Thursday, December 29, 2011

Hugo - Visually Stunning 3D

Hugo, Martin Scorese’s adaptation of the Brian Selznick book The Invention of Hugo Cabret, is a beautiful work of stereoscopic cinematography where the beauty of the 3D imagery works to enhance the storyline. Set in a stylized version of Paris in the 1931, the film combines elaborate period costumes and live action sets with computer generated imagery to create a world that feels both realistic and magical at the same time.

Scene From Hugo Showing Green Chroma-key Background
While the story is fictional, it is built around the real French cinema pioneer Georges Méliès and it is an homage to early filmmaking generally. The film clips featured are actual Méliès films which were restored, colorized and converted to 3D by Legend3D. The main portion of Hugo was shot using Cameron Pace 3D camera rigs and a new method of reviewing dailies that allowed Scorese to evaluate each day’s work in stereo 3D with the computer generated imagery already in place.

Same Scene After Addition of Computer Generated Elements
Much of the action takes place inside the clockworks at the Paris railway station and the giant clock works are visually stunning in stereo. I enjoyed seeing Hugo at the theater and I am looking forward to seeing it again when it is released on 3D Blu-ray.

What is your favorite 3D movie so far?

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