Audiences and film connoisseur may now have that dream of having their favorite films converted and re-released in 3D. Despite ones desire, it's better for Hollywood to avoid making this into a trend or it will result in the same professional backlash endured by film colorization
in the 80's.
First one needs to understand the difference between a movie that was filmed in 3D and one converted in 3D. Movies like Avatar
were filmed using the 3-D Fusion Camera System
, a digital movie camera that films in stereoscopic 3-D. This camera was developed by James Cameron
and has been used in other major films
shoot in 3D.
The success of Avatar
has lead to other studios trying to get in on the 3D bandwagon by taking the path of least resistance, hence you have the problem of films converted in 3D. These are movies that were filmed with a regular camera and then converted into 3D during post production. For studios this is more cost effective
but at the same time it does not give audiences the same experience of a movie filmed in 3D.
The drawback of 3D conversion
is during the process the image is darkened which degrades the visual quality. This is a major problem for movies filmed with a dark background. Clash of the Titans
and The Last Airbender became infamous
for this and received a furious backlash
from Jeffrey Katzenberg, CEO of DreamWorks Animation.
Hence here is the problem, this technology is new and obviously all classic films were not filmed with a 3D camera. Unfortunately the 3D conversion process will not only fail to offer the same 3D quality but it will also present a degraded picture quality for most films.
So while Cameron fans may have enjoyed Titanic
during the weekend but should abandon all hope for any future 3D conversions of Aliens
or Terminator 2: Judgment Day