Guillermo del Toro’s ‘Pacific Rim’ Being Post-Converted to 3D

Published 3 years ago by , Updated March 9th, 2013 at 2:01 pm,

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Pacific Rim is a massive undertaking in terms of special effects requirements, as well as the sci-fi concepts present in Travis Beacham’s original script draft – such as robotic machinery operated by a “neurological bridge” between humans – not to mention, the plot involves sky-scraping robots battling similarly-massive creatures from another dimension.

However, at Comic-Con, director Guillermo del Toro revealed that he resisted utilizing certain modern-effects tools (ex. motion-capture) that similar large-scale productions (Avatar, The Avengers) have relied upon – as it would not have fit his approach. It’s for similar reasons the filmmaker refrained from shooting Pacific Rim in 3D, while expressing little to no interest in converting the project to 3D during post-production.

Warner Bros., on the other hand, isn’t so hesitant about post-converting films to 3D. Filmmaking is, after all, a business first, a form of artistic expression second – from the investor’s perspective, that is – and the studio has significantly boosted its financial returns on big-budget fare with post-3D in the past (see: the Harry Potter and Clash of the Titans franchises). Hence, it’s not surprising to learn that Warner Bros. has “strong-armed” del Toro in post-converting Pacific Rim to 3D, as Variety puts it.

Here is del Toro’s previous explanation for why he did not shoot Pacific Rim in 3D:

“Originally there was a discussion that took a long time to overcome that was to make the movie 3D. And I didn’t want to make the movie 3D because when you have things that big… the thing that happens naturally, you’re looking at two buildings lets say at 300 feet [away], if you move there is no parallax. They’re so big that, in 3D, you barely notice anything no matter how fast you move. To force the 3D effects for robots and monsters that are supposed to be big you are making their [perspective] miniaturized, making them human scale.”

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Michael Bay demonstrated with Transformers: Dark of the Moon that a film featuring enormous digitally-rendered robots can, in fact, look quite spectacular in 3D – IF the action scenes and CGI-heavy set pieces are carefully composed and constructed with 3D in mind, of course. With Pacific Rim, however, del Toro has made it no secret that he’s gone out of his way to make the film feel more visceral and realistic – even splashing oil on the camera lens at times, so that the action has a more visceral and immediate feel.

In short: del Toro’s indicated that Pacific Rim simply isn’t a movie meant for 3D. That sets it apart from recent 2D films that were designed with 3D in mind – and thus, actually benefited from the “upgrade” (ex. The Avengers). While it’s possible that del Toro’s love letter to giant monster movies could ultimately follow suit, it might be best to remain skeptical for the time being.

Of course, 2D viewing will still be an option when Pacific Rim opens in theaters on July 12th, 2013.


Source: Variety

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    • Ha, I understand, but at Comic-Con del Toro announced that Pacific Rim’s going on “radio silence” until 2013 – so, we might not be getting a trailer ’till then.

      On the other hand – I wouldn’t be surprised if WB releases it a bit earlier and attaches the trailer to The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey in December.

      • I hope they do attach it! Not some 30 second trailer though, 1 min 30-2 mins will make me giggly to see some elba!

        I’ll see the premiere just for Rim!

      • I read till December but we’ll see. Should be awesome either way.

  2. And I want 2D! If this movie going to be shown in 3D only I’m going to be pissed…

  3. I’ll see the 2d, if offered.

    • yeah ill try to find it in 2d as well, im getting sick of 3d. but that means i would have to go to the crappier theater downtown which has more 2d showings than the good theater i usually go to.

  4. You know they opted for the conversion to maximize the box office gross. I won’t give them that satisfaction. I’ll be watching (and encouraging others to watch)’Pacific Rim’ in 2D just like I’ll be watching ‘The Hobbit’ 48fps, the way the Director meant it to be seen. That’s my middle finger to the studio.

    • Amen bro, amen.

  5. One day people will catch on to what a joke the 3D conversions are.

  6. This is a case when I hope fans will say no thanks and flock to a 2D showing to see a film as intended bye the artist who has written and directed the film.
    Most of us who follows movie making already know the del Toro did not want or intend this film to be in 3D so I will respect HIS decision because like I said it’s how HE wanted it.
    Sure, this type of thing happens all the time but I don’t recall it ever happening after a director has stated he doesn’t want it to. Business is Business but I’ll make my mind up on how I’ll see the film based off of what del Toro thinks is best. Not because the marketing department wants me to…

  7. Say it aint so Guillermo

    Damn…That means the IMAX version will most likely be in 3D too….I wish 3D died a painful death.

