Peter Jackson To Shoot Films In 3D From Now On

Published 6 years ago by , Updated February 15th, 2014 at 4:26 pm,

You can now add Peter Jackson to the 3D bandwagon. In talking with MarketSaw, 3ality Digital Systems CEO Steve Schklair said that Jackson will be shooting all of his (directed) films in 3D from now on, using the technologies of Schklair’s 3ality company to do so.

Schklair said the following about the Lord of the Rings director with regards to 3D:

“..We were recently down in New Zealand with Peter Jackson, who is committing to shooting his films in 3D, and will be working with our rigs and technology to do so.”

Schklair went on to say that he thinks Jackson’s decision to shoot his movies in 3D will be a big boost for the advancement of 3D technology as a prominent way of viewing movies:

“I think this is big news for the industry because we are all pushing to get theaters built. Some theater owners are on the fence, asking, ‘If we do jump [into 3D], is there enough content?’ And having guys like Peter Jackson jump in and say things like “I’ll be making all my movies in 3D” is a great vote of confidence for the theater owners who are thinking about making the investment.”

As Alex Billington over at First Showing points out, there is currently a predicament with 3D movies in that a lot of movie theaters don’t want to convert to 3D because there simply aren’t enough 3D movies out there yet. And at the same time a lot of directors don’t want to shoot movies in 3D because there aren’t enough movie theaters properly equipped yet. But with Jackson joining James Cameron (and others) on the list of people shooting in 3D, it seems that will become much less of a problem sooner rather than later.

I’ve made it no secret that I think for the most part 3D is a gimmick and the novelty of wears off very quickly. Only in movies where the technology is applied subtly and in the right places (such as in Pixar’s latest film Up) does it work. But most 3D movies just use the technology very blatantly, shoving images down the audience’s collective throat more frequently than you can count as they appear to come out of the screen towards them. If Jackson is going to use 3D in all of his movies, I really hope he applies it with great precision and doesn’t just use it all the time just for the sake of it.

Jackson currently has his drama/horror/thriller The Lovely Bones lined up as director, but I wouldn’t hold my breath to see it in 3D (not least because it’s already in post-production). But beyond that Jackson has the sequel to Tintin (if it gets greenlit), so unless anything else gets announced (he’s producing The Hobbit, not directing it), Tintin 2 will be his first 3D movie. And going by this news, it certainly wouldn’t be his last.

What do you think about Peter Jackson apparently going to be filming all of his movies in 3D? Do you think the technology is a gimmick or an effective way of watching movies?

Sources: MarketSaw and FirstShowing

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  1. I’ve never needed 3D to enjoy movies and don’t need it now. Bit worried when a director says ALL his movies will be 3D though.

    Think Jackson is great, although King Kong was a mess and fat too long.

  2. Here’s a solution, don’t watch them in 3D. Whoa, that was hard to think up… :-D

  3. Well if people don’t like 3d then just don’t go. That should be easy right now since only about 25% of the screens are showing a 3d movie in 3d, the rest are in 2d. However, even though they are far fewer screens the 3d showings are still moving way more tickets. So don’t go, its obvious that several million other people would be glad to purchase your ticket instead. Just don’t be suprised if large numbers of people are freely choosing to purchase 3d tickets that 3d inturn will continue to became more available. The american consumers as a whole always dictates what will become mainstream and what will not, not the companies.

  4. Yah, I love when people complain about OPTIONAL things. Optional things have no negatives in my opinion, since it is something good for those who enjoy it, and those who don’t can simply choose not to “opt” for it. DUH! lol.

    And I don’t know, I went with 6 friends to see Up in 3D, 3 of them wore glasses. NONE of them complained of a headache or anything. So it must be a pretty small percentage of people who have that problem, which sucks for them I guess.

  5. I don’t know…I hate reality TV, and was told about 6 years back, that if I didn’t like it, I had the choice to ‘switch off and change the channel’

    Well, I did both, and now look! They (Reality TV shows) have bred and multiplied to a ridiculous level as I once predicted. :(

    We need more people to express their opinion, not less. Otherwise, the only decent media will be ‘old’ reruns of the glory days.

  6. Not exactly a fair comparison. The reality shows are replacing better shows because they are cheaper to make and draws larger audiences without much effort. So it’s not as much of an OPTION (which is an addition to) but rather a replacement, so there is a loss. 3D movies is purely an OPTION since the SAME movie is being shown in 2D. So really there is no loss, if you don’t want to see the movie in 3D, just go to a 2D showing. It’s not REPLACING the 2D version, just adding a 3D version. So it’s not like someone telling you to turn off your tv if you don’t want to watch reality shows, it’s like if they made a reality tv channel and all reality shows will air there and all of your favorite “normal” shows will air in their normal networks, THEN it becomes a good comparison since you’re not losing your regular shows and you can simply not turn it to that channel if you don’t wish to see reality tv shows…

  7. Gottarhyme, your assuming that no one likes reality shows. Atcually there are probably millions of people who like the reality shows. I absolutely hate nascar racing, but on sunday afternoon there it is on tv. Now I realize that there are a lot of people out there that like nascar, my dad is one. There is a guy at my work that loves it and has nascar stuff on his desk. Now I would not go out and try to get the networks to stop brodcasting nascar races. All I would do is turn the channel or do something else if someone where watching nascar. Just because I don’t like it, I don’t expect it to dissappear, there are plenty of other choices out there for me as well.
    Isn’t that how it should be, choices for things I like that you don’t, and choices for things you like that I don’t. In the end however, for companies to offer a choice there has to be enough people out there that are willing buy, use, or watch that probuce. If you had a lemonade stand to make a living and no one was buying your lemonade how long would you offer it for sale. So people forget that people are paying for the 3d movies and that is why they are there. People want to see them, are willing to drive further and pay more to see them. Otherwise they would just dissappear.

