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3D grading? (1 reply and 2 comments)

Stefan Vrachev
3 months ago
Stefan Vrachev 3 months ago

Hello, Roger. 

I was wondering. Back when BR 2049 was released in the place I live unfortunately I could watch it IMAX but only 3D. I feel as many do 3D is so unnecessary, it makes the screen feel smaller and on certain shots people file like small human shaped toys. 

Regarding Color grading, do you have to do separate grade for the 3D version of the film? I can think of only BR and maybe Skyfall and 1917(not shure about it) as films that Roger shot and had 3D versions. 

Was thinking about it and the image of doing a grade with the 3D glasses feels so unpleasant. 

 

Thanks for the attention

Roger Deakins
3 months ago
Roger Deakins 3 months ago

'Skyfall' and '1917' were never in 3D! We did a 3D version of 'BR2049' as a post effect. 3D is not my personal choice but that is (or was then) the marketplace. And, yes, we did a separate color timing pass for the 3D. Much color saturation is lost on the silvered screen and the edge drop off is formidable, each of which required some adjustment.

Stefan Vrachev
3 months ago

Thank you so much for the response.
I do pray that this fad goes away.
What do you mean when you say edge drop?
Is it about sharpness of the whole image or "edge" as the edges of the screen - the boarders themselves?

dmullenasc
3 months ago

Silver screens are shiny so they have a hot spot in the center, meaning the corners of the screen fall-off. Standard (non-laser) digital projectors get rather dilm when showing 3D, so the trim pass of the 3D master makes everything brighter to compensate, which unfortunately doesn't look great on the screen because you have hotter highlights that are more dimly projected, creating a somewhat grey-ish look to the whites but with less detail in them, so they look both clipped and flattened at the same time. Laser projection is bright enough to compensate for 3D, but that also means a separate trim pass for the 3D laser projected version (like for Dolby Cinema).

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