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Why traditional filmmaking beats 3-D any day

by Johanna Schneller.

I’m having trouble seeing movies these days. I don’t mean getting to them. I mean that the way they pass through my eyeballs into my brain is becoming more and more difficult for me to process. The new technologies – high-speed, high-definition, 3-D, etc. – used in many of this year’s blockbusters, are, I think, overloading my brain with so much information, forcing me to see in such a new way, that the mere act of watching them exhausts me. As a result, they stick in my memory less and less – I can’t retain what I’ve just struggled to see. The things that set out to dazzle me merely fry my mind.

The most obvious example is The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, due out next week, the latest Middle Earth adventure from director Peter Jackson, who brought us the Oscar-winning, megahit Lord of the Rings trilogy. It’s shot in an entirely new way, 48-frames-per-second digital cinematography, as opposed to the 24-frames-per-second projection to which we are accustomed. This is supposed to increase clarity of image and reduce the slight stutter celluloid sometimes has.

It’s also supposed to make us go, “Whoa!” Unfortunately it, and most films in 3-D, evoke in me more of a “Wha??” Instead of looking super-sophisticated and super-real, to my eye they just look super-fake. I become too aware of the forced perspectives. I keep lifting off my 3-D glasses, wanting to free myself of their tinted dimness and find the “real” movie underneath.

Read the rest of this article from the Globe and Mail.

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