Director Rian Johnson Declares 3D Is the Future...and Says He'll Never Shoot Stereoscopically
In a piece on his Tumblr, director Rian Johnson (Looper) gives a thoughtful critique of the state of 3D and why he thinks Hollywood is currently in a transitional period, much like George Méliès' hand-tinted films before the advent of color.
He writes, "Hand painted color is a beautiful and wondrous thing. The aesthetic effect is unique and unworldly, but the most profoundly affecting aspect is the Icarus-like striving of this primitive and back-breakingly labor intensive process to reach the next height of what film is capable of. That is everything I love about Méliès, about film, and if we want to get unnecessarily grand (and after that Icarus invocation why the hell not) about the human race. On that level it is evocative and beautiful, even if on a literal level it has as much to do with color in the real world as stereoscopic photography has to do with our mind’s true perception of depth."
Read the full piece here.