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Tech Tip
by Brad Appleby
Appleby Arts

3D or Three Dimensional

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Have you seen a 3D movie at a local theater yet? The days of old 3D movies have changed. For one thing, the old glasses with one red and one green lens are gone. The new glasses look like somewhat ugly sunglasses with polarized lenses, but they work great. For fun, next time you are in a 3D movie take a look back at everyone wearing the same glasses; it’s good for a laugh.

I remember watching my first 3D movie when I was a kid with the red and green lenses. It was called “Coming At You”. The movie had almost every known object coming at you in 3D.

The first 3D movies started back in 1915, but it was in the 1950s, with mainstream films such as Vincent Price’s “House of Wax” and Alfred Hitchcock’s “Dial M for Murder,” that 3D movies really gained popularity. Then came the 1980s with “Jaws 3-D” and “Amityville 3D”. Quite a change.

Now in 2009, we have even more options. Did you watch the Super Bowl game and have a set of 3D glasses handy? If not, you missed a chance to see 3D on TV (even if it was just for commercials).

More 3D movies are being released this year, including Pixar’s “Up,” James Cameron’s sci-fi flick “Avatar” and Dreamworks’ “Ice Age 3: Dawn of the Dinosaurs.” Many of the theaters of the future will be all digital to provide the best 3D experience. 3D movies will cost you an extra $3.50 per person for the glasses that they “allow” you to recycle at the end of the movie. Give it a try and see if you like it. I am waiting for Star Wars 3D and Toy Story 3D.

Do you want to see the 3D movies in your home? No problem! They have new DLP 3D projectors that you can buy. There is not a large selection of 3D movies on the market yet, but more are soon to come.

You will find that most 3D movies are 3D animations because it is easier to make them into 3D movies.

There was also a 3D camera and photos, but they came and went without many people experiencing them. I have an old 3D film camera with old 1950 3D photos. It is a blast from the past.

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