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05.24.2007
The NYtimes.com have posted a really interesting and important article on their website. Interesting because it's about movies, which I presume you love, and important because it's about the future of movies, namely those of the three-dimensional variety. We're all aware that the popularity of 3-D movies is swelling, but check out this quote from Dreamworks head Jeffrey Katzenberg, who believes that "this is the single greatest opportunity for the moviegoing experience since the advent of color," and that by 2009, "a significant percentage of the big mainstream films will be made and exhibited in this format.” This could mean the biggest change to movies since the advent of colour. Them some strong words, Katz.

The Times article comes on the heels of a boom in the 3-D industry, that sees some of Hollywood's top directors embracing the format to bring audiences unprecedented access to cinematic worlds. Peter Jackson and Steven Spielberg have just signed on to direct a 3-D movie on the Belgian comic-book hero TINTIN, while Robert Zemeckis' upcoming motion-capture epic BEOWULF will screen primarily in 3-D. And then of course, there's the queen bee of all 3-D films, James Cameron's hyper-ambitious $200 million sci-fi tale AVATAR, which is likely to revolutionize the entire industry, film and 3-D. Here's a little article extract:

The widening embrace of 3-D by Hollywood’s leading directors and major studios comes at a critical moment for the movie industry, which faces expanding competition for leisure time from home theaters, the Internet and games. And it also solves, at least temporarily, the continuing pressures from the thriving trade in bootleg movies. A 3-D film cannot be recorded easily from a movie screen because the images are blurry to the naked eye. And so far there is no way to show a movie in 3-D on DVD.

This raises some crucial points: what will the 3-D experience be like at home, and will this be a (temporary) resolution to Hollywood's current piracy crisis? I'm all for filmmakers crossing new boundaries into uncharted territories. It's the only way to advance the medium. If it wasn't for the technological aspirations of moviemakers, we'd still be watching plays, instead of TRANSFORMERS. And who wants that? The only thing that scares me is all this future-speak. The thought of everyone sitting in a dark theatre with their uniform shades on, seems way to future-is-now for me, and the thought of every film employing this technique seems a tad much. Let's let the visionary directors make their visionary films in 3-D, 7-D or -6.13-D if they want, but there's something classic about movie characters NOT popping out of the screen, and I like my movies classic. Check out the article HERE. It's well worth it.

Extra Tidbit: You can read JoBlo.com's review of U2 3D HERE.
Source: thenytimes.com

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3:07PM on 06/18/2007
the future of movies to me is when the screen we watch them on becomes a floating holographic screen that isn't flat but circles around us, in almost like a half circle.
the future of movies to me is when the screen we watch them on becomes a floating holographic screen that isn't flat but circles around us, in almost like a half circle.
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6:49PM on 05/24/2007
It's funny that most Schmoes seem so against it. Having a few blockbusters come in 3D sounds like a great idea, and it doesn't prevent them from still being good in 2D on your TV. Terminator 3D at the Universal Studios is a great example of the fun 3D can bring (if we can solve this headache after 30mins problem)
Going in and out of 3D like for Superman however, is kind of lame as it takes you out of the story each time you change.
It's funny that most Schmoes seem so against it. Having a few blockbusters come in 3D sounds like a great idea, and it doesn't prevent them from still being good in 2D on your TV. Terminator 3D at the Universal Studios is a great example of the fun 3D can bring (if we can solve this headache after 30mins problem)
Going in and out of 3D like for Superman however, is kind of lame as it takes you out of the story each time you change.
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5:52PM on 05/24/2007
I see 3-d coexisting with normal 2-d movies in the future, personally. There is no way they should overtake 2-d but I think people should be a little more open to the idea of 3-d films. Dramas, comedies, etc don't have any need to be 3-d (in fact, it'd probably just seem really gimmicky to most people) but I welcome 3-d in the [link] genres.
I see 3-d coexisting with normal 2-d movies in the future, personally. There is no way they should overtake 2-d but I think people should be a little more open to the idea of 3-d films. Dramas, comedies, etc don't have any need to be 3-d (in fact, it'd probably just seem really gimmicky to most people) but I welcome 3-d in the [link] genres.
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3:46PM on 05/24/2007

Oh no, not again.

Until they can make 3D movies that don't involve my having to wear headache-inducing, paper glasses (that never work for me anyway, 'cause I too wear prescription glasses), I'll avoid all 3D movies like the plague.
Until they can make 3D movies that don't involve my having to wear headache-inducing, paper glasses (that never work for me anyway, 'cause I too wear prescription glasses), I'll avoid all 3D movies like the plague.
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10:23AM on 05/24/2007
I'll I have to say is that such ideas as pushing 3D come from an industry that also thought it made sense to make a smellovision episode of My Name Is Earl. Actually, you know what, I have more to say. This is crap. I wear glasses already and have spent my life not being able to properly enjoy 3D whether it was a stupid episode of the Drew Carey Show or a Disney ride. If Katz buys me a fancy pair of Hollywood prescription 3D glasses, I'll think about it.
I'll I have to say is that such ideas as pushing 3D come from an industry that also thought it made sense to make a smellovision episode of My Name Is Earl. Actually, you know what, I have more to say. This is crap. I wear glasses already and have spent my life not being able to properly enjoy 3D whether it was a stupid episode of the Drew Carey Show or a Disney ride. If Katz buys me a fancy pair of Hollywood prescription 3D glasses, I'll think about it.
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8:54AM on 05/24/2007

What the?

