3D sights set on kung fu classics

Panelists see remakes as grist for home ent. market

HONG KONG -- The tantalizing prospect of 3D re-edits of classic Hong Kong kung fu movies was dangled before the participants at the Asia Visual Effects and Digital Film Making Summit 2010: "Emerging Digital Movie Making in Asia" seminar in Theatre 1 of the Convention Center on Tuesday morning.

The cinema's facilities were put to good use as speakers showed footage from some of the latest local 3D productions that had the audience applauding after every clip.

With 3D inevitably one of the buzzwords of the moment, the Association of Motion Picture Post Production Professionals (AMP4) are presenting a series of events on the topic across the four days of Filmart under the banner Hong Kong 3D Film New Action.

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3D pioneer Victor Wong, who has worked as a Visual Effects Supervisor with Sony Pictures, and on Disney's "Nightmare Before Christmas 3D," explained how films could be converted from 2D, showing how the various layers were separated and then put back together to give the 3D effect. He used the example of "True Legend" -- the Hong Kong-China co-pro directed by Yuen Woo Ping, dubbed the first 3D kung fu film -- that received mixed reactions to its 3D version when it hit theaters.

"We can turn the classic Cantonese films, such as Bruce Lee's movies, into 3D, aimed at the home entertainment market," Wong said.

He went on to explain that he believed 3D should not be used as, "just effects for effects sake, but used to tell a story."

Next up Leo Lo, CEO of Asia Legend, told the story of how his company came to do the postproduction 3D work -- done in Hong Kong and China -- on last year's Iranian film "Kingdom of Solomon," which was shot in Tehran.

Lo said the Iranian producers had searched worldwide for a partner, and found that despite the language difficulties, there was a lot of common ground between the Persian and Chinese cultures. He said he expected a lot more postproduction 3D work from filmmakers around the world to be making its way to Hong Kong and China.
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