Since the release of 2009’s Avatar nearly every other film that has been shot has been released in a regular format alongside either a 3D or post-production 3D film. Now that’s great if you’re Hollywood, it means tickets cost a bit more and the box office of whatever movie’s in theaters will be that much higher, but it’s still getting annoying. And the last person you would think to talk about overusing 3D in movies decided to speak up.
At last week’s TagDF forum in Mexico City, James Cameron, the man with the most profitable 3D movies of all time, voiced his displeasure with the overuse of the visual effect in films. He’s not wrong either, highlighting recent blockbusters Man of Steel and Iron Man 3, Cameron said many movies don’t need to be filmed in the format adding that, “if you spend $150 million on visual effects, the film is already going to be spectacular, perfect.”
He did however say there is a difference between what should be shot in 3D and what should be converted, saying:
Conversion has a place and it’s a place for films we know and love, but it has to be done by the filmmaker. It has to be done by the director because there are so many creative choices that have to be made and it has to be done right. And the studio’s got to be willing to spend the money to do it right.
Also at TagDF forum, Cameron brought up his on-off relationship with his adaptation of the manga Battle Angel and things could be getting serious. After years of trying to get the adaptation off the ground the director may be that much closer to it finally getting underway – in 2017.
According to James though, that should be around the same time he’s in post-production of Avatar 3, shifting his focus from creating new technologies to expanding story and characters. Now this is, of course, all in the planning stages, and at any time James could decide to make another underwater 3D documentary again. What do you think though? Is it time for Battle Angel or should Cameron just move on and let someone else handle the project?