The fact that I find the following newsworthy is just depressing. I'm growing tired of 3D as much as the next person, but I've also come to terms with the fact that it's not going to fade away with any quickness. A few months ago, after Avatar came out, it was no longer surprising news to hear that a film was going to be released in 3D. Announcements were arriving with such regularity that it was just assumed that if a Hollywood film cost over $10 million to make, it was going to be shown in 3D. However, thanks to a string of disappointments, specifics of a film's extra dimension are now once again news.

Fans are starting to paying attention to whether or not a 3D movie was actually filmed that way or if it was converted in post-production. Clash of the Titans is what triggered the concern, but the press machine in Hollywood is too good at what it does and a general haze of, "Oh, well, that conversion was really rushed. If it's done properly it looks just as good as the real thing" became the accepted frame of mind after that disaster. Well, now The Last Airbender is out and its post-production 3D, which supposedly was not rushed, is just as utterly worthless as Titans'. So with the whole "that was a fluke" argument in the process of deflation, it's important to look toward the future to see what is using "Real 3D" and what is using "Fake 3D".
I may not be all that excited for Transformers 3, but because I know that I will inevitably see it, it's a huge relief to me to hear that Michael Bay is using actual 3D cameras to film with. Better yet, he's using the Arri Alexa Pace camera system made famous by Avatar. The confirmation comes from Vince Pace, one of the camera's creators, who told MarketSaw that he's been busy traveling around the world to help oversee the camera's use on Transformers 3, Resident Evil: Afterlife, Tron Legacy, Martin Scorsese's Hugo Cabret and a "big Disney film" he is not at liberty to name. Plus he has another five films in the pipeline. (Note: Paces' Fusion 3D system isn't the only camera system in the game, but it is the most prominent.)

As for films that were not shot with actual 3D cameras, by my count we're looking at:
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 and 2
  • Sucker Punch
  • The Green Hornet
  • Piranha 3D
  • The Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader
  • Cats & Dogs 3: The Revenge of Kitty Galore
  • Gulliver's Travels
  • The Last Airbender
  • Alice in Wonderland
  • Clash of the Titans
And those that were shot in 3D:
  • The Woman in Black
  • Power of the Dark Crystal
  • Transformers 3
  • Resident Evil: Afterlife
  • Tron Legacy
  • Hugo Cabret
  • Step-Up 3D
  • Jackass 3D
  • Saw VII 3D
Obviously placement on either list doesn't mandate a good or bad film, but after Titans, Wonderland and Airbender, there's reason enough to be considerably more cautious of everything not shot in 3D no matter how good the studios say the process turned out.
categories Movies, Cinematical