J.J. Abrams is one of the most secretive filmmakers in Hollywood today, however, he’s been very willing to dish out his opinion on 3D. He at first expressed a dislike for the format, but then he caught many fans off guard by announcing that Star Trek Into Darkness would be released in 3D. It turns out though that Abrams originally wanted to make a 2D movie, but the studio wouldn’t let him do it.
In a recent interview the director revealed why he made Star Trek in 3D and gave some more thoughts on the format. Check out those comments below.
“The studio said, ‘You have to make it in 3D if you’re going to make it, for economic reasons’ but my feeling was I didn’t like 3D. So the idea of doing ‘Star Trek’ in 3D was ridiculous.
I approached it very cynically. And the fact is that we’ve been using techniques that haven’t been used before in 3D. They’ve figured out things. They’ve made enough movies now with this new process that they can understand ways to eliminate some of these problems. Things like breaking shots into zones, 3D zones, using multiple virtual cameras. A lot of this has made me a believer, whereas before I was really against it… There’s this myth that if you don’t shoot the movie in 3D it doesn’t look good. Actually, the opposite can be true.
The key for me is I got to make my 2D movie that I wanted to make, just the way I wanted to; and it gets to be augmented in 3D but that doesn’t detract from the 2D.”
Having seen the extended preview for Star Trek Into Darkness in IMAX 3D prior to The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, I must say that I’m very happy that Abrams agreed to do the film in 3D. While I’m not the biggest fan of the format, the footage from that 9 minutes is absolutely breathtaking. The landscapes are stunning and everything on the screen is beautiful. I honestly can’t wait to see the rest of the film in 3D.
Star Trek Into Darkness hits theaters May 17th, 2013.
What do you think of Abrams being forced to make a 3D movie? Will you be seeing Star Trek Into Darkness in that format? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.