TIME talks 3-D


TIME has a new article about 3-D filmmaking that’s well worth a read, in part because Stephen Spielberg and Jim Cameron discuss Tintin (which wraps principal photography this week) and Avatar (not the Avatar: The Last Airbender movie) the latter of which the article’s writer got to see the first glimpse of. His reaction:

I couldn’t tell what was real and what was animated–even knowing that the 9-ft.-tall blue, dappled dude couldn’t possibly be real. The scenes were so startling and absorbing that the following morning, I had the peculiar sensation of wanting to return there, as if Pandora were real.

Cameron wasn’t surprised. One theory, he says, is that 3-D viewing “is so close to a real experience that it actually triggers memory creation in a way that 2-D viewing doesn’t.” His own theory is that stereoscopic viewing uses more neurons. That’s possible. After watching all that 3-D, I was a bit wiped out. I was also totally entertained.

If there are any neuroscientists out there, I’d be curious to know if Cameron’s comment about memory creation in that second paragraph is literally true.

Posted on March 20, 2009 at 09:40 by Gordon@MovieMakeout · Permalink
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