Three hundred people, 60 weeks, 279,000 frames and $18 million (Rs 92 cr) — that’s what went into converting multiple Oscar-award winning flick Titanic into 3D, reveals its co-producer Jon Landau.
“It was very painstaking. It took us 60 weeks. Director James Cameron looked at every frame of film to convert it into 3D and there were 2,79,000 frames,” says the 51-year-old, who is on a three-day trip to India.
The Leonardo DiCaprio-Kate Winslet starrer’s 3D release is a commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic in 1912. The new version releases worldwide on April 5. “What Titanic is going to show people is that 3D enhances drama and not action, because all of a sudden, in an intimate moment between Jack and Rose (the lead characters in the movie), we’ve sneaked into that room with them and are observing that very private moment,” says the producer.
Landau is also upbeat about Bollywood. “I’ve seen some Bollywood movies. When they’re hits here, you pay attention over there, whether it’s 3 Idiots or Bodyguard,” he says, adding, “Just the way Hollywood makes movies for the rest of the world, Bollywood needs to make movies for rest of the world as well. I look forward to that.”
Landau was expected to visit the Taj Mahal on Saturday before leaving for London for the world premiere of Titanic 3D. “From the business point of view, India is an emerging market, and the purpose of my visit was to recognise it. I hope to be back when we release the next Avatars,” he says.