Rian Johnson predicts the future of 3D filmmaking in new essay


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When it comes to 3D, typically moviegoers fall on one of two sides of the debate: either you like it, or you don’t. Personally, I’ve fallen off the 3D bandwagon that I only really got on because of “Avatar.” A truly terrible 3D presentation of “The Avengers” that had me walking out of the theater with a splitting headache was the icing on my anti-3D cake, and I’ve deigned to avoid the film medium ever since.

But director Rian Johnson, whose forthcoming sci-fi film “Looper” is going to be released in 2D, has written an essay on his Tumblr account explaining why he thinks we’re looking at 3D all wrong, and it’s changed my perception a bit. In it, he argues that “3D is the future of cinema” and that “the introduction of stereoscopic photography is analogous to the introduction of color.” At the same time, he says he will “never shoot stereoscopic” and avoids watching 3D movies whenever he can. And no, he doesn’t think those sentiments are contradictory.

The essay is definitely worth a read if you’re interested in this debate, but ultimately Johnson said he doesn’t feel that we have yet developed the technology that will make 3D a truly immersive experience. Right now we’re at the hand-painting stage of the process, if we’re going to keep using the analogy to the introduction of color in film. We’re just waiting for 3D’s Technicolor to come along.

“To dig deeper into the analogy, the eventual development of realistic color in motion pictures was not the result of artists getting better at hand painting film strips. I don’t think the development of 3D will be significantly forwarded by artists ‘learning to use’ the current technical model of stereoscopic properly, or refining how they dial it in,” Johnson explains. “Technicolor was not a refinement of hand painting, it was a completely new technology. It was a different thing. I have no idea what it will be, what form it will take, where it will come from or when it will arrive, but I believe a similar quantum leap to a new technical way of capturing depth on recorded media will be what actually brings us into the 3D age. It’s going to happen.”

An interesting perspective to say the least, especially since I think most people can argue that 3D filmmaking as it is now is flawed. A large number of outside influences can affect the experience a viewer has watching a 3D movie — the theater is too dark, the glasses don’t work, the projector isn’t working correctly — and that has turned many people off to the style of filmmaking. It will be interesting to see if Johnson’s prediction is correct and if a new evolution in 3D shooting is in our near future. I know I’d definitely be open to it.

Thanks to /Film for the heads up about this essay.

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Millennial Wisdom

Charles Speaks For Us All

Get to know Charles, the social media whiz of Brockmire.

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He may be an unlikely radio producer Brockmire, but Charles is #1 when it comes to delivering quips that tie a nice little bow on the absurdity of any given situation.

Charles also perfectly captures the jaded outlook of Millennials. Or at least Millennials as mythologized by marketers and news idiots. You know who you are.

Played superbly by Tyrel Jackson Williams, Charles’s quippy nuggets target just about any subject matter, from entry-level jobs in social media (“I plan on getting some experience here, then moving to New York to finally start my life.”) to the ramifications of fictional celebrity hookups (“Drake and Taylor Swift are dating! Albums y’all!”). But where he really nails the whole Millennial POV thing is when he comments on America’s second favorite past-time after type II diabetes: baseball.

Here are a few pearls.

On Baseball’s Lasting Cultural Relevance

“Baseball’s one of those old-timey things you don’t need anymore. Like cursive. Or email.”

On The Dramatic Value Of Double-Headers

“The only thing dumber than playing two boring-ass baseball games in one day is putting a two-hour delay between the boring-ass games.”

On Sartorial Tradition

“Is dressing badly just a thing for baseball, because that would explain his jacket.”

On Baseball, In A Nutshell

“Baseball is a f-cked up sport, and I want you to know it.”

Learn more about Charles in the behind-the-scenes video below.

And if you were born before the late ’80s and want to know what the kids think about Baseball, watch Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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Crown Jules

Amanda Peet FTW on Brockmire

Amanda Peet brings it on Brockmire Wednesday at 10P on IFC.

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On Brockmire, Jules is the unexpected yin to Jim Brockmire’s yang. Which is saying a lot, because Brockmire’s yang is way out there. Played by Amanda Peet, Jules is hard-drinking, truth-spewing, baseball-loving…everything Brockmire is, and perhaps what he never expected to encounter in another human.

“We’re the same level of functional alcoholic.”

But Jules takes that commonality and transforms it into something special: a new beginning. A new beginning for failing minor league baseball team “The Frackers”, who suddenly about-face into a winning streak; and a new beginning for Brockmire, whose life gets a jumpstart when Jules lures him back to baseball. As for herself, her unexpected connection with Brockmire gives her own life a surprising and much needed goose.

“You’re a Goddamn Disaster and you’re starting To look good to me.”

This palpable dynamic adds depth and complexity to the narrative and pushes the series far beyond expected comedy. See for yourself in this behind-the-scenes video (and brace yourself for a unforgettable description of Brockmire’s genitals)…

Want more about Amanda Peet? She’s all over the place, and has even penned a recent self-reflective piece in the New York Times.

And of course you can watch the Jim-Jules relationship hysterically unfold in new episodes of Brockmire, every Wednesday at 10PM on IFC.

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Draught Pick

Sam Adams “Keeps It Brockmire”

All New Brockmire airs Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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From baseball to beer, Jim Brockmire calls ’em like he sees ’em.


It’s no wonder at all, then, that Sam Adams would reach out to Brockmire to be their shockingly-honest (and inevitably short-term) new spokesperson. Unscripted and unrestrained, he’ll talk straight about Sam—and we’ll take his word. Check out this new testimonial for proof:

See more Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC, presented by Samuel Adams. Good f***** beer.

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