Did you see Avatar in 3D?
What captured your attention?
I recently discovered an academic paper nominated for the Tobii EyeTrackAwards (PDF) about Stereographic (3D) eye tracking compared to regular 2D. The Finnish (Nokia Research Centre) and Japanese researchers used a Tobii X120 eye tracker to track a large Hyundai Stereoscopic display.
How has 3D changed cinematography?
I’m sure James Cameron considered that:
- 2D viewers tend to look at the actors and the significance of the actors start at the beginning of a shot, as the eyes of the viewer focus almost immediately to them.
- 3D viewers’ gaze is more widely distributed. For example, complex 3D structures and structures nearer than the actor captured the interest and eye movements of the participants.
The way that this type of information is generally discovered by movie makers, is to ask viewers to describe their experiences. However, the full experience can not ever be completely described as some things are not fully accessible to conscious thought. This is where eye tracking comes in. It allows us to see what people focus on the screen immediately, although it may not be processed consciously.
3D (more processing) 2D (less processing)
In a 3D movie people are ‘forced’ to consider more parts of the screen that they normally would. This gives them a richer and more immersive experience.
What do you think?