Betsy Russell, Kevin Greutert, Costas Mandylor, and Cary Elwes Talk Saw 3D
Now, Cary Elwes, returning in his role as Dr. Gordon, has the most to thank the fans for. For years they have campaigned heavily for his character's return to the series, emailing the studios, writing about it on blogs, etc. He mentions, “The script has a clever way of bringing him back, and [Dr. Gordon's] appearance book-ends the series nicely.” But when asked if he thought this character had died in the first one, he replied yes. “Anyone who sawed his leg off with a rusty hacksaw is not going to get very far.” But what character is really ever down for the count in sequel-happy Hollyweird anyway? Certainly not Dr. Gordon.
One thing obvious in this last Saw film is that it's in 3D. Cinema has had many fads to rake in the bucks, but the feeling is 3D might stick this time around. And with the evolution of the process comes new technology and new challenges to the cast and crew. This was the first film shot in Toronto using all new 3D equipment, which required considerable adjustment and even on-the-job training for members of the crew. For the actors 3D just meant a longer set-up time due to specific lighting and calibration needs. They were also asked to vary moments to enhance the dimension of scenes. Mandylor was quite taken with the down time because it allowed him to “hang around the crew and crack jokes.” But was it worth it? Russell says yes. She would watch the film cut live on set and said this 3D yields amazing results and it looks and feels like you are actually in the scene.
For Greutert, shooting using 3D equipment made all the difference in the world. The challenge was to preserve the visual style of the previous Saw installments — hand-held and with lots of close-ups - while at the same time using the wide-angle lenses and compositions that allow the 3D process to work best. Greutert had to also think of scenes differently and block them in the right way to add depth. The studio had considered making Saw VI in 3D but ultimately chose against it. Now, because of the increasing abundance of theaters equipped for 3D, the time has come to unleash torture porn mayhem into the third dimension.