Cameron and Canton argue 3D
There's a little spat of words broken out across the media between James Cameron and Mark Canton, James Cameron the first person to show that 3D can be used non-obtrusively within a film to deepen the environment and draw the viewer into the film, and Mark Canton who has produced many a film including Piranha 2 and Piranha 3D, the latter being the standard 3D implementation of things flying at the camera.
Cameron had spoken out about not really enjoying the connection he has with Piranha 2 and that the 3D in Piranha 3D cheapens what 3D could be. Now Canton has come back with his comments.
The first thing stars should realise, and I'm sure they do, is that what they say is usually always taken out of context and pounced on by the media to get a quote so Mark Canton should probably speak with James Cameron, and vice versa, and clear the air before starting a fight of soundbites through the media.
However, saying that I have to side with James Cameron on this one. Piranha 3D is showing off the old side of 3D, throwing things at the screen and taking over from the film itself, although to be fair the film does have a good deal of horror and fun through it and it is extremely self-aware.
Yet if we really are going to take 3D seriously and not just see it as another passing fad in film-making to get more money out of the audiences, then we're going to have to see film-makers use it as another piece of the puzzle, as another layer in film-making with the story right there on top.
Have a look at the comments that James Cameron made in Vanity Fair through The Hollywood Reporter the other day:
"I worked on Piranha 2 for a few days and got fired off of it; I don't put it on my official filmography. So there's no sort of fond connection for me whatsoever. In fact, I would go even farther and say that... I tend almost never to throw other films under the bus, but that is exactly an example of what we should not be doing in 3D. Because it just cheapens the medium and reminds you of the bad 3D horror films from the 70s and 80s, like 'Friday the 13th' 3D."
That's not such a bad thing to say really, and it's what you might expect from him considering his work on Avatar (Filmstalker review).
However Mark Canton seems to have taken offence to the comments and come back rather quickly and harshly:
"Cameron consistently celebrates himself out as though he is a team of one. His comments are ridiculous, self-serving and insulting to those of us who are not caught up in serving his ego and his rhetoric."
Ouch. Now that's just gotten personal. You know there's nothing wrong with Cameron's opinion before, and if that's all he said and nothing was edited out then it looks like Canton's comments are the ones coming back from someone hurt, offended and hitting back very personally, and if there's an ego hurt here I think it's on Canton's part.
Look, if “today's great filmmakers including J.J. Abrams”, as he says, watched the film and thought it was “nothing short of the fabulous, fun 3D experience that the movie provides” then why does he care about one man's opinion? Why does he care about James Cameron?
I don't think this is really about 3D, and if it was then Canton would be fine with “the fabulous, fun 3D experience” that he describes his own film as.
These guys really need to sit down and have a chat, stop hitting it out in public, and take a deep breath and realise what the films are and how they speak to the audiences, and perhaps be proud of them for what they are and realise what they aren't.