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Old 01-04-2012, 09:02 AM   #21
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Conversions of material without the input of the original creator(s)? No. Chaplin? Definitely not.

But if they're going to try to convert b&w/silent era material, they should have made overtures to the Harold Lloyd estate. The man was a proponent of bleeding edge tech for his time (there are even some still examples on the dvd collection released a few years ago), and they might have gotten enough support to put out a halfway decent attempt.
Harold lloyds estate has done some decent work.
Lloyd himself was a huge proponet of 3D latter on in his life and actually did conversion work on some of his early films.
His Granddaughter continues on with his work and is also a big proponet of 3D.
The International 3D society actually has an award called the Harold Lloyd award

"My grandfather was always on the cutting edge of filmmaking. He poured his passion, enthusiasm and creativity into his craft and that was as true as ever the moment Harold picked up a 3D Camera. He knew that 3D would become the medium of the future, and spent decades capturing the world in this new and exciting way. I know my grandfather would be so very excited and honored to be a part of another momentous turning point in filmmaking," commented Suzanne Lloyd, Chairman of Harold Lloyd Entertainment.

Harold Lloyd began photographing his friends and family such as Marilyn Monroe, Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, and Ronald Reagan with a Stereoscopic 3D still camera in 1947. Lloyd also mastered the art of pin-up photography, capturing models including Betty Paige.

"Harold Lloyd not only understood and advocated 3D; he formed and was the first President of the Hollywood Stereoscopic Society in 1950. Mr. Lloyd not only believed in 3D, he left us with the concept of a 3D Society. He pioneered the trail we travel today," added Jim Chabin, President of the International 3D Society.
They have held their awards ceremony at my work for the last 2 years now, and they showcased clips of the conversion work that Lloyd himself did.
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Old 01-04-2012, 09:06 AM   #22
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Harold was notoriously protective of his films (he was one of the first in the industry to think of preserving them), and it's pretty guaranteed the estate would say No.
Still, though..."Safety Last" in converted 3D. It's fun to dream about.

(One other problem--for those of us who don't live in Germany, and aren't hopelessly schoolgirl-besotted with 3-D conversion on principle --is that apart from the Because We Can factor, there's nothing really IN Chaplin movies to give a sense of physical depth to, let alone pop-out. Silent movies took place on a "stage" set, and rarely left it.
The skating in The Rink, maybe, or the Bowery street of "Easy Street", but that's freakin' it.)

errrr wrong, he actively worked on conversion of his films into 3D durring his life and his grand daughter who heads his estate is a huge supporter of 3D conversion and filming in large part due to Harolds love of 3D.

She showed off several scenes from his films converted into 3D while he was alive and a few that were converted after his death durring the 2010 3D society awards and they looked stunning.

And she said Harold would have been thrilled that 3D has seen such a resurgence since Real-D entered the picture 7 years ago.
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Old 01-04-2012, 09:17 AM   #23
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I'd love to see every single movie converted to 3D. It's not like the 2D version suddenly stops existing.
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