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.
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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