Originally Posted by Josh Z
Darren Aronfsky did not want the movie to be 3D. The conversion was forced on him by the studio. He shot and composed the movie only with 2D in mind.
Having now watched many 2D movies converted to 3D I have come to the following conclusion:
If a photographer or cinematographer sets up his or her shots in an artistic manner for 2D this often translates into artistic 3D shots as an unintended byproduct or consequence.
For example -- properly thought out shots in 2D that convey feelings of expanse, height (vertigo), majesty, size and so on are more likely than not extremely effective when converted into 3D and are often more spectacular -- again, an unintended consequence of thoughtful 2D shooting.
One example that comes to mind is Pacific Rim, which was shot with 2D in mind. The director using 2D only wanted to show size and majesty in many scenes. In other scenes he wanted to convey height (our hero working on the construction of the wall). These shots (IMO) converted extremely well to 3D and I feel were in fact more effective in 3D -- obviously an unintended consequence of the director's artistic 2D design.
In my opinion it's the "art" of the 2D that impacts the 3D when converted. When shot with 3D in mind there is even more opportunity to be artistic -- meaning more thought put into certain shots since 3D by itself may change the ambiance or flavour of the scene (a low shot of people siting along a long table -- 3D will often give an exaggerated sense of length or depth to the table). I think this is why some directors gravitate towards 3D while others shy away from it. It is simply a more challenging medium to work with. I feel that some directors who claim they don't like 3D are actually naturals and either don't know it or don't care since they don't want the added hassle of getting the 3D right -- they probably feel they have enough on their plates. Change is challenging and many people resist it -- directors are people and therefore some will resist it even though they may be very good at it. Fortunately (from my perspective) other innovative directors embrace the challenge and will move 3D forward.
One final thought: 2D films that convert very well to 3D tell me something about the director's artistic talent. If I watch a number of 2D films by the same director and all or the majority of them look impressive when converted to 3D then I gain a respect for that director's "eye" or artistic abilities, whether learned, natural or a combination of the two.