Star Trek sequel in post production 3D
The sequel to the rather enjoyable and very successful Star Trek (Filmstalker review) is well underway with the script and casting and although the film isn't expected until next year there's still a growing hype for information on the project.
So it was with disappointment that I read today, despite the increased budget and focus on the film, that it will be in 3D and what's more is it will be post-converted 3D, which means it won't be filmed in 3D but sent to companies after completion to make it look like 3D.
You might remember that the post-converted 3D effects were used in films like the Clash of the Titans remake, promising stuff indeed. I have to admit I'm hugely taken aback that J.J. Abrams and the allure of a Star Trek sequel couldn't allow the project to film in native 3D.
Robert Orci had been talking over at Trek Movie about the sequel and at the bottom of the article in Collider it clearly states that the untitled Star Trek sequel will be released to cinemas in post-converted 3D on May 17th 2013.
It's not something I've seen mentioned before about the film, or maybe I have and haven't picked up on it, but now that I have I'm hugely disappointed.
The fact that the film is being converted to 3D after the fact is a worrying thing for me, not just because I'm not a fan of 3D but that the converted films haven't been that great at 3D so far and they make up the majority of 3D films. What I've also noticed about these films is that the writers and director are constantly thinking about the 3D aspect, they're writing scenes specifically to take advantage of that by throwing things in and out of the viewer's perspective over and above thinking about the story, the characters and the scene.
I'm hoping that this won't happen with the sequel to Star Trek (Filmstalker review), especially considering the writers and directors we have, but the studio are going to be pushing them to do it every step of the way.
What also worries me is that I wanted to see a couple of films here in Edinburgh (that's the capital of Scotland before anyone thinks that there isn't good cinema coverage) namely Underworld: Awakening and The Darkest Hour, both of which are showing in 3D however neither have any 2D showings.
Does this mean that I won't get to see the Star Trek sequel in 2D? With the studios moving more and more films to 3D are these two films the first signs of a move to 3D only releases? If that's the case then come next year if the audience haven't gotten up off their seats to show their unhappiness you can guarantee that the Star Trek sequel will be a 3D only release.
With the studio limiting the audience choice like that I won't be going to see it in the cinema and I'll wait for it to arrive on Blu-ray.