Originally Posted by cbcdesign
It's not bad. My only complaint was that there were too many instances of 2D cinematography shooting which lessened the 3D effect. Examples include forground vegetation being out of focus, isolated shots of characters with no foreground or background elements to enhance the 3D. To me, those techniques work fine in 2D shoots but 3D is all about depth and scenes should be composed accordingly.
I've noticed this myself with some of the content I've been watching lately. I imagine it's the result of two things: Either the film was shot with 2D in mind, and decided after the fact to convert (which I know isn't the case with POTC, but is with quite a few others). Or, the cinematographer just wasn't that familiar with the idea of shooting in 3D, and so stuck with the "tried and true" 2D cinematography tricks, without taking the cameras into account.
Depth of field, that you mention, is a perfect example. It's main purpose is to isolate the focus of the shot (usually an actor) from the background elements, so the audience's attention is in the right spot. With a 2D plate shot with an infinity lens, the frame can get very "busy" and the actor can blend into the background. But.. with 3D cameras, you actually get the best of both worlds.. you can shoot everything in focus, and the actor will still be separated from the background through the 3D effect, allowing you to maintain the audience's focus.
I noticed that Prometheus
did this rather well, with comparatively few shots using traditional depth of field, and letting the 3D effect do the rest. I think that's one of the reasons why everyone is praising the visuals, just like they did on Avatar
.. not only is the 3D effect very good, but everything's in focus nearly all the time. It's a different look than we're used to, and can make the film look "amazing" even in 2D just because so much of the frame is in focus.
On a different note, I have come to realize that not all 3D is created equal, even with CG films. I just got a 3D monitor for my PC a few weeks ago, and aside from games, the only 3D I can watch is Youtube (I've got a Blu-ray drive on the way). I've been going through a lot of movie trailers to find films that have a good, deep 3D effect, and noticing the differences. Rio
is very good, as is Tangled
. But I found the effect in the trailer for Megamind
and Despicable Me
very shallow and almost unnoticeable, with only a handful of shots done specifically for effect. Almost as if they were converted to 3D after the fact instead of being rendered natively.
The problem is that I already own a lot of these films, and I don't really want to double-dip just for a 3D disc (especially since the 3D version will include all the 2D discs, bonus discs, and digital copy discs that I already own). Granted, everything I buy from this point forward will be 3D, but I'm "shopping around", so to speak, for older titles to get in 3D to watch on the new monitor. Right now, I think the two top contenders are Hugo
(for live action) and Tangled