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The Hobbit: The desolation of 3D

I’m not going to do what I usually do. I saw The Hobbit Pt.2 the other day and I would like to say more than a word about it.

Now, the film in itself is fine. It’s fun, adventures, and swordplay, elves and shit. Fine.

But this movie has helped me understand what is it that I dislike about 3D movies. I used to think that it didn’t add anything to the narration, and was thus superfluous, a gimmick. I still think like that…. but that might change in the future and 3D might become a legitimate storytelling device. Not that I am holding my breath, but the potential is there.

The problem is with the backgrounds. The background is the second most important thing of a movie, after the foreground. (Yes, my logic is unbeatable, why?).

In 3D movies anything that is not on the foreground is unfocused, and so having backgrounds becomes useless, nothing there will be seen, or it would ruin the 3d effect.

Backgrounds are important: do you look at what’s going on in the background, when watching a movie? If you don’t, you are missing big time. In many movies (although of course less in hollywood ballbusters), there are lots of things happening in the background. And that is why I’m into the habit of concentrating on the background once I’ve done a once over of whatever the main action of the film is.

The reasons vary, but one thing is sure, detailed backgrounds are a sign of care and craftsmanship. But then there are backgrounds that are actually giving you information about the movie. La Vie d’Adelle which I commented the other day has a LOT of information about what’s going on in the characters’ minds that’s transmitted mostly via backgrounds, or the actions and words of entirely secondary characters that say banal things. Banal thing that can be read as a reference to the inner state of the main characters, for instance.

This bench, for example, shows up 4 times in the background of La Vie d’Adelle (or Blue is the warmest colour, in English, a movie you should all see, because it’s awesome and it’s about love) and at every step it’s in the background, empty, but still feels like it’s a minor character or people are still sitting on it, invisible.

If you have read… I think it is The book of Illusions by Paul Auster, I’m not completely sure, but if you have read the explanation about the meanings of objects in movies that mr. Auster delivers through the characters of the grandfather and the granddaughter who watch movies together, then you know what I’m talking about.

Actually while preparing this article I’ve discovered, the most addictive timewaster on this arm of the galaxy, has already run a piece on that.

Then there are the backgrounds that are in-jokes or references to past episodes. The Simpsons are particularly good for that. In episodes seasons apart you get little hints, like the time Homer drove a crayon through his brain

And in an episode seasons laer he drives a nail through his brain and you can see the crayon in the background. Hahaha.

There is a lot that could be said about paying attention to the backgrounds.

But let’s better stop lest someone brings up disney backgrounds…

… and this blog becomes creepy.


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