I have had the pleasure of talking to several Academy Award-winning DPs and Directors that have visited 3ality Digital - artists at the top of their game. Those that I've spoken with believe in the creative possibilities of S3D and how it can enhance a story. I've said it before in a few threads and will repeat it... when features start coming out that are non VFX-driven and use S3D as a powerful dramatic tool for storytelling, it will change perceptions. Not everyone's, of course, but a lot of people.
The tests that I've been looking at recently with great acting talent and camera crews that really believe in S3D and a DP/Director that embrace it from the beginning as an integral part of storytelling - yes, it absolutely does make a difference. Looking at the scene in 2D is still great, but the S3D component adds a visceral feel and an intimacy that doesn't exist in 2D.
Coming from a music background, it's sort of like saying, "You don't need a Steinway to play piano!" Which is true, but it's still not a Steinway. Qualitatively different.
Loved Avatar in 3D, loved Pirates in 3D (digital Imax), loved the new Transformers trailer in 3D (space & destruction never looked so good) and I've loved every single animation movie in 3D. So does my family and my girlfriend.
The one I didn't really like was Beowulf a long time ago. I also tend to like polarized better than shuttered because of the heavy weight of the shuttered glasses
To each their own?
Last edited by Rob Lohman; 06-02-2011 at 05:37 PM.
You know, I think the only thing in 3D that I fully 100% enjoyed besides the Muppets 3D movie/ride that used to be at Universal, was the Phish 3D concert film.
"Loving Cup" in 3D was epic with the horn section and background singers :P
There are definitely situations in wildlife shooting where the stereoscopic image adds a significant additional value, and guess many people would and will appreciate this "extra dimension". While saying this, for me the crucial issue is, is there going to be a portion large enough in the audience who will appreciate or even demand 3d images? Correspondingly, my own preferences are very much a side issue.
The difficulty in making decisions lies in the additional effort needed to shoot in 3d. And I'm not worried of the technical issues but instead on the different practices 3d bring with it. That is, as is well known, long telescopes do not fit well in 3d shooting. Consequently, one should get the cameras close to the animals while being hided oneself. The extra weight implies the tripod & fluidhead, dollies, crane, cable carts etc. should be sturdier, and needless to say, this means also literally quite an additional load of equipment to carry out there. Hence the question, will 3d provide one with a unique advantage in wildlife shooting, will there be a demand making 3d a necessity, or, the other way around, will the current wave diminish in the next years or not? In other words, "to be or not to be" ...
Making predictions is always difficult, especially making predictions of the future.
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