Is anyone else tired of the constant push to secure 3D in movies? “Avatar” notwithstanding, most 3D features don’t serve the film at all and only seem to serve as an excuse to inflate ticket prices.
For those of you not in the know, there are actually two different types of three dimensional projection techniques being used by the studios right now. The first technique involves shooting the footage with an actual 3D camera. “Avatar” and the most recent Resident Evil movie used this technique and the effect is appreciable. If you’re going to do 3D, that’s the way to go.
Unfortunately the second technique is the most common. This process involves shooting the film in standard two dimensions and then running it through a converter to “make it” 3D. Not to be blunt, but this process usually sucks. The 3D effect is muted at best and moviegoers still have to deal with a washed-out color palette as a result of the conversion process. And you still have to wear the damned goggles!
3D was a fad in the 1950’s and it’s a fad now. It’s just a prettier, more expensive fad at this point, even evolving to the point of putting 3D televisions on the market, a move I believe is doomed to fail. You see, the act of watching a film is a passive experience by its very nature. We watch things happen on the big screen. We don’t interact with the actors or the sets or the multitude of special effects. We watch. . .that’s it! I think as time goes on the audience will actually be asking for a clearer picture rather than a picture that allows the participants of a film to sit in their laps. High Definition at the movies will be the wave of the future. . .not the crass intrusion of 3D.
There is only one place I can see 3D becoming a mainstay: the arena of video games. This actually makes a lot of sense from an immersion standpoint. Gaming by its very nature is interactive. As a gamer you are involved with the environment and the actions you take have a direct outcome on the the narrative of the game you happen to be playing at the time. Game lacks the passivity of watching a film: you do all of the work.
Aside from the gaming community, however, I believe (or perhaps “hope”) that 3D will once again fade into obscurity, saving both our sanity and our wallets when it comes time to visit the movie box office!
Don’t forget to visit Dog’s Moviehouse at www.sportsguypatwalsh.com for reviews of the 3D film “Tron Legacy” and, coming soon: reviews of “Dinner for Schmucks” and “The Green Hornet.”