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Stereo 3D specific Critique of recent 3D Movies (Avengers, John Carter, Ghost Rider...etc)


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#1 Clyde DeSouza

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Posted 31 May 2012 - 12:31 PM

It's important for the advancement of this medium of visual storytelling that more professionals such as members of this forum, understand what makes for compelling 3D movies.
With that in mind, here's some Critique from a 3D specific POV of recent 3D Films.

Avengers: (Avengers of Stereoscopic 3D)
http://realvision.ae...tereoscopic-3d/

John Carter: (2D to 3D's Uncanny Valley?)
http://realvision.ae...onversions-u...

Street Dance 2 (It takes two to tango in 3D)
http://realvision.ae...ngo-in-three-d/

Ghost Rider (a new wave of Bastardized 3D films?)
http://realvision.ae...ized-3d-movies/

Hugo (Deep Staging comes to 3D films)
http://realvision.ae...ing-comes-to...


Transformers: (3D Heartburn -- No time to Digest)
http://realvision.ae...t-the-the-vi...


Green Lantern: (Parallax - 2D to 3D's biggest enemy)
http://realvision.ae...enemy-parall...

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#2 John David Miller

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Posted 31 May 2012 - 02:01 PM

Interesting list.

I am not a film critic. I have worked on several large scale 3d films. One film, was shot in 2d, and converted later in post. The majority was filmed in a massive green screen cyc. The other film was shot with vertically stacked Red cams. This film was done in harsh tropical and ocean conditions. A close friend of mine is a stereographer and has explained to me much of the process.

I think it is clear why such a boom in 3d. Avatar. Avatar sold almost half as many tickets as Titanic and stayed in the theaters for less time as Titanic did. Yet Avatar managed to surpass Titanic is the top grosser of a time. $2 Billion worldwide. 3d allowed for higher ticket prices and increased profits.

It is clear that it takes more than 3d to make a box office juggernaut. I think this is key to understanding why so many 3d flops have happened. It was the way that Cameron used 3d in Avatar that has been unmatched. He used 3d to raise, what I call, the level of immersion. The 3d helped immerse the viewer into any given scene. Making the audience feel "closer" to the emotion and action of the film. Making it harder for a viewer to resist emotional investment and intensifying the experience for those quickly submit to James Cameron's storytelling. Each shot was composed for 3d.

I bring up my previous work because I felt that very little thought was put into the 3d on set. It was an afterthought. In fact, they didn't decide to shoot 3d until two weeks before principle started on the one film. 3D, like visual effects, can NOT drive a film. They are meant to accentuate it.

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