Why 3D Effects Make a Movie Even Better

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June 26th, 2012

Why 3D Effects Make a Movie Even Better

-- With films such as "Finding Nemo" and "Titanic" being re-released in 3D, many people are wondering whether watching the films will be any different. Some may not find 3D appealing, but for others, it can make a movie much more entertaining.

The Appeal of 3D
For certain movies, 3D effects can enhance a scene that may not have had as much impact when it was viewed normally. Films that have intense moments can get the audience even more involved in these scenes with 3D effects. The point of 3D is to provide audience members with a movie-going experience that makes them feel as though the film is jumping right off the screen and into their lives. For both children and adults, it can be exciting to watch classics such as "The Lion King" come to life in an entirely new way.

When 3D first came out, many people did not see the appeal. However, as technology has become more advanced, 3D effects have gotten better and better. With films such as "The Nightmare Before Christmas," movie studios showed audiences how appealing 3D can be. "The Nightmare Before Christmas" was one of the first films to be re-released with 3D special effects. For many audience members, the effects were just what the film needed to freshen it up for older fans and introduce it to a younger generation.

People have been hesitant to embrace 3D effects in films. Many film-goers did not feel that the effects enhanced their viewing experience. However, as movie studios started working on re-releasing beloved classics with enhanced effects, film-goers became more interested. Classics such as "The Lion King" and "Beauty and the Beast" have been re-released with 3D effects to positive reviews. For many people, seeing new features in movies they grew up with can be an exciting opportunity to reestablish a love for those films, and the more modern effects can help the movie to connect with their children or a younger audience.

Despite hesitant audiences, movie studios are not going to let 3D effects die any time soon. Since the 1920s, filmmakers have worked to create an effective 3D movie experience. Although 3D film did not really gain popularity until the early 1980s, when a handful of horror films were released with 3D effects, filmmakers and movie studios continued working together to make the experience better.

In recent years, many movies began to be released in both 2D and 3D. This move by the movie studios indicates that 3D effects are making an impression on the movie world more than ever before. If people were not watching films in 3D, movie studios would not invest the time or money into making more. Action films such as "The Avengers" and "Green Lantern" were released both with and without 3D in theaters. For many people, the 3D effects may not add to the storyline of the film, but they do add to the overall excitement and experience of watching.

Enhancing the Film
People who have never been to a 3D film may not understand the appeal. Many film-goers who have seen 3D films notice a significant difference in 3D films and regular films in a variety of ways. Scenery may appear sharper, characters may look clearer and the overall look of the film may appear better than when it is viewed without the effects.

Filmmakers want audience members to walk into their film and become part of it. The movie experience is no longer only about telling a story; it is about getting the audience fully involved. Filmmakers want audience members to feel as though they can reach out and touch objects or characters in the movie. They also want audience members to feel as though the movie is right in front of their faces and all around them.

For children and adults, watching a 3D film is about fun. Not every film is better with 3D. For example, more serious films may not benefit from having enhanced effects. However, when people are looking for an enjoyable, all-encompassing movie experience, 3D effects can help provide it. As older films are re-released, it gives both younger and older audiences the opportunity to watch a new version of a well-loved film without ruining the original storyline.

Audience members may be hesitant to watch a 3D movie. However, as technology advances and better effects are introduced, more people will be willing to try it.