Advanced Imaging Society Awards The Force Awakens as best 3D film


The Advanced Imaging Society held its Creative Arts Awards last week and awarded Star Wars: The Force Awakens as the best Live Action 3D film of the year.  The Force Awakens, which was also named best 2D to 3D conversion of the year, bested The Martian, which won awards for best native 3D live action film, for the honor of overall best of 2015.


2D to 3D conversion has come far since its early days.  The process which had once been fraught with problems has been refined to the point where a conversion can be close to or as good as the real thing.  There had been early concerns among some when it was first announced that the sequel trilogy would be shot on film as opposed to digital, that the 3D on the film would suffer as a result.  So, this is great vindication for Lucasfilm’s choice of film if it can have a conversion so successful it was able to take best of the year honors.  It is also a promising sign as we look forward to two more films that will get post-converted by the fine folks at ILM.  With such significant investment in the trilogy, there is no doubt that they will continue their top notch conversion efforts in the future.


For a full list of winners, head over to The Hollywood Reporter for their story on the awards.


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18 thoughts on “Advanced Imaging Society Awards The Force Awakens as best 3D film

  • January 31, 2016 at 5:37 pm

    Funny enough that I watched it in 2D only and don’t care of its 3D edition

    • January 31, 2016 at 5:51 pm

      with you there. Why put plastic lense glasses in between the screen and your eyes. 3D is the worst “trend” ever to happen to cinema’s and TV. It’s only purpose is to charge higher prices and have something to sell flat screen TV’s with.

      • January 31, 2016 at 6:07 pm

        Yup. 2D forever.

  • January 31, 2016 at 5:42 pm

    whoopty doo ; )

  • January 31, 2016 at 5:49 pm

    I didn’t care for it in 3D, but then again it takes movie on the level of Star Wars to get me in a theater these days.

  • January 31, 2016 at 6:25 pm

    It looked like any other movie converted to 3D. Nothing really stood out. Actually it looks a lot better on regular screen.

    • January 31, 2016 at 8:05 pm

      Most movies do. I prefer to see movies in 2D, even if they’ve been shot in 3D.

  • January 31, 2016 at 6:35 pm

    This is first movie in 3D that didn’t bother me,I could finally focus on the movie,and plus,it had amazing 3D Finalizer shot

  • January 31, 2016 at 6:45 pm

    Only saw it 3D once, tbh it was only really the dark image that bothered me.

  • January 31, 2016 at 9:56 pm

    I went to IMAX for the bigger screen and louder more immersive sound…3D was my only option for that. Really wanted 2D IMAX but not an option at my theater here. Was worth tolerating the 3D for the extra big picture and big sound. The 2D “normal” theater was super quiet…too quiet. Can’t wait to watch it in my home theater 🙂

  • January 31, 2016 at 11:15 pm

    The only cool 3D moments were the opening BB-8 shot that comes around him, which is awesome, and the ending shot of Rey holding out the lightsaber (for obvious reasons).

    Didn’t really notice anything else – which is sometimes a good thing, but why would be put ugly plastic over our eyes that we use everyday?

    • February 1, 2016 at 1:41 am

      Kylo Ren freezing the blaster bolt in mid air and the shot of the front of the star destroyers coming towards you I felt were quite well done as Dara’s 3D effects are concerned.

  • February 1, 2016 at 3:17 am

    This better mean we get the OT in 3D next like they promised for over a decade now.

  • February 1, 2016 at 5:25 am

    I only saw the movie in 3D once. I attended the Star Wars marathon showing and the 3D version was the one we got but it was pretty neat. A couple of stand out shots included a shot of the Finalizer orbiting Jakku, it felt as if it was coming straight at you, and the chase/Falcon sequence.

  • February 1, 2016 at 6:48 pm

    I purposely saw both 2D and 3D to compare and see which I liked better. I really preferred the 3D. It was extremely well done, without any distracting shots designed to shoot stuff in your face. The Finalizer shot was the most amazing use of 3D, but everything else was just great for adding depth to the picture.

    As far as being “dark”, I disagree. In the past 3D films were dark mainly because of under-cranked theater projectors, but these days the picture is very bright and it’s not an issue.

  • February 1, 2016 at 11:19 pm

    Hated the 3d and I wish I could find the time to go see it in 2d. Maybe it was dark like others are saying, but I really had trouble seeing the details of the image. Almost like it was low resolution or very far away especially with fast moving objects or people. Princess Leias head shape was also really distorted, but not sure if that was from 3d or actual reality.

    • February 2, 2016 at 12:26 am

      Its weird, filmmakers put together these sets of beautiful colored images, and the first thing we do is put on a grungy cheap plastic film on our eyes.

      It just doesn’t make sense.

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