The race to expand our supply of dimensional movies continues; also increasing is the excuses for the crappier conversions.
The process of converting 2D films to 3D has hit some serious speed bumps on the road to acceptance, but it will remain a key component of filmdom's march into 3D.
That was the message emerging from a panel Thursday assembled by the Intl. 3D Society in association with the Visual Effects Society.
Without mentioning the recent brouhaha over the quality of the 3D conversion of "Clash of the Titans," moderator and 3D tech guru Lenny Lipton asked why 2D-to-3D conversion is sometimes controversial.
Some of the negative feelings may stem from the knowledge that a converted movie is "created after the fact" and people don't consider it the "real thing," said Aaron Parry, topper at Stereo D, which converted the upcoming M. Night Shyamalan kid pic "The Last Airbender.",,,
Uh, no. The negative feelings come from the conversions being no freaking good.
But regarding 3-D in general, I'll go further than that. Last night I saw a dimensional screening of Toy Story 3 with the Resident Teenager. Though we both enjoyed the movie a lot, afterwards I asked him, "how did you like the 3-D?" and he said:
"I didn't. I would have preferred the flat screen version. I thought you were the one who wanted to see it that way ..."
I'll admit it, I kind of did.
But not anymore. After having seen a half-dozen three dee epics, I'm pretty much through with the technology. Weighed against the dimmer screen, higher ticket price and awkward, plastic goggles, getting to watch moving View Master just doesn't jazz me.
I think I'l be gawking at the flat screen versions of my favorite movies from here on out.