About a day after I posted my little mini-rant concerning 3D, I found the following article by Roger Ebert concerning the pitfalls of 3D.
This is something that frustrates me a little, because he wrote this at least a week before I did and now it looks like I’ve just ripped off the argument of a much respected film critic and tried to pass it off as my own mangled and amalgamated opinion.
The very strange thing about the internet and how much content I burn through these days is that I can’t actually guarantee that isn’t the case. Whereas I didn’t see the specific article (which is very good and worth a read and more succinct and better and superior to my own little post grumble grumble but I suppose he’s been doing it longer than me and hey I’m not being paid to do this and I know you didn’t ask for it either…/end_insecurity.babble) I have read other opinion pieces on the use of 3D technology that have probably taken cues from Roger Ebert. These have then probably gone on to further shape my initial distrust and dislike of the whole thing, thus moulding it into a near carbon copy of someone elses opinion.
If this is in fact the case, that’s a little frightening because that means I can very easily be brainwashed in to operating as part of some hive consciousness connected through broadband pipes. Maybe I’m particularly weak in this way (which is something I have suspected for a long time) or maybe I’m just aware of it where others aren’t?
The alternative is that it’s just coincidence. It’s not a ground breaking opinion and in fact doesn’t take much to come to similar conclusions.
I actually received a tiny bit of criticism from my readership (hello reader!) about my rant in that I really didn’t have anything positive to say. I will reiterate however that I did thuroughly enjoy Avatar, which I saw in 3D. I have seen it on DVD as well since and honestly it doesn’t lose much, but Avatar in 3D was very impressive. I just suspect I would have been just as impressed if I’d seen it in the cinema in 2D instead.
As for why I was impressed by Avatar instead of joining legions of people decrying it as unoriginal and bad science fiction, that is a post for another day. (Short version: They’re wrong! It is original!)
I suppose I shouldn’t be surprised that I find lots of content concerning 3D films on the internet lately as it is after all a fairly hot topic that is buzzing around a lot, but I thought I’d share this feature from the BBC website.
This does a bit more to explain how 3D films are made and gives some other interesting opinion snippets about what some of the professionals in the industry think about it.
Ok, that’s me done on 3D, I promise. When I talk about Avatar, I will leave the 3D out of it. If I carried on talking about 3D, I suppose you could say it would detract from the content…