Thursday, January 24, 2013

3D. Not Going Away!

There continues to be considerable debate about whether 3D has died.  I say no and here is why.
Hollywood is finally learning that talented directors can make 3D part of the story telling experience and not just a gimmick.  Go see "Life of Pi" in 3D and "Cirque du Soleil Worlds Away" in 3D.  If you haven't already, see "Hugo" in 3D.  These 3 films are stunning and more so in 3D.  And then there is "The Hobbit An Unexpected Journey".  See it in 3D at High Frame Rate.  I know lots of people hate the look.  I really liked it and yes I saw it again in 2D at 24fps, and I still like the 3D and 48fps much better.  The conversion of "Titanic" from 2D to 3D really worked.  3D in the hands of talented people is not going away, it just gets better.

Things are also picking up on the educational front.  Just a couple of weeks ago, I taught a "Shooting 3D Master Class" at Chapman University in Orange, CA.  The class went on for over 4 hours, and the students asked very insightful questions.  They are shooting their 3D films for the class with the Panasonic Z10000 camera. 
Since word of this class got out, I have had other film schools express interest.  This is great. We need young cinematographers to learn to shoot 3D.  Because as I always say, "learning how to shoot 3D will make you a better 2D shooter".  Let me know what you think.

See you on the road
More to come....
FTC Disclosure
In compliance with the FTC rulings, I state that I am the Panasonic AVCHD, P2 and 3D Professional Evangelist. As such, I am a paid consultant to Panasonic, and I get free use of the AVCCAM and P2 products.  However, the opinions on this blog are purely my own.

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