Interview: Ang Lee on ‘Life of Pi’, HFR, & the Future of 3D Filmmaking

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INTERNATIONAL 3D SOCIETY BESTOWS 25 AWARDS AT 4th ANNUAL CREATIVE ARTS CEREMONY IN LOS ANGELES

The International 3D Society bestowed 25 honors for “distinguished achievement” in the 3D Creative Arts Awards Wednesday night at a black-tie ceremony held at the Beverly Hills hotel in Los Angeles. “Life of Pi” (20th Century Fox) swept several categories including: Best Live Action 3D Feature, Best Stereography – Live Action, and 3D Sequence/Moment of the Year.  Two of the Society’s Lumiere™ statuettes were presented to: “Brave” (Pixar Animation Studios) for Best Animated 3D feature, and Best Stereography – Animation.  “The Avengers” (Paramount Pictures) was honored for Best Use of 2D to 3D Conversion in 2012. ‘”Katy Perry: Part of Me” won in the category of Best Motion Picture Live Event.

“Life of Pi” director Ang Lee received the Society’s Harold Lloyd Filmmaker Award, which was presented by Lloyd’s granddaughter, Suzanne Lloyd, and Society Co-Chairman Tom Cosgrove, CEO of 3net.

DreamWorks Animation (DWA) was honored with the Sir Charles Wheatstone Award for education and distinguished achievement for 3D body of work.

Panasonic Corporation was honored with the Society’s Century Award for its support of the 2012 Summer Olympic Games 3D broadcasts from London.

In television categories, 3net won Best Documentary for “Sky Soldier – The Vietnam War in 3D.”  ESPN won Best Live Sports Broadcast for its 3D telecast of the 2012 BCS College Championship Game.  Volkswagen Germany was awarded a Lumiere™ for Best 3D Commercial.  Bwark Productions and Sky UK were honored for Best 3DTV Short Subject Program for “Little Crackers,” and PGS and Sky Italia won a statuette for Best 3DTV Entertainment Program for “The Little Prince.”  The “Britney Spears: Femme Fatale Tour” 3D concert telecast won a Lumiere™ for Best 3DTV Entertainment.

Universal Studios Hollywood received a Lumiere™ statuette for Best Themed Attraction, “Transformers: The Ride.”

“The sheer volume and quality of work across all platforms was extraordinary this year,” said Buzz Hays, the Society’s Awards Committee Chairman.

“Our theme for the night was ‘Our Story Begins.’ Our honorees demonstrated that 3D is really just beginning to tell its story.  But, the quality and breadth of content is very impressive,” said Society President, Jim Chabin.

 

Award winners include:

LIVE ACTION 3D FEATURE

Life of Pi

20th Century Fox

 

ANIMATED 3D FEATURE

Brave

Pixar Animation Studios

 

SHORT 3D MOTION PICTURE/NARRATIVE

La Luna

Pixar Animation Studios

 

3D DOCUMENTARY

Storm Surfers

Storm Surfers

 

THEATRICAL MOTION PICTURE – OUTSTANDING USE OF 2D TO 3D CONVERSION

The Avengers

Marvel Studios & The

Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

 

3D LIVE EVENT

Katy Perry: Part of Me

Paramount Pictures

 

STEREOGRAPHY – LIVE ACTION

Life of Pi

20th Century Fox

 

3D MOMENT OF THE YEAR

“Fish Flying Over Boat”

Life of Pi

20th Century Fox

 

STEREOGRAPHY – ANIMATION

Brave

Pixar Animation Studios

3D ELECTRONIC BROADCAST MEDIA – LIVE SPORTS

2012 BCS Championship

ESPN

 

3D ELECTRONIC BROADCAST MEDIA – ENTERTAINMENT

Sky Soldier: The Vietman War in 3D

3net

 

3D ELECTRONIC BROADCAST MEDIA – LIVE EVENT

Britney Spears: Femme Fatale Tour

3ality Technica

 

3D ELECTRONIC BROADCAST MEDIA – COMMERCIAL

Volkswagen “Flower Power”

Stereotec

 

THEMED ATTRACTION

Transformers:  The Ride—3D

Universal Studios Hollywood

 

SIR CHARLES WHEATSTONE AWARD

DreamWorks Animation (DWA)

 

HAROLD LLOYD AWARD

Ang Lee

 

CENTURY AWARD

Panasonic Corporation

 

AUTODESK 3D INDEPENDENT SHORT FILM COMPETITION

Ora

The National Film Board of Canada

 

INTERNATIONAL JURY PRIZE (JAPAN)

Tekken: Blood Vengeance

Namco Bandai / Sony PCL

 

INTERNATIONAL JURY PRIZE (CHINA)

3D Taiwan

Gene Young 3D Image Co., Ltd

 

