Francis Ford Coppola Doesn't Really Like Today's 3D

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Francis Ford Coppola, the director of the Godfather and Apocalypse Now, is not a fan of today's 3D, stating it is no different from the technology available in the 1950s.

While Coppola does concede that digital filmmaking is suited for 3D and that 3D has improved, he points out that the necessity of 3D glasses exposes just how old fashioned the technology really is.

"I feel that until you can watch 3D without glasses, it's the same thing we know," he says. The director personally finds watching 3D with glasses "tiresome" and even removed his glasses to watch part of Avatar in blurry 2D.


Coppola believes the big push for the 3D is just another way studios can get movie goers to shell out more for a ticket. Thanks to digital film, it is now easier to make 3D films than it has been in the past. Moreover, Coppola points out that 3D televisions only cost manufacturers $75 more to make a 3D television. Electronics companies, he adds, want customers to buy new televisions at higher prices.

The video game industry has also seen a big push towards 3D with Sony and Microsoft rolling out 3D for their home consoles. Next month, Nintendo is expected to show its new "glasses-free" 3D portable game machine.

Info and Answers: Francis Ford Coppola: 3D is ‘Tiresome', by Jason Knott [Electronic House via CrunchGear via Gizmodo] [Pic]

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I truly hope this 3-D hype goes away soon.

Some people tell me it's how we see in real life. That's false. I don't see things artificially flying toward me all the time. When I look at someone move, they don't slide drastically from one field of vision to another simply by turning.

Real life also doesn't give me a blistering headache looking at it.

If I turn my head a few degrees to a side, it doesn't stop being 3-D.

It's a nice gimmick, but it truly does need to go away, and soon.