When it was originally announced that Pacific Rim was to be given the stereoscopic treatment in post-production, eyebrows were raised in every corner of the internet at the apparent u-turn. At this year’s Comic-Con, Del Toro had expressed his distaste for the format and so it was generally assumed that studio pressure had led to the decision.
However, in a recent interview, Del Toro decided to set the record straight.
“What happened was, in the weeks and months following Comic-Con, what I asked from the studio was to agree to four points I wanted to do. The more the ILM shots arrived, the more I realized that there were only a few shots that would miniaturize.”
He continued: “I asked the studio that we would not hyper-stero-ize the thing. That we would not force the 3D on the beauty shots. That we would keep the giant dimensions. They agreed.”
"Number two, they agreed to do something very unusual; normally a conversion takes a few weeks. I asked to start immediately so we could take the full 40 weeks to do the conversion. As an example Titanic took about 50 weeks to convert. The final thing that I asked that they agreed to, which was amazing, was that I asked them to give me extra budget, which is considerable, to actually have ILM composite the shots that are in CG native 3D. We're not giving elements. ILM is giving composite 3D from the get-go. That's a huge, huge element.”
He also added that he would be supervising the conversion.
In short, it seems that Del Toro has found a way to implement the 3D in a manner that he is comfortable with and that he genuinely feels will enhance the film. His worries about loss of scale seem to have been addressed and he would appear to be fully behind the project in its new format.
I just don’t know whether I am…
Pacific Rim will smash, crash and bash its way into UK cinemas in Summer 2013.
Source: Den Of Geek