When Bruce Bridgeman, a professor at the University of California, saw Martin Scorsese’s Hugo in 3D, it was revelatory in more ways than one. A lifelong sufferer of eyes that don’t just quite align, he found that not only did the film come into stereoscopic “focus” for him in a way that the real world never quite had before, but the effects lasted even after he left the cinema.
According to the profile at RawStory:
Bridgeman’s academic studies, which centre on the visual system, have given him the opportunity to try and establish exactly why watching Hugo in 3D helped his sight. It appears watching the film trained his eyes, which do not naturally face the same direction at the same time, to focus properly on the stereo image in front of him. “It was sort of serendipitous that I had spent my lifetime studying vision, and then this experience happened, so I could talk about it and maybe understand it in ways that most people wouldn’t be able to,” he said.
Hugo is an amazing film, made even more amazing in 3D , but still, I don’t think even the most ardent 3D fans expected it to perform medical miracles. I’m a big fan of 3D movies, and the presentations, and — more importantly in this case — the precision of the alignments are just getting better and better, which makes the stereoscopic effect pop all that much more. May I suggest tomorrow’s Jack the Giant Slayer for Bridgeman’s next occular “workout”? The movie itself is pretty average, but the 3D is deep and constant, a real pleasure to look at. If only all other kinds of working out involved so little sweat an so much pleasure. I’m jealous.