It was a weird place to visit, with the remains of previous movies lying around like the artifacts of a lost civilization. In the carpark where I pulled up were all these vaguely familiar statues of ancient kings with their heads chopped off. Somebody told me later they were left over from the Narnia shoot.
A lot of the crew working on Sanctum came straight from Avatar and it was interesting to watch them work with what is still a bleeding edge technology, but one with which they are now intimately familiar and of course in which they can rightly lay claim to being world leaders.
I think we had a discussion at the Geek a few weeks ago about 3-D television, the general consensus being that it would take a while to go mass market because everyone had already just shelled out for HD sets and women in particular were not going to be interested in having to wear a pair of ridiculous glasses every time they sat down to watch a bit of telly.
I now call that bullshit from a one eyed fat man.
Having sat in an edit suite and watched some of the scenes from the early part of the shoot on this movie I was taken by just how much more effective 3-D was at immersing the viewer in a story which is not 'fantastic' in the true meaning of the word; i.e. it is not set in a fantasy world of blue aliens on a weird planet. There was an early scene I watched where one of the characters walked through a marketplace and it was stunning simply because it was real in a way that Pandora isn't. It reminded me that some of the most effective scenes in Avatar were set in the most mundane environments, like the mess hall.
It will depend a bit, or a lot, I guess, on the price point at which the 3-D capable screens come onto the market, but I'm now thinking that take up time for this technology might well be 3 to 4 years, not 10.
Anyway, driving half way to the coast made me think I should have kicked on and gone the whole way. So this morning, having scored an unexpected reprieve from U-7 cricket, that's what we did; taking some kids down to Rainbow Bay for an early-morning sesh followed by breakfast at Kirra.
Now, however, it's time to get some work done.