Filmmakers like S3D`s emotional wallop
`In-your-face` shots make depth a storytelling tool
by David S. Cohen
From the early 1950s to the dawn of digital cinema, stereoscopic 3D (S3D) earned a reputation as a gimmick for tacky genre pictures.
Schlockmeister William Castle and his ilk used it to send warrior arrows and fiery torches flying into the aud`s faces at every turn.
But today`s S3D filmmakers see stereo as an important creative tool that adds to the emotional impact of their pictures.
"There`s an emotional component of 3D," says helmer Henry Selick, whose "Coraline" impressed mavens with its creative use of stereo. "There`s that ability to give comfort, and, like many other tools in filmmaking — lighting, performance, everything — 3D is now a powerful tool to influence emotions."
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