  8. Tony, I think what concerns some of us is that Katzenberg and others want 3D to be standard in ALL movies within 10 years. He has publicly said this in a room full of studio heads, theatre owners and media moguls.

    Can you imagine films like, “The Visitor” or “Slumdog Millionare” in 3D. That’s what’s down the line.

    I think I’m self aware enough to avoid 3D films. Not watching them is something l already do… My comments on this thread concern the big picture,,,

    If you don’t like 3D don’t watch them. (Yeah I figured that out for myself)
    Thanks for the advice.

  9. “Reality” CRAP is the reason I stopped watching TV 8 years ago..I have seen one episode of Survivor, never seen AMerican Idol or anything else I guess from the last 8 years of TV..I buy House MD on DVD, Family Guy, Supernatural, 24 and a few others but TV is dead reason to go there. CRAP CRAP CRAP..

  10. @greenknight

    for me, the only tv I watch is Discovery, History, and TruTV. I’m moving soon, and will have to sign up for cable, gonna go for the digital cable package not for HBO, not for Showtime, or anything, but because they have Discovery HD and History HD, woot, lol. I hope they have the Science Channel and the Military channel in that lineup too…

  11. HD is not a big enough reason for me to reconsider my position Ken…Just a lot of CRAP with an amazing picture.. :)

  12. Are you calling Discovery and History channel crap? I take personal offense to that, lol.

  13. It is what it is IMO..If you like it that’s cool..I on the other hand will continue to pass…

  14. Well 790 I understand your consern about 3d taking over and it is possible that that could happen, I still think there is a big enough 2d crowd out there to not let that happen, but again your putting all your blame on Katzenberg, but he and his goons are not your problem. Your problem boils down to the patrons that are buying the tickets to the 3d movies. They are the ones in the end that are allowing this 3d wave to gain traction so far. 2 to 4 people buying a 3d ticket to everyone one person that buys a 2d ticket. If you are the one who does not like 3d then yes that would be annoying. If just a handful of people boycott 3d then it is not going to make much of a difference. That is why the ice man dilverer lost his job, over time people wanted the convinence of the electric freezer rather than rely on the ice box. I’m sure some of those ice companies and their employees where not happy that they were forced out of business, but in the end it boils down to the private citizens as a whole making a choice of what they want. If enough people want 2d it will hang on, if not then see 2d go away.

  15. You watch political propaganda with toilet humor (Family Guy) but not Dirty Jobs, Modern Marvels, Mythbusters, How It’s Made, Man vs. Wild, etc. etc. Such a sad existence…

    :-D lol, just kidding man, but those are my shows, I like House too, but not enough to actually try to catch it when it’s on, just see it online later when I feel like it… I also like Dexter, but no Showtime, so I wait for the DVD’s…

  16. Tony, my point of view is directed at the motivation behind 3D in cinema.
    I’m fully aware I’m out numbered by idiots. Thanks again,,,

  17. Ok 790, I see where you are going, your right everyone is out to just steel your money, I get it now. No reason on my part to go any further.

  18. Again you miss the point Tony, Its not just about your money its about manipulating your behavior…

  19. Damn, so if you’re not a conspiracy theorist you’re an idiot? Damn, I’m so sad now… :’(

    :-P just kidding dude.

  20. I’m just validating Tony’s point that the masses (idiots) will choose the direction they want to see in movies Ken. Just like the masses have changed Tv into a vast wasteland of reality programs and info-tainment.

  21. It is dumb to simply agree with everything the majority of people like, going with trends, etc. But it is just as stupid to specifically go against everything the majority of people like. basing your own opinions on what other people think of it, whether in line or against, is equally dumb in my opinion. Yes the “masses” make pretty stupid preferences a lot of the times. But they aren’t wrong about EVERYTHING. Just because someone is in-line with what the majority thinks on a certain issue doesn’t mean you are less “cool” or unique. I go against the grain on many things, I hate basketball, rap music (*gasp* yep, I just said that), drinking, clubbing, console gaming, etc. And these are basically all the most popular things now-a-days in this country.

    But while I go against the grain on some things, I also go along with others on other things. But not BECAUSE it’s popular, because I enjoy those things for my own reasons. I really can care less what others think, I like or dislike things for my own reasons.

    But yah, the “masses” would decide how things will go, but imagine what kind of place we would live in if everything will go exactly opposite of what people want…

  22. Reality TV suits a certain mindset.

    My kids love ‘the Biggest loser’,as well as;

    ‘Pakistan’s/Fiji’s/Russia’s/Canada’s (insert country here) Next Top model/dishwasher/cleaner/dogwasher/spaghetti farmer (insert occupation here)

    They also love:

    ‘Survivor’ with ‘D’ List celebrities losing weight while having plastic surgery while raising 10 kids while overcoming crack addiction and remodelling a new house and garden reality show’!

    (I must admit…that show really gets me hooked too) ;)

    Too much of a good thing. Maybe all the subliminal advertising and product placement that worries everyone with 3D cinema is already being spoonfed to us via the mindless pap of the ‘neon God we made’.

    Why do they call it ‘vegging out in front of the TV’? Even intelligent peoples’ IQs drop an average 20 points watching these shows!

    Quick! An injection of History channel STAT! LOL Save the human mind!


  23. You have to go with what the majority pays for. How could you keep a store in business if no one bought stuff at it. I wouldn’t work and we all know that. He is just saying all that stuff.

  24. I think that he should re-do the LOTR movies in 3d. It would be awsome to see them in 3d. I’m pretty sure that if Peter Jackson does do his films in 3d, he’ll make them pretty damn good!

  25. The issues are never simple. One thing I’m proud of is that very rarely will you hear me simplify the issues.