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Throwback 3-D (Going Back to 3-D Films History)

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From anaglyphics to 3-dimensional films, these innovative way of movies has indeed took the world by storm. Enabling movie goers to be physically present on the film itself made it spectacular, connecting audiences to the plot being told by simply putting those 3D glasses on. Amazing, isn’t it? But haven’t you ever wondered on how all these started?

Once upon a time, back in the 1900’s, 3-Dimensional films were not as prevalent as 2-Dimensional movies. But, that doesn’t mean that 3-D films do not exist. In fact, the first ever 3-D film was produced in 1903 , entitled “L’arivee du Train”. Photography technology, which was then called “anaglyphic” technology, made this endeavor possible. Overlapping blue and cyan colors and 3-D glasses was made to create a 3-dimensional illusion.

But in spite of its presence in the industry back then, it was never a block-buster film. This is because the film was so expensive that movie enthusiasts thought it was never wise to try it out. So, continuous innovations in anaglyphics were made to develop cheaper 3-D films without sacrificing the sound and color quality.

It was in 1950s when 3-D films gained fame. More 3-D films were made, and one of the most famous of it was Bwana Devil. People’s interests back then was shifted to anaglyphics, thus creating better technology to improve 3-D movies. But the heightened cost of producing such greatly affected its market. 3-D films again lost its limelight.

Low costs of anaglyphics were made possible during the 60’s and the 70’s because filmmakers produced 3-D color films on reel. But still, because of the renaissance period and economic depression, even low-budget 3-D films weren’t patronized by the mass.

Lo and behold, IMAX was made during the 80s. This technology enabled film makers to produce films which are more realistic- capturing the senses of sight, sound and touch while watching it. Unlike anaglyphics which distorts the color quality of the films, they used lenses which are polarized, which could show two images on screen at the same time, but blocking one of them from being seen by the other eye. This made 3-D films more interesting to the public, and was able to achieve good reviews from the audience.

In the never-ending search of improvement, the MegaPlex, which we are currently enjoying right now caused a drastic change on the destiny of 3-D films. It became more advanced in terms on projection and sound, so action and fictional films were made even appealing using this technology. The Clash of the Titans and Avatar are the few examples of its success.

So now, whenever you enjoy your popcorn and 3-D film, think about all of these painstaking and how lucky we are to experience this kind of spectacular technology.
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This sounds like a translation from another language. In any case, it's got a lot of mis-information. The 3-D movies of the 1950's were not anaglyph for example, they used the same technique as today's films except it was film based instead of digital. The link below is a good place to start if you want to find some truthful information about 3-D history.

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The 3D version of L’Arrivée d’un Train was first exhibited in 1935 and was not anaglyph.

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