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Jeff Breuer
Priest & 3D Projection
on May 16, 2011 at 3:59:01 pm

There is not a lot to talk about in terms of the movie itself, it's probably exactly like your expectations of it. What got me thinking a lot though, was the 3D. The movie had three things really going against it by tinkering with the final displayed image.

First of all, it's a really dark movie. Most of it takes place in the sunless city or fighting vampires in the nighttime shadows. Secondly, I'm wearing 3D glasses which always make me feeling like I'm taking the movie down by a stop and finally it is projected digitally off of a single projector. The bulbs in these digital projectors (at least here where I live) are not as bright as, say, the ones used in the Christie film projectors.

So by the time these dark movies go from the editors LED monitor and essentially stopped down so many times by the time it gets to my eyes, it is quite a different experience. My hope is that the powers that be begin to notice this effect an 1) make projectors that put out more light and 2) shoot movies at a higher frame rate to allow for brighter projections, a la James Cameron & Peter Jackson (Granted I haven't seen this theory in live-action yet, but I have high hopes).

Jeff


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Scott Roberts
Re: Priest & 3D Projection
on May 16, 2011 at 8:29:24 pm

I hear what you're saying with the 3D darkening the picture, as well. It feels like you're putting on sunglasses. If you take off the glasses, the blurry screen looks noticeably brighter. But then, well, it's obviously not watchable.

I trust Peter Jackson wouldn't do what he's doing with The Hobbit without being pretty confident it will look better.

And on that note, here's a new picture of Gandalf with 3D glasses:

<a href="http://i1.creativecow.net/u/150514/gandalf-3d.jpg"><img src="//i1.creativecow.net/u/150514/gandalf-3d.jpg" border="0" /></a>


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Mike Cohen
Re: Priest & 3D Projection
on May 16, 2011 at 8:53:42 pm

Ian McKellan must be a ZZ Top fan.

I have only seen two movies in 3D so far - Avatar and TRON. TRON was a pretty dark movie except for the scenes in Dave Bowman's lair. But I saw that in digital IMAX, so I suspect the projector used was brighter than those used in our local cineplex.

Having seen Toy Story 3 recently, I wish I'd seen that in 3D in the theater. I'll bet most of the animated 3D movies look so spectacular because they are bright movies overall. I'll bet Cars 2 will be spectacular (assuming all Pixar movies will be 3D moving forward).

Mike Cohen


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Mark Suszko
Re: Priest & 3D Projection
on May 17, 2011 at 4:30:53 pm

Toy Story 3 was plenty bright in 3-d... and quite moving. Funny, how the movies that can get me tot ear up are almost exclusively animated ones.

Saw THOR last week in 3-d and didn't feel like it was dimly projected at all. I don't doubt you lose some light thru passive glasses systems like RealD, but how bad tbis is seems to be subjective. I haven't had what I would call a bad experience yet thru about five different 3-d films.


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Scott Roberts
Re: Priest & 3D Projection
on May 17, 2011 at 7:37:19 pm

Yeah, I didn't really have a problem with Toy story 3 or even Piranha 3D and Jackass 3D with the darkness. But those were all colorful movies in typically bright, daytime environments. I did notice a darkening during TRON, Sanctum, Green Hornet, and Drive Angry 3D, though.

Maybe it's coincidence, or just how the movies are shot (whether they are darkly lit scenes to begin with), but movies that are brighter overall tend to have less of a problem with the 3D sunglasses.

And I'm happy that I got to wear those glasses during Toy Story 3 as well, because then everyone else in the theater couldn't see my eyes watering up. I've seen it maybe 4 times now, and from the incinerator scene to the end, it gets to me EVERY time!


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Mark Suszko
Re: Priest & 3D Projection
on May 23, 2011 at 1:44:46 pm

Saw an article this weekend that said a lot of the movie theatres using Sony digital projection are being lazy about swapping out the dual-lens adapter used for 3-d, when showing 2-d, and when projecitng the 2-d movies this added polarizer in the light path is making the sreen image about half as bright as it was designed to be. This is apparently not an issue if they use Christie projectors. The article said a way to tell is to look up/back at the projector booth (this would have been easier in the days when you could smoke in theatres) and seeif there are one or two beams coming out. If two beams, you've got a Sony 3-d lens and projector, projecting your 2-d movie.

This article was about dim showings of *2-D* movies, not 3-d. It boils down to: Movie theatre managers are jerks.


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