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Scorsese calls for solutions to dark 3D screens problem

Director whose latest film, Hugo, was shot in stereoscope, tells CinemaCon that fans will stay away unless films are shown 'in best possible light', but confirms he would have filmed Taxi Driver and Raging Bull in 3D had it been available
  
  

Martin Scorsese has confirmed his preference for shooting future films in 3D during a speech at the CinemaCon event in Las Vegas in which he spoke of the need to solve the ongoing problem of darkened screens.

Scorsese, whose most recent film, Hugo, was shot in stereoscope, spoke after new laser-illuminated projection technology was demonstrated at the conference. He said cinemagoers would stay away from 3D films if the brightness issue was not removed from the equation.

"If [cinema screens] are too dark and you can't see, why should they come back and watch another 3D film?" he asked at a film-maker session attended by cinema owners, critics and fans. "We have to work together and show [movies] in the best possible light."

As well as helping to light darkened screens, proponents say laser techology benefits from lower costs, reduced power consumption and increased lifespans. Some expect the first installations to find their way into cinemas by the end of next year.

Scorsese has said in the past that he would have shot classic films such as Taxi Driver and Raging Bull in 3D had modern stereoscopic technology been available at the time. He told the conference: "I would have practically done all my films in 3D."

Speaking at the same film-maker session, the Taiwanese director Ang Lee was more circumspect about his experiences with the technology. He recently completed work on his first 3D film, Life of Pi, which opens in December.

"I had the opposite experience. I was very intimidated," Lee said. "We're still novices at this. It's hard to shoot in 3D, but it makes it more interesting. The experience is more intense." Referring to the challenge of using the larger cameras required, he said it was "like operating in a refrigerator".

But he added: "3D will put you on the edge of your seat … it is new and exciting for me."