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"Consider how the lilies grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these." Luke 12:27 (NIV)

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Narnia in 3D

Since the success of Avatar, Hollywood seems desperate to jump on the 3D bandwagon, much to the chagrin of well-known directors like James Cameron (who directed Avatar) and Michael Bay (Transformers).  Cameron and Bay are concerned (not without justification) that the results will diminish the visual quality of the films and they may end up being more expensive than the studios have been led to believe.

A whole list of visual effects dependent films are now undergoing 3D conversion.
Hard conversion conversations are being had now at studios on films that include Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, The Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader, Gulliver’s Travels and The Hobbit.

(Hmm... I had no idea anyone was doing another Gulliver's Travels adaptation.)

Now it seems that the third Narnia film, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, although filmed in 2D, will also be offered in 3D.

To 3D or not to 3D. Personally I have no issue with the 3D side of things... but 3D is the new cinematic gimmick. No amount of gimmickry is going to save a film if the writing is mediocre, the performances are shabby and the overall execution is poor. Also, 3D films also tend to be more expensive so speaking for myself, I won't be seeing too many of those. What is more, there could be a glut of 3D films in time to come and when the novelty wears out, Hollywood could be left holding a very large bill.

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