James Cameron has spoken exclusively to our sister site TechRadar.com about all things three-dimensional.
The Avatar director was sharing his passion on the IBC (International Broadcasting Centre), and the blokes at TechRadar got chatting to him concerning the upcoming 3D re-release of Titanic.
On the 3D conversion, Cameron said, “I really don’t benefit from the process.
“While Vince [Pace – co-founder of the Cameron-Pace Group for 3D tech] and that i sit gleefully watching our 3D images being shot, a conversion is the precise opposite.
“It’s a mind numbing strategy of creating depth subjectively.
“I am five months in so the artists have gotten good and beginning to read my mind a little, so it has become easier, but I still sit there with the jog wheel and glance through the movie frame by frame and make notes on depth.
“That need to be closer, that are supposed to be further back, there is not enough full depth here, there’s not enough volume on that shoulder, a bit more volume on that urn within the background, see that chair within the background at the left, no the opposite one at the left, that one must come forward another six inches… when the captain stands up we need to do an interlocular dynamic, da da, da da, da da… it’s fricking endless!
“It’s a mind-numbing process; it’s like mowing the lawn with a toenail clipper.”
Cameron was keen to show how much time (and, of course, money) he was investing in deepening the Titanic experience, adding, “We are spending $18 million on Titanic and giving the project a year.
“[Clash Of The Titans] was a classic mistake. They tried to make 3D a post-production process like sound editing and that does not work. The film-maker needs to be involved and it takes time and good money to do a correct conversion.”
Titanic gets a 3D release on 6 April 2012.
For more from Cameron, on everything from Avatar and the BBC to the way forward for 3D, mosey on over to TechRadar.com.