Cannes 2015 News: George Miller on MAD MAX - "I'd See It In 3D"

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Cannes 2015 News: George Miller on MAD MAX - "I'd See It In 3D"
During the press conference for (the sublime) Mad Max here at Cannes 2015, ScreenAnarchy asked George Miller directly about his preference for which version of the film he preferred - stereoscopic, or 2D.

Due to comments before the film's release there were loads of tweets flying around suggesting that Miller actually would choose the 2D version, and that he was pressured to do a 3D version just for the sake of the studios. It should be noted that in China in order to get a blockbuster release in cinemas the film often has to be in 3D, meaning some films are presented in stereo there while released in other territories exclusively in 2D.

Miller responded to the question of his preference this way:

OK, I love 3D stereo!

In fact, when we were going to shoot this back in 2001, I was dumb enough to try to do it classic analglyph and just have a few scenes with the green and red as it were.

In this film, if I had a choice, I'd see it in 3D, but I'm extremely aware that some people can't tolerate it.

We're asking audiences to do something that we do not do in nature, and that is force where you look in space in that circle of z axis. And if you don't get it right, you can cause pain and you can cause nausea.

With a quick action movie this, the average cut is 2 seconds, 90 frames, that can be really distressing.

One of the things that took so long, and we were working 20 hours a day right up until the end was to make it as creamy as possible. I'm very happy to say that it's very creamy.

For all the talk when it suits critics and audiences alike to talk about "the intentions of the director" when it comes to things like pan&scan, colourizing, etc., the issue of stereo vs 2D (let alone HFR) is still one allowed to slide, where audience preference often trumps the director's vision.

I've seen Mad Max: Fury Road two times already, but looking forward to my next screening. In 3D. The way the creator of the film intended me to see it, natch.

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KurtMay 15, 2015 7:35 PM

There are those of us that 3D induces migraines, circle of z-axis or not.

I'm hoping the 2D option remains for blockbusters.

Certainly for FURY ROAD, it's about 25/75 split 2D/3D here in Toronto. I was happy to see it in 2D, regardless of director intent.

GetFiquetteMay 15, 2015 8:32 PM

I have to say it Looked pretty awesome in 3D

StuMay 15, 2015 9:28 PM

I find my tolerance for 24fps 3D has been greatly diminished since encountering 48fps 3D.

John TechwriterMay 16, 2015 3:14 PM

I'm not big on 3D but it worked on "Gravity" and it works here.

cuckoozeyMay 16, 2015 3:26 PM

Good to hear, thanks.

arturoMay 16, 2015 7:20 PM

Loved Fury Road in 3D, only because it's a great film period, going back next weekend to see it a 2nd time, can't wait...

faridMay 16, 2015 9:32 PM

its very goog film

Jaguar LivesMay 17, 2015 6:26 AM

Fury Road has a great 3D conversion. From the low-angle POV driving shots over the rolling plains to that crazy guitar shot, I was in 3D pig heaven.

Jason GorberMay 30, 2015 2:00 PM

Finally got to see it in 3D, and it's most certainly the definitive version. The 4K/RealD presentation was sublime, they did a terrific job at keeping focus. Even the blend from live-action to CGI audmentation (say in the final shot) looked far better than in 2D.

i've seen it in a small screening room, from the front row of one of the most famous and largest screens in the world at the Palais in Cannes, and in "UtraAVX" here in Toronto, and hands down the 3D experience was the best visual (and auditory) presentation of them all.

"Creamy" indeed.

Miki TriwijayantoJune 3, 2015 10:09 AM

awesome film