If the Clash of the Titans remake did anything at all, it proved that 3D conversions ultimately do not work. Just because you can layer in some added depth to the onscreen image does not a 3D film make. Still, that’s not stopping Hollyweird from taking a few chances.
Beyond the break you’ll find some excerpts from an LA Times article concerning producer Richard D. Zanuck that does nothing except make our stomachs hurt.
“On JAWS,“ [Zanuck] “and his producing partner, David Brown, worked with a gifted young director, Spielberg, who had to sink or swim when the visual effects work that was supposed to deliver a terrifying shark was slow-going and clunky. There could have been blood in the water on the production but, instead, the director and producers looked for ways to hide the deficiencies with props, flipped (and flipper) perspectives and the sublimely scary theme by John Williams.”
“In desperation, we came up with so many good ideas — like the floating barrels, for instance, that were shown on the screen to suggest this shark beneath them, underwater — and we did it because we didn’t have the shark,” Zanuck said. “In the script, the shark is on Page 1 when the girl gets eaten. It became more terrorizing than anything we could have hoped for. If we had CG then we would have had the shark in every frame.”
Zanuck and Spielberg spoke a few years ago about going back to the original film with the digital paintbrush of CG effects to create a more horrific predator. They decided, for the time being, to leave the film alone, although Zanuck says he is intrigued by the notion of adding 3D effects to the 1976 classic for a theatrical re-release.”
For our money the idea is mind-numbingly bad. For one thing adding the shark into every scene would completely destroy its magic and its menace, and besides — we all know how Jaws 3D turned out! Tell us what you think below.
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