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Chapter OneThe Basics

Thinking in 3D

Stereoscopic digital cinema and television offer unique visual opportunities for storytelling but they also require picture-makers to rethink established filmmaking ideas. The screen is no longer a flat surface displaying a two-dimensional picture. In 3D, the audience is unaware of the screen and it becomes a window suspended within a three-dimensional space. Objects can now appear in front of the window and behind it.

3D is an amplifier for depth. When the staging, composition, and production design constructively exploit 3D, the visual world of three-dimensional depth opens up to the filmmaker and the ...

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