In the year 2016 the concept of 3D Film Production is no news to us. Many of our favourite films are made in a 2D as well as 3D version and when going to the movies you hardly ever find one that is not shown in 3D. This 3D phenomenon, also known as three-dimensional stereoscopic film or S3D Film, seems to have taken over the industry by storm. Or so it seems.
The first 3D Film Production was actually done a long time ago, back in 1915. That is only 35 years after the first ever film was made. The concept of 3D is even older, dating back to the late 1890s when William Friese-Greene first filled a patent for the process of 3D Film Production. Although back then there was no consistent format and the hardware and process needed to be developed further was very expensive.
After a few years of only mild success, 3D Film became very popular in the 1950’s with films like Bwana Devil, Man in the Dark and House of Wax. Together with the development of stereo sound, 3D Films could bring back the cinema audience that was lost due to the invention of the TV. Some people even call this era the „golden era“ of 3D. In the following 50 years 3D Film Production went through many phases of popularity and unpopularity eventually bringing us to today’s mainstream resurgence.
3D has become very popular in the last few years. Starting with a hype in 3D Film Production for cinematic film in 2003, it has grown in popularity and nowadays almost every film has the option to be viewed in 3D.
In 2010 brands like Panasonic, Samsung, Sony and Toshiba also started selling the first 3D TVs, opening the market to new media forms. Although as of right now TVs are only being used to watch 3D cinematic movies at home.
Aside from 3D there are also formats like 4D and 5D which incorporate sound, sensation, smell and even interaction into film. Admittedly the name 4D/5D is misleading as it does not refer to a technical aspect like 3D (which refers to the three dimensions) but to special effects like movement and smells. Media forms that focus more on the dimensional aspect of creating more realistic images are being developed in the form or Virtual Reality and 360°.
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