David Heyman Promises Deathly Hallows will be “Even More Epic” in 3-D


Mar 29, 2010

Posted by Melissa Anelli

MTV has posted a lengthy and informative interview with Potter films producer David Heyman today discussing the film to bring both parts of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows to 3-D. Heyman as usual is very frank about the decisions, the effect of films like Avatar and Up, and the economics of shooting the entire film with 3-D technology versus converting it in post-production. Highlights:

Clearly, the success of 3-D movies has had an impact on the economy and
making of films. We saw an opportunity and grabbed it. Also, “Harry
Potter” itself has so many exciting possibilities for 3-D, both in
things coming at you and also just in making that world seem even more
epic than it already is. “Harry Potter” is already an epic film, but
having that added dimension will make it even more epic, and that seemed
like an opportunity that was too hard to pass up.

One of the things I really loved about watching James Cameron’s approach
to 3-D in “Avatar” was that it wasn’t about things coming out at you
all the time. It was actually about adding great depth. You wouldn’t
want to overuse stuff coming at you. We haven’t begun the process of
converting it yet. We are doing some tests and looking at various
things, but we aren’t done with any sequence yet.

I think that there’s no question that shooting a film in 3-D is a great
thing. I think it was just impractical. It would have taken much, much
too long. Shooting in 3-D is slower. Some people say shooting in 3-D is
the only way to go, and some people are more open to the other. It’ll be
interesting as it develops to see whether shooting in 3-D becomes the
norm or not, because clearly it’s more expensive, partly because
shooting takes longer.

