When the the director’s newest film rolls out in theatres nationwide Friday, you’ll be able to see it in six formats, but not one of those will be 3D.
You will never see a Nolan film in 3D, at least not for now, anyway.
In a 2012 interview from the Associated Press, the “Inception” director explained why his films aren’t seen in digital 3D.
“The question of 3-D is a very straightforward one,” said Nolan. “I never meet anybody who actually likes the format, and it’s always a source of great concern to me when you’re charging a higher price for something that nobody seems to really say they have any great love for.”
Nolan has explained his view on 3D many times. In 2012, he told the Directors Guild of America why he refused to use 3D in “The Dark Knight Rises”:
Warner Bros. would have been very happy, but I said to the guys there that I wanted it to be stylistically consistent with the first two films and we were really going to push the IMAX thing to create a very high-quality image. I find stereoscopic imaging too small scale and intimate in its effect. 3-D is a misnomer. Films are 3-D. The whole point of photography is that it’s three-dimensional. The thing with stereoscopic imaging is it gives each audience member an individual perspective. It’s well suited to video games and other immersive technologies, but if you’re looking for an audience experience, stereoscopic is hard to embrace. I prefer the big canvas, looking up at an enormous screen and at an image that feels larger than life. When you treat that stereoscopically, and we’ve tried a lot of tests, you shrink the size so the image becomes a much smaller window in front of you. So the effect of it, and the relationship of the image to the audience, has to be very carefully considered. And I feel that in the initial wave to embrace it, that wasn’t considered in the slightest.
Without the added boost of 3D ticket sales, “The Dark Knight Rises” made over $US1 billion at the box office worldwide.
It’s not that Nolan necessarily dislikes the format overall.
At CinemaCon earlier this year, the “Inception” director praised Baz Luhrmann’s “The Great Gatsby” in 3D after its release.
“My resistance to 3D is purely based on what I feel is right for the films I want to make,” Nolan told The Wrap earlier this year.
The director said he even tested out “Inception” to be in 3D but ditched the idea saying there wasn’t enough time to do “a quality 3-D conversion.”
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