Christopher Nolan attended the Hero Complex Film Festival over the weekend and, after screening Insomnia and The Dark Knight to the audience, took part in a Q&A session. The director remained quiet on Batman 3 and the Superman reboot, however he did speak about the current 3D craze and mentioned that he’s not much of a fan.
From Hero Complex:
Christopher Nolan, speaking at the Hero Complex Film Festival, was cheered loudly by the audience when he made a moviegoer confession: “I’m not a huge fan of 3-D.”
Nolan said “Inception,” the July 16 dream-world heist film starring Leonardo DiCaprio, could have ended up as a 3-D release. “We did tests on ‘Inception’ with the different post-conversion processes, and they all went very well. It’s quite easy to do, in fact. But it takes a little time, and we didn’t have time to do it to the standards that I would be happy with.”
“I’m certainly quite pleased with ‘Inception’ as presented — it’s very bright and very clear, so as the technology improves, those differences may change, and that is what I hope for.”
What about shooting in 3D — as opposed to the post-production conversion approach? Nolan said that approach necessitated shooting in video, with big, bulky gear and a beam-splitter that required trade-offs with optics he was not eager to make. “There are a lot of problems with it … the idea of shooting a whole film through a massive beam-splitter and so forth — there are enormous compromises. Post-conversion technologies probably, for me, are definitely the future, but really it is up to the audiences what they want to see and how they want to watch their films.”
Warner Bros. is probably the studio which has taken to 3D the most, rushing a conversion of Clash of the Titans and has intentions of releasing all its future tentpoles in 3D. It is likely that they will be putting pressure on Nolan to release Batman 3 and Superman in 3D, whether by shooting in the format or by converting afterwards in post-production. Nolan seems to prefer the latter, although an hour in a room with James Cameron may change that.