we just can’t get enough

23 02 2008

post a 30-minute kitchen morning rehash, paul’s in his room playing his vertigo concert dvd to himself, & i’m sipping the next-to-last cup of the bewley’s marc brought me back from ireland last year, holding on to the last chords and the falling rainbow letters raining down the air between our faces and the drums–we and claire and francis & christy went to see U23D last night, and agreed afterwards, no matter how stupid we might have all looked in our 3D glasses, that that was the best thing we’d ever done at the mall.

what that is, since most of y’all aren’t cultists & so likely don’t know, is a short national geographic concert film done entirely in brand-spanking-new paired-camera technology such that when one sits in the theater wearing one’s 3D glasses, one can see the performers as actual people, fully dimensional with breadth and centers of gravity and arm-hair in ways TV can’t do, being at concerts a half-mile back in the stands can’t do, & the cardboard-cutout imagery on the big screens looming over the stage can’t approximate. the film was preceded by “normal” trailers for the next batman, the new indiana jones, & speed racer–we felt we’d gotten our money’s worth already–and then 3D trailers for forthcoming movies they’ve used the same technologies on, an animated Coraline and a live-action adventury something that has me a little disturbed by feeling like i’ve been physically closer to brendan fraser than i ever really wanted to be.

since there’s no such thing as physically closer to bono and the lads than i’d want to be, however, the feature stunned me utterly. i know i was grinning like an idiot throughout. but it’s hard not to, when your eyes are telling you that you are actually close enough that if you reached out you could touch the line of the man’s jaw, tighten your fingers in his curls; i actually feel like i know, tactile-ly, what it would feel like to hold bono’s hand, or the edge’s, because i could see the shape and movements of their hands that clearly. it’s more than a little heady, if you’re prone to swooning over the individuals involved anyway (shut up, claire). i will admit that the one point where he reached out, playing with the cameras, as if to stroke the edge of the viewer’s face gave me chills. that aside, though, the layering effects the filming allowed, the overlay of chalk-drawn animation with live footage, the way every time the drumkit showed up on screen it looked sharp enough to slice your fingers, the way the cameras let you be in the crowd and high above it and right on stage beside the band all simultaneously, with these mad artsy effects that 2D just can’t replicate… i’m more than a little awed.

the film’s on tour, like a band would be; it’s in most towns it’s going to stay for just one night. if you haven’t missed your chance, i highly recommend you take it, even if you’re not a fan & just want to gush over the tech.

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23 02 2008
robotapocalypse

Hannah Montana/Miley Ray Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert Tour 3D Movie = $60,359,678
U2 3D = $3,880,000 (Estimate)
Totally pwn3d. Innovators rule; imitators drool.

23 02 2008
tyra

the fact that more ppl will spend money on disney pop does not in any way correlate with imitation/innovation. shush.
😛

23 02 2008
tyra

the fact that more ppl will spend money on disney pop does not in any way correlate with imitation/innovation. shush.
😛

23 02 2008
robotapocalypse

Hannah Montana/Miley Ray Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert Tour 3D Movie = $60,359,678
U2 3D = $3,880,000 (Estimate)
Totally pwn3d. Innovators rule; imitators drool.

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