Lucas, Cameron in 3D at ShoWest

If you thought George Lucas was done tweaking the first film in the Star Wars series, think again. The movie mogul will screen clips of Star Wars: Episode IV–A New Hope converted to 3D as he joins Oscar-winning Titanic director James Cameron in discussing the future of 3D cinema on Thursday, Mar. 17, at ShoWest. The annual motion picture industry convention started Monday and continues through Thursday in Las Vegas.

Lucas and Cameron will help Texas Instruments showcase its DLP Cinema technology. A Christie CP2000 DLP Cinema projector will be employed to show the audience 3D scenes from Star Wars and Cameron’s documentary, Aliens of the Deep, as well as other live-action and animated features.

Cameron says that digital 3D projection is ushering in "a new age of cinema." "The biggest action, visual effects and fantasy movies will soon be shot in 3D, and all CG-animated films can easily be converted to 3D, without additional cost, if it is done as they are made," he comments. "Soon audiences will associate 3D with the highest level of visual content in the market, and seek out that premium experience.”

According to Texas Instruments, more than 310 theaters worldwide have installed projection systems that employ its DLP Cinema technology. The latest Hollywood pic to get the 3D treatment was Warner Bros.’ animated holiday feature, The Polar Express.

The seminar, “3D: New Dimensions In Digital Cinema,” will take place at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, Mar. 17. For more information on ShoWest, go to www.showest.com.