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    Back when Avatar came out, and everybody was lauding 3D as the next big wave, our august body of video editing experts here predicted it would not go anywhere, more than previous 3D efforts had went. Looks like you guys were right. Read story: Fears for future of 3D as films flop

    Having said that, it would appear that the porn industry is racing to release 3D: Race is on to make the first 3D porn movie

    To quote the producer of the film, Stephen Shiu said: "This is the future of the movie business it's human nature to want to see things in 3D."

    I don't know if I would ever want to see a 'thing' in 3D, especially if it was pointed at the audiance.

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    Ben Elton (British comic and writer) commented rather astutely on the film industry. There's been a tendancy to give the audience greater "immersion" into a movie (3D being one), and the ultimate aim is to let the viewer become a part of the action. What's forgotten, however, is that we all pay to watch no to be a real part of the film, but to escape. He suggested that if we really wanted to be a part of the action, more Shakespeare plays would have seen people jumping on the stage.

    3D is a next step in the evolution. Personally I think it will find its home in video games rather than films. And no doubt we'll then have the video game touted as the end of the film industry. Just as films were the end of books, and TV the end of radio. Oh, hold on...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marc Peters View Post
    There's been a tendancy to give the audience greater "immersion" into a movie (3D being one), and the ultimate aim is to let the viewer become a part of the action. What's forgotten, however, is that we all pay to watch no to be a real part of the film, but to escape.
    Yes, the industry is moving away from the story-telling that makes films what they should be. I agree with you, 3D will find its big market in immersion type video games, viewed on big HD screens in your living room, while you wear a complete visual,aural and tactile simulation (and stimulation) suit.

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    I have more than a passing interest in this thread because at out video (filmmaking) club, as many people are now making films in HD, we are about to upgrade to a projection system capable of HD. Combined with a bluray/hdd recorder we should be able to project anything from VHS to 1080P (but will require a camera if someone wants to show HDV as we cant find a deck - or the cost doesn't justify the percieved rare use)

    Anyway, in the light of 3D cameras being available for 1500 and 3D TV systems for 1000 our new Tech Secretary is pushing us to go for a 3D setup rather than simply HD. Whilst we don't want to be left behind, we certainly don;t want to jump the gun an invest in something which may well prove to be a lame duck.

    On another point, Digger's comment about the porn industry "racing" to make the first 3D porn movie is indicative to me that the market for 3D (not just porn) might not really be there. Typically media technology has been driven by porn. Throughout history people have been willing to pay a premium to get their kicks and it has been this which has helped popularise and consequently bring down the price of the technology. This can be traced back to early print, through photographs, film, VHS and the internet (especially the Web), to high definition. I can only guess the porn industry hasn't already embraced 3D because it doesn't perceive the demand to be there.
    Tim

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