Thursday, February 24, 2011

3D Films Are Dark

I've often complained about modern 3D films being badly lit. Here's an article from by Christine Champ as to why 3D films are so dark. The article states that two separate pictures are projected, viewers lose half the light. Adding to the darkness, is the fact you have to wear dark polarized glasses and the movie projector also is using a filter. Now you can guess why Warner abandoned converting "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part One." (2010) A lot of the movie takes place at night.

Now according to the article, here's why it's important to shoot in 3D or if converted to set up scenes for 3D. The director and the director of photography can compensate for the loss of light. Let's hope when Paramount makes Bad Robot release the new Star Trek film in 3-D, that they expand the budget to allow it to be shot in 3D. Native 3D looks much better and the effects have more pop to them.

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