James Gunn Speaks Out About 3D and IMAX in “Guardians of the Galaxy”


Today on his Facebook page, director James Gunn made a post talking about his experience with the IMAX 3D conversion of Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy.” Here’s what he had to say:

Just got out of working on the Guardians cut for IMAX 3D and I’m unbelievably excited about it. “Guardians of the Galaxy” has been planned as a 3D film from its very inception. Yes, if you see the film in 2D, you’ll get a full experience. But the 3D experience promises a little something extra. Unlike many directors, I’ve been actively involved with converting every shot to 3D, making sure it works perfectly for the story and the film, making sure it’s spectacular and immersive without being silly, distracting, or overly showy. 3D conversion was once far inferior to shooting in 3D, but over the past couple years new technology has allowed us incredible control over the 3D effects, making it equal to or in some cases greater than shooting in 3D.

As an EXTRA benefit for those who see the film in IMAX 3D, we will be changing aspect ratios throughout the film in a way that makes the experience even fuller and more encompassing. I’ve personally chosen all the places where the changes occur and, again, I love how it’s coming along. The changing aspect ratios in this case are actually a part of the storytelling.

Just wanted to share some of this stuff with you guys since I haven’t had a chance to talk about the 3D much. Hope you’re all having a great day. Hi!

I love these comments by Gunn! The fact that he was a consistent presence in the process of converting the film to 3D makes me think that it’s gonna be a lot more effective than past Marvel films. However, it’s his comments about the IMAX version of the film that really excite me! I’m a big supporter of filmmakers using the IMAX screen to it’s fullest capacity, because it provides the ultimate movie-going experience. This is one of the many reasons why I respect Christopher Nolan so much by using IMAX cameras to film certain sequences for his films. It’s truly a remarkable experience when that gigantic IMAX screen is filled with beautiful imagery and I think “Guardians of the Galaxy” will be no exception.

What do you guys think of James Gunn’s comments? Will you be seeing the movie in IMAX 3D? I know I am!

“Guardians of the Galaxy” opens in 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D on August 1, 2014.

Thank you guys so much for reading and, as always, “Follow the Screen, Scene X Scene!”


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