3D heresy

Hollywood’s current crazy stampede toward it is suicidal. It adds nothing essential to the moviegoing experience. For some, it is an annoying distraction […] It is unsuitable for grown-up films of any seriousness. It limits the freedom of directors to make films as they choose.

Robert Ebert on why he hates 3D movies (and you should too)

For moviegoers in the PG-13 and R ranges, it only rarely provides an experience worth paying a premium for.

That’s my position. I know it’s heresy to the biz side of show business […] But many directors, editors, and cinematographers agree with me about the shortcomings of 3D. So do many movie lovers—even executives who feel stampeded by another Hollywood infatuation with a technology that was already pointless when their grandfathers played with stereoscopes.

Ebert’s article on Newsweek is available here.

Encore has written about 3D and what it could mean for Australian filmmakers, but Ebert makes valid points. Will there be a balance between technology, business, and storytelling, or will 3D further reduce the market for independent projects and films that don’t belong in the blockbuster category? Discuss…


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