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This video illustrates a comment I left under More on Hollywood's Declining Profitability. That 3D effects are only visually perceived for objects that are small and close.The section at 2 minutes in, where Candy and co are moving small objects closer and farther, are there to get small objects close to the camera to strengthen the 3D effect. I realize this is a parody, but it's spot on. All older 3D movies had such scenes. John Wayne stood with a rifle on his hip angled out so the muzzle was close to the camera in Hondo, his 3D movie.Jaws 3D had a close up of a syringe squirting at the camera. One 3D trailer had a yoyo expert flinging dual yoyos at the camera from close up.Captain EO, Michael Jackson's 3D short shown at Disneyland, had a small meteor hovering close to the camera in the intro.So the directors used to know how to make effective use of 3D. They just couldn't make a whole movie out of such scenes.Now, with CGI, the technology is there to make such movies. Toy Story, Toy Story 2, A Bug's Life, Antz, Finding Nemo all could work wonderfully well in 3D. I don't think this will happen, because such movies are able to have scripts and plots far superior to ordinary Hollywood fare. That's what really pulls in the audiences.My best guess is that without actors in front of the camera, the writers are given much greater input. Actors become pure voice, which is great news, because as the British theater says, the three most important things in acting are voice, voice, and voice.
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