The resurgence of 3D in today’s visual media is a clear sign that content creators are getting a clear grasp of the technology along with it becoming more affordable and widespread. Still, accessibility does not immediately spell quality results. More often than not, the results are usually mixed. Successful implementation can yield visually captivating end products and less than optimum use can even detract from the overall viewing experience.
Most cases of poorly implemented 3D result in a darker and murkier image compared to the original 2D work, as is the case with a lot of films post-converted into 3D. On top of that, the 3D effect that was originally envisioned comes more like something from a children’s pop-out book. The on-screen images would usually look more like flat, floating cut-outs layered against an equally flat background.
Another shortcut a lot of creators take with 3D is the overuse of objects that simply pop out of the screen. During the early days of 3D cinema, this technique used to draw in crowds simply for its novelty. Other than the fact that it can be totally disorienting when overused, today’s more discerning audiences and high ticket prices, it simply isn’t enough anymore.
Long story short, 3D is a fantastic technology and opens up a treasure trove of possibilities in various fields beyond just the entertainment industry. However, as is the case with most creative technologies, cutting corners with the execution can lead to sub-par results.