Epic voy­age worth a sec­ond ticket

Jon Lan­dau says a new ex­pe­ri­ence, writes

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - MOVIES -

RE­GARD­LESS of whether you’ve seen Ti­tanic or not, pro­ducer Jon Lan­dau says see­ing it on the big screen – and in 3D this time – will be a whole new ex­pe­ri­ence.

The Os­car-win­ning pro­ducer be­hind Ti­tanic and Avatar has been work­ing with di­rec­tor James Cameron since 1994 and says they have long thought about mak­ing Ti­tanic 3D.

‘‘Once we started work­ing in 3D we said if we were to make Ti­tanic again, we would make it in 3D,’’ he says.

‘‘So it was nat­u­ral for us to want to try and con­vert it.’’

In the end, it took 62 ‘‘painstak­ing’’ weeks and $A17.14 mil­lion to con­vert the two-hour and 74 minute epic to 3D.

‘‘We be­lieve with the 3D con­ver­sion it’s a new ex­pe­ri­ence,’’ Lan­dau says.

‘‘It’s a new ex­pe­ri­ence for peo­ple who saw the movie in the theatre 15 years ago; it’s a new ex­pe­ri­ence for peo­ple who have never seen it in a theatre.’’

Lan­dau says when the film’s stars – Leonardo Dicaprio and Kate Winslet, who play two peo­ple from vastly dif­fer­ent so­cial back­grounds who meet aboard the ill-fated voy­age – saw the 3D con­ver­sion for the first time, it took them by sur­prise. Dicaprio couldn’t get over how young he looked.

‘‘He had to get over that shock, be­cause I don’t think he’s seen the film in 15 years, so go­ing back and look­ing at him­self was star­tling,’’ Lan­dau says. Winslet had a sim­i­lar re­ac­tion. ‘‘Kate gig­gled at first. She gig­gled when she saw her­self and then she re­ally gig­gled when she saw Leo.’’

Lan­dau says Winslet was more ex­cited about shar­ing the film with her chil­dren, who hadn’t seen Ti­tanic be­fore. Re­leased in 1997, the film made $US1.8 bil­lion at the world­wide box of­fice – a fig­ure sur­passed only by Avatar.

Lan­dau says Ti­tanic was made to be viewed in a cinema.

‘‘This is not a movie you want to take in on your ipad, ’’ he says.

Its re-re­lease is timed to co­in­cide with the 100th an­niver­sary of the Ti­tanic’s sink­ing, to re­mem­ber the more than 1500 peo­ple who died in the icy wa­ters of the North At­lantic on April 15, 1912.

Dur­ing film­ing, they re­built 90 per cent of the Ti­tanic, to 100 per cent scale. Lan­dau re­calls driv­ing to­wards the stu­dio and see­ing the ship from the top of a hill.

‘‘(It was) there, rest­ing against the ocean, in water, be­cause we had a tank filled with water, and it was an in­cred­i­ble mo­ti­vat­ing fac­tor ev­ery­day we went to the set,’’ he says.

Lan­dau says films like Ti­tanic aren’t made these days – watch­ing the ship sink­ing in the film, as peo­ple are sucked into win­dows and lifeboats are lifted off decks, can’t be cre­ated with ef­fects. ‘‘We built those sets,’’ he says. ‘‘Movies aren’t made that way any more. This is giv­ing peo­ple an op­por­tu­nity to see how an old-fash­ioned epic Hol­ly­wood movie that was made, now shows on the big screen.’’

opens to­day.

Back on deck: Kate Winslet and Leonardo Dicaprio in

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