By this point it’s not exactly new to say that Avatar has drastically changed many moviegoers’ attitudes toward 3D filmmaking - a technology that was previously relegated to cheesy horror films and cartoons. No matter what you might have thought of its story, Avatar did succeed in creating a breathtaking visual experience - potentially unmatched since George Lucas wowed audiences in 1977 with the first Star Wars film.
However, even in recent years, the films enjoying 3D treatments are still limited to certain genres: animated features, horror films, as well as blockbuster franchises that focus on large-scale action sequences. No one has made a genuine attempt to apply the technology to a more traditional, dramatic project… at least not yet.
But just because it hasn’t been done doesn’t mean Martin Scorsese isn’t thinking about it – according to an interview he did with Yahoo Movies while promoting Shutter Island:
"I'd love to do one... It just seems natural that we'd be going in that direction. It's going to be something to look forward to, but to be used interestingly."
According to the interview, Scorsese’s only major reservation would be the maneuverability of the camera - assuming he could move the rig, without compromising the normal way he’d set up a shot, the director claims he could be on board.
“We see in depth, for the most part. We go to the theater — it's in depth. Why couldn't a film like `Precious' be in 3-D? It should be."
Considering Scorsese’s body of work, it’s still difficult to imagine how the filmmaker would actually make use of the technology. Obviously, it’s great to have another tool in your repertoire, but it’s hard for me to get over the feeling that 3D would be more of a distraction than an enhancement in a Scorsese film.
And what meaningful addition would 3D have brought to Lee Daniels' Precious?
It’s not that I think Scorsese would jump into a 3D picture just to experiment with the technology but, with all the studios execs hankering for the third dimension, it’s obvious there’s pressure on directors, even the old school character-driven kind, to put out the next Avatar.
Hopefully, whenever directors do start mixing character-driven drama with 3D glasses, it’ll be for a genuine purpose – not just to patch 3D onto films that would have been better off without it.
That said, if anyone could do something original with 3D in the drama genre, it’s probably Scorsese.
How would you feel about a three dimensional Scorsese film? What do you think about 3D dramas in general?
Source: Yahoo Movies