I had for quite a long time dismissed 3D as a useless fad. But turns out my opinion was based on having seen a movie in 3D which had added the 3D in post production. (Captain America).
The 3D effects in Captain America were laughingly bad, reminding me more of those children’s pop up books, with its obvious layering of pieces of the set into the ‘depth’ of the 3D effect. So much so that it pulled me out of the movie on numerous occasions.
I finally got to see Prometheus over the weekend, which I believe was filmed in 3D, and the 3D effects in that movie were absolutely seamless. So much so that I didn’t even really notice the 3D as a ‘separate’ effect.
I’m still not a total convert, but it’s now solely based on me personally, with the glasses being a slight pain to fit over my actual glasses, and even in Prometheus winding up with a little headache earlier on as I adjusted. But as long as the movie is filmed in 3D, I’m happy from a technical perspective. And joy of joy I’m no longer concerned about the fact The Hobbit is being filmed in 3D.
Makes me wonder, why does anyone bother doing post-production 3D. If Captain America is typical of the results achieved by that method, it makes the experience worse, not better.