Lebanon’s First 3D Feature Film


Lebanon’s First 3D Movie

It’s final here, Lebanon’s first 3D movie “My Last Valentine In Beirut 3D” was announced to be shown on November 15, 2012, “Director Salim El Turk’s latest offering holds the proud accolade of being the first feature length film in the Arab region to be produced entirely in 3D and marries cutting edge production techniques with a script tackling a heady host of social issues specific to Lebanese society” as TimeOutBeirut quoted. I mean it’s about time a 3D feature film emerged in the Arab region, since the first ever 3D film revealed was in 1922 called “The Power of Love” in Los Angeles, that means it took the Arabs 90 years to finally make one. Now I’m not saying that the Arabs are way far behind or making any accusations, but to be honest why does it take so long? Are we that lazy? Yes, we passed through many wars and conflicts since that time, but so did other countries and that doesn’t hold the Arab’s from creating something new or accomplishing something done in a different way. We are considered a 3rd world country, but we have everything needed to create new things or do the same things.

It took quite a while for a 3D film to be announced in Lebanon which is a Romantic/Comedy and talks about a true Lebanese story of a prostitute’s life, but was it good enough? From my point of view as a Filmmaker, no it was not that good. Now since it is the first, I can say “Bravo”. The script was very well-done and the acting was far beyond any acting I’ve seen in  Lebanon. Now the problem was, that it looked as if it was a theater play, I don’t know if that was the director’s intentions, but I would have preferred to watch it live performance, than sitting in the cinema for 2 hours with very annoying 3D glasses and imperfect real 3D technology which made my eyes hurt. The camera was still the whole movie, each scene was about 10-15 minutes in the same position, as the actors do all their scene part in one still shot as they do on stage in a play. People go to the movies to watch something crazy or new or experience another world, another reality and especially the 3D world. Nobody wants to watch a theater play in 3D, I mean theater already looks real life 3D, why make it more annoying ? Even the characters in the film talk to the audience and a voice over character explains some situations. The other thing was sound, it was very “uncinematic” it sounded like a documentary and lacked the surround sound feeling, which made it look and sound more like a theater play.

I’m not saying all that to offend anyone or that I can do any better, but as a filmmaker and a cinema lover, I’m expressing my point of view and commenting about the first Lebanese 3D feature film and wanted to blog about it. Eventually we’ll get there and produce something awesome but, how long will it take ?

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7 thoughts on “Lebanon’s First 3D Feature Film

  1. dear
    thank you for the blog, and thank you for sharing your comments

    i would love to add to you some comments
    as for the fix cam and one shot( from the begining , the filmmaker inside the film tells us that he convinced Julliete to film her life as reality and he put fixed cameras in her house to film what is being shot) so this conveys the usage of fix cam and one shot scenes, which i beleive is a style and hard to do

    second , as for the sound( the theaters in lebanon are not equiped with the best surround system)

    i am really happy you enjoyed the script and the smart jokes conveyed in the movie

    if you watch it again you will fal in love with it and understand everything

    thank you
    Assaad

    1. Yes, I quite understood the concept of the fix cam and one shot and the directors style…. But, I’ve explained that the purpose of cinema should be far more extensive than a fixed cam, and no you are wrong sir, I watched it twice in CITY MALL and LE MALL where they have the most advanced surround sound systems and the latest 3D technology…. like I said “Bravo” for this movie but I felt it was a Theater Play not worth watching in Cinema.
      Thank you for your comments

  2. This is exciting! I love watching foreign films from various countries but have not seen a film from Lebanon. It is also astonishing that this is the first ever Three Dimensional film in the country. Do most movies in Lebanon look like “theater play”?

    1. Actually yes most of the Lebanese movies look like theater plays since they mostly focus on Drama, they ignore hard camera techniques and just film normally. It’s probably because nobody is willing to pay lots of money for a good professional Lebanese feature film. Hopefully they’ll get there.

  3. Hello everyone ,

    First of all its great that some one really thought of producing a 3D live action movie , but to get the excellent view of the real D technology it costs a lot of money , besides if the 3D ( view) was annoying or unsuitable its worth the shot but not for a movie who is 2 hours long apprx. Without any pop out effect of the third dimension , and for the fixed cameras it might be the fault of the lack of photography and camera direction or its a part of the screen play , you all might think , I am a director and iam organizing a small company ( SAM PICTURES ANIMATION studio ) and we are working on an animated project which is in 3D ( models) and its in Real D 3D , which has an excellent 3D quality as all the native 3D movies , including pop out screen 3D effects and depth , we will release the trailer soon on youtube you might want to check it out , if you need more info you can contact me on BBm :22EB2381

  4. Hello everyone ,

    First of all its great that some one really thought of producing a 3D live action movie , but to get the excellent view of the real D technology it costs a lot of money , besides if the 3D ( view) was annoying or unsuitable its worth the shot but not for a movie who is 2 hours long apprx. Without any pop out effect of the third dimension , and for the fixed cameras it might be the fault of the lack of photography and camera direction or its a part of the screen play , you all might think , I am a director and iam organizing a small company ( SAM PICTURES ANIMATION studio ) and we are working on an animated project which is in 3D ( models) and its in Real D 3D , which has an excellent 3D quality as all the native 3D movies , including pop out screen 3D effects and depth , we will release the trailer soon on youtube you might want to check it out , if you need more info you can contact me on BBm :22EB2381

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