Martin Scorsese most recent film, Hugo, was his first foray into the world of 3D filmmaking after 50 years of directing, and he doesn't ever want to go back. He told an audience of theater owners at CinemaCon this week that he wants all of his future films to be shot in the format, and that he even wishes his earlier classics, like Taxi Driver and Raging Bull, had been filmed in 3D. With audience interest in the technology waning, though hardly disappearing, it's a strong endorsement from a man whom many consider to be the greatest American director alive.
In a report filed at HuffingtonPost, Scorsese told attendees at CinemaCon that 3D filmmaking isn't just the next step in filmmaking, it was one of the original goals all along. "The minute it started people wanted three things: color, sound and depth," Scorsese stated. "You want to recreate life." He and Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon director Ang Lee, the other member of the panel, also expressed disappointment that, for now at least, the technology was unavailable to low-budget filmmakers.
It's hard to argue with a legend like Scorsese, but we're going to try. While 3D technology is improving, it is far from perfected. If nothing else, it requires a level of technical precision from theater owners that has been lacking of late, as projectors are artificially dimmed in a nearly-fruitless effort to save money, making 3D movies in particular – which already suffer light loss because of the glasses – often appear murky. We've also noticed that the effect seems to be lost on larger screens, particularly IMAX, when the entire frame is rarely visible all at once, forcing the eye to look within the image for focal points rather than absorb the intended framing. We're also fairly certain that the eye acclimates to the glasses after a while anyway. Think back to the most recent 3D movie you've seen: when you recall the image, do you recall the added dimension or is your memory closer to 2D?
That said, if anyone's endorsement means anything to us, it's Scorsese's. He's not in the business of selling $1 billion worth of tickets per film, he's in the business of making great movies. And if he genuinely thinks that 3D is the means by which to do that, we're eager to see what he'll be able to accomplish with the technology.
CraveOnline will be back with more 3D news after we stock up on paddleballs.