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The air feels hot and dry. You are watching an elaborate theatrical adaptation of Ray Bradbury’s short story “The Veldt”, a play you’ve wanted to experience for a long time, the set design so inviting it feels like the stage has been extended into the audience and you are standing amidst the cast in an environment so vivid it seems real. The performance ends, so you take off your polarized glasses equipped with an embedded chip for 3D viewing, put them away in their case and rise from your seat to leave the movie theater.
The cover image chosen for this first online issue of “Computer Graphics” is a still from Robert Zemeckis’ film “The Polar Express”, also produced for IMAX 3D by Sony Imageworks. It is imaginable that in the not too distant future, the technology behind Stereoscopics and developments such as Real-D will bring cinema much closer to its audience, diminishing the difference between the movie house experience and a live, stage performance. Eden Ashley Umble has written an excellent article about “Making It Real: The Future of Stereoscopic 3D Film Technology”, the feature article of this issue, which gives us a better understanding of what 3D cinematic experience is and where it is headed.