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Batman and Inception director Chris Nolan criticises 3-D

by Norman Parker. Published Mon 05 Jul 2010 12:48, last updated: 05/07/10

Batman and Inception director Chris Nolan has blasted 3-D technology and is resisting its use in his films, calling it 'alienating.'

When asked whether he would ever use 3-D Nolan admitted: “It’s something we’re looking at and watching.”

“However, there are certain limitations of shooting in 3D. You have to shoot on video, which I’m not a fan of.

"I like shooting on film. And so then you’re looking at post-conversion processes which are moving forward in exciting ways.”

Nolan explained, "The truth of it is when you watch a film in here, you're looking at 16 foot-lamberts. When you watch through any of the conventional 3D processes you're giving up three foot-lamberts. A massive difference.”

The award-winning director added: "You're not that aware of it because once you're 'in that world', your eye compensates, but having struggled for years to get theatres get up to the proper brightness, we're not sticking polarised filters in everything.”

Nolan admits that the whole concept is fascinating on a technical level but on an experiential level 3-D is detrimental to the movie. Nolan said: “I find the dimness of the image extremely alienating."

But Nolan added that he wouldn't rule out shooting his next Batman movie in 3D as he must listen to the consumer and keep up with the trends in cinema.

"There is no question that if audiences want to watch films in stereoscopic imaging, that's what the studios will be doing, and that's what I’ll be doing.”


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