Colour me dark green – you know, the opposite of light pink, colour of shock – because Marvel have confirmed that both Thor and Captain America will be released in 3D.
Both films will be upconversions from 2D footage. In the case of Thor this will be because it wasn’t originally planned to be in stereo, with Captain America it’s apparently because director Joe Johnston found filming with a 3D camera too difficult. Here’s a quote from Hero Complex:
Johnston did a one-day test shooting with a 3-D rig — as opposed to shooting in 2-D and converting — and said it was “a nightmare” due to bulky gear, calibration issues and restricted filmmaking options. He said he’s a firm believer, though, in the conversion approach if done right and he’s enthused to move forward. “It’s a new challenge and it’s exciting,” Johnston said.
Another quote from the same article tries to pull the wool over our eyes a little:
[T]he considerable special effects for the films were conceived and executed from the beginning in 3-D…
Right. As if that’s a brilliant thing, and won’t at all result in a hodgepodge feeling. And as if the FX are all that matters.
Captain America is this close to being dead to me – Joe Johnston is a pretty off-putting director, I feel – but Thor has Kenneth Branagh on his side. Branagh, I think, is smart. And will try to use the 3D intelligently. Here’s some of his commentary on the potential of the format:
We came to feel that in our case 3-D could be the very good friend of story and character for a different kind of experience… It’s another draft of the story that can reveal itself in a different way. I had a healthy degree of skepticism up front … I’ve become somebody extremely excited about working with possibilities of doing it this way.
The picture at the head of the post is a freshly-released still of Thor, Odin and Loki. Sir Hopkins seems to be having a whale of a time there - indeed, I doubt there’ll be a single piece of furniture in the entire movie that doesn’t bear his teeth marks, god bless him.
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