Opening this weekend is Pixar’s Finding Nemo 3D. Unlike some post-converted movies that are released as a cash grab, Finding Nemo 3D is absolutely worth seeing again, especially in 3D. When the movie was first released almost ten years ago, the gorgeous ocean-set pic looked beautiful and the animation was stunning. However, when Pixar converted the film, they also re-rendered it (without changing anything) and it’s now even more vivid with higher resolution. Finding Nemo has never looked this good and the 3D actually helps tell the story.
Recently, Pixar held a press day for the re-release at The California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco. While there I was able to speak with Stereoscopic Supervisor Bob Whitehill and the Director of 3D Production Josh Hollander. We talked about the collaboration process with directors when converting films to 3D, the technical challenges of turning older Pixar movies into a 3D release, how technology has helped make 3D easier, and what fans can look forward to with the 3D release of Monsters Inc.. Finally, Whitehill and Hollander answer whether they have started to think about 3D re-releases for The Incredibles and Ratatouille. Hit the jump to watch.
Bob Whitehill and Josh Hollander:
- When did they first hear they’d be talking about the movie at the aquarium
- How has technology helped make 3D easier
- What’s the collaboration process like with directors when converting films to 3D
- What are the technical challenges of turning older Pixar movies into a 3D release
- They talk about the 3D release of Monsters Inc. and if it was easier to convert than Finding Nemo
- They talk about what fans can look forward to with the 3D release of Monsters Inc.
- Have they started to think about The Incredibles and Ratatouille for 3D re-release