Date of Award

5-2009

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)

Legacy Department

Digital Production Arts

Advisor

House, Donald H

Committee Member

Davis , Tim

Committee Member

Donar , David

Committee Member

Duchowski , Andrew

Abstract

The production of stereoscopic CG films poses some interesting challenges, especially for student productions that work under the severe limitations of time and resources. This is mainly due to the non availability of off the shelf production tools catering to stereoscopic CG productions. This work presents the production process of one such student produced stereoscopic short film. The production process is described in detail starting from the initial conception of the narrative plot to the actual production of the film. Finally an experimental technique of using eye tracking as a tool for finding out the effectiveness of the various stereoscopic framing techniques used in the film is presented. The feasibility of eye tracking as an effective tool for filmmakers in stereoscopic 3D to analyze the viewing behavior of the audience and to improve the film using that information is assessed. This paper first provides the basic background needed to understand the various terms related to stereoscopic 3D. Then it describes the custom stereoscopic pipeline that was implemented for the film, followed by an in depth description of the actual production process. Finally, the eye tracking experiment is described in detail and the analysis of the result is presented.

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