In the Hollywood junkpile on the 3-D format, one lone voice in the wilderness said he would not go, and you can’t make him. At the height of 3-D conversion free-for-all in the summer of 2010, Christopher Nolan boldly said that he would not take his tentpole, Inception, into the third dimension. And when it cam time to get rolling on his latest blockbuster, the upcoming The Dark Knight Rises, Nolan again said “thanks, but no thanks” to 3-D.
“Warner Bros. would have been very happy [to do 3D], but I said to the guys there that I wanted it to be stylistically consistent with the first two films and we were really going to push the IMAX thing to create a very high-quality image,” Nolan said in a recent interview with DGA Quarterly. “I prefer the big canvas, looking up at an enormous screen and at an image that feels larger than life.”
That’s right, doing films in 3-D is just too small for Nolan.
“I find [3D] stereoscopic imaging too small scale and intimate in its effect. 3D is a misnomer. Films are 3D. The whole point of photography is that it’s three-dimensional. The thing with stereoscopic imaging is it gives each audience member an individual perspective,” he said. “It’s well suited to video games and other immersive technologies, but if you’re looking for an audience experience, stereoscopic is hard to embrace. When you treat that stereoscopically, and we’ve tried a lot of tests, you shrink the size so the image becomes a much smaller window in front of you. So the effect of it, and the relationship of the image to the audience, has to be very carefully considered. And I feel that in the initial wave to embrace it, that wasn’t considered in the slightest.”
What do you think, Bastards? Would you rather watch a film in 3-D or in IMAX?