How Big Will 3D Be?
By Bryant Frazer
3D movies, you may have noticed if you spent any time at all wandering around at NAB this week, are a pressure point for new filmmaking technology. That’s because stereoscopic movies have reached a sweet spot where they’re firing the imaginations of Hollywood creatives as well as studio accountants. Digital 3D is leagues beyond its counterpart technologies from the 1950s. Like Technicolor and talkies, it’s an innovation that opens new avenues in storytelling. So I feel like an old fuddy-duddy when I say that I’m getting a little sick of hearing about how it’s going to change the way we see movies.
I’m not a 3D-basher. As a kid, I loved stereoscopic technology. I had a Viewmaster, of course, with its round “reels” of 3D slides. I fondly remember a hyped local-television broadcast of The Creature from the Black Lagoon in good old anaglyphic crap-vision 3D sometime in the 1970s. I bugged the local Waldenbooks to special-order me a copy of Fantastic 3D, one of the “photo guidebooks” published in the early 1980s by the recently demised SF movie magazine Starlog, which had lots of 3D pictures as well as an informative look at the history of stereo cinematography.