Following the release of Martin Scorsese’s first 3-D feature, the family-friendly Hugo, the iconic director has expressed his interest in shooting all his future films in 3-D.
Many of us thought the 3-D sweep that took over in the wake of Avatar would fade away as quickly as it did back in the Nineties. But it would appear even top directors such as Martin Scorsese see the appeal. In fact Martin has expressed his interest in shooting all of his films in 3-D from now on!
Who remembers the flimsy cardboard glasses with one red eye and one green? Everyone thought it was a joke, and filmmakers quickly abandoned the idea. 3-D has come a long way since then though. The glasses are made of plastic and have been modelled after real glasses this time around rather than something out of X Men, and the 3-D effect is more believable too. Scorsese refers to this as ‘natural progression’ and used the introduction of Technicolor in the 1930s as an example.
“For about 10-15 years, Technicolor was relegated to musicals, comedies and western,” he said during an interview with Deadline. “It wasn’t intended for the serious genres, but now everything is in colour. And so it’s just a different mindset … so why not?”
Of course he does recognise that 3-D isn’t suitable for all subject matter, but he does express his desire for the technique to be used in other genres apart from fantasy or sci-fi. “It should be considered a serious narrative element and tool, especially when telling a story with depth as narrative,” he said.
Scorsese’s first 3-D effort, Hugo is is in the fantasy genre, but it sounds as though we can expect his next movie going into new territory entirely. He feels it’s a shame 3-D didn’t cross his mind when making his earlier films, because he can see the potential in earlier successes such as The Aviator or Taxi Driver, which he claims would have benefited a lot from the use of the third dimension.
When asked if he’ll be shooting his movies in 3-D from now on, he responded, “Quite honestly, I would … I don’t think there’s a subject matter that can’t absorb 3-D; that can’t tolerate the addition of depth as a storytelling technique.”
His opinion is certainly a change of heart from two years ago. Martin went on record as saying he was not interested in using 3-D technology to make his films. So why the change of heart? “The climate … seemed right,” he said to Deadline. “The subject matter was just perfect for it, and it was time to take a chance.”
Whatever his reasons, it sounds as though he understands the craze now and won’t be going back to 2-D anytime soon.
You can catch Scorsese’s first 3-D effort, the critically acclaimed Hugo, starring Asa Butterfield, Chloe Moretz, Sacha Baron Cohen and Sir Ben Kingsley in cinemas from the 2nd December 2011.