The State Of 3D

3D films have been around since the 50s, but were pretty niche market and predominately in America until it came to the 80s. Apparently there was some sort of worldwide resurgence in the 80s where the movie industry tried to go 3D. But who cares…? Anyone that does needs to get over it. That was then and this is now, hell I wasn’t even born then! 3D is here to stay whether you like it or not, so quit pussyfooting around and comparing it to the last time 3D was “here to stay” and get your 3D glasses on people.

So you’ve been to the movies and seen a 3D film, and yup you’re right they suck. The 3D is crap and doesn’t do well with heavily moving images, and the most of the time hurts you’re eyes, that’s if you even need the glasses, because there are some “3D” films that I’m pretty sure are just 2D films that they make you wear the glasses for, yes I’m looking at you Tim Burton. If you forgot to convert Alice In Wonderland into 3D then I will forgive you, but if you didn’t then you really fucked it up because it was as flat as a pancake!

As far as I’m concerned there are only two 3D movies that I’ve seen, that I would actually class as being 3fuckingD, and they are Avatar and Pina. If you think 3D is shit then you’ve obviously not seen Avatar in IMAX 3D because I’m telling you that it is more 3D then real life. And if you thought the film was shit because it was “just about the 3D and had exactly the same story as Pocahontas” then you obviously need to get over yourself. 3D is not just a gimmick, it is a tool used to tell emotion. When done properly it takes you inside the film and you stop believing that you’re watching Sam Worthington give a shit performance, and instead just think hey maybe this guy is just naturally a bit wooden, cos I’m pretty sure we’ve all met some people like that, I know I can think of a few. And the Pocahontas thing… if you hated Pocahontas then fair enough you should hate Avatar too, but I thought Pocahontas was awesome and the fact that they’re blue? Really? Talk about being racist! And I’m pretty sure no one had a problem with the green (green? blue? she was one of them colours) chick in J.J. Abram’s Star Trek?

But maybe Avatar’s not your thing. You’re not a mainstream kind of person. Maybe you’re a film purest and think 2D is the only way? If that’s the case why are you watching colour films? Or maybe you just prefer art house cinema to the money hungry machines that are the mainstream studio films? Either way you need to see Pina 3D. This film is about as far away from Avatar as you can get. It’s an independent documentary film about dance. The depth to this film is just incredible, it’s like you’re actually right there watching the dance. If it wasn’t for the 3D this film would probably be a bit boring I think because dance is a three dimensional form of art, and when you lose the third dimension on the transition from using your eyes to viewing the dance through a camera, you need to bring something else in to bring back that third dimension, and Pina doesn’t bring anything new to the table in that regard. Instead it never loses that original third dimension, it is like you are actually there watching the dance with your eyes and you’ve got the best seat in the house. But somehow it looks better in 3D via a camera than simply just using your eyes. The depth to the image is again more 3D that real life, in some ways it lets you appreciate the 3rd dimension that we take for granted in our everyday lives, and brings a whole new beauty to it.

So if you think 3D is a load of bullshit, unless you’ve seen both of these films you don’t know what you are talking about. Every other 3D film has failed in my opinion, but just because they have failed doesn’t mean that they should stop, because it is for the films like Avatar and Pina that 3D is made for, and it is there job to show the other filmmakers how to do it right. 3D is an amazing tool that needs to be pushed. The potential is incredible. Imagine 3D films with incredible depth where you can go to the cinema and view them without glasses. This is the future. But it won’t happen unless people like James Cameron and Michael Bay push the technology. I just hope that Transformers: Dark Of The Moon will be joining Avatar and Pina among the great 3D films, and not join the rest of the crap that are more like 2 and a half D!

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