The horrible storm that hit San Francisco on Wonder Con weekend couldn’t have helped poor Journey to the Center of the Earth 3D star Brendan Fraser who showed upn at the 2008 event suffering from the flu. Brendan Fraser was obviously under the weather as he introduced never-before-screened clips for the live-action 3D digital adventure based on the classic Jules Verne's tale, but he still managed to sound enthusiastic about the project which he not only stars in but produces.
Before screening about 20 minutes of the film, Fraser promised the packed theater this family-friendly adventure film will change the way we view 3D movies. His exact words to the audience – “Your mind is about to be blown.” He added, “This is not red-eye, blue-eye. This will not give you nausea.”
Following that proclamation by Journey’s star, New Line Cinema unspooled five scenes from the movie which uses a new technology in order to make the film come alive for viewers. Yes, you have to wear those funky 3D glasses, but the effects in Journey make wearing those ugly specs worthwhile. 3D has come a long way, and Journey's use of the cutting edge technology does in fact make the film appear to be interactive. Flying fish, dinosaurs, weird birds, and man-eating Venus Fly Traps looked real enough that the audience could be seen dodging creatures and clinging to armrests.
After the audience checked out the footage, Fraser joined Journey’s producer Charlotte Huggins for a brief Q&A session. Fraser and producer Huggins believe this is just the tip of the iceberg and that 3D will be the new trend in feature films. Filmmakers of all backgrounds are eager to take on 3D projects, and the time is right technology-wise to get more 3D movies off the ground and into production.
Fraser admitted he had to adjust a little to working on a movie of this sort. The actor/producer, who has worked on quite a few movies with CGI effects, claims there’s no cheating in 3D. “You are in the environment so there’s no cheating.” Fraser also had to get used to the fact no film was used in Journey to the Center of the Earth 3D. Fraser joked that instead of checking the gate after each take, the call was “check the hard drive.” One of the new perks he did appreciate was the ability to check out dailies three different ways. The actors and crew could see what was happening in real-time, on the monitor, and in a special 3D theater. This allowed the cast to see how the film looked without having to wait for the editing process.
The Q&A session wrapped up with Fraser and Huggins thanking the crowd for showing up at 10pm to check out clips from their film.
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Journey to the Center of the Earth 3D was directed by Eric Brevig and is rated PG for intense adventure action and some scary moments. Journey to the Center of the Earth 3D hits theaters on July 11, 2008.