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An Open Letter to the Film Industry

It's time.

Time to talk about something very serious.

Time to talk about something that concerns both you and I.

Time to talk about 3D in films.

...

I fucking hate it.

Stop it.

Yeah, Avatar was a big success, perhaps in part to the 3D within it, but more likely, it had to do with James Cameron and the advertising that went with it. But, I admit, it was kind of amusing to go into a film, pull on the 3D glasses, and later discuss with your friends how you felt it didn't really add anything to the film, and that, you know, glasses that you had to wear over glasses aside, the film was still racist and kind of shit. But, you know, so what? It was a success and, if like me, you left the cinema thinking it would be another year or two before you saw a film in 3D again, you probably didn't really give it much thought... until, that is, you saw a strange rush of films, each one featuring the promise of 3D, and none of them any kind of bad science fiction film. There was a dancing film. A kids film. An action film. It crossed genres. Blended good and bad. And so on and so forth until you found that that they're making a Yogi Bear film in 3D and a Jackass film in 3D.

It has to stop.

Please, make it stop.

I hate 3D. I used to not care about it. It used to be a gimmick, something for a laugh, but now I hate it. I hate the very words. When I see it advertised, I am actually turned off by that film, regardless of its genre. It's like a bad fashion trend in which everyone is wearing Ugg Boots and has mullet haircuts and you find yourself wondering why there aren't laws on breeding anymore. It's like when people thought for a moment that Fred Durst was a musical sensation and that this ought to be recognised. Or when the cast of Friends were thought to be talented. It demeans both you and I to continue working and supporting these people and fads, and it has to stop.

Maybe it would be fine if the 3D added something, but it doesn't. It didn't add anything in Avatar. It won't add something in Yogi Bear. It might, granted, add something in Jackass, but that in itself is a cautionary tale to anyone who thinks that 3D is the way of the future.

But.

And perhaps more importantly than anything else here:

I hate wearing the glasses over my glasses to watch a fucking film in 3D.

So stop it.

Stop the madness!

Spare us from a life of shitty films where we're forced to wear shitty glasses!

Comments

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catsparx
Sep. 13th, 2010 05:29 am (UTC)
agreed. and the less said about 3D TV, the better.
benpeek
Sep. 13th, 2010 05:34 am (UTC)
have you ever watched one?
catsparx
Sep. 13th, 2010 05:35 am (UTC)
yep. And one was good. But all of them is a joke taken way too far.
benpeek
Sep. 13th, 2010 05:37 am (UTC)
nah, i meant the 3d tv. i haven't ever seen one, myself.
catsparx
Sep. 13th, 2010 05:39 am (UTC)
nope. But when my boss went up to Bing Lee to buy a new TV a month ago, he was told that they only had 3D sets available. he had to order in a regular one.

I reckon my head would explode if I had to watch ordinary shit in 3D. Save it for the mind bending fantasy flicks, I say.
benpeek
Sep. 13th, 2010 05:47 am (UTC)
yeah, i don't need to see the majority of the world's tv in 3d. hell, i don't need to see it in 2d most of the time...
catsparx
Sep. 13th, 2010 05:47 am (UTC)
me neither
shaolina
Sep. 18th, 2010 05:10 pm (UTC)
Are you serious? Who would watch tv in 3D? Especially considering the programs we're now getting. "Reality television going 3D, because now it's more fake and annoying." (Then again, I gave up on tv a couple of years ago).
catsparx
Sep. 18th, 2010 08:58 pm (UTC)
apparently everybody's gonna be watching 3D tv soon enough. Bletch.
exp_err
Sep. 13th, 2010 06:05 am (UTC)
It's a gimmick now and it gives m headaches, but I'm not sure it will remain a gimmick. I read an interesting article a few weeks ago opining that film-makers will need to build a new vocabulary of techniques. Just as focus, angle of view and style of transition between scenes is used to direct attention and help set the emotional tone of films now, more subtle use of 3D filming may add to the richness of cinematography in future.
benpeek
Sep. 14th, 2010 01:52 am (UTC)
that could be entirely true. however, i think i'll still be against it if they don't change the whole having to wear glasses over glasses thing. i really hate that.
ironed_orchid
Sep. 13th, 2010 07:27 am (UTC)
I hate wearing the glasses over my glasses to watch a fucking film in 3D.

And that's why I haven't yet seen a 3D film. Too much hassle.
benpeek
Sep. 14th, 2010 01:51 am (UTC)
totally
hal_duncan
Sep. 13th, 2010 12:31 pm (UTC)
Word.
benpeek
Sep. 14th, 2010 01:51 am (UTC)
to your mama
ashamel
Sep. 13th, 2010 01:13 pm (UTC)
I just see the 2d version.

Well, of the one 3d movie I've seen at the cinema since Avatar, which would be Alice in Wonderland.
ashamel
Sep. 13th, 2010 01:17 pm (UTC)
I know this doesn't really make up for the stupidity of inserting 3d gimmickry into the movies, but we do what we can.
benpeek
Sep. 14th, 2010 01:50 am (UTC)
lol. i didn't even see alice in wonderland. was it any good?
ashamel
Sep. 14th, 2010 01:58 am (UTC)
Not really; it all seemed a bit pointless, either as a depiction of the book or an adventure on its own terms. Had some pretty bits in it, but I didn't find myself missing an extra dimension.
simplykathryn
Sep. 13th, 2010 01:59 pm (UTC)
I thought it was just me! I don't know if it is because I wear glasses that watching 3D gives me massive headaches or what, but I won't go to see one anymore.

I've heard that one of the new GameBoy systems will be 3D, but without the need for glasses.
benpeek
Sep. 14th, 2010 01:50 am (UTC)
you're not alone!

and yeah, i heard about that from another friend yesterday. perhaps it'll be cool?
strangedave
Sep. 13th, 2010 04:39 pm (UTC)
To be fair, it is pretty hard to imagine how any 3D technology, or 2D, could magically make a film less racist.

But yeah, shitty, overhyped, pointless and irritating in most cases. The odd film here and there, it would be ok, especially if it was restricted to films where it actually added something. But now it seems to be attached to every damn piece of crap.

Though I do think that at least one or two members of the Friends cast are talented. I mean, there are at least a couple of them that have appeared in other things that haven't totally sucked. Lisa Kudrow was pretty good in The Opposite of Sex, for example.
benpeek
Sep. 14th, 2010 01:48 am (UTC)
you know, i keep forgetting lisa kudrow was in friends.
strangedave
Sep. 14th, 2010 03:13 am (UTC)
It is easy to forget, on account of her ability to actually act.
shaolina
Sep. 18th, 2010 05:13 pm (UTC)
I hate 3D just because I wear glasses. I get massive headaches and it looks blurry from the sides to me. Plus they keep using that damn paddleball in movies (or similar cliche effects). Yes, I get it, it's in 3D. Can you move on with the story?
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