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Scorsese: I'd Consider Going 3D-only for My Movies

Though it has been around for a long time, 3D has only seen a surge in popularity in the last couple of years. Thanks to movies like James Cameron's Avatar, movie studios know that 3D is a profitable format and something that can be used as an integral part of a movie's story. That said, there are some film makers that just plain don't like 3D. Up until now, we had thought Martin Scorsese was one of them. After all, a couple of years ago, he was quoted as saying he had no interest in making a 3D movie. Then again, it seems Scorsese has had a change of heart. In fact, after making Hugo in 3D, he's now such a big fan of the format that he recently stated he would consider it for all of his movies.

When asked in a recent interview by Deadline if he would prefer to shoot all of his movies going forward in 3D, Scorsese said he 'honestly would' as he feels there isn't a subject matter that can't absorb 3D and the additional layer of depth as a story telling technique. He compared it to Technicolor, which was, for a period of 10-15 years, only used for musicals, comedies and westerns.

"It wasn’t intended for the serious genres, but now everything is in color," he said, adding that once 3D technology progresses, they could cut out the glasses required to enjoy content. When asked which of his older movies would have benefited the most from being in 3D, Scorsese responded with either the Aviator or Taxi Driver, the latter because of "the intimidation of the main character" and his "frightening kind of presence."

Check his full response to the question regarding his future 3D plans below:

AWARDSLINE: Recently, 3D has been knocked as an excuse for studios to charge higher ticket prices. Now we’re seeing more filmmakers like you, Spielberg, Peter Jackson and Ridley Scott shooting in it. Would you prefer to shoot all your movies in 3D going forward?SCORSESE: Quite honestly, I would.  I don’t think there’s a subject matter that can’t absorb 3D; that can’t tolerate the addition of depth as a storytelling technique. We view everyday life with depth.  I think certain subject matters aren’t meant for 3D but you have to go back to Technicolor; when it was used in 1935 with Becky Sharp. For about 10-15 years, Technicolor was relegated to musicals, comedies and westerns. It wasn’t intended for the serious genres, but now everything is in color.  And so it’s just a different mindset. Granted once the technology advances and you can eliminates glasses that are hindrances to some moviegoers, so why not? It’s just a natural progression.

It's clear that 3D has grown on Martin Scorsese. In the interview he praised James Cameron's Avatar because it made 3D 'welcoming' and because it changed the climate for 3D as a format. Scorsese said that after Avatar, 3D was taken more seriously as a narrative element and tool. Has there been any specific movie that changed your opinion of 3D? Let us know in the comments below!

Hit up Deadline for the full interview.