Lipton is a pioneer in the field of projected three-dimensional imagery and is one of the creators of the electronic stereoscopic display industry. His interest dates back to his childhood in New York where he attended movie palaces, with some films shown in 3D. He drew his own 3D comics using red and green crayons on tracing paper, which were viewed using primitive glasses constructed of cardboard tubes and magnifying lenses.
Royalties from "Puff the Magic Dragon" and Independent Filmmaking
, which remained in print for 20 years, gave Lipton an independent income that allowed him to follow his interests. His career in stereoscopic display began to gel around 1972. In one early stint, he served as the "convergence setter" for the 1983 3D film Rottweiler: Dogs from Hell
, determining for each shot the optimal distance separating the two camera lenses. Previewing a scene from the film, technical staff from Universal were impressed by the stereoscopic imagery, but little else.
He built a prototype of a flicker-free, field-sequential 3D display system and founded StereoGraphics Corporation in 1980 to fund development. The system worked by doubling the display rate of images, thereby overcoming a problem inherent in 3D motion picture projection, where each eye views only half the available images. In 1989, he patented the active ZScreen polarization filter which uses a circularly polarized liquid crystal filter placed in front of a projector, which can then display both the left and right halves of a stereo pair. After Real D Cinema acquired StereoGraphics in 2005, the technology became the basis for the RealD cinema system. As of 2017, the system was in use in more than 26,500 screens worldwide. Lipton was the chief technology officer at RealD until 2009, when he left to do independent consulting.
Lipton published his definitive treatment of the subject, Foundations of the Stereoscopic Cinema: A Study in Depth
, in 1982. In 2011, the International 3D Society gave him its Century Award for Lifetime Achievement. As of 2015, he held 68 stereography-related patents.
- Independent Filmmaking (1972)
- The Super 8 Book (1975)
- Lipton on Filmmaking (1979)
- Foundations of the Stereoscopic Cinema: A Study in Debth (1982)
- The CrystalEyes Handbook (1991)
- Puff, the Magic Dragon (Peter Yarrow, Lenny Lipton, 2007)
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