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3-D: The Future of Films?

With Avatar becoming not only another box office blockbuster for Director James Cameron, but also becoming the highest grossing film of all-time, it seems to have set the bar for future films to be in 3-D since it was in 3-D.  Of course, this is not the first time that an idea has been copied.

In 1999, The Matrix revolutionized the fighting/action sequences.  All of a sudden, it seemed that every movie afterward like Charlie’s Angels & Bulletproof Monk blatantly copied & ripped off their idea as they had slow motion fighting & people floating off the ground defying gravity.   

While the idea of more movies set to be in 3-D to be released later this year like Clash of the Titans & How to Train Your Dragon may sound appealing at first, I have my reservations.   

First, there are the positives.  After all, there’s nothing like going to the theater, watching the movie on the big screen, enjoying it in Dolby surround sound, feeling like the images are jumping off the screen & right in front of you, only a few inches away.  Second, if done right, the 3-D can be phenomenal.  I remember when I saw Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure & the creatures seemed like they were about two inches from my face. 

Now, there are the negatives.  Since it’s in 3-D, it’s more expensive.  Avatar was about $8, which is a few more dollars than the normal admission because it was in 3-D.  Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure was almost $10 since it was in IMAX & in 3-D.  On top of that, Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure was only about 40-45 minutes long.  Second, just because the movie says it’s in 3-D, not every frame is in 3-D.  During Avatar & during Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure, you’ll see a few images of 3-D every now & then, but certainly not the entire film.  It seems like only 1/3 of the film is in 3-D.  Also, not every theater is capable of carrying 3-D movies.  Therefore, does every film need 3-D? 

Since Director James Cameron released Avatar in 3-D, I wish he would re-release: Terminator 2: Judgment Day & Titanic.  There is one scene in each film, which I would like to see in 3-D.  In Terminator 2: Judgment Day, it would be incredible to see the scene where the T-1000 has one finger which morphed into a sharp metal pointer stabbed into Sarah while he threatens to stab the other finger which is morphing into a sharp metal pointer into her eye in 3-D.  In Titanic, it would be amazing to see the scene where the ship breaks in half & one half is pointing straight up where people are falling except for Jack & Rose, who are at the top of the ship in 3-D.  Then again, does an entire movie need to be released just to have a scene of two in 3-D?

With more movies about to be released in 3-D later this year, I hope it doesn’t overkill the idea.  3-D is a special form of film that should be used for special occasions.  For example, porn is one genre of film that should never be released in 3-D. 

Finally, you have to ask yourself; is it better to pay a few extra dollars to watch a film in 3-D or is it better to pay regular price to see it normal? 

1 thought on “3-D: The Future of Films?”

  1. What people have to realize is that all 3D’s are not equal. Up until now, only Avatar and a handful of documentaries have been filmed using James Cameron’s revolutionary twin camera system. Avatar was meant to be a 3D movie, so it was filmed with these 3D cameras. Movies such as Alice in Wonderland, Clash of the Titans, and animations like Despicable Me are still filmed on 2D cameras, and the 3D effect is added after in post production. Therefore, even though you go to the movie to see a 3D movie and pay the same extra (ridiculous) price for 3D glasses, they do not work the same in My Bloody Valentine as they will in Avatar.

    During filming of Avatar, James Cameron showed off his camera system to Peter Jackson and Steven Speilberg. It will be some time before we see another feature-length movie filmed with these cameras. My bet is that it will be in a movie produced or directed by one of these three. Until then, everything else is in old fashioned 3D, and for this reason, if you ask me, its not worth the extra money to “fool your eyes”.

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