Eagle Archives, July 20, 1932: A man from North Adams develops a camera giving a third dimensional effect to the screen | History
After five years of constant experimentation to develop a process in motion picture photography that would give the illusion that screen actors actually live and scenes look real, North Adams’ George Greenwood has finally achieved his ambition, having obtained a patent on the device through the United States Patent Office.
Greenwood, who is serving four months in the reformatory for theft, said he turned down an offer of $ 80,000 for patent rights from a film company and was confident his invention would make at least $ 150,000.
The new device uses the use of two sets of lenses in place of the one currently in use. This will produce the effect of the third dimension in the projected image. By this new process, it will not be necessary to change the current equipment of the theater. There were other inventions that would produce the third dimension, but due to the fact that all theater equipment would have to be changed at considerable expense, they proved impractical.
Greenwood conceived his idea through the principle of the stereoscope and came to the conclusion that if the two images could be united and each exposed to view for an equal amount of time, the effect of the third dimension would be obtained.
Greenwood states that from the first showing of a film that has gone through its various stages until it seems to have almost reached perfection, we have been impressed with the coordination of synchronized sight and sound but it was still only an image and not a real living image as it occurs on the legitimate scene. Hence the tireless effort of the young inventor to perfect the process he has now perfected. The invention, according to Greenwood, will prove to be valuable in the development of television because it is believed that the best results are obtained by showing a movie rather than actual scenes, as the range of the television camera is limited.
Mr. Greenwood says he hopes to find someone in that part of the state to finance the construction of his first camera, which he estimates will cost around $ 5,000.
This story within history is selected from the archives of Jeannie Maschino, The Berkshire Eagle.