3D or not 3D, that is the question.


Gerry O (and lots of others) kindly sent through this great site that shows how it’s possible to create a 3D effect by simply adding two white bars onto animated gif….


Check out the site for other great examples!


12 comments on “3D or not 3D, that is the question.

  1. Sylvia says:

    One of the nice things about this way of creating the impression of 3D is that it also works for people who only have one eye.
    (The source for this seems to be: http://www.wikitree.us/story/2052 and Tumblr.)

  2. I’m not sure you can call it “simply adding two white bars”. You *do* have to give depth information to them by doing non-trivial editing to hide them behind objects in the scene. It’s the same thing you’d get if you had shot everything through a doorframe/window as a way to give an absolute depth reference. Directors have been doing things like that for years, including more advanced techniques like the dolly zoom.

    And the site loses points for not applying the effect to those old “3D” sketches on SCTV. For shame!

  3. Eddie says:

    If he fired his weapon we’d be able to see how 3D it really looks.

  4. Pigturion says:

    Very effective. Re dolly zoom – not sure I would class that as 3D effect. It’s more about making the background recede while the subject appears to remain unchanged – usually to illustrate a sudden or shocking comprehension e.g. the famous shot of Brody in Jaws.

    • It’s toying with depth, which definitely puts it somewhere in the 3rd dimension. Just like forced perspective or shifting focus or some of the bullet time stuff. Mirrors and shadows are other ways that have long been used to add depth (both literally and figuratively) to shots.

  5. Just Mike says:

    I think the changing point of focus helps with the illusion as well. If the shooters image did not change from sharp to blurry I don’t believe the 3D effect would be as pronounced. It tends to pull the viewers attention from him to the gun (from far to near).

  6. I have great difficulty seeing in 3D and avoid 3D movies because they just don’t work for me but this is VERY effective.

  7. Match says:

    Works better with one eye closed imo.

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