‘Mad Max 4′ Will Be Shot Using ‘Revolutionary’ 3D Tech

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The guys over at /Film had a reader point them towards an exclusive article in the Australian movie magazine Inside Film, which stated that Dr. George Miller’s upcoming sequel/reboot Mad Max: Fury Road is going to be going the 3D route.

For months now we’ve suspected that Mad Max 4 would be retrofitted with 3D – i.e., the type of post-production 3D conversion process that we’ve seen with Clash of the Titans, Alice In Wonderland and most recently in The Last Airbender.

Avid movie fans know all too well that the process of retrofitting a movie with 3D is a real issue in the movie industry right now. The post-conversion process diminishes the quality and colors of movie footage, and worse, creates a hackneyed pop-n-flat “3D effect” that is little more than a reason to charge moviegoers exorbitant prices for tickets. So, hearing that Mad Max: Fury Road was going to be subjected to such a format was pretty disheartening.

But alas, what we dreaded has NOT come to pass (for once). In fact, Inside Film is reporting that Mad Max 4 will be shot using 3D rigs and cameras that are being specially developed by George Miller himself. Said the director:

“We are doing 3D on Fury Road – we are shooting with real 3D cameras…Seven years ago we were going to shoot in 3D but the technology in cinemas wasn’t geared for it then but I always loved 3D or stereo…”

Mad Max 4 is currently slated for a rough-n-tumble shoot across the Australian Outback (likely early next year), which would represent something of a challenge, as directors such as Michael Bay have noted that shooting with 3D cameras is a cumbersome experience. However true that may be, it didn’t stop James Cameron from changing the landscape of cinema with Avatar; it also hasn’t stopped Bay himself from ultimately shooting Transformers 3 in 3D.

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Miller and Mel Gibson filming Mad Max

For now it seems that 3D is here to stay, and in the case of Mad Max 4, I’m not worried. Dr. George Miller is an Oscar-winning pioneer when it comes to visually impressive films (see Babe and/or Happy Feet), and was even recently awarded the status of honorary member of the Visual Effects Society – the first non-U.S. citizen to be recognized in such a way.

There’s also the fact that Miller has Peter Jackson’s WETA handling visual f/x, makeup and costume designs for Fury Road. When the guys who brought Middle Earth to life in Lord of the Rings are behind a film, in my opinion it’s somewhat safe to raise one’s expectations.

What do you guys think: Does George Miller developing new 3D shooting techniques intrigue you? Does the process (if done right) seem fit for a film like Fury Road? Or is the thought of “3D shaky-cam” already making you nauseous?

Mad Max: Fury Road should start production early next year (at the latest).

Sources: Inside Film via /Film

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  1. ive made my point clear on this film already on another thread. the fact they will be filminh in 3D hasnt changed it, no mel=no real mad max

    • must agree, mad max = mel gibson, so no mel gibson = no mad max !

  2. I’m a longtime fan of Mel Gibson and his portrayal of Max, but I really don’t understand the attitude that only one actor can ever play a character. If that were the case, we’d never have gotten Kenneth Branagh’s Shakespeare films, as all of those characters were originally played by people long moldering in the grave. And how many actors have played Sherlock Holmes over the years? Even the old Star Trek crew has been replaced — and ably, for the most part — by new actors.

    I’m going to give Tom Hardy and George Miller the benefit of the doubt. It may not work, but it’s silly to write the idea of recasting Max off until you see the final product.

    • not silly by any means, were all entitled to our vaious opinions. say for an example, you know attendance would dip considerably if anyone BUT harrison ford played indy.

    • The Rocky or Rambo character can only be played by Sylvester Stallon. It’s the same with Mad Max. There is only one, and that is Mel Gibson.

      • Actually, Id argue that with Stallone thats true, while with Mel Gibson it just isnt. He doesnt have a unique body type or voice that makes someone like Stallone ‘the’ person that plays that role.

        If a 40 year old Robin Williams could play Peter Pan and make us believe it then anyone can do anything :)

  3. Some ‘Revolutionary’ 3D tech would make me really interested in 3D.

  4. ‘Or is the thought of “3D shaky-cam” already making you nauseous?’

    Reality is “3D shaky-cam” so no, it should just make the movie a more immersive experience, if done right.

    • Really? lol

      Most people do not view life or even the most intense situations through the prism of a small shaky square and ultra-fast cut scenes.

      Shaky cam is simply the lazy way of producing action scenes, since it takes less shoots to get it right and the editing process can just smash a bunch of cropped frames together. It’s horrible (it ruined the last two Bourne movies).

  5. I couldn’t imagine anything better than seeing that interceptor coming at me in 3D. I used to be in the school of no mel-no max, but unless the story is set 23 years on from Thunderdome to reflect mels current age, there is no real need for him anymore. If the franchise is to be a reboot, as widely speculated and this 3D angle gives that theory legs, then it’s perfectly acceptable to have another actor, though I’ld have preferred Eric Bana in the role, he even owns an XB Coupe, Tom Hardy looks as though he drives an Astra.

  6. It is odd, as someone else mentioned, that Eric Bana wasnt chosen for the role. He’s an avid muscle car fan, and even made a documentary about his own Ford Falcon. Maybe they storyline goes way back and needs a younger actor?

    In any event, I will most likely go see this when it comes out, depending on what the SR guys and gals say about it in their review. 😉

  7. DEAR SIR OR MADAM: This Imax £D thing … I saw it once in Berlin and did not really think much of it. Maybe that is because the movie I saw was a documentary about African wild life. Now, if I had seen, say, james cameron’s TITANIC there, it might, or might not, have been a different story.
    to make a movie in proper 3d, it needs to be shot in 21st century equipment. the older 3d movies were shot in the last century and there was not much depth in the picture. maybe if and when i see the MAD MAX in 3D Imax, i may be converted. Now, if only they could do something similar with t.v. programmes!!