Guillermo Del Toro Discusses The Decision To Convert PACIFIC RIM To 3D

Director Guillermo del Toro (Hellboy), who previously wasn't fond of the idea of releasing the highly anticipated Pacific Rim in 3D, now explains the decision to give the sci-fi epic the post-converted treatment. He also comments on the post-production process.

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By Paul Romano - 9/22/2012


At this year's San Diego Comic-Con, director Guillermo del Toro was promoting his highly anticipated science fiction epic Pacific Rim (which hits theaters next summer). Among the things he said concerning the movie was that he wasn't fond of the idea of releasing it in 3D, citing his fear that the 3D will lower the film's scale. However, last week, Warner Bros. announced that Pacific Rim will be converted to 3D for its theatrical release. Since then, many have speculated that del Toro was pushed into releasing the film in the 3D format. But now, speaking with Shock Til You Drop, the director explains how certain factors made him change his mind concerning 3D.


"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," he says. "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. That's a huge, huge element. Now I'm going to be involved in supervising it. What can I tell you? I changed my mind. I'm not running for office. I can do a Romney."

Additionally, del Toro has nothing but good things to say about the film's post-production process. "It's going great," he says. "We're about 40 weeks away from opening but, nevertheless, the pace is breakneck. So far, though, it's been the best experience I've ever had."

To read what del Toro tells Shock about the recently announced television pilot The Strain, based on the director's horror novel trilogy, click the link below.

Pacific Rim is set to hit theaters July 12th, 2013.









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mbembet - 9/22/2012, 5:54 AM
F-uck 3D
marvel72 - 9/22/2012, 5:55 AM
its all about money that is all.
toco89 - 9/22/2012, 5:57 AM
This is why I like Del Toro. He's into the ART of directing. If he's going to do something, he's gonna do it right if it's anywhere within his grasp.
batfan175 - 9/22/2012, 6:10 AM
3D is a zombie doctrine in that, despite the fact that it's been proven that 3D does not add anything to the films and entails a 30% colour loss, headaches, is extremely expensive for the consumer and despite the fact that audiences and directors (for the most part) don't want it, it is still being pushed on us becuse the studios are the only ones that want it because it's definitely a financial gain. Dredd 3D had basically no 2D screening in the UK, and the same was true for Prometheus. At that point you truly know that corporatism is here to take over your entertainment. don't be surprised when cinemas around the world are going to raise 2D ticket prices to pay for 3D screenings that nobody wanted in the first place.
SuperFrost - 9/22/2012, 6:11 AM
Most movies that convert over to 3D just Suck, and not worth the money
Kayo - 9/22/2012, 6:12 AM
i trust Del Toro in this,ILM is behind the visuals so this is gonna be a fantastic film to watch
Astro - 9/22/2012, 6:16 AM
So True Batfan
Magnus66 - 9/22/2012, 6:18 AM
I really hate watching films in 3D.

If it's also released in regular format I'll consider seeing it... if not, I won't.

It'll be in the Wal-Mart $5 bin eventually any way. I can wait.
Ha1frican - 9/22/2012, 6:33 AM
I like watching things filmed in 3-D, Animated and stop motion films look AMAZING in 3D (Coraline, Up, Toy Story 3, ParaNorman) and (despite a goofy CG shot or 2) The amazing Spiderman was pretty cool in 3D if only for the first person stuff. However i agree that post conversion is almost always a waste of time and looks bad, 3D does have its place. We ned moreof a push towards IMAX though because THAT is where film should be headed
jessepostal - 9/22/2012, 6:41 AM
post conversion isn't always bad, it depends on if it was slapped together or actually did there homework. Titanic is converted and it looks beautiful. Certain converted movies gave all converted movies a bad name
ItsNotASchooner - 9/22/2012, 7:24 AM
nice
Thegoddamnbatman52 - 9/22/2012, 7:28 AM
for as much as i love del toro i feel like the real reason actually went something like wb saying sorry just because you directed this doesent mean its your movie its our movie and were forcing you to convert it becasue all the mainstream audience wants to see now is 3d and they wont pay to see anything else, del toro was just being humble in this interview
Thegoddamnbatman52 - 9/22/2012, 7:29 AM
though toystory 3 in three d was actually one of the best 3d films ive ever seen
OhGawDuhhh - 9/22/2012, 7:40 AM
The Chitauri horde flying their sleds through the Cosmic Cube portal and invading Midtown Manhattan was AMAZING in 3D! I am down for 3D as long as it's done thoughtfully.

I really enjoy that sense of depth, yanno? Transformers: Dark of the Moon was EPIC.

