Expert: 3D Cuts Overweight Actors Some Slack

High Definition & Digital Cinema exec: 'Technically, 3D is more sympathetic to shape if you shoot it properly.'

Will Hollywood's leading actresses soon be photographed eating donuts for breakfast and burgers at their favorite lunch spot?

Possibly, thanks to stereoscopic 3D production tools.

"If you've got a 3D scene with correct geometry, you get a more natural rendition of the human form if you are viewing it in the right conditions," reported Peter Wilson, principal at U.K.-based High Definition & Digital Cinema Ltd., who spoke about 3D production Wednesday during the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers annual Technical Conference and Expo at Hollywood & Highland.

"In 2D, the longer the focus length, the more you flatten the picture," he explained. "If you flatten the picture, you tend to widen it out. Then you look heavier. Technically, 3D is more sympathetic to shape if you shoot it properly."

However, he admitted: "It will be quite a few years before a change (in thinking) occurs in the industry."

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