Scorsese, Others Help Advance 3D Toward Legitimacy

04/14/2010 5:47 PM |


Martin Scorsese’s first foray into kids’ movies will also be his first into 3D. The Invention of Hugo Cabaret, based on Brian Selznick’s bestselling book about “a 12-year-old orphan who must solve the mystery of a broken robot…in 1930s Paris,” is set to open at the end of 2011, Variety reports.

Marty’s not the only legitimate director with 3D plans: Wim Wenders is shooting his latest project, a documentary about choreographer Pina Bausch, in the recently repopularized format after enjoying the results he got from his previous documentary, Il Volo, Cineuropa reports. “3D is part of the future of documentaries,” Wenders said. Werner Herzog is also using 3D to film a documentary; his is about those cave paintings in Southern France.

“Herzog isn’t into stereoscopic gimmickry,” The Globe and Mail reports. “He just wanted to use 3-D to make the scenes inside the cave seem as natural as possible.” That’s how everybody should be using it!

As an earlyish convert to the new digital 3D technology, I see these developments as good news: if the new 3D is to avoid the fate of the old one, it not only needs to attract legitimate, non-James Cameron artists to its side. It also needs to use the technology like Coraline did, or like Up. (After I saw the latter in the theater, I heard a small child tell his mother, “that wasn’t even in 3D!,” so subtle was the layering.) It needs to abandon “stereoscopic gimmickry” in favor of unobtrusive, story-enhancing dimensions. When used well, 3D is awesome. And with talent like this now drawn to it, it’s going to keep getting awesomer.