Also, I really enjoyed the Bifrost scenes in 3D for 'Thor: The IMAX 3D Experience'. Totally worth the $17.
95 - 9/22/2012, 7:42 AM
Post-conversions are usually softer in stereoscopic depth, so the chances of nausea is lower. I for one notice the benefits of 3D in a movie. However, it only works for a few shots. Which has always been my personal belief about the future of 3D: it can be a great camera technique for select shots (think 70mm for establishing shots or fish-eye lens for a dizzying POV). Otherwise, besides Avatar, I don't think any film can utilize 3D where it benefits the entire experience of a film. Only select shots.

I like del Toro's reasons. He seems to have made a good deal.
marcvader1 - 9/22/2012, 8:07 AM
I like how someone above states that it's been proven that 3d adds nothing to a movie. Really? How? Some people like it, some don't, That's the bottom line.
Nomis1800 - 9/22/2012, 8:11 AM
Stupid 3D.
beane2099 - 9/22/2012, 8:20 AM
The part about his stipulations, I believe. But I'm pretty sure that conversation was generated by the studio with "Yeah, we want this in 3D." But there are some instances where 3D actually works. Hugo's 3D totally worked cause Scorsese saw 3D as an art form (and a source of extra cheddar). I think Del Toro can make it work too. That said, I will be seeing it in 2D.
marvel72 - 9/22/2012, 8:26 AM
guess what you don't have to see the movie in 3D,because certain ones of you don't like it there is lots that do.

you've got to learn to deal with it.
Jollem - 9/22/2012, 8:27 AM
i thought the 3d in prometheus was great
fedup - 9/22/2012, 9:04 AM
Watch Douglas Trumbull's interviews on 3-D and a lot of the problems of it start to become evident because of the fact that most projectors aren't up to the standards they need to be. The color issues are due to the fact that the theater's just don't alter the settings (which they are strongly advised to do) in order for the colors to be balanced properly with the glasses on. On top of that the majority of 2-D theaters in the US have projectors that aren't even up to snuff. They put out maybe two-thirds of the necessary light in order to give a faithful representation of the print because it costs a lot if the projector bulb busts so they buy cheaper bulbs figuring nobody'll know the difference. Which is why I prefer Imax.
fedup - 9/22/2012, 9:05 AM
Not to mention 3-D only really works when something is shot specifically in 3-D and not done in post, though I will say Del Toro seems to have a handle on what the chief problems are on the production side of things. Not too much you can do about the theaters' shortcomings.
KAPOW - 9/22/2012, 9:41 AM
3D is pants
jimpinto24 - 9/22/2012, 9:57 AM
I'm not a big fan of 3D.
grabass - 9/22/2012, 10:09 AM
Batfan gets it. thanks.
grampageezer - 9/22/2012, 10:46 AM
As someone who does 3D conversion myself, all I can say is, I love it and hope all the big budget popcorn movies will eventually be converted to 3D.

I used to be a purist and thought shooting live 3D with the two camera process was the only way to go. But now with today's CGI and the ability to create 3D effects using the computer is so much easier and actually enhances the effect by exaggerating the depths that would normally not be perceived with the naked eye, giving it a more surreal fantastical appearance.

What I mean is, after a few camera feet, the background blends into one flat layer. With conversion, we can take that background and seperate the layers into even more layers, adding more depth then one would notice in reality similar to the effect one gets when looking into an infinity mirror.

3D is the wave of the future, and I am embracing it.
Of course, as with 3D Blu Rays, you still have the option to watch it in 2D if you wish.
Ha1frican - 9/22/2012, 11:05 AM
@granpageezer i think 3d is a great tool when used correctly bu not the wave of the future. I think that title belongs to IMAX
THEDARKKNIGHT1939 - 9/22/2012, 12:50 PM
When is the trailer?
lokibane2012 - 9/22/2012, 2:55 PM
3D can be phenomenal in the right hands. I trust Del Toro.
RidiculousFanBoyDemands - 9/22/2012, 3:09 PM
What happened was the studio is greedy and demanded he do it. In return he probably gets to make some pet project of his.
GrayMatter - 9/22/2012, 3:41 PM
WB: Hey, Guillermo, gues what, you're gonna be converting Pacific Rim into 3D. That means more $$$ all around.

GTD: Hell no we're not. I already said I don't want this to be in 3D.

WB: Oh come on, pretty please?

GTD: Fine. But if we're gonna do this, we're gonna do it my way. I get all the time and money I want to make this work. I won't have my movie look like Clash of the Titans.

WB: Deal!

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