No Love For 3D Movies From Ebert, Bay Or Cameron

There is a lot of negative buzz right now about the movie studios converting 2D movies into half-baked 3D. Director Michael Bay, James Cameron and movie critic Roger Ebert have expressed their dislike for Hollywood’s latest 3D movie craze.

Alice In Wonderland and Clash of the Titans were shot in 2D. The studios have been converting these films to an inferior 3D version and charging moviegoers a premium. The box office success of Alice will guarantee that more movies will be converted to 3D.

In a story Michael Bay indicates that he is skeptical of 2D movies being converted into fake 3D versions:

I’m used to having the A-team working on my films, and I’m going to hand it over to the D-team, have it shipped to India and hope for the best? This conversion process is always going to be inferior to shooting in real 3D. Studios might be willing to sacrifice the look and use the gimmick to make $3 more a ticket, but I’m not. Avatar took four years. You can’t just shit out a 3D movie.

James Cameron’s says that the success of Avatar (shot with 3D cameras), has encouraged a slew of cheap knockoffs:

Now, you’ve got people quickly converting movies from 2D to 3D, which is not what we did. They’re expecting the same result, when in fact they will probably work against the adoption of 3D because they’ll be putting out an inferior product.

Bay says that some of companies converting the 2D footage of his upcoming film, Transformers 3 “looks like fake 3D.” Why bother doing it then? Money. There’s no such thing as artistic integrity in Hollywood anymore. It’s all about the bottom line.

Roger Ebert jumped aboard the 3D backlash today and sent out several tweets that I found amusing:

3-D is a distracting, annoying, anti-realistic, juvenile abomination to use as an excuse for higher prices.
If Scorsese ever makes a movie in 3-D, that’s when we’ll know movies as we have known them are dead.
Studios go berserk about making EVERYTHING in 3-D. Good news for real movies. Intelligent moviegoers will flee to 2-D.

How can you not love Roger Ebert? Count me in the “intelligent moviegoers” camp that will flee to 2D films.

Posted in Movies at 9:27 PM