53 Responses to David Heyman Promises Deathly Hallows will be “Even More Epic” in 3-D

Avatar ImageCellar Door says: I didn't like Avatar that much, but I agree with Heyman on the fact that it wasn't just "things coming at you" - unlike most 3D movies, I'd say. I really hope they will follow that route with Deathly Hallows, and I can't wait to see what they come up with.Avatar ImageMistic Willow says: WOW!!! I loved Avatar!!!! and I truly think it would be AWESOME to Have Deathly Hallows done that way!!!! lolAvatar ImageCellar Door says: I didn't like Avatar that much, but I agree with Heyman on the fact that it wasn't just "things coming at you" - unlike most 3D movies, I'd say. I really hope they will follow that route with Deathly Hallows, and I can't wait to see what they come up with.Avatar ImageDawna says: It will be interesting to see. Smart man, he just made sure I will see the movie twice: 3D and in a regular theater!Avatar ImageGiant Squid says: I can't wait for Deathly Hallows to be in 3-D!Avatar ImageJane_Potter says: I can't wait!!!Avatar ImageHPNAIV says: I've never seen a 3D movie, so hopefully this will be great :) I'll watch it in 2D first though.Avatar Imageforgetmenot_007 says: Got to watch the movie in 3D as well as in a regular one!! Watching in 4D would be cool too....but never mind!! haha ;-)Avatar ImageFifi says: I don't know what good it would do to shoot HP in 3-D. Whenever I imagine Hp in 3D it just doesn't fit.Avatar Imageqwientje says: I'm sorry, but I still don't like it that HP is going to ben in 3D. Even if it's going to be amazing, it's just not HP for me than. Avatar ImageMikeMagpuyo says: It'll be a whole new experience though, and I'm open for new experiences.. Whatever it takes for me to enjoy the last 2 films of my favorite books more, the better!!Avatar ImageThomasAzocar says: hmm... I think it would be greeat in 3D but I really think they should keep all the details in the movie. Like in hte 6th one they missed so much from the book!Avatar ImageKirsikka says: I just think that there are some movies that aren't meant to be in 3D and Harry Potter is one of them. But oh well, I'm not gonna watch it in 3D anyways, as long as I have the option to watch it in 2D it's fine.Avatar ImageIceholic says: Money, money, money... Avatar ImageScarStruck says: Eeeeep.Avatar Imagebellaohbella says: cant waitAvatar ImageGinnyPotter811 says: I'm so excited!!!!Avatar Imagealicia00 says: that will be grateAvatar ImageNinnyTreetops says: Yeah. Retrofitted 3D is such a great idea. Why, it's almost as awesome as, say, a coloured version of Casablanca. Because, cleary, we need not "waste all the money and time" to produce the base material in such a way that its application in this latest return of the 3D fad will actually work out nicely. Much better to slap it on later. Plus, I do love me some 30% of colour loss - luckily that is provided by the "modern" 3D glasses. And wearing them atop my regular glasses is always such a laugh. Boy, do we all laugh whenever they topple into my coke cup. Ever such good times. Oh, look, I found a five pound note... BACK OFF, WB! Geez, some people and money, eh?Avatar ImageToNkS_rip says: 'epic' is such his word...Avatar ImageMr. Brightside says: I don't think i am interested in HP 3D. It sounds bad.Avatar ImageethanHP says: Your complains are senseless, if you are not interested in 3D, you can always choose to watch the 2D version. To say it sounds bad it's senseless too, when you haven't even seen a teaser trailer yet. I think it can be awesome, with all the creatures, dragons, spells, the castle... all of this magical stuff in 3D? It can be amazing.Avatar Imagedecarus says: I am sorry ethan, but he just wrote it sounds bad. You wrote that it could be awesome. If it is senseless to write it sounds bad because we have yet to see a trailer, then it is equally senseless to write that it could be awesome. Regardless, i won't see it in 3D because i don't want to. Avatar Imageharrypotterfreak101 says: I can't wait till the movei actually comes out! All I know is that I have to watch the movie or else I'll regret it all my life!Avatar ImageIndigoMisfit says: I'm very skeptical about 3D Deathly Hallows, but It might work in 3D if it adds depth to the film, instead of having random things pop out at your face, as David Heyman said. Avatar ImageHermione Elizabeth says: I liked Avatar but also liked how it wasn't a 3D movie that had things pop out at you just because it was 3D. So I hope Harry in 3D will be based on depth as well. :)Avatar Imagebella vita says: My cousin and I both aren't crazy about HP being 3D, but as long as they're still giving us the option to see it in 2D as well then we're fine with it. We're planning on seeing DH in 2D first then the second or third time we'll go see it in 3D. I feel like the 3D effect will be way too distracting for the first time seeing the film. I want to be able to pay attention to the story itself and only the story the first time or two I see it. I know Part 1 will be released in both 2D and 3D, but I'm just really hoping they do the same with Part 2 as well and don't decide to just do 3D only.Avatar Imagemollywobble says: My problem with 3-D is I can't see how it's going to work in Part 1. Let's be honest, most of that film will take place in the forest. Also, Yates said that he planned on using more hand-held cameras in this one. Can you imagine hand-held work in 3-D? People are going to puke all over the place. I plan on seeing it in 2-D, because I just can't see how making it 3-D is really going to improve the film, unless the action scenes are so boring you need 3-D to spice it up (and if that's a case, the film is in big trouble). Avatar Imagemaimiaa says: !!!Avatar Imagehewy says: Since my eyes do not focus properly 3-D means nothing to me. Wish it weren't that way as everyone says Avatar was amazing.Avatar