Movie lovers will definitely admit that 3D movies have made watching movies more interesting than even before. 3D movies unlike other normal movies use a third dimension in their motion pictures and movements to give a depth perception that utilizes and enhances all the senses of the viewers. One feels as if they are active in the movie as they can feel everything in the movie, hear all the sounds and see things quite vividly. The way 3D movies work is slightly different from traditional movies as they deal with more stereoscopic views of two lenses that fuse two different images together and enable one to see in a third dimension.
Background of 3D Movies.
3D movies have existed for a long time since 1915 but were not able to be fully used and displayed due to challenges in technology needed to produce and display them. Moreover, the economy did not allow their use as it was quite costly to purchase the necessary hardware and provide these movie scenes.
3D experiments were started by a number of people who eventually contributed to the development of 3D movies. The earliest contributor in these projects was Fairall who used his own camera system for 3D demonstrations. He was followed by William Van Doren Kelley who developed interest in 3D after seeing Fairall’s experiments. Years later, many people participated in making 3D movies not only a theory but a reality.
The earliest 3D movie was aired at the Ambassador Hotel Theatre in Los Angeles in 1922; the movie was called The Power of Love. Although it wasn’t as complex in details as the movies displayed nowadays, it was definitely better than what people were used to at that time.
There was a development in 3D movies in the 1950s especially in cinemas in America, after which 3D movies started gaining popularity globally through IMAX and Disney in 1980s and 1990s. However, it is in the 2000s that 3D movies have fully come into motion.
Technology used to Support 3D Movies.
3D movies majorly use the Polarised 3D system which uses glasses that have been polarised to minimise light that reaches the viewers’ eyes and brings about the third dimension through the fusion of images. The polarised system use two types of glasses for watching the 3D movies, they include the following;
• Linearly polarised glasses which have images displayed in the left and right sides of the glasses. If one tilts their head, the images are distorted as the images on the left may move to the right and the vice versa hence causing a blurred vision. Many viewers do not prefer it because it can be uncomfortable to fix one’s head in a certain position throughout a whole movie.
• Circularly polarised glasses are the more commonly used ones as they contain a set of analysing filters that do not limit the position of the head as one can tilt their head as much as they want and still be able to comfortably watch the movie. Unlike using linearly polarised glasses, the images cannot appear double or dark even if one naturally tilts their head.
The Real3D is the most used technology used in displaying 3D movies worldwide; in fact more than 70 countries use it in their theatres and auditoriums. It utilises circular polarisation that enables tilting of heads without distorting the images when watching a movie. The advantage of using this technology is that the 3D image is able to stretch both to the back and in front of the screen that is being used to display the movie.
There is also technology that uses electronic glasses. Although they are more expensive than the polarised ones, they are the best since they are available in two forms; with an attached wire or in a wireless form and are liked with the display system to convey the images.
Biggest movies in 3D.
3D movies have become quite common with a lot of movie directors and producers using it to produce remarkable movies that have gained a lot of recognition globally.
Some of the movies date back to the earlier years when 3D movies were uncommon while others have been released recently. Below is the list of some of the biggest movies from all sorts of genres;
• Dial M For Murder (1954)
• The Mask(1961)
• Avatar (2009)
• Monsters vs Aliens(2009)
• Toy Story 3(2010)
• Alice in Wonderland(2010)
• Hugo (2013)
• Ghosts of The Abyss(2013)
• Gravity (2013)
2016 is definitely the year of 3D movies as many of the movies produced and released have been in the 3D format as more people now recognise and prefer 3D movies.These are just a few of the biggest 3D movies that have been released or are yet to be released in 2016;
• Kung Fu Panda 3
• Batman vs Superman
• The Jungle Book
• Alice Through the Looking Glass
• Captain America: Civil War
• X-Men: Apocalypse
• Finding Dory
• Star Trek Beyond
Health Issues of 3D
Although watching 3D movies is very exciting and thrilling, it is believed that spending too much time wearing 3D glasses may have some grave effects on one’s health. One is bound to experience headaches that may be intense with time. Moreover, one may develop eyestrain due to exposure to little light and focusing so much on a screen. Other eye problems such as crosstalk between eyes are more complicated as they lead one to experience unclear image separation.
The Future Of 3D.
There will certainly be more development of 3D in years to come as with the rising economy and more countries accepting it and using it. It is believed that there will reach a point where there will be another aspect of 3D known as post conversion which will be different from the format currently being used. This is expected to change the whole entertainment industry, putting more emphasis on home entertainment.
How To Have Your Own Home 3D Entertainment System.
With the development of technology, it is not compulsory for one to go to a cinema to watch a 3D movie. Although the experience at the cinema is unforgettable, one can still have the same feeling from the comfort of their home. All one needs is to have equipment that support 3D movies and they are good to go. If you intend to do this, here are a few tips that you can find useful;
• Have furniture that resembles a movie theatre plus a proper working air conditioning that gives the room a chilly feeling.
• Have a TV that is enabled with smart TV features, has a big screen and is compatible with a projector.
• Have quality video and audio sources like Blu-ray and smart set top boxes that are able to use 3D formats. Moreover, these sources should be able to connect to the internet if one wants to live stream 3D movies.
• Have a variety of speakers with different sizes placed at different points in the room to increase the sound scope.
• The receiver connected to the speakers should be placed somewhere in the centre of the room; moreover, they should be wireless so that no one trips over cables on the ground.
Conclusion on 3D Movies.
3D has changed the whole entertainment industry particularly the movie sector with its creativity and aspect of making movie viewers feel like they are part of the movie on a whole other level. It is certain that this is not the end of 3d movies as they are going to be better with time.