FROM THE GUARDIAN NEWSPAPER
According to a study of 400 filmgoers by L Mark Carrier, of California
State University, 3D movies do not allow viewers to experience more
intense emotional reactions, are no more immersive, and do not offer any
advantage over their 2D counterparts in terms of enhancing the ability
to recall a film's details. Carrier's study did, however, suggest that
watching films in stereoscope increased threefold the risk of eyestrain,
headache or trouble with vision.
other things being equal, I would say you're increasing your chances of
having some discomfort," said Carrier at the America Psychological
Association's annual meeting on Sunday. "There aren't going to be any
benefits in terms of understanding the movie better or making the movie
more meaningful, as far as we can tell," he added.
Participants in the research were asked to watch one of three films – Alice in Wonderland, Clash of the Titans and How to Train Your Dragon
– in either 2D or 3D. They were then asked to detail their responses
using a list of 60 words ranging from the mild, such as "enjoyment", to
the more intense, such as "anger" and "rage". Carrier says there was
very little difference between the response of those who watched in 2D
and those who viewed in 3D, which surprised researchers.
of us were like, 3-D movies are so cool, it's gotta do something,"
Carrier said. "It didn't seem to enhance your memory at all. That's an
The research is just the latest
suggestion that the tide is turning against 3D. Many recent films shot
in the format – a notable exception is Transformers: Dark of the Moon
– have failed to offer a 3D box-office boost in the US, and film-makers
are beginning to turn against studios that authorise cheap
post-production conversions in the hope of achieving a short-term
Speaking at a presentation of his own 3D movie, The Adventures of Tintin,
Steven Spielberg said at Comic-Con in San Diego last month that he
hoped to see ticket prices for 3D and 2D films converge in the future.
am certainly hoping that 3D gets to a point where people do not notice
it. Because once they stop noticing it, it just becomes another tool and
helps tell a story," he said. "Then maybe they can make ticket prices
comparable to a 2D movie and not charge such exorbitant prices just to
gain entry into a 3D one. Hopefully someday there will be so many 3D
movies, prices will come down – which I think will be fair to the