Walter Murch on 3D

Ebert just posted this letter from Walter Murch on his blog where Murch explains why 3D doesn’t really work and will never work. It’s a short but interesting read. The guy really seems to understand the science of it well, and for that, I believe him. Plus, you know, he’s famously well versed in most things Post Production already.

I expect 3D IS just a fad come back to haunt us, anyway. I don’t think people will keep paying $17 to see a movie in 3D for much longer.  The glasses are uncomfortable (They always hurt the bridge of my nose!), not every seat in the house is good in a 3D movie theater, and for most of the movies that ALSO release in 2D, the experience is the same if not maybe a bit better because you’re not having to deal with all the rest of that stuff.  Plus, it just doesn’t seem like it’s worth while when watching a 3D movie anywhere but on a massive screen in a dark room with surround sound. Who wants to watch a tiny 3D movie on their smart phone anyway? Really, the only people it benefits are those that make 3D creating and 3D projecting equipment.  (But these are just my (Kim) opinions.) It’s probably an interesting experiment on a small scale, aka, Dave just bought some equipment specifically for posting in 3D. :)

Why 3D doesn’t work and never will. Case closed.

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  2. 2012 was a phenomenal year for 3D movies, with the likes of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Avengers Assemble and Brave all making a big impact on the box office. And the movie industry has certainly not fallen out of love with stereoscopic 3D yet, with plenty of great new releases coming our way.

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