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Mar 2 2010, 10:33pm

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The thing about Avatar that made it work is that the STORY was gripping and wonderful and moving and all that good stuff, and is/will be even if not viewed in 3D. If it had not been such a great story - that is, if it had been written purely to make people go "Woooo that sure felt real!" - then Avatar would not have been a good movie. Period.

My biggest fear is that if they decide to invest in all those 3D resources, they will have to write completely new material to showcase it. And for each second of "new stuff written just to showcase our great 3D department's awesome skills" they will have to leave out a second of the original story. And as we have learned the hard way, there are just not enough seconds available in a theatrical film. On top of that, the people who will write the new segments, while they may know filmography cold, are not as great as Tolkien was at just plain spinning a great yarn.

I can only think of a few things in the original material that would lend itself well to bothering with the expense of 3D. The first thing that comes to mind is when Bilbo climbs up to the top of the tree in Mirkwood and sees all the butterflies and spiders. That would actually be something I'd look forward to seeing!

But I'm afraid that once they start with 3D, they'll feel obligated to spend inordinately long periods of movie-time showing apocryphal acrophobic action scenes like Dwarves swinging from spider threads for fifteen minutes at a stretch, so that all the big 3D non-book-reading moviegoers can go "woooooo! eeeeeee!" And that would just put a big roadblock right in the middle of moving the story itself along. Kind of like those interminable Giant-bugs-eating-the-Redshirts scenes in a certain film PJ was involved in *coughKing Kongcough,* which went on for so long I sometimes forgot what movie I was watching.

But GDT is a storyteller above all else, so maybe he'll be able to Just Say No to all the schlock I'm afraid they'll try to make him add if they plunk down funding for 3D. Maybe he'll even think of more ways than I can to actually use it to good effect on The Existing Material!

(This post was edited by Mirabella_Bunce on Mar 2 2010, 10:36pm)

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Post edited by Mirabella_Bunce (Rivendell) on Mar 2 2010, 10:33pm
Post edited by Mirabella_Bunce (Rivendell) on Mar 2 2010, 10:34pm
Post edited by Mirabella_Bunce (Rivendell) on Mar 2 2010, 10:36pm

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