Pacific Rim going 3D despite Director's wishes
3D, oh don't we hate it? Well I know there are many people who like it or rather who don't care about it, probably have no choice what they are seeing in the local multiplex or are there for other reasons anyway. It's funny though for a lot of people there aren't strong reasons that can be put into words for not wanting it, although if you're Guillermo del Toro talking about your own film that the studio want to convert you can.
Del Toro has voiced his concern over the conversion of his film Pacific Rim into 3D and he's giving some great reasons as to why it shouldn't be. Still the studio are going ahead with the 3D version and let me say it again, it's converted.
Yes Pacific Rim isn't being filmed in 3D it is being post converted into 3D you remember the way films like Clash of the Titans was? Yes, well now you see the level of investment the studio are putting into it - throw it into the 3D editing chop shop and cut out everything that's bigger than a few feet and make it look like it's 3D.
Frankly I'd be incredibly angry if the studio took my film and did that with it as post-conversion 3D films look poor, the 3D looks flat and faked and doesn't flow through the film, and there's what Guillermo del Toro says about it too.
"I didn't want to make the movie 3D because when you have things that big… the thing that happens naturally, you're looking at two buildings lets say at 300 feet [away], if you move there is no parallax. They're so big that, in 3D, you barely notice anything no matter how fast you move. To force the 3D effects for robots and monsters that are supposed to be big you are making their [perspective] miniaturized, making them human scale"
Just to be clear del Toro did say this earlier in the year and it's only now coming to the fore through a Variety article that Warner Bros. are going to be converting the film to 3D for general release with a nice 3D surcharge on top of the film, yes surprisingly it's all about the money and not about the audience.
Well come on people, have a heart, these struggling studios have to make some money for all the films you are pirating. It's nothing to do with producing rubbish films, paying huge actor salaries, inflating budgets to silly amounts, or anything like that. Don't be daft.
So regardless what the film-maker wants for his film Warner Bros. will convert it to 3D after he's handed it over and then distribute it worldwide with a nice additional cost on the ticket price so that they can make more money on it.
Good move? I don't think so. I will be seeing it in 2D converted or filmed, that is if they are allowing multiplexes to show it in 2D.