Film is one of the greatest media of communication in the entire world. Films can inspire, entertain and influence people. And when these films carry more than two dimensions, the results would be just flabbergasting!
A brief history of 3D cinema
Although 3D films had lived since 1915, their widespread introduction in the mainstream cinema started in the 1950s in America, and later experienced a global welcome by the 1980s. The period between 1952 and 1955 is termed as the golden era of 3D cinema, as it was when the 3D technology had taken the whole world by storm. 3D cinema has remained popular since then, until the initiation of 5D.
What is 5D cinema?
In recent years, 3D cinema has been accompanied with synchronization of some live as well as special effects installed in theatres. 5D cinema has given the restoration of 3D glasses; and in addition to that, there are many other physical elements introduced. That is, the theatre seats move and wobble; the hall is filled with fog and smoke; and then there are water drops and different smells that have their intermittent introduction into the theatre to complete the overall 5D experience. This new era of virtual reality is bound to give the audience a hair rising experience!
How is the 5D different from 3D?
In 3D cinema, a pair of thick shutter glasses are used. The 3D glasses contain liquid crystals that will let the light through. The glasses make sure that the light entering through them is in synchronization with the images on the screen. One major drawback of this technology is the need for each person to wear expensive and electronic glasses that must be synchronized with the display screen with a wireless signal or an attached wire. And moreover, the constant movement of the liquid crystals contained in the 3D glasses cause flickering, which leads to headache and nausea in some cases.
In 5D cinema, in addition to the thick shutter glasses used, some special effects like movement of seats, wind, lighting, fog, smell and sensation are also introduced. To provide to the audience with an immersive and involved experience the seat movements are of six directional. These cinema theatres show an amazing integration of 3D technology, audio, motion synchronization and multiple special effects using specific software. For synchronization, the movie and seat motion in pre-programmed.
Major 5D cinema
5D cinema has begun to inspire moviemakers the world over, with already over a dozen
movies being released in 5D. Some movies have been remade in 5D too. Given below are the
details of a few major movies made in 5D.
The first 5D cinema to be made was THE SENSORIUM which was made in 1984.
SPY KIDS : ALL THE TIME IN THE WORLD is the 5D film released in 2011, where the in-theatre
smell was achieved by scratch and sniff cards. The first 5D film released in Israel was THE
Some other major movies made in 5D are :
HAUNTED LIGHTHOUSE, SHREK in 2003.
JOURNEY TO THE CENTRE OF THE EARTH in 2008.
THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA : THE VOYAGE OF THE DAWN TREADER in 2010.
KUNGFU PANDA 2, TRANSFORMERS : DARK OF THE MOON, AVATAR, FINAL DESTINATION 5