Saturday, May 1, 2010
JAMES CAMERON, COULD YOU PLEASE TELL YOUR 3D TO STOP DESTROYING MY CINEMA?!
James Cameron thinks 3D will never die, but regrets it. Wants people to make films in 3D and not do it in Post-Production. The issue with this is he think his "stero-scopic" 3D is a) different than the old Blue/Green 3D, b) wants people to actually think its real 100% 3D experience, and c) he has no problem with the fact that film art is forged out of the fact film is not 3D.
There are still limitations to even Cameron's camera. All it can do is mimic "reality." If you want an actual 3D experience you will need to shoot a film at your eye level standing up and then design a theater as to fit the specifications of you standing up in that shot. Then you need to shoot one static shot with two cameras and then project that shot with two projectors, not meshing the shot together like 3D film does in editing, but doing it with the projectors. That single shot will be the closest you get to 3D, but still doesn't a screen end?
I see this push towards "actually being there," with technology that is hardly getting you there a real threat. I agree with Cameron that its worse when a film does it in post-production just to get on the bandwagon. Still, I really think this will die off because some films just shouldn't be made in 3D. He thinks this is different than the 50s when red/green 3D was used, but I see it as the same. Those 50s 3D horror films were used to contend with television, now Hollywood has to contend with people not going to the movies for even more reasons (like they are making poor films, piracy, etc.) So they have found, through Cameron, a way to get them out of the dumps. I just think they need to not think of this as a golden parachute and get "real."
Film is not reality. Here are my views on this and 3D summed up in a quote:
"Art begins where mechanical reproduction leaves off... The two-dimensional relationships, of course, become almost as slight, and the manner in which one object appears behind another in space will be so obvious that the projective as well as any inherent symbolic connections will hardly make themselves felt at all. Engineers are not artists... It vexes the engineer that film is so lacking in stereoscopic quality. His ideal is exactly to imitate real life." -Rudolf Arnheim
Posted by Karl Starkweather at 11:01 PM