While revealing we won’t be seeing a teaser trailer for Avatar anytime soon, James Cameron also had a few things to say about Tim Burton filming Alice in Wonderland in 2D, and then converting it into 3D during post-production.
When asked about his opinions on other filmmakers, specifically Tim Burton and his work on the upcoming Alice in Wonderland, Cameron openly criticized Burton’s decision to convert to 3D after the fact. It “doesn’t make any sense to shoot in 2D and convert to 3D,” Cameron said. And that’s not the only industry decision that he panned, the other being meager attempts to provide a 3D experience at home by releasing DVDs with anaglyphic glasses (meaning the red and blue cardboard ones) in the packing. It is “stunting 3D growth,” he said, and hurting the progression of the format. Cameron’s agenda wasn’t to attack these decisions, instead he felt they weren’t helping progress the 3D when that’s what we need the most.
Cameron has been fond of 3D for many years, and it has been a huge part of his daily life for the past year, and will continue to be during post-production of Avatar. I guess he sees Burton’s 3D strategy as not being ‘true 3D’ like what he has been working on. To Cameron 3D is the future of movie making , not just something you can add in post-production along with special effects.