At multiplexes everywhere this summer, you'll see moviegoers wandering around with 3-D glasses perched on their noses, which, depending on whom you ask, is either a lovely development for audiences or a sign that studios will wring every last dollar from the public regardless of quality or common sense.
Put that judgment to "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides" director Rob Marshall, and he'll explain why his Johnny Depp-starring summer blockbuster is the perfect fit for the three-dimensional treatment. "I don't think every movie should be 3-D, honestly, but I feel like certain movies lend themselves to 3-D, especially if it's real 3-D," he explained. "We shot it in 3-D. It wasn't converted. It wasn't done on a soundstage against a green screen. It's all very real."
And its very realness is what made the endeavor so darn outrageous. "It's complicated with 3-D. It's delicate," Marshall explained. "We were kind of crazy doing it, because we were bringing all this equipment into very remote locations. We were in caves and jungles and waterfalls and beaches and ships with this equipment."
The production shot in such isolated locales that on the first day of shooting in Hawaii, the crew could only reach set by jet ski. The equipment, including the bulky 3-D cameras, had to be flown in by helicopter. But the complex logistics — and the added expense — will pay dividends for those 3-D-glasses-wearing ticket buyers.
"Even though it's more complicated and it's more expensive, it felt right for this film, because you're inside the movie, inside that adventure with the pirates and Jack Sparrow — immersed into that world," Marshall said. "It's a great world to be part of."
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