Look, we’ve all been there before. We buy a ridiculously over-priced ticket for the 3D version of a movie, end up seeing a film that looks dark, muddy, and like there were maybe four times something truly looked three-dimensional, and we leave the theater feeling like someone just pulled wool over our eyes. For every Avatar, there’s ten Wrath of The Titans. After James Cameron showed the industry how it could and should be done with the former film, it’s shocking that it gave way to so many films that looked like the latter.
Enter Cameron, to try (again) to show us the full potential of a three-dimensional cinematic experience.
The legendary director is working on an array of Avatar Sequels, four to be exact. Many have assumed he’d be using the same state of the art technology he used to make the first film a jaw-dropping example of just how beautiful and immersive a 3D movie can be. But it turns out that Cameron, ever the technological pioneer, plans to change the game all over again.
During a recent interview, the director opened up about who he’s working with and what they’re working on to help make the 3D as pristine as possible for his eventual Avatar Sequels:
“From my own perspective since I’m not doing television production, I’m doing Avatar sequels – four of them. They will be, to the best of my ability, the best 3D that’s possible to make. That includes collaborating with the people at Dolby Cinema, who have developed high dynamic range projection that could put 16 foot-lamberts of light on a 3D screen through the glasses, which is revolutionary. Normally, you’re looking at about three foot-lamberts. Sixteen is what you should be seeing. That’s what movies should look like.”
He then got even more technical, just to demonstrate the logistics he’s looking into while trying to build towards a future where we don’t even need 3D Glasses anymore!
“We need to see the roll out of these laser projection systems, so that we can fully appreciate 3D through glasses in cinemas. Then, we need the roll out of autostereoscopic screens – large panel displays, where you don’t need glasses at all. You have multiple discreet viewing angles and all that sort of thing. Anybody that’s geeking out on 3D knows what I’m talking about. It’s all possible. It’s just a question of will it happen or not.”
It’d be great if theaters could all get on board with providing the hardware required to properly show 3D movies, because right now it all just feels like a big con job. “Here, pay us $8 more for a 3D ticket. Now go see a movie that was post-converted to 3D (because the studio didn’t see the need to expensively shoot it in 3D since our tech is outdated anyway), and watch a dark, cruddy version of the movie. Thank us later!”
Are you curious to see if Cameron can re-revolutionize 3D with the Avatar Sequels? Or do you think 3D will always just be a gimmick, or a passing fad?