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When Guillermo del Toro first unveiled his upcoming "mechs vs. kaiju" project 'Pacific Rim' at Comic Con, the loveably eccentric director was adamant that the film would not be shot or converted into 3D because - due to the immensely epic size and scale of the creatures, robots, and settings - the 3D conversion process would make them feel "miniaturized". The sentiment was applauded by fans and filmgoers alike but in a recent interview, del Toro announced that (after extensive arm-twisting discussions with the studio) his film would indeed be subjected to a post-production 3D conversion. However, Guillermo was enthusiastic about the development, stating that he had certain demands that the studio met:
"What happened was, in the weeks and months following Comic-Con, what I asked from the studio was to agree to four points that I wanted to do... The more the ILM shots arrived, the more I realized that there were only a few shots that would miniaturize. I asked the studio, number one, that we would not hyper-stereo-lize the thing. That we would not force 3D on the beauty shots. That we would keep the giant dimensions. They agreed. Number two, they agreed to something very unusual. Normally a conversion takes a few weeks. I asked to start it immediately so we could take the full 40 weeks to do the conversion. As an example, 'Titanic' took about 50 weeks to convert. The final thing that I asked that they agreed to, which was amazing, was that I asked them to give me an extra budget, which is considerable, to actually have ILM composite the shots that are CG native 3D. We're not giving elements. ILM is giving the composite in 3D from the get-go. That's a huge, huge element. Now I'm going to be involved in supervising it. What can I tell you? I changed my mind. I'm not running for office. I can do a Romney"
The film, which centers around massive monsters entering our world and a team of humans who pilot an equally gigantic mech to fight them, comes out July 12th, 2013 and it sounds like Guillermo del Toro and his team at Industrial Light & Magic will be doing everything they can in order to smooth over the 3D conversion process. It sounds like this was a decision made singularly by the studio (studios love that piracy protection and bigger ticket prices) and del Toro is simply trying his best to make lemonade out of those lemons.