    • I’d settle for painless if that means it’s quicker. ;)

  8. Looks a lot like the main character from TimeShift (2008 PC)

  9. I hope Warner Bros goes bankrupt in the next coming years. These guys are a bunch of no good greedy hounds. Out of damn respect I say, Del Toro is one of the best directors of our time and they want to force this unwanted crap upon him even he himself said no to? Why I had enough of Warner Bros to begin with what are they doing with DC comic films. They don’t even know how to effectively manage and balance a future plan. They see Marvel successful with Avengers…okay let’s suddenly rush Justice League without any thought whatsoever and have that guy who directed X-Men 3 on the possible list of directs we want. If these idiots aren’t that stupid enough you say…Dark Tower…blockbuster idea people have been waiting for…pass. Those people…WE ARE THE FANS AND WE SHALL BOYCOTT WB! Start a petition someone it’s time everyone to bring it down with the sickness!

  10. BIG O!

    • Giving Cody a high five. God I hope he is taller than 5’10 at 6’5 I have a serious problem high fiving people under 5’10


  11. Big Box Office Bomb for sure and a giant flop !
    Don’t think this Movie will make any big Money…and thats sad !

    I liked all of his Movies,love the Hellboy’s a lot and just wish he would succeed with this,but I really can’t see this movie making it at the mass market ! hope somewhere !

  12. Dear Warner Brothers, here is the funny thing about 3D.

    We, as humans for the most part have excellent depth perception, 3D Does nothing for the more intelligent of our species, we view it as “We see things in 3 dimensions everyday, and we can grab items that are real.”

    When we go to see a movie, we are not out to see it as some gimmick, we are seeing the movie because we want what the director wanted us to see.

    We are already getting bent over the concession counter to get our snacks, our tickets are already nothing short of a 3 page credit application for a 2D Movie. Not to mention, the millions of people who wear contacts or glasses that now have to take off glasses or remove contacts to see 3D Movies, or risk getting a severe headache.

    Now I know this is America, where making a buck or a billion is the goal of every man, woman and business. But you do run the risk of one thing.

    IF I PAY 15 BUCKS FOR A MOVIE THAT SUCKS AND YOU GIVE ME NO REASON FOR IT NOT TO SUCK AND IT STILL SUCKS…I AM SO GOING TO LAND MY HELICOPTER (A Big Red Orange and White Coast Guard HH-60 JAYHAWK)in your studio front lot, and take my 6’5 265 LB BODY…AND GIVE YOU A TURE 3D EXPERIENCE…I am going to put my Size 15 EE Boot up your nether region and you will experience…A TRUE 3D EFFECT!

    Thank you,

    One soon to be court martialed Coast Guard Captain, as of the Release date of Pacific Rim.

  13. Damn it…TRUE experience!

  14. double damn it..COURT MARTIALED


  16. I find that some of GDT’s preferences about effects to be a little strange. Does he ever explain why he chooses some methods as opposed to others? I would think someone with as much visual flair as he would be interested in 3D, at least shooting it natively. I mean, I know he has preferred to do as much of his effects practically, especially for his creatures. However Pacific Rim doesn’t appear to offer as many opportunities for that approach. It seems like it would almost be entirely CGI. In fact, I always thought Pacific Rim didn’t seem to fit his style as much as the Hobbit would have. Unless the monster designs are awesome, I would say that I wished he had not have dropped out of the Hobbit. Guess, we’ll have to see the trailer to really know.

  17. It’s funny how movie studios are so in love with 3-D now, like it enhances movies greatly. It’s not like Dolby sound, which actually does improve the movie experience, it’s just a gimmick for the most part. In decades past 3-D was something reserved for monster movies, horror flicks and other B-movies. Now that they can charge extra money for it they are treating it like some necessary part of seeing a film.

  18. 3D conversions simply don’t work. Sure when something is filmed in 3D it can look quite spectacular like Transformers DOTM.

    It seems terrible that the studio is willing to go against the director’s wishes.

    “Filmmaking is, after all, a business first, a form of artistic expression second”

    Obviously this is nothing new, doesn’t stop it being a desperately depressing statement.

  19. I will never see a post converted 3D movie again. I get a much better experience in 2D. The focus always seems to be off in post converted 3D. The only 3D movie I have seen worth the money is Avatar, and we know it was not post converted.

  20. I am curious to the size of the robots. Juding by the Teaser Poster, you would think the Robots are somwhere in the area of 500-1000 feet tall. Which would make it very cool. Judging by a pilot standing on the shoulder.

    • I think i read somewhere that they were supposed to be 30 stories tall i think, which would be around 300 feet tall. so idk whats going on with the poster.

      • Thanks for that bit of info. The Poster threw me off, because if the head is 100 times bigger than the human, I would be hard press to find that robot anywhere under a 1000 feet tall.


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