Decades ago, the craze for 3D movies became a seasonal feat. Older 3D films utilized anaglyph images where viewers used red and cyan glasses for 3D viewing. Not too long, the demand for 3D faded. It skipped generations until stereoscopic 3D came in.
Will the new 3D craze be just another seasonal feat?
Even old classics from Disney’s Beauty and the Beast to New Line Cinema’s Lord of the Rings Trilogy are jumping into the bandwagon. Many old blockbusters are being post converted to 3D. The timing of Blu-ray technology couldn’t be any better. 3D movies can take advantage of its generous disk space to soon allow home movies to be seen on their 3D glory.
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3D Post Conversion: From Traditional 2D Filming to 3D Theatrical Release
Current Limitations of 3D Filmmaking
Shooting on 3D require compensating on certain types of workable shots and editing. There are certain camera distances from the foreground and background of a shot that don’t work well in 3D. Too much depth continuously shown for long periods tend to result to eyestrain. Many filmmakers 3D and professionals also address the concern that fast and flicker shots generally have issues in a 3D theatrical release. Many say that certain compositions showcasing one long take instead of having too much cuts work better when watching a 3D film. Such limitations do not apply to 2D films.
The Life of 3D Filmmaking
On a personal note, as a film professional immersed in certain facets of motion picture production, the operative word for 3D these days is “hype.” Sadly, it is more used as an “in thing” instead of allowing the medium to utilize storytelling quality for a sincerely awe-inspiring 3D film experience. If the studio executives controlling the financial side of mainstream filmmaking direct the trend from “merely producing” something theatrically shown on 3D (and get twice the money than a matinee screening in a regular theater) to utilizing the medium to provide quality entertainment, movie patrons will continue to support and enjoy 3D movies. Otherwise, it’s just a trend waiting to fade out from the limelight.
Quality of a Film Production
Come to think of it, there only a very few quality cinematic offers shown in 3D. The photorealistic, CGI-driven live action blockbuster Avatar is a technologically awesome treat on the big screen. The animation hit How to Train Your Dragon is heart-warmingly good as a 3D experience. Other than these two, I can’t think of any other 3D film within the same level of quality (not even close) of either Avatar or How to Train Your Dragon.
Being a considerably new technology, even technically bad 3D movies (not necessarily bad films) earn a lot in the box office due to the high price of 3D movie tickets. It’s the new trend that everyone wants to try. And for now, it works. Once people get over the hype and realize how the ticket price hurt their wallets, only quality films can save the 3D format from another seasonal end.
At the end of the day, it’s the quality of the film that lives on. It’s like shooting a crappy film with the best film camera ever made vs. shooting a damn good film with an old Video8 or MiniDV camera. The latter, while technically inferior, still becomes a classic; while the technically polished piece of audio-visual junk would readily be forgotten.