Is 3-D the future?
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.|