Guillermo del Toro Calms Our Fears About ‘Pacific Rim’s’ 3D
A few weeks ago, we received the news that next summer’s highly-anticipated monster movie ‘Pacific Rim’ would be getting the post-converted-3D treatment from Warner Bros. Some would call that a disheartening revelation, as the list of movies that have been post-converted well is a short one. Director Guillermo del Toro even initially displayed trepidation about it, but he has now seemingly come around on the matter, recently breaking down why we shouldn’t expect the worst.
Speaking to horror site ShockTillYouDrop, del Toro explains that specific requirements had to be met by the studio to satisfy him. Unsurprisingly, it comes down to money, and getting it right. Here is the meat of the director’s quote:
What happened was, in the weeks and months following Comic-Con, what I asked from the studio was to agree to four points that I wanted to do. The more the ILM shots arrived, the more I realized that there were only a few shots that would miniaturize. I asked the studio, number one, that we would not hyper-stereo-lize the thing. That we would not force 3D on the beauty shots. That we would keep the giant dimensions. They agreed. Number two, they agreed to something very unusual. Normally a conversion takes a few weeks. I asked to start it immediately so we could take the full 40 weeks to do the conversion. As an example, ‘Titanic’ took about 50 weeks to convert. The final thing that I asked that they agreed to, which was amazing, was that I asked them to give me an extra budget, which is considerable, to actually have ILM composite the shots that are CG native 3D. We’re not giving elements. ILM is giving the composite in 3D from the get-go.
Del Toro goes on to call this process the best experience he’s ever had, so perhaps we can all breath a sigh of relief — although hopefully you won’t blame us if we’re still just a wee bit dubious. You can read the rest of del Toro’s thoughts on the matter here.
Unfortunately, we won’t know for sure how good Warner Bros.’ 3D work actually is until ‘Pacific Rim’ opens on July 12, 2013. What do you think? Are you convinced now that del Toro has given the post-conversion his blessing?