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Unobtainium

16 January, 2010

Rani and Heather and I went to see Avatar 3D. The plot elements are fairly standard: goodies’n’baddies, boy-meets-girl*, don’t-destroy-the-environment stuff. But it’s pretty

Magic.

Avatar 3D

It being the future and all, we went to see the 3D version. The last time I saw a 3D film I was about ten, and maybe it’s something you have to learn: like a 2D film, some parts of the scene are out of focus, but it’s sometimes harder to establish which part, and unlike reality you can’t focus it yourself. Ow headache.

I’d argue that 3D cinematography is in its infancy: there are a few gratuitous ‘let’s make the audience jump by poking them with virtual spears’ efforts, and some confusing looking-through-a-window shots, but there doesn’t seem to be any addition to the vocabulary of 2D cinematography. It works very well for dust motes/ash/magic seeds floating in the air, though.

Anyone else wonder whether the main character’s name is a nod to another big blue dude?


* even if you are fourteen feet tall and bright blue, it seems to work in much the same way πŸ™‚

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4 comments

  1. Totally awesome film!!! πŸ˜€
    Though i did cringe whenever “Unobtainium” was mentioned (apparently it’s an Oakley brand thing too).
    Also not convinced that Ms. Weaver wasn’t paid a lot of money to smoke on screen ( See “Thankyou for Smoking” πŸ˜‰ )


  2. also:
    http://pw0nd.com/2010/01/04/avatar-pocahontas/

    πŸ˜‰


    • See also: oil drilling and goldmining in the rainforests πŸ˜₯


  3. that article puts in articulate words what i’ve been trying to explain about 3D film headaches πŸ™‚



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