EXCLUSIVE-No 3D for Sucker Punch: Zack Snyder

Director Zack Snyder has confirmed that his next project Sucker Punch will not be released in 3D, unlike his first animated film Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole.

“It’s a definitive no. Maybe it’s Guardians‘ fault a little bit, because I’ve seen what really awesome 3D looks like.  We talked about it at first, but I’ve been kind of broken by Guardians to the point that i said ‘Guys, there’s no way that we can do something that’s remotely close to Guardians, let’s not every try’,” Snyder told Encore.

According to Snyder, Guardians allowed him to learn not only about shot development and action sequences, but also about 3D.

“It was something that the production wanted, and I thought ‘Awesome’.  The 3D landscape has evolved interestingly around us as we were working on this film. There’a gap in the marketplace for high-end, perfectly done 3D. That’s not to say that other peoplearen’t’ amazing at doing 3D, but it’s a difficult process. You have Avatar, and then it’s hard to come with another awesome 3D movie.

“Not to compare myself to anything else, but I feel like we’ve created a really amazing 3D experience. Everyone has kind of said that 3D is the next thing, but no one has delivered that experience except for Avatar. This might be a breath of fresh air,” he said.

Both Guardians and Sucker Punch have seen Snyder collaborating with Australian design, animation and VFX company Animal Logic – a working relationship that began with 2007’s 300Guardians was created 100 percent within Animal Logic, and the company is also working on VFX for Sucker Punch.

“With Sucker Punch, I just said ‘Animal Logic has to do a sequence, there’s no two ways about it’. That was one of the things that were not up for discussion.

“The movie is about a girl who goes on these fantastic adventures in her mind, and one of them is set in a a world of orcs and dragons and they get to fight those creatures with machine guns and fighter planes. Animal Logic did the sequence where she has to fight a dragon and steal its fire. It’s pretty huge; there’a a giant castle and they fight all these orcs,” explained Snyder.

The filmmaker also said he is familiar with the difficulties Australia faces in attracting international productions, and that because of the positive experiences he’s had working in this country, he will try to bring work to Australia whenever he can.

“I  know the dollar is strong at the moment, but again, i’m a big advocate of Australia and I’ve had an amazing experience with Guardians, so whenever I can I’ll say ‘Let’s go to Australia’,” he said.

Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole will be released by Roadshow on September 27 in Victoria and Queensland, and September 30 in all other states.

Sucker Punch is scheduled for a March 2011 release.


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