When you think about Stereo 3D films, what are your conclusions? Do you think that Stereo 3D is a fad that is bound to wither away in a few short years? Or, like me, do you imagine the technology will improve upon itself as time goes forward and succeed with critical crowds?
At raised movie theater rates, there’s no doubt that people are flocking to wear oversized, plastic framed glasses to see stereo films in a time of recession. If you look closely into the trend, you’ll notice its introduction into student education curricula for digital editing and motion graphics programs; new television stations; medical uses in analyzing molecular structures, and a YouTube addition for conversion in their listings.
The general public is talking about its status overall, which can only mean more eyeballs on those videos.There are talks about which conversion techniques are best, ways to improve post producion workflows, and film festival events, including music groups, and international film genre memberships. There are a lot more people interested in 3D than you would imagine.
For me, Stereo 3D is an expansion of your vision, as it surprises. It’s a new way of selling a film’s story vision and highly involves the audience on a reactional, gut level. Unless you’re watching a horror film, you’re unlikely to flinch while an object rushes towards you. With 3D, you do. 3D has the capability of telling stories in a fuller, creative way. Even though I’m partial towards success in this new area of the industry, I have the belief that 3D is here to stay.
My first 3D experience was from a Viewfinder toy. Most of those slides were of Disney films and cartoons of some sort. A few years later, I experienced Captain Eo for the first time. That was one of the coolest films I had ever seen in that decade, and for the 1980’s that’s saying a lot; there were some great films in that era. It left a long lasting impression on me, but for some reason, none of those types of movies were produced afterwards. 3D was discarded for the most part. Maybe Michael Jackson lost interest in the genre too? I would have loved to see the technology go further.
Fast forward 30 years, and there are a lot of people wondering if 3D is around in a similar phase. Only now, they wonder if it’s around only to satisfy Hollywood greed. How do you feel about the way 3D is currently being viewed in the public? I do think that greed plays a big part of its re-introduction into the Hollywood studios. But soon enough, I think producers will start experimenting with the genre further to realize the potential future films will contain with this new angle.
The process to produce 3D is very time consuming, expensive, and confusing. It’s very cost prohibitive for producers who want to enter this new domain. This leads to a lack of content being made and distributed in the market, continuing the feeling that 3D is a passing fad. James Cameron’s movies, like Avatar and the reintroduced Titanic film, seem to put economic fears and investments to ease and are causing more films to work out the kinks in their production process; slowly moving towards becoming profitable in the years ahead.
I’m just getting my start with Stereo 3D. I’d like to see more experimentation being done with it in regards to animation. It’s my goal to use this blog as a platform in that area. My opinion is that Stereo 3D is a new animation principle. Animation principle #13; stereo depth. I’m a huge animation fan, and will use it further in my motion graphics techniques to test the results further.
What are your views on the subject?
Are you involved in the 3D experience somehow? Which direction would you like to see it go if you had the choice? Does it give you headaches? Do you dislike wearing the glasses? I’d love to hear a discussion about your views and if you think it’s worth talking about. Feel free to post a comment below.