Transformers 3 Producer Says They're Shooting Nearly Everything In 3D

By Katey Rich 2010-07-10 13:06:17discussion comments
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I've spent today talking to the stars and creators behind Salt, the new spy thriller starring Angelina Jolie as a CIA agent forced to go on the run. We've gotten a lot of great stuff from everyone about the movie, but we also managed to get producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura to talk a little bit about his current production, Transformers 3. Not only did he confirm recent reports that the film would be shot using the Pace 3D cameras, but he said they've been filming a lot of dialogue and non-action scenes using the technology. Check out what he had to say below:

We're shooting it with the [Pace] cameras. Not 100%, but we're doing a lot. And it's the future. Michael [Bay] learned how to do it in about a day. Really it was unbelievable. It's a cool feeling--we're sitting on the set and we're watching a monitor with 3D glasses on. It feels very 21st century.

We're finding when we're shooting dialogue scenes in 3d, it's really interesting, it create a dimension to it. It's kind of interesting. We're actually spending more time shooting non-action elements in 3D than we thought we were ever going to do.


I asked di Bonaventura about Michael Bay's previous anti-3D stance, and he had a pretty simple explanation for how Bay decided to make the switch: "We did a lot of tests. And he really liked it after he did it. I'm not sure he'll do every movie in 3D, but he liked it."

At the same time, though, di Bonaventura wasn't willing to toss himself 100% on the 3D bandwagon, particularly with some shoddy examples of the technology out in theaters right now: "I think the technology is going to continue to improve so you don't have these, sadly, really awful renditions of 3D." Of course, the fact that Transformers 3 is happening in 3D means the whole craze will be no closer to going away, but at least you can know that one person in power in Hollywood agrees with you, even if he didn't say it outright, that Clash of the Titans looked like garbage.

Check back over the next few weeks for much more from the Salt junket-- once I've recovered from the terrifying/awe-inspiring presence of Angelina Jolie, at least.
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