3D Or Not 3D: The Divisive Nature of 3D Filmmaking
TheArtsGuild.com has a piece on 3D film-making:
The use of 3D technology in filmmaking is a notoriously divisive topic among fans of cinema. Some love the technique, and others loathe it, but few lack a strong opinion. Late film critic Roger Ebert became infamous in his dislike of 3D, often including footnotes at the ends of his reviews suggesting to readers that they ignore the masses and view films that he enjoyed in traditional 2D instead. Indeed, Ebert went so far as to release a list detailing why he hates the technique, including points such as, “It’s the waste of a dimension,” “It adds nothing to the experience,” “It can be a distraction,” and “It can create nausea and headaches.” Always the champion of the average filmgoer, he also voiced complaints in regards to the extra surcharge added onto the tickets of 3D films. Although Ebert was not a fan of this medium, many individuals are, as evidenced by the massive success of many 3D blockbusters. Personally, I believe that the use of 3D has become overly excessive as of late, yet can result in a unique film going experience when administered correctly and with the appropriate amount of restraint within a very particular type of movie.
3D films have actually been around a lot longer than many are aware. The first known 3D screening occurred in 1915 in New York, and consisted of three parts; the first showed rural scenes in the United States of America, the second a selection of scenes from the film Jim, the Penman (1915), and the third images of Niagara Falls. However, the technique was not common at this time due to obvious expenses associated with the advanced technology. 3D gained immensely in popularity in the 1980s with the introduction of IMAX (Image Maximum) theatres by the Canadian IMAX Corporation, which allowed moviegoers a whole new and previously unheard of cinematic experience. Suddenly, instead of watching a film, audiences were becoming a part of them, and nonfiction documentaries took on a whole new life.