Director used 3D with subtle brushstrokes in ‘Deathly Hallows: Part 2’
BY DENNIS KING
NEW YORK – Of the eight movies in the blockbuster J.K. Rowling cycle, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2” is the only one shot in 3D.
But it’s not intrusive, in-your-face 3D, director David Yates points out. It’s a subtle 3D that doesn’t call attention to itself and is there to serve the story, not stand out as an eye-popping, ticket-selling gimmick.
“I’m not a huge fan of 3D. I was very nervous about it,” Yates said during a press conference staged by Warner Bros. during the film’s premiere festivities. “But I decided that there was a very elegant and beautiful way of doing 3D which would help the experience of enjoying the film.
“And basically we just took a much deeper approach,” he said. “Very little comes out the front of the screen, which I find distracting and disturbing to enjoying the story.
“So I used 3D like music,” the director explained. “In quiet, intimate scenes it’s very shallow and in big, more dynamic scenes it’s very deep. And my brief to the people we were working with always was, it’s got to help story, it’s got to tell story.”
Yates, a veteran British TV director, has helmed four films in the Potter franchise (“Order of the Phoenix,” “Half-Blood Prince” and “Deathly Hallows: Parts 1 and 2”) and now finds himself dean of a heady fraternity of former Potter directors that includes Chris Columbus, Alfonso Cuaron and Mike Newell.
So not only did he feel great pressure to maintain their high standards, he also said he had to deal with the added pressures of employing 3D technology and completing the hotly anticipated final film of the series.
“There’s always pressure in making a film, but especially with this one because it’s legacy filmmaking,” Yates said.
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