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Lipton wrote the lyrics to the song "Puff the Magic Dragon" as a 19-year-old at Cornell University, where he majored in physics. The song was a hit in 1963 for Peter, Paul and Mary. Two of Lipton's books, The Super 8 Book (San Francisco: Straight Arrow Books. 1975) and Independent Film Making (San Francisco: Straight Arrow Books, 1972) have become known as classics in the world of independent filmmaking.
Lipton is also a prolific filmmaker, having independently produced 25 films, including Far Out, Star Route and Children of the Golden West. Lipton has been granted twenty-five patents in the area of stereoscopic displays.
He has written many articles and four books, three of which were published by Simon & Schuster, including Independent Filmmaking, which was the standard text on the subject for twenty years. In 1982 Van Nostrand Reinhold published his book, Foundations of the Stereoscopic Cinema, which provides a wide ranging analysis of many stereoscopic topics. The book's primary focus is the stereoscopic cinema, however the book's many background sections are equally relevant to the many different types of stereoscopic display devices available today. This book provides a wealth of information for both the novice and also those already active in the field of stereoscopic imaging.
He has also been a contributor to national magazines such as Popular Photography and American Cinematographer. He is a member of The Society for Information Display, is a Fellow of the SPIE and the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers, and a former chairman of the SMPTE working group that established standards for the projection of stereoscopic theatrical films.
Lipton independently produced twenty-five short films between 1965 and 1975, all of which are in the collection of the Pacific Film Archive of the University of California. His films have been shown on PBS, Italian Television, and the BBC.
He founded StereoGraphics Corporation in 1980, and created the electronic stereoscopic display industry. He is the most prolific inventor in the field and has been granted twenty-five patents in the area of stereoscopic displays. In 1996 he received an award from the Smithsonian Institution for this invention of CrystalEyes LCD shutter glasses, the first practical electronic stereoscopic product for computer graphics and video applications. StereoGraphics was acquired by Real D Cinema in 2005.
Lipton served as Chief technical officer of RealD through 2008 and has 31 patents in the field of stereoscopy and another 40 pending applications. The RealD 3D system now showing in theaters uses technology he invented. It is based on the push-pull electro-optical modulator called the ZScreen. More recently, he left RealD to start a new venture, Oculus3D, that has developed a low-cost 3D theatrical format that works with the installed base of 35mm movie projectors.
He has lived in California since 1967, and now makes his home in Los Angeles with his wife, three children and pets.
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|Below the Fruited Plain||1966||9 min||x|
|Children of the Golden West||1975||59 min||x|
|Doggie Diner and The Return of Doggie Diner||1969||7 min||x|
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|Far Out, Star Route||1971||64 min||x|
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|Ineluctable Modality of the Visible||1966||9 min||x|
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|Nadine's Song||1975||12 min||x|
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|Show and Tell||1968||24 min||x|
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