INTERNATIONAL JURY PRIZE (KOREA)

The Fetus

KBS (Korean Broadcasting System)

 

INTERNATIONAL JURY PRIZE (EUROPE)

Vicky and the Treasure of the Gods

Stereotec (Rat Pack Filmproduktion)

 

INTERNATIONAL JURY PRIZE (3DTV – LIVE SPORTS)

The Ryder Cup (2012)

Sky UK

 

INTERNATIONAL JURY PRIZE (3DTV – ENTERTAINMENT)

The Little Prince

PGS & Sky Italia

 

INTERNATIONAL JURY PRIZE (3DTV – SHORT)

Little Crackers

Bwark Productions & Sky UK

 

In addition, two more 3D Technology Awards were presented to RealD, and Innoventive Software.

The program was held in the Crystal Ballroom of the Beverly Hills Hotel. Host Leonard Maltin, was assisted by actress Jackie Lloyd, granddaughter of Harold Lloyd, and singer/actress Meagan Chase. Voting was conducted during the month of January by 400 of the Society’s voting members.

About the International 3D Society & 3D@Home Consortium

The International 3D Society & 3D@Home Consortium advances 3D content, products and adoption through recognition, networking, communication for professionals and consumers. With over 60 companies and 500 professional members, the organization honors the year’s best during its 3D Technology and 3D Creative Awards programs; hosts worldwide meetings, workshops and demonstrations; and manages many online resources to assist consumers and professionals to further understand and integrate 3D into their lives. Visit: www.International3DSociety.com, www.3DatHome.org, and 3DUniversity.net to explore the full range of 3D information available.

 

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  1. If Lee were to direct a 3D film like Crouching Tiger I would be one of the 1st in line.
    Heck, even if they re-released Crouching Tiger in 3D I’d be pretty darn excited to see it. One of the 1st movies I watched when I bought a big screen HDTV was CTHD and it was amazing.

    • I should have also said that I’m not the biggest fan of 3D. I’ve seen a few films that were shot using 3D cameras but I try to avoid post-conversions and haven’t seen any converted re-release.
      But CTHD would be the exception.

  2. It’s too bad that he’s not considering HFR to fix his issues with 3D. There’s always the option to down-convert it to 24fps for those who want to cling to the past.

    It seems to me that the articles/reviews bashing HFR are followed by a whole bunch of comments from people saying that they enjoyed it and it was great, and that the writer is wrong etc. etc.

    Of course there will be those who hate it, just like there are people who hate 3D, but to hold an industry back just because the people with the loudest voices (online/print writers) tend not to like it is sad, since there are a lot who do – but they’re not the ones writing online articles.

    I actually saw Life of Pi (in 3D) after seeing HFR 3D, and it was difficult to tolerate all the judder in Life of Pi, since there multiple outdoor scenes that suffer from it and the 3D amplified it even more. Rather than immersing me more into the story, it actually detracted from it. Too bad.

  3. Should’ve asked him about accepting the best picture award for a film where 75% of the movie was made off the backs of people who weren’t paid for their work on the film…The VFX artists. Without them, that majority of that film would have been the main actor floating on a blue boat in a giant blue aquarium. No tiger. No whale. No lighting, sky, color, texture…No movie. He thanked the people who spent a few days constructing the aquarium, but didn’t mention the VFX team who sacrificed nights, weekends,social lives, family time, sleep, and for many, a paycheck, to make that story watchable. The reason that the film defied critiques predictions of it being an unfilmable story is because of the VFX and the people who produce them. Not a director, a producer, or a company who built a tank of water…The VFX.

    • The interview was held before the Oscars. We’re just running the article now – alongside the Blu-ray 3D release.

    • They didn’t get paid??

      • Most VFX artists work for a flat fee up front, regardless of the production cost or the profitability of the movie. I don’t think that Ang Lee should be the poster boy for the VFX crisis, but how he handled himself when asked about it later certainly made him look… out of touch,

    • Dude, I think this targeting of Ang Lee by the VFX movement is misguided. Sure he didn’t mention the (vast) contribution made to Life of Pi by visual effects artists, but it was his personal award after all . Maybe he forgot? Maybe he didn’t want to turn this celebration of his directing into a politicised rant? Who knows. But you can’t blame him for the mismanagement of effects company, Rhythm & Hues. It’s a terrible situation for those individuals and families affected but it seems as though Ang is being used as a scapegoat, when in reality I’d have thought (along with people like James Cameron) he was one of the VFX industries greatest supporters?

      • sorry that for @ VFX Artist

      • Yup, my thoughts exactly.

      • Jimmy,I totally agree with you on that.

    • The sad thing is that one of the winners of the VFX Oscar got cut off when he was trying to thank the people Rhythm & Hues and mention it’s financial troubles.

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