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Justin Bieber: Never Say Never. 3D

This film should teach you that "like" and "respect" are two different things. Let me give you an example.

Once upon a time (circa 2003), I was asked to appear in a music video of April Boy Regino. I am not a fan of April Boy's music, but I did it as a favor to my friend who was directing the music video. After seeing April Boy do his stuff in front of the camera, I began to respect him as a performer. I mean, I still won't listen to his music if I could help it, but I stopped dissing him from that point on. Also, I got a free April Boy baseball cap and CD.

Actual album cover. (Not available in hi-res. Sorry)

Wait, where was I? Oh yeah, Justin Bieber. I'm not saying that Justin Bieber is the Caucasian version of April Boy. I'm saying that after watching this documentary, after seeing him sing and perform since like three years old, you should at least have gained some respect for Justin Bieber. Even if you still won't listen to his music.

Double platinum in the United States alone.

This is a concert documentary slash biopic. (but really, how much biographical information does a seventeen-year old have?) It's not too serious a documentary like the ones churned out by BBC or National Geographic. It's directed more at kids. Maybe not really kids, but the younger set. But even the adults could sit through this one, and may possibly leave the theater as new Bieber converts.

Also, IMDb loves to exaggerate. They rated this movie 1.2 on a scale of 10. Come on! It wasn't that bad!

"Yes, it was that bad."

Okay, now on to the 3D (skip this part if you don't like the boring, technical stuff).

Not everything in the film was shot in 3D. The live concerts were. Also some glamour shots of Bieber doing his trademark hair flip. Which were actually shot with high-speed cameras. Imagine seeing Justin Bieber flip his hair in super-slow motion. Now imagine that in 3D. Then imagine how many young girls just wet their panties without even realizing it.

Now it's that super-slow motion hair-flipping scene that I'd like to discuss. I've already tried shooting something similar before, but I came to the conclusion that it wasn't advisable to shoot 3D with your subjects against a white background, because it doesn't seem to give enough depth. After watching the hair-flip scene, however, I realized I was wrong. That scene had Bieber standing against a white background, and it looked even more eye-popping than I ever believed possible. This just goes to show that you still learn something new everyday.

So I think I have discovered a new rule, which is:

If you are shooting a long range of subjects, use minimal interocular distance, because then there would be a lot of elements which will show parallax. But if you are shooting a short range of subjects, like a single person against an empty background, then you should increase the interocular distance, so as to create a larger parallax between the left and the right images.

When I say I "discovered" a new rule, I don't mean to say that I "invented" it. I just mean that I stumbled upon it on my own.

Before I end, let me just share the two best 3D shots of the movie:
  1. The hair flip scene; and
  2. The confetti scene. (It's like you could feel the confetti in your face!)

*some info from Wikipedia,
pic from iTunes, Coverlandia, and 80s Tees

Justin Bieber: Never Say Never. USA. 2011.

Rating: Seven out of ten.
3D-ness: Eight out of ten.


There has never been question about Bieber's or Regino's talents. But there's more to consider here than artistry---like social relevance for example. Sure we respect Bieber. By God we even love him as