Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Down with 3D

I do not get the 3D thing. It's fun for like 15 minutes then it's annoying. Don't get me wrong, it was beautifully integrated in Avatar, but Avatar was also like eight hours long and by the time I was halfway through the film I started to get a headache. I kept taking off the glasses to close my eyes for a minute.

Then there's the fact that most 3D movies invent big moments for things to pop out and remind you that you're in 3D, which is just annoying and gimmicky. I just want to watch a good film with a cool story and maybe some awesome shots. I don't need my film to dance like a little kid to get my attention.

And the 3D TV? I don't get that either. Don't you have to sit straight up and directly in front of the TV to see it properly, and still have to wear glasses? I just don't understand who the target customer is for that - rich people who must have every gadget? Those people who want to live on Pandora and can now watch the Blu-Ray copy of Avatar on an endless loop?

I have a feeling this is going to go the way of the laserdisk or virtual reality. Remember when virtual reality was going to destroy us all because we were going to stop living in the real world once we jacked in? Those were the days.

Anyway, I really hate 3D. It's to the point where I will avoid a movie I might have gone to see if it's in 3D. Actually come to think of it, I don't want to see any of the movies that are currently offered in 3D, but I did, I would only see the 2D option. I don't see what's so wrong with two dimensions really. Call me old fashioned.


  1. Luckily for me, the films I usually watch would never make the 3D cut.

  2. I'm with you.

    I have a filmmaking friend who has invested A LOT in this technology and I really hope for him it will break through - properly - and stay.

    Last year I saw a few 3D movies and Avatar was the only one where I would see it again in 3D. And still, the IMAX glasses were downright PAINFUL.

    Let's face it, it doesn't in ANY way enhance the storytelling.

  3. Couldn't agree more.

    I also get headaches and nausea during 3D films.

    Some poor kid being dragged out by his Mom vomited right in front of me during Avatar.

    I think it was Twizzlers and a Cherry Icee.

    Hopefully this 3D crap will fade.


  4. Just a fad... like pinkberry, frozen yogurt has been around for 20 years!! whats with all this highschool girl hype?!?! A fad. Hehe no offense if you love pinkberry. But I see it as a fad just like 3D, if the highschool kids love it, shouldn't everyone else?

  5. Hey I love Pinkberry. Last night I even dreamed about Pinkberry.

  6. No offense *high five*... Strangely, I have never had Pinkberry, or one of the similar knockoff 'DIY-yogurt joints'. I'll probably have it eventually and it will blow my mind, thus leading me to re-evaluate my life, and 3D movies hehe.

    TCBY for life!

  7. I have never had TCBY, sadly. I had never had Pinkberry either until about a year ago because I thought it was for yuppies. But that shit is good. I get the regular yogurt with bananas, coconut and almonds.

  8. The only upcoming 3D film I'm interested in seeing is Tron Legacy - which is still a way off - but I think that should suit 3D better due to the nature of the story.

    I've only seen Avatar thus far, which was excellent, but I don't really have any interest in 3D per se. I have nothing against it so long as it's done well, and a 2D alternative is available. None of my spec screenplays would work in it...well, I suppose one could work in conversion, but that'll be over my dead body.

    As far as I'm concerned, I'm writing 2D movies. Since I have yet to get an agent or achieve anything professionally (and I'm the UK to boot, where so far our only homegrown 3D movie is the 21st century equivalent of Breakin') that shouldn't be too difficult to maintain.

  9. There's a 3D 21st century equivalent to Breakin? Whoa.

  10. My eyes are a little messed-up, so I can't see the 3D in 3D films. I don't get headaches, but I get all the downsides of blurry focus and washed-out colors without the upside of 3D, which makes it kind of pointless. Unless I am taking my nieces, I always opt for 2D. If theaters ever go completely 3D, I'm hosed.

    Patrick Sweeney
    I Blame Ninjas


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