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3-D filmmaking’s radical, revolutionary potential

3-D filmmaking’s radical, revolutionary potential

I’m not a huge fan of 3D – I don’t mind it but I don’t generally seek out 3D versions of a film because:

  • The glasses keep me aware that there’s a frame around my movie;
  • 3D is darker than 2D; and
  • Every time there’s a cut – and a jump in 3D space – I have to take a moment out of the story to work out where I am in space.

This Salon article considers what we could do with 3D other than what people are doing with 3D.

For the sake of argument, though, let’s think about what might happen if 3-D movies embraced only the first or the second parts of that description — if they became more intimate and character driven, or if they went in the other direction and became more structurally and stylistically abstract, even trippy.

The result could be genuinely revolutionary. It could let us experience movie storytelling — and movies, period — in a new way. It might even give rise to a new art form, one that’s related to its ancestor, cinema, but that takes off in new directions and does things we can’t even imagine yet because so few people in the entertainment industry have been willing to look beyond entertainment as they’ve always known it.