You can never OD on 3-D, it seems
About 50 industry delegates hit the Filmmakers Lounge to hear about a panel touting the technology and its benefits. The panel was very bullish on the technology and exhorted independent producers to basically pitch all of their future projects in 3-D.
Described as being at “very beginning of the rest of the history of film,” filmmakers need to embrace the technology now, and there are opportunities with new 3-D networks being launched in the next years, that are hungry for content, so producers need to think about 3-D. The studios already are.
“The audience is pushing it. It’s very hard to get financing for projects unless it’s in 3-D,” said Munro Ferguson, an animator and director from the NFB
There was much technical talk about 3-D camera rigs and set-up. But along with it was the idea that young filmmakers need to learn the new visual language of 3-D, but a good thing is that thanks to trailblazers like James Cameron, the knowledge is becoming accessible.
One amusing moment came between James Stewart, a local commercial director and owner of Geneva Films and Phil Fairclough, the executive producer of Cave of Forgotten Dreams, the Werner Herzog directed documentary about the Lascaux paintings in the Chauvet caves of southern France in appearing at the festival.
“I used to say that if you only planned to shoot a wall, then okay, you don’t need to shoot in 3-D,” said Stewart. “Then I saw Phil’s film, and it’s all walls, and it’s amazing, so now I can’t even say that anymore."