Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Unobtainium in 3D

I recently watched "Ferngully II; Dances with USB enabled 10 foot tall Smurfs" (Avatar). The movie was good, the story was very thin but I only had one "cringe worthy" moment: they are mining for something called "unobtainium ". Really guys, is that all you could come up with?

But that is not that is not what I want to talk about, my big thought coming from the movie is that "3D" technology is heading in the wrong direction. Sure Avatar is darn good use of the current technology but I don't think we aren’t going to be able to get very much further on the road that we are traveling.

To me the current "3D" movies seem instead as 2D with depth. The problem is that the movies are still be recorded with one focus point, that means that while the movie is going on there is only one thing that is in focus, and if I am not looking at that then everything is going to be blurry. Take this to contrast real life 3D, whatever I am looking at is in focus while everything else is blurry. The result of this type of 3D is that we get a superficially looking 3D movie but the viewers are still restrained to look at a specific spot and depth in the movie.

I think that this is a good first step, however, since we are about to get ESPN broadcast in this 3D technology it may take a while to move on to something that is better.

Oh well, for now we will just have to put up with those stylish glasses in the theatres... and soon at home.


B.E. Earl said...

I cringed at Unobtainium as well. I flashed to the god-awful "The Core" which also used unobtainium to describe the material used to build the ship. Ugh!

I'm stoked for ESPN 3D. We just bought a 60-inch Mitsubishi TV that has 3D capabilities and I'm dying to see it in action.

The Math Ninja said...

That is crazy (3D ready TV). Just Crazy.

What is this, the future!

Jenette said...

Chris said that the term "unobtanium" has been used by (real) scientists for a long time anytime they are doing something theoretical and the element/metal/etc. they need doesn't exist or they can't find it, but it theoretically could exist or be made. So its not COMPLETELY ridiculous...BUT since in both of those movies (Avatar and the Core), the element/material had already been discovered and used, in real life they would have come up with an actual name for it after they found it.

Neb said...

I completely agree that 3D seems like it is goin in the wrong direction. Avatar was a three hour headache. I was waiting for the things to jump out at me and make me leap back in my seat. Instead all I got was the basic 2D with depth.

Anonymous said...

i guess i missed the "unobtainium" but i loved the movie.

i don't know much about how they could correct it but agree that the things not in focus are blurry and that's a pain in the arse to see.

Irene said...

we got to the theater late and got stuck in the VERY front row and not in the middle. Oh My Gosh it was so hard to watch the movie. by the way, I thought it was not just Ferngully and dances with wolves, but a bit of the Matrix also. I did like it.