I don’t know whom to blame but I’m leaning towards James Cameron! In a little less then 2 years, everything seems like it’s going 3D – sounds weird right, especially since most things in our lives are already 3D. Just follow along. Hollywood has adopted 3D quickly, mostly due to James Cameron and once H-Town goes, everyone gets in line quickly, this includes TV companies and the lot. Just step into your closest Best Buy and ask the nearest “blue shirt” for help concerning a TV purchase. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.
So what’s wrong with 3D? Well, to put it bluntly – “It doesn’t work.” These aren’t my words but the words of Walter Murch. Whom might Mr. Murch be?. Walter Murch is widely considered the grandfather of film/sound editing, having worked on such films as Julia, Apocalypse Now, Ghost, The Godfather Pt. 3, The English Patient and Cold Mountain. Ok, the guy’s been around some “good” movies, so what is his problem and why does he want us to live in a 2D world?The biggest problem with 3D, though, is the “convergence/focus” issue. A couple of the other issues — darkness and “smallness” — are at least theoretically solvable. But the deeper problem is that the audience must focus their eyes at the plane of the screen — say it is 80 feet away. This is constant no matter what.
But their eyes must converge at perhaps 10 feet away, then 60 feet, then 120 feet, and so on, depending on what the illusion is. So 3D films require us to focus at one distance and converge at another. And 600 million years of evolution has never presented this problem before. All living things with eyes have always focussed and converged at the same point.
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Source: Suntimes.com / Image Source: Marie Haws