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James Cameron: 'Iron Man 3, Man of Steel didn't need to be in 3D'

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James Cameron has said that 3D is not being used properly in films.

The director criticised what he sees as overuse of 3D, saying that many movies don't necessarily need to be filmed in the format and citing blockbusters Iron Man 3 and Man of Steel as examples, reports The Playlist.

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Speaking at TagDF on Wednesday (July 3), he said: "I do not think Hollywood is using the 3D properly.

"The reason I say that Hollywood is not doing well is because it is automatic. For example, Man of Steel, Iron Man and all those movies should not necessarily be in 3D.

"If you spend £150 million on visual effects, the film is already going to be spectacular, perfect."

Henry Cavill in Man of Steel

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'Man of Steel'

Iron Man 3

'Iron Man 3'



Cameron suggested that there is a difference between initially filming in 3D, like his 2009 movie Avatar, and converting to 3D after shooting.

"It's one thing is shooting in 3D and another to convert to 3D. After Avatar changed everything, good and bad movies, everything has to be in 3D since Avatar," he said.

"The problem I see now is that instead of it being a filmmaker issue it's a matter of the studios to make money and [they] are pushing 3D to directors who are not comfortable or do not like 3D."

Last year, Cameron re-released his 1997 hit Titanic in 3D to celebrate the film's 15th anniversary.

When asked which other movies he would like to see converted, he named The Godfather, Jaws and Star Wars as pictures that would lend themselves well to the format.

"Conversion has a place and it's a place for films we know and love," he said.

"But it has to be done by the filmmaker. It has to be done by the director because there are so many creative choices that have to be made and it has to be done right. And the studio's got to be willing to spend the money to do it right."

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