIY" movement.

Anaglyph is also the only way that 3D is being delivered on DVD. While there are changes afoot, it will be awhile before those achieve critical mass.

In the meantime, some truly advanced anaglypic design is underway, using new combinations of filters that let in more light and provide more accurate colors. The cutting edge is being defined by John Lowry's Treoscope process, used for the biggies so far (Journey, Bloody Valentine, Hannah) and those to come -- I've heard that Coraline will be using John's process.

One other widespread application for anaglyph 3D is print. Ray has been working in 3D comic books since the 50s, including a series of 3D Superman comics for DC.

It's going to be a very cool issue that will include several stories on home delivery. At this point they're specifically platform agnostic, able to handle any viewing formats. Let me know if you'd like to chat about it, tim at creative cow dot net.

Also worth noting that the people currently delivering active shutter glasses to the home are the gamers, with NVIDIA leading the way.....

Learning from each other is fun. :-) Looking forward to more, Steven....

Best,
Tim


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