Using Movie Magic as Inspiration for Anaglyph Poster Design

Meets the learning standards for grades 4-5 (can be adapted)  
Media Type:  fabrication and drawing
Subject Integration: Fine Arts, English Language Arts, Science

Materials: writing materials, markers (red, black, and blue), cardstock or cardboard from cereal boxes or soda cases, plastic wrap or clear plastic from food containers, school glue 

Special Equipment: scissors


  • 3D
  • 3 dimensional
  • Stereoscope
  • Anaglyph
  • Polarization
  • Cyan
  • Synchronize
  • Immersive
  • Binocular
  • Offset


Have you ever played a game or watched a movie that utilized 3D glasses? What was your experience? How do you think it works?

Activity 1:


  • writing materials
  • markers (red, black, and blue/cyan), cardstock or paperboard from cereal boxes or soda cases
  • plastic wrap or clear plastic from food containers
  • school glue and/or glue sticks
  • print-out of glasses templates

Special Equipment: scissors, printer  or print-outs

Watch this video, The History of 3D Cinema, by Ryan McCraw.

Now let’s make our own 3D glasses!

First, cut out the general shape of for your glasses frames from the printout and paste the print-out to your paperboard

Once the printed image is attached to the paperboard, you will CAREFULLY cut out the pieces (you may require some assistance in removing the “lenses”.)

Set the pieces of your 3D glasses frames aside and turn your attention to making the lenses. The lenses can be made with clear kitchen cling wrap or clear plastic food containers. Use permanent marker to completely color one lens red and one lens blue/cyan.

Now, apply glue to your frame, around the perimeter of the lenses. Carefully place the lenses on top of your frames and set aside to dry.

Once the glue is dry, you can trim off the excess plastic and then attach the remaining pieces of the glasses.

Viola! Now you are ready to experience 3D Movie Magic!

Activity 2:

Read this NASA article, What On Earth is an Anaglyph. Utilize your 3D glasses from Activity 1 to view the anaglyphs within the article.

What is an anaglyph, and  how this technology is useful in fields outside of Arts and Entertainment? Discuss!

Activity 3:

Now we get to design our own 3D movie posters!   Take a few minutes to imagine a totally original movie in which you are the star. What kind of movie would it be? Science Fiction? Fantasy? Mystery? Western? Adventure? Action? What is the title of your unique movie?

Watch this video for all the steps for designing your own 3D movie poster:

Share… Reflect! What are you observations and successes with this project?


3D– the quality of being three-dimensional

3-Dimensional– 1: of, relating to, or having three dimensions (height, width, depth. 2: giving the illusion of depth or varying distances —used especially of an image or a pictorial representation on a two-dimensional medium when this illusion is enhanced by stereoscopic means

Stereoscope– a device by which two photographs of the same object taken at slightly different angles are viewed together, creating an impression of depth and solidity.

Anaglyph– A stereoscopic 3D display technology that separates the stereo frames by RGB (Red Green Blue) colors. Dating back more than a hundred years, the anaglyph method has been used for photographs, a handful of films in theaters and 3D comic books. Anaglyph images can also be downloaded from the Web or created in the computer.

Polarization– the ability of waves to oscillate in more than one direction, in particular polarization of light, responsible for example for the glare-reducing effect of polarized sunglasses (to read more about polarization and waves, read Physics for Kids: Wave Behavior – Ducksters)

Cyan–  the color between green and blue on the visible spectrum of light

Synchronize– occur at the same time or rate

Immersive- 1.  noting or relating to digital technology or images that actively engage one’s senses and may create an altered mental state 2. noting or relating to activity that occupies most of one’s attention, time, or energy

Binocular- adapted for or using both eyes

Offset- NOUN: the amount or distance by which something is out of line. VERB: place out of line