Nolan’s Cinematographer Wally Pfister Still Insists 3D is Shit


Okay, so maybe he doesn’t actually call it “shit”, but let’s face it, it is. There’s nothing that 3D can offer an audience except take a couple of extra bucks out of their pockets and have stupid, gimmicky nonsense like explosions or bullets fly at their faces in third dimension. If that’s all you want from your entertainment, there must be cheaper ways to get it. Like, say, sit at home and have your buddy throw beer in your face. Or hell, the beer can. Now that’s REALLY 3D!

Speaking backstage at the Oscars, where he took the Best Cinematography prize home, Christopher Nolan’s cinematographer Wally Pfister once again reiterated the duo’s commitment to avoiding 3D at all costs. (You can read his previous statements on the matter here.) Via EW:

I’m personally not a big 3-D fan. It doesn’t really work for me. I don’t like the glasses, I don’t like the dark image, you know, through there. And it’s it feels a little gimmicky to me. That’s my own personal preference, I’m not a big fan of that. In terms of the immersion for the audience, we like to do things like film things in IMAX and put it on a much larger canvas and higher resolution rather than three dimensional. So in terms of what’s happening with Inception, you know, Chris and I are like-minded in that way. I don’t know whether they’re going release a DVD version in 3-D or not, but that’s definitely [going to release]. It’s just not something I’m that interested in as a filmmaker.

Look, who is the best director working today? (Despite moronic Oscar voters thinking it’s the dude who directed “The King’s Speech”?) Christopher Nolan. And if Christopher Nolan thinks 3D is shit, it’s gotta be true, right? Plus, I totally agree with him, and great minds think alike, and all that.

Look for “The Dark Knight Rises” to rise NOT in 3D in 2012.

He's cool. He's collected. And he's NOT coming to you in 3D.

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  • Brent

    I was so happy when he said The Dark Knight Rises won’t be in 3D.

  • Anonymous

    I get into daily arguments with idiots running around talking about 3d being great. He had to craft his words so that he wouldn’t make enemies in Hollywood where he works. You can tell he wants to say “It’s shitty and a gimmick for money grubbers”. I actually argued with the owner of my local theater because some of the big movies that are released in 3d will not have the non 3d film available even on the first release day. I refuse to back this gimmick and I hope the world gets over it soon. Give me clean hi def picture and make a good film (Even if you can’t make a great one. Sometimes good will suffice). Those are my demands.

  • Bad Zack

    3d is ass — amc rapes you on prices and to be honeest the movies are gay that are in 3d i go to the normal 2d versions everytime.