Comic-Con 2011: Steven Spielberg Gives His Thoughts on 3D

     July 22, 2011


Immediately following the Hall H panel for The Adventures of Tintin, director Steven Spielberg and producer Peter Jackson held a press conference for the film at the Hilton Bayfront. I’ll be posting a full transcription of the conference a little later. In the meantime, I wanted to post an excerpt of what Spielberg had to say about 3D technology. The footage screened during Tintin’s panel looked really fantastic in the format and, given that he’s a highly influential voice in the industry, I thought some of what he had to say was pretty interesting. Hit the jump for the excerpt.

Near the end of the conference, a question was posed regarding the use of 3D in The Adventures of Tintin. Spielberg delivered a detailed and thoughtful response not only in regards to how the technology applies to his film, but its place within the industry as a whole. Here’s what he had to say:

“I’m certainly hoping that 3D gets to the point where people do not notice it because once they stop noticing it it just becomes another tool and an aid to help tell a story. Then maybe they can make the ticket prices comparable to a 2D movie and not charge such exorbitant prices just to gain entry into a 3D one, with the exception of IMAX, where we are getting a premium experience in a premium environment, but to show a 3D movie in a similar theater in a multiplex next to another similar theater showing a 2D movie hoping someday there will be so many 3D movies that the point of purchase prices can come down which I think would be fair to the consumer.

Not every movie, in my opinion, should be in 3D. There’s a lot of stories I wouldn’t shoot in 3D. But, you know, there are movies that are perfect in 3D. I think the last great 3D movie I saw that really enhanced the experience for me, you’ll have to excuse me for mentioned a film I co-produced, it was the last Transformers which I think is the most amazing 3D experience I’ve seen since Avatar. But, 3D needs a trained eye. It can’t be done by everybody. People who just do 3D just for the sake of commercializing their movie another five or six percent and they don’t know really how to do it, they should care how to do it better by bringing other directors and collaborators into their lives to help teach and instruct how you really make a 3D movie because it’s not just like putting a new lens on a camera and forgetting it. It takes a lot of very careful consideration. It will change your approach to where you put the cameras. So, 3D isn’t for everybody.”

Again, none of this is groundbreaking news. Nevertheless, I always appreciate hearing the perspective of someone as respected as Spielberg, especially when in regards to something as potentially polarizing as the 3D debate. As I mentioned earlier, make sure you check back later for a full transcription of the conference that also includes Peter Jackson’s response to 3D.

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  • Al

    He had me till he started talking about transformers

    • Ali

      i so agree with you haha

      • Nenad

        Yeah, right till he said Transformers…. After I read that word, I stopped reading

    • Scott

      You poor insignificant little baby.

      I know you wanted Spielberg to praise Twilight, but I’m afraid you got the wrong guy. He knows way better than you what’s good for the audience and he recognizes a well-made movie when he sees it.

      Oh and yeah, Transformers 3 was incredible. Best summer movie so far and easily the best 3D movie since Avatar. Glad to know that Spielberg think so too and it’s hilarious to see that it makes the few haters even more pathetic and angry.

      It’s actually sad seeing turds like you who constantly whine about movies that entertain the audiences all over the world. Really, really sad.

      But HEY, don’t worry, when that thing in your thick skull actually grows up, you’ll realize certain things about life.

      Until then, keep posting idiotic comments on random websites that no one on the outside cares about.

      *waits for a smarta$$ reply, by a guy who will try to act all smart and educated about “quality” movies*

      • jake

        There’s a reason that we hate on terrible movies like Transformers and retarded tv shows like 2 & 1/2 men, it’s because we believe that it is actually making us dumber as human beings. We get scared when people walk out of that theater and without a moments thought call a pile of shit “the greatest movie ever made”.
        Yes, I understand that Transformers is not supposed to be a work of art, it’s supposed to entertain you.
        The problem is that people can no longer tell the difference between an “awsome” summer blockbuster and a brilliant work of art.

      • Scott


        Thank you for making my point about the haters. Enjoy your art-house flicks and do yourself a favor – stay away from movies like Transformers. Bay and Spielberg don’t need your money, there are enough fans of these films all over the globe, who gladly pay to see them and make them successful as hell.

        Focus on YOUR favorite flicks and don’t bother with the rest.

        And most importantly, don’t, for a second, dare to criticize or judge others for enjoying something that you don’t like. Your own completely subjective views are not objective facts.

        Try to keep that in mind. All the time!

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  • dannyboy3030

    Definitely not a fan of Transformers but, had a chance to see the last one in 3D (for free) and it was pretty amazing. Those flicks are like fireworks: they’re great to watch explode but do you really care why they’re blowing up?

  • Paulo

    Honesly, i think 3d is a cool technology but it shouldn’t be the standard for movies. Something that is seemingly happening now.

    12% of the world can’t see the 3d effect due to eyesight problems of varied causes.

    And making 3d the standard for movies will alienate a LOT of people.
    I think the tech is really gimmicky and most production teams dont put enough effort to use it right. Like most people say about Avatar. The 3d in the movie was made right. Contrary to what most 3d movies do. But it costs a lot more to do it.
    With a very limited effect. It’s not like it’s a holographic projection.
    It’s just an extended sense of depth and nothing more.

    So i hope the tech evolves to the point of holography.
    But stereoscopic 3d isn’t the answer. It excludes a lot of people.

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