Imagecheeserpleaser says: It does not take a genius to realize the only reason Warner Brothers elected to distribute the film in 3D is that studios can justify demanding higher ticket prices for them and in this way can reap a greater profit. Please do not claim that you are doing it to enhance the film. You are doing it for money, the same reason that you decided to adapt the book into two films. There is nothing wrong with the pursuit of profit - just admit it for what it is and not try to conceal it under superficial reasons. That said, I do believe that they can succeed in transforming the film into the 3D medium, considering the success of Avatar and Alice in Wonderland. These films proved that 3D can work, so long as the makers of the film are willing to not let the 3D capacity dominate the movie and be the only memorable component of it.Avatar ImageDiamondWings says: Soo cool!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Avatar Imagedecarus says: They only camp for two chapters of the entire book. Get a grip. Avatar Imagemolly43 says: I work at a place where it is said that the only thing constant there is change. I've learned to complain but be willing to give the change a chance. My hope is that they will make the movie bright enough to see the people and things in the scenes. It would also be more interesting to see less of the colors stormy blue, black and white in the films. If a scene is not in the book don't put it in the film when you can essentially put in a scene that actually is in the film. I think 3d will be interesting and I think it’s also great that people will have a 2d choice as well. Avatar Imagesplinch says: I do not trust this man after the end of hbp.Avatar ImageIceholic says: Alice in 3D wasn't good at all. It was just too distracting and took attention away from the story and the typical Burton's ambiance. Good thing there's file sharing as no way I'd pay to watch the film again.Avatar Imagelaxtrafficman says: Watching 3D films always makes me ill and the number of films being released in 3D is actually quite a concern to me. I'm a big film viewer and I hope that the 3D element does not overtake film making too much as it would limit the films I would be able to see, which in terms of money is a silly thing to do as it alienates part of the audience and results in lost profits. Which is bad. Plus I never found 3D that impressive, even before I started vomitting.Avatar Imagenox avis says: avater was awesome with all the details and i think using it in harry potter will enhance it. ill probably watch both versions anyways :)Avatar ImageLunaLuver says: Even more epic huh, well I truly hope it is. As for me I'll be seeing it in both, 2D first then 3D.Avatar ImageFayebeline says: ..I'm sure this will be fantastic in 3-D...but I would watch either way..Avatar Imageleigia says: Can't see 3D, so it'll be a waste for me. Nevertheless, trying to copy the success of other 3D movies is lame and boring. Avatar (never saw it) was made to be 3D, so it's highly doubtful that DH will succeed as well as Avatar.Avatar Imagedecarus says: I agree that Alice in 3D was terrible. It was very distracting at times and almost made the film seem blurry. I don't know if those who have bad eyesight are used to seeing blurriness and didn't notice, but i thought it was really bad. If people want to see it in 3D that is fine. I will not. Avatar ImageEeyore says: I don't like things in 3D either, but I've never seen a whole movie that way, just the short things at theme parks. It makes me a bit ill, to be honest. So if they ever get to a point of showing a film only in 3D, it'll be one that I don't go see. I loved Avatar, but didn't see it in 3D, though I heard that people liked it. Haven't seen Alice yet, but I plan to see a regular version anyway. Like anything else that is fairly new, they will experiment with it and finally arrive at a good and reasonable use of it. At least I hope so. Right now I think there are many who are enthralled with the technology of it and sometimes forget (like Lucas did with the later Star Wars movies) that it still is the story and the acting that count more than the special effects. Avatar ImageIceholic says: Get ready to empty your wallets folks: http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20100326/0218498726.shtmlAvatar Imagedingy0413 says: I'm definitely planning on seeing this movie in both 2D and 3D. I absolutely can't wait!!!! I did see Avatar as my first ever 3D movie and either I was already sick with a headache and it irritated it, or I got a headache from the 3D effects. So, I'm still on the fence about 3D in general. But, it won't take away the HP experience for me. Avatar ImageMaven Cree says: Please.... ENOUGH WITH THE FRIGGING 3D!!!!!Avatar ImageNot Slytherin says: Yeah, I'm not on board the 3D train ... but if it gets more people to watch DH 1&2, then I'm all for it (as long as I get my 2D).Avatar ImageLoveTomRiddle says: I agree with Muggle Cast on this one. Everyone is going to be saying things like "oh, best movie I've ever seen" and stuff like that, but when we watch it its going to be like "okay, that wasn't in the books"Avatar ImageWeetzie says: I'll probably watch it in 2D the first time..Avatar Imagewhyalltheglitter says: Eh. I know the movie will be really good; It's just that 3-D is almost always funky. Avatar ImagecOoLiO_bEans1494 says: As much I think that watching Deathly Hallows in 3D would be an amazing experience I don't think I would want to wait longer so that they can make it in 3D...its a tough choice. Avatar Imagehalfbloodprincesss says: I saw Alice in Wonderland in 3-D and it was sooooooo amazingly cool I was super surprised at how different it was even when things weren't flying out at you, I would deffinately see Harry Potter in 3-D if I had the chance to

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