Chris Portales will present his thesis defense today at 2pm in 417D, Evans Media Center (Library Annex).
Interactive Holographic Cinema
In mainstream media and entertainment, holography is often misrepresented as single perspective non-stereoscopic imagery suggesting three-dimensionality. Traditional holographic artists, however, utilize a laser setup to record and reconstruct wavefronts to describe a scene in multi-perspective natural parallax vision (“auto-stereoscopic”). Although these approaches are mutually exclusive in practice, they share a similar goal of staging three-dimensional imagery for a window-like viewing experience. This thesis presents a non-waveform digital computer approach for recording, reconstructing, and experiencing holographic visualizations in a cinematic context. By recording three-dimensional information from a scene using the structured light method, a custom computer program performs stereoscopic reconstruction in real-time during presentation.