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The Price of an Extra D

One of my favourite reviewers has written an interesting article comparing the recent trend of shoehorning 3D into films with the artificial colorisation of old black & white films. I wonder what proportion of audiences know that Alice in Wonderland was not shot in 3D and Burton’s involvement was negligible, or that a 3D version of Clash of the Titans wasn’t even conceived until Avatar’s runaway box-office success. My discussion of both Avatar and Coraline has made it clear that I like 3D, but I enjoy it as a creative tool that increases immersion. The driving force should not be the cinema surcharge (notice how they retain the glasses so they can charge you again and again, irrespective of how many you 3D films you see) and increased revenue for distributors. One has to question supporting greed rather than creativity, not least with the freely available 3D YouTube content I mentioned recently.

Alice is about to hit cinemas and, having seen the tacked-on effects in the 3D trailer, I will certainly be watching this one in 2D. In a stand that makes it clear we won’t pay more for an arbitrary extra dimension, I wonder if you will do the same?

Links from the last month:

  • offers an easy-to-create, elegantly attractive page to tie together your online presence, incorporating sites like LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter along with blogs and RSS feeds. I’ve used it for a subdomain, at least until I get round to coding something myself. Naturally consider carefully whether you want to make your facebook status/photos easily available to potential employers, etc.
  • Inbox2 has released a desktop application alongside its beta web version, allowing anyone to try out its approach to merging all your email and social networking into a single inbox. I’m trying it out at the moment and while I don’t think it will replace the fuller feature-set enjoyed by each of the sites it incorporates, it’s not a bad way to check your digital life at a glance first thing in the morning. It also appreciates the distraction caused by social networking sites, so allows you to stop displaying some sources while working.
  • Cooking in the dishwasher (Anna and I got harassed by a guest for using our dishwasher primarily as a drying rack after handwashing dishes; imagine if we got into this!)


  1. I completely agree with you – I am not a big fan of a) 3D films made 3D in the edit rather than the filming, also finding it stupidly difficult to find 2D screenings of 3D films anywhere near the time when they are released! Ho hum, hopefully filmakers will soon realise it’s more than just a fad for cheap thrills, stop marketing their newest addition as a “Brand new 3D spectacle” or even stop putting in 3D in the title – Battle for Terra, I’m looking at you! Fingers crossed it will become more a medium and less of a trick… eventually…

  2. Source for Alice not being shot in 3D? I had no idea about that.

  3. It initially emerged from the first set photos that appeared, which clearly did not show 3D camera rigs. Later in interviews it turned out that the 3D version was Disney’s idea and they approached Burton about it. He suggested the reason for post-production 3D was a combination of time-limitation on the project and the fact so much was CGI anyway (obviously it’s only the live-action footage that would be filmed in 3D, CGI can be converted at any point if it’s modelled in 3D).

    From an interview at ComicCon: “Disney came to me and mentioned the fact of Alice in 3D and I felt like the material worked and the medium was a good mixture of elements. It wasn’t shot in 3D, partly because of the time element. We didn’t have five or six years to make it. With what we were doing, this seemed like the right approach and technique to do.”

  4. Avoid the 3D at all costs – it just looks freaky

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