Michael Bay And James Cameron Fight 3D Conversions

Never ones to pass up the chance to squeeze a few extra bucks out of cinemagoers, movie studios are pushing directors to jump on the 3D conversion bandwagon.

But some of them aren’t too happy about the effect that the conversion has on the look of the 3D, including Transformers director Michael Bay. Apparently he’s under pressure to put Transformers 3 into 3D and he’s not best pleased about it.

In conversations with Deadline Hollywood, Bay explained why he’s against conversion.

“I shoot complicated stuff, I put real elements into action scenes and honestly, I am not sold right now on the conversion process. I am trying to be sold, and some companies are still working on the shots I gave them.

Right now, it looks like fake 3D, with layers that are very apparent. You go to the screening room, you are hoping to be thrilled, and you’re thinking, huh, this kind of sucks. People can say whatever they want about my movies, but they are technically precise, and if this isn’t going to be excellent, I don’t want to do it. And it is my choice.

I’m used to having the A-team working on my films, and I’m going to hand it over to the D-team, have it shipped to India and hope for the best? This conversion process is always going to be inferior to shooting in real 3D. Studios might be willing to sacrifice the look and use the gimmick to make $3 more a ticket, but I’m not. Avatar took four years. You can’t just shit out a 3D movie. I’m saying, the jury is still out.”

Wow, harsh words from ‘Bayhem’ but he makes a good point.

James Cameron’s not too happy about it either, which is funny considering he’s converting Titanic into 3D for a 2012 release.

“After Toy Story, there were 10 really bad CG movies because everybody thought the success of that film was CG and not great characters that were beautifully designed and heartwarming. Now, you’ve got people quickly converting movies from 2D to 3D, which is not what we did. They’re expecting the same result, when in fact they will probably work against the adoption of 3D because they’ll be putting out an inferior product.

Sony says, we’re doing Spider-Man in 3D.’ The director doesn’t say, `Hey, I want to make the movie in 3D.’ The studio says, `You want to direct this movie? You’re doing it in 3D, motherf**ker!’ That’s not how it should be.

I’ve tried for the last seven years to get filmmakers excited, and they all hung back while Pixar and DreamWorks did animation and me and a couple of others did live action. We prove the point, and now filmmakers are being told to make their movies in 3D.”

You tell ’em, Jim. To be honest, they’re just saying what most of us are thinking and that if we’re going to be paying top dollar for our cinema tickets, we don’t want a half-assed attempt at 3D, let’s just hope Hollywood will listen.

They probably won’t given that there are several movies in line for 3D including Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, The Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader, Gulliver’s Travels and The Hobbit.


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