As film geeks we've been following the entertainment industry for a long time, and as such we'd like to point out that everything is really, really weird now. We've become obsessed with shooting formats, which we don't think anyone saw coming. Can you imagine a big, breaking news story from thirty years ago reading something like, "DICK LOWRY WILL SHOOT 'SMOKEY AND THE BANDIT PART 3' IN ANAMORPHIC WIDESCREEN?' And yet that's where we are today: J.J. Abrams is talking up the format of Star Trek 2, and we're all ears. Maybe it's just because he won't say anything about the goram plot. (Yes, we know, that's a Firefly reference, but shut up. No one in the Star Trek universe ever seems to swear.)
As previously announced, Star Trek 2 will premiere on May 17, 2013 in 3D. What was not previously announced is that the film will not be shot in 3D. In this day and age, when audiences are fully aware – thanks to you, Clash of the Titans – that post-production 3D conversion is pretty much crap, and at best "passable" crap, that just seems like a surprisingly cheap and lazy attitude for a big blockbuster to have. Why bother, J.J. Abrams? If you really do plan to shoot the film in IMAX, that'll jack up the ticket prices enough as it is. Why bring a gimmicky afterthought into the mix?
In an MTV red carpet interview with J.J. Abrams, the director of Star Trek 2 had this to say: "We're shooting on film, 2-D, and then we'll do a good high-end conversion like the 'Harry Potter' movie and all that. Luckily, with our release date now we have the months needed to do it right because if you rush it, it never looks good."
Even then, J.J. Even then. He goes on to say that "talking" about shooting the film in the IMAX format. Hmm… Actually shooting on 65/70mm, J.J.? Or just at high resolution and then artificially blowing it up the IMAX screen size? Because that doesn't look as good as the real thing either.
Bah humbug, we are cynical movie geeks. Is it just us? Is anyone out there actually excited that Star Trek 2 is just going to do its 3D in post?
CraveOnline will be back with more Star Trek 2 news after we decide whether the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few.