LAS VEGAS -- If he coud go back in time, Martin Scorsese would have made many of his films in 3D, including such classics as Raging Bull and Taxi Driver.
Scorsese's enthusiasm for the format after shooting Hugo in 3D was impossible to miss during a luncheon panel with fellow director Ang Lee at CinemaCon in Las Vegas. THR chief film critic Todd McCarthy moderated Wednesday's session.
"I would have practically done all my films in 3D," Scorsese answered.
Lee, whose first 3D film Life of Pi opens in December, was more ambivalent; when asked what film he'd like to go back and make in 3D, Lee said it would be Hulk.
The revered filmmakers couldn't have been more different in tone during the wide-ranging discussion about 3D.
McCarthy began by asking: "Let's just jump right in. You're both artists, but you working in what is increasingy a highly technical profession. How do you feel about this? Are you comfortable with it? Is it a challenge you relish? Or do you regard it as something you reluctantly must deal with?"
While Scorsese went on to rattle off all the reasons he was excited when shooting Hugo in 3D, Lee had a more cautious view, often prompting laughter from theater owners.
"I had the opposite experience. I was very intimidated," Lee said. "We're still novices at this. It's hard to shoot in 3D, but it makes it more interesting. The experience is more intense."
Asked how 3D improved Life of Pi -- based on the best-selling book -- Lee said, "3D will put you on the edge of your seat."
Lee said he found it cumbersome shooting in 3D because of the size of the cameras. "It was like operating in a refrigerator, but it is new and exciting for me," he said.
THR co-hosted the event.
"We are delighted to be a sponsor of today's filmmaker's lunch with what is sure to be a great panel discussion," THR publisher Lynne Segall told the crowd before the session began. "The tagline of CinemaCon is 'celebrating the moviegoing experience,' and that's what The Hollywood Reporter has been doing for over 80 years."