A Brief but Comprehensive History of 3D Films

3D films actually date back to the 1890s.
Loukia Papadopoulos

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3D films entertain and delight, keeeping you in the action and on the edge of your seat. But have you ever wondered how they came to be?

In this video, we take a brief but comprehensive look into the history of 3D films. When were the first 3D films released?

You might be surprised to know they date all the way back to the 1890s. The technology was first patented by early pioneer William Friese-Greene.

His set-up involved two regular 2D projectors set up side by side and viewers watched the 3D film through a stereoscope. However, audiences did not take to that idea as they found it awkward.

This did not stop other inventors from taking Friese-Greene's idea and improving upon it. In 1915, we saw the first appearance of the 3D glasses.

It was at a viewing in Astor Theater in New York that audiences wearing red-green anaglyph glasses were treated to real-life footage of impressive apparations such as Niagara Falls. This time, the 3D film was a hit but despite that the technique was not developed any further for a long time.

When were 3D films taken seriously and developed into the immersive experiences they are today? You have to watch the video to find out.

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