Last but not least - 3D cinema
We have finally reached the part where we talk about 3D cinema. For most viewers, it is the only appliance of 3D in movies. However now we know that this isn't entirely correct.
3D cinema utilizes the same CGI effects as its non-3D version. Here are added additional features that allow the images to come out of the screen.
Modern IMAX 3D movies provide a great viewer's experience. You are part of the movie - it is happening in front of your eyes! Some of the best movies of all time have been presented with the help of 3D cinema!
It is no coincidence that most people thought that James Cameron's "Avatar" (released in 2009) was the first 3D movie. In fact, it was the first 3D movie that revolutionized 3D cinema. Cameron revealed that initially this movie was planned to be filmed right after "Titanic".
So originally we were to see "Avatar" around 1999. However, James Cameron considered the current technology not suitable for what he had in mind. With the latest 3D technology he was finally able to create history!
The success of Avatar is because of the combination of its exciting storyline, related to the exploration of outer space and the conquering of the foreign planet Pandora, plus all the non-human characters and worlds.
When it was announced with all its wonderful CGI effects and of course IMAX 3D shots, this movie caused the box office to literally explode! It set a new standard for future 3D filmmaking. People instantly fell in love with the new way of watching movies! That is why it was no surprise that soon many other great movies would follow!
Two years later another famous director decided to give 3D cinema a try. Martin Scorsese has produced his first 3D movie - "Hugo". Again the audiences were thrilled! Hugo won 5 Academy Awards (out of 11 for which it was nominated): for Best Cinematography, Best Art Direction, Best Sound Mixing, Best Sound Editing, and Best Visual Effects.
Hugo was also nominated for eight BAFTAs and ended up winning two of them. This 3D movie is also the reason for Scorsese's third Golden Globe Award for Best Director. Thanks to its wonderful storyline and effects, Hugo grossed $185 million against its $150–$170 million budget.
As of today - 3D cinema is a norm for movie makers! Most movies are made in two versions - 3D and non-3D. However, the recent practice is to always have a 3D debut on cinema and the non-3D versions are to be set for the small screen so that viewers can enjoy the movie at home.