Originally Posted by Chronoptimist
Not at all for me. 3D is about adding depth to the image.
Pop-out 3D just looks like a diorama to me. Natural 3D that adds depth makes me believe I'm in the scene.
This is a content issue, not a device issue. And here's my chance to wax philosophical about the new 3D!
I suggest everyone do some reading on the new Theatrical 3D movement (basically started by James Cameron). The industry is intent on getting it right.
In the past, 3D was wrecked by cheesy pop-out and make-you-jump gimmicky. Problem is, that is only good for a small portion of movies (not Toy Story 3
for example), it often tears you away from the story,
and it just plain wears out fast.
The new movement wants 3D to have depth, and to enhance the experience. My one-liner explanation: Think looking in through a window NOT popping out at you.Avatar
succeeded very well in this vein. Tron
is a more modern example that also succeeds. Think about it. With pop-out 3D, it calls attention to itself during the movie: "hey, I'm watching a 3D movie." Problem is, the point of a movie is to involve you in the story, not to alert you to the fact that there is some hokey effect going on: similar to why audiences prefer realistic special effects.
So for movies like Avatar
the 3D enhances and involves you, rather than tearing you out of the story to give you a good scare. This is why I believe the new crop of 3D will succeed (technically, it already has, with many of last years' animated films gaining half their gross from 3D).
In terms of quality
3D, Dreamworks gets it right, and tries to make the 3D really enveloping, really "real" as it were. In Monsters vs. Aliens
they only had 2 pop-out gags, and only because it was mimicking the '50s alien/monster movie genre. The San Francisco city attack, and the Golden Gate Bridge scenes were brilliant.
I think moment that really epitomizes getting it right
with modern 3D film is in How to Train Your Dragon.
There is a moment where Hiccup first meet the dragon in person, and we get a close-up of Toothless' eye. Just the eye, examining Hiccup, nothing more. But the 3D is amazing, it's as though you're seeing a real eye, and because it's 3D
we can see the Dragon's interest and curiosity. This is using 3D to enhance the experience, make it better, and involve the audience more deeply. There's also wow factor too, but it's not calling attention to itself, it's allowing us to remain fixed on the character and story.
So, with that in mind, if you are someone who wants pop-out 3D in new movies, you're going to come up disappointed most of the time... but trust me, that's a good thing!