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Archive for August 29th, 2009

3D

I was listening to Jason Isaacs on the radio yesterday, he was a guest on Mark Kermode and Simon Mayo’s Film Reviews program.  He mentioned taking his kids to see Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs in 3D.  He complained that they do not make small glasses for kids.  I had never considered this but now he mentions it I think he has a point.  So many of these films are aimed at kids, they really should make the glasses more suitable.  While they are at it they should do something about making them more user friendly for people who wear glasses like me! Real D glasses

This got me thinking about the need for 3D and at the moment I really struggle to see it as anything other than a gimmick.  There are people who say it is the next step in the evolution of the motion picture following synchronised sound and Technicolor.  Others will tell you that it helps fight piracy.  There are many other theories positive and cynical whatever you believe I think we are going to reach a tipping point where 3D will fail or thrive and that tipping point will be “Avatar”.  avatar

If this film works the floodgates will open and we will be inundated with 3D films and the medium may overshadow the artistic content for a time the way CGI has done in recent years.  If it fails 3D will disappear back into obscurity again.  Whatever happens we will reach a point when the new technology is paid for and they have to stop charging extra for 3D films.

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