CGI can make anything; it can make cities, monsters, people, explosions, anything you can think of. The only thing it can’t do, is make a good movie (ditto with 3D). As noted in the posts’ title: CGI and 3D added together will not always equal a good movie. You could make an entire movie out of computer graphics, and snazzy effects, and eye-boggling third dimensions, but it will not make your movie any better. (If you rely solely on CGI or 3D, it definitely won’t save you.)
The movie studios know this, but they don’t care. CGI, and movies in 3D are what’s popular at the moment, so they will pump out things like “Clash of the Titans” in sad attempts at cashing in on the fad - and they’ll do so for as long as the fad goes on (which, according to movie-fads, could be a while.) Many studios now are trying to convert movies shot in 2D (like Clash of the Titans) into 3D, which is just an obvious attempt to garner more profit from raised ticket prices.
When talking about the how Paramount has toyed with the idea of converting the upcoming Transformers 3 movie into 3D, Michael Bay said “you can’t just shit a 3D film” (I doubt even 2D will be able to save Transformers 3.) Even James Cameron, the guy who created the 3D movie to end all 3D movies (Avatar) said in an interview that the rush 2D to 3D conversions create an inferior product.
”..you’ve got people quickly converting movies from 2D to 3D, which is not what we did. They’re expecting the same result, when in fact they will probably work against the adoption of 3D because they’ll be putting out an inferior product.”
Animated movies like “Toy Story” and “Ice Age” were popular for a number of years, until the movie studios saturated the market with sub par computer-animated-for-the-sake-of-being-computer-animated movies, at which point the movie-going public collectively tossed up their hands saying “Enough! We’re sick of them!” The same will surely happen for 3D movies as well.
The entertainment business latches on to whatever is popular, and rides the popularity until the product or method is overused and despised. They couldn’t even care less that they’re green lighting obviously horrid movies because they know if it’s in 3D, people will go see it anyway, regardless of the fact that it’s a waste of money. Stupid spoof movies like “Scary Movie” were popular long after their golden years (of which there were none) because the studios kept green lighting those awful scripts from cinema parasites Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer. Why did they keep green lighting the scripts you ask? Because they knew people would go to see them anyway, and they knew they were going to make lots and lots and lots of profit! Because of this, we got barraged with cinema cancers like “Meet the Spartans,” “Date Movie,” “Epic Movie,” and the creatively titled “Disaster Movie.” (It’s creative for the fact that it’s a pun about the movie’s quality.)
I have an idea. And it might seem like a scary idea at first, but humour me. How about, we all go to movies whichare good? Heh? How about that? How about, instead of going to movies like Clash of the Titans, 2012, Transformers, Bounty Hunter, Scary Movie, and the excruciatingly long list of others, we go to see movies that may - I don’t know - actually be worth our time and money? That way, the studios will only green light movies that are actually good, making those bad movies an every-once-in-a-while thing. (In other words, lets make the movie landscape more like a sea of water with a bit of turd in it, as opposed to a sea of turds with a bit of water in it.)
Wait, I just discovered a flaw in my plan. Knowing us, we’ll probably get sick of good movies too. You know what, never mind. It’s hopeless.