This is not exactly "NEWS" - James Cameron has been talking this for a long while......why is there an article in the Times now? And why is JoBlo treating this like this is the first we have heard this?....
This is not exactly "NEWS" - James Cameron has been talking this for a long while......why is there an article in the Times now? And why is JoBlo treating this like this is the first we have heard this?....
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8:32AM on 05/24/2007

Lame.

It's a tired gimmick. Or at least it was tired in the 80's when the last two decent 3-D films were released. Those films, of course, were Friday the 13th Part 3D and Jaws 3D.

I've watched both of them since, on DVD and it's hilarious. You see rake handles sticking out at the camera lens for no apparent reason and other such nonsense.

I don't even see the appeal in the theater. Why would I want to wear paper goggles at a theater? Why would I want random shit to stick out at me?

If
It's a tired gimmick. Or at least it was tired in the 80's when the last two decent 3-D films were released. Those films, of course, were Friday the 13th Part 3D and Jaws 3D.

I've watched both of them since, on DVD and it's hilarious. You see rake handles sticking out at the camera lens for no apparent reason and other such nonsense.

I don't even see the appeal in the theater. Why would I want to wear paper goggles at a theater? Why would I want random shit to stick out at me?

If you want to revolutionize film, how's about developing new ideas from talented screenwriters and directors? How's about taking chances on smaller indie films and new high-concept ideas rather than rehashing the same old shit?

I understand the business concerns. I understand that everyone wants to see a huge return on a huge investment. But folks, the big blockbusters of the past have all been cases of studios taking a shot on an unproven idea.

Sure there have been the Harry Potters and the Spidermans that were successful based on pre-existing franchises, but Indiana Jones, Star Wars, Jaws, even Pirates of the Caribbean were examples of a long shot hitting big.

(yes, I know that Pirates was a ride, but I doubt that many people went to see it because they enjoyed the ride.)
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7:37AM on 05/24/2007

Thanks, But No Thanks.

My beef with this is that if they do this and then the movie comes out on dvd how do we watch the movie at home? Will they throw in a pair of 3-D glasses with the dvd? And if so what if you break them or they get lost. And do TV'S support 3-D movies? The idea is cool but I hope it does not happen. I love friday the 13th part 3 in 3-D but when i watch it at home on dvd i cant watch it in 3-D.
My beef with this is that if they do this and then the movie comes out on dvd how do we watch the movie at home? Will they throw in a pair of 3-D glasses with the dvd? And if so what if you break them or they get lost. And do TV'S support 3-D movies? The idea is cool but I hope it does not happen. I love friday the 13th part 3 in 3-D but when i watch it at home on dvd i cant watch it in 3-D.
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6:21AM on 05/24/2007

F(A)-D

They Tried making 3-D films before. It was big back in the day, oh, and House of Wax was one of those movies. Ever try watching one of them on DVD? Everything is a prop to make something pop out at you. Pretty lame. It was a marketting gimmick that was short lived. I'm guessing this will be phased out 10 -15 years later.

The longevity of these movies will be non existant. We won't be able to see how it was meant to be seen after it's limited release.

It's not that it's a bad idea, but
They Tried making 3-D films before. It was big back in the day, oh, and House of Wax was one of those movies. Ever try watching one of them on DVD? Everything is a prop to make something pop out at you. Pretty lame. It was a marketting gimmick that was short lived. I'm guessing this will be phased out 10 -15 years later.

The longevity of these movies will be non existant. We won't be able to see how it was meant to be seen after it's limited release.

It's not that it's a bad idea, but clearly no one has learned from films short past. It looks like film is reaching it's stride now time for this to start getting borring if they're going to rely on gimmick over substance.

Many of these "great" directors, are gimmick directors anyway. It'll be fun for a movie or two, but the novelty will pass.
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3:43AM on 05/24/2007

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Color, sound, what have you, film has really not changed that much over the decades. 3-D is an enhancement, but not really the future. It will be improved and expanded to wider audiences, but would you really think that every film needs it? When Harry Met Sally...in 3-D? And for the person below who thinks Fight Club would be "badass" in 3-D, I got 2 words for you. Man tits. Do you really want MeatLoaf's massive mammaries bouncing in your face? Or how about that frame Tyler snuck into the reels
Color, sound, what have you, film has really not changed that much over the decades. 3-D is an enhancement, but not really the future. It will be improved and expanded to wider audiences, but would you really think that every film needs it? When Harry Met Sally...in 3-D? And for the person below who thinks Fight Club would be "badass" in 3-D, I got 2 words for you. Man tits. Do you really want MeatLoaf's massive mammaries bouncing in your face? Or how about that frame Tyler snuck into the reels to upset audiences. That might be a bit harsh to handle on the tip of the nose.
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2:58AM on 05/24/2007
I only have one thing to say..."Think Fight Club 3D", how badass would that be?
I only have one thing to say..."Think Fight Club 3D", how badass would that be?
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