The 3D scene really took off again with the release of James Cameron’s Avatar in 2009. After Avatar went on to break basically every box office record going, there was a huge surge of 3D options pushed out to theaters from all the big studios. For a time it certainly looked like 3D was the future of cinema.
However, in recent years there has been a steady decline in the popularity of 3D. Even a few years ago, theaters were selling more 3d than 2D tickets, but recently that’s reversed. IMAX have begun removing 3D screens and I have personally noticed that 2D showings of the big movies are busier than the 3D versions.
There are likely many reasons for this, for one, few films since Avatar has used 3D that impressively. Avatar was shot in native 3D, whereas most of the other films you’ve seen were shot in 2D and converted to 3D in post-production.
James Cameron however, is not giving up and thinks if done properly, 3D can still be the next big thing. Speaking at a Vivid event in Sydney, Australia and reported via Slashfilm, Cameron said:
“I think that Hollywood has done 3D a disservice by embracing post-conversion, which to me is the wrong track. We should do native photography because if we’re ever going to incorporate 3D into broad content production, which most of which is live or near real-time or short turnaround TV production, we have to use the native production tools. Native production technology has basically stalled as of about three or four years ago. We need to re-embrace native production. My hopeful prediction is we’ll get 4K out of our system from a broadcast perspective. When that becomes utterly commonplace and 100 percent saturated, everyone will look around for the next big thing.”
The jury is out for me, I enjoyed the 3D spectacle of Avatar and probably didn’t realize how poor the movie really was until I watched it in 2D at home. Conversely, 4K is amazing to me, and I am saving up for my first 4K TV right now. I always find 3D gives me headaches and actually takes away from my enjoyment of most films rather than enhances it. I always go to see the big movies with my Son, and we both agreed to stop going to 3D viewings after The Avengers in 2012.
Cameron is hard at work on four sequels to Avatar due for release in 2020, 2021, 2024, and 2025 respectively. Now If I go see Avatar 2, I will definitely see it in 3D. However, if the movie is not far better than the original, chances are I won’t be back for the following three movies.
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SOURCE: James Cameron (via Slashfilm)