Wednesday, July 27, 2011

What the Smurf?

#Smurfs #3D

The new Smurfs film has been on everyones radar for a very long time. Actually, here at Castle Awesome when we first stumbled across some concept art early last year we got pretty excited.
The film boasts a strange mix of talent that will hopefully find a healthy balance between the novelty of of a pop-superstar like Katy Perry who is lending her voice to Smurfette in contrast with the brilliance of Neil Patrick Harris and Hank Azaria as Gargamel.

The film has had a number of low profile preview screenings that have been open to the public - and from all accounts it is a pretty solid film.
One IMDb user posted a review saying:

"I was mightily impressed, Incredible 3D, it had a very good storyline that appeals to both young and old. Great voice casting that includes Katy Perry who even sang I kissed a smurf and I liked it!, funny jokes, good references to the old series. I wasn't expecting much , but a lot of time and effort has gone into the detail on this film, i guess that is why it took so long to get to the cinema"

On this note of 3D, i've had a sneaky look at some behind the scenes photos and I have to say I'm very disappointed.
The cameras you see in the photos below are a Panavision Genesis. Long regarded as the Rolls Royce of HD cinema cameras since they're first film Superman Returns shot here on the Gold Coast.
A beautiful camera they are, but a stereoscopic camera they are not. meaning that you should save your pennies and see this film on a nice 35mm film print because all of the 3D was done inside a computer many months after the actual film shoot.
I'm disappointed in the technology and i'm not particularly impressed with the production stills i've seen showing the Smurfs in the real world. But the only true test is to see the film for yourself.

The Smurfs hits cinemas on the 8th of September here in Australia.

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