The Filmmakers Talk
September / October 2011
THE FILMMAKERS TALK - SPOTLIGHT:
* (April / May 2012) WATCH THE SKIES (Spielberg, Lucas, Scott, Cameron) / CASTING RED TAILS (George Lucas)
* (Dec., 2011 / Jan., 2012) 2011 - THE YEAR OF SPIELBERG: SUPER 8, TIN TIN, WAR HORSE
* (Sept. / Oct. 2011) STATE OF THE ART: "3D OR NOT 3D" - WITH JAMES CAMERON AND MICHAEL BAY
THE FILMMAKERS TALK - INTERVIEW SERIES:
* INSIDE THE ACTORS STUDIO
* POST MORTEM: WITH MICK GARRIS
* LIFE AFTER FILM SCHOOL
THE STATE OF THE ART - "3D OR NOT 3D, THAT IS THE QUESTION ..."
Two years ago when JAMES CAMERON released AVATAR, the "new generation
of immersive 3D" was off to a critically acclaimed start. Then a short
time later Warner's CLASH OF THE TITANS remake (clumsily converted to 3D
after being originally shot in 2D) convinced many the so-called new
tech was little more than a fad, not unlike it's cheesy "B" movie 1950s
era predecessor. In the few years since however, a handful of other
acclaimed 3D pics (HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON and TRON: LEGACY among them)
have once again caused the smart money to be shifted "back across the
table"; this in spite of early 2011 box office suggesting consumer
backlash against "EVERYTHING" being released in the format. Two
years ago, TRANSFORMERS 3 director Michael Bay dismissed the format as
"gimmicky", but he's since become a devoted convert thanks to
encouragement from the likes of his film making idol JAMES CAMERON as well as DreamWorks studio head JEFFREY KATZENBERG
Join us as we pay the surcharge, don our glasses and dive into the pros and cons of the new medium.
ago, Jeffrey Katzenberg called me and he says, 'You gotta do 3D; I need
directors like you to do 3D so we can get it going in the theaters …'
and I'm like, 'Thank you, Jeffrey, no.' Then I visited Cameron, whom I
met on the set of Titanic when I was young. I was shooting Transformers, and he invited me to the set of Avatar.
I walk in, and it's like Mission Control with all the cables and the
men and women -- more hard drives than you can even imagine. And I'm
like, 'Oh, this is so not me.' And Jim was very polite. He stopped his
shoot for about an hour, and he showed me around. You know, I'm kind of
old-school. I like good old-fashioned anamorphic lenses, Panavision
cameras, 35-millimeter film, where you can touch it, feel it -- and 3D
is not that. It's all ones and zeros. And Jim comes up to me, he goes, 'God, WETA has some great algorithms!' And I'm smiling, 'What the f-- is he talking about?' "
- Michael Bay
* THR article: MICHAEL BAY REVEALS JAMES CAMERON'S SECRET ROLE IN THE MAKING OF TRANSFORMERS
* Cameron wows CineEurope with 15 minutes of frame-by-frame converted TITANIC 3D footage. (6/28/11)
* Bay and Cameron discuss the pros and cons of modern 3D systems. (THR 5/25/11 - 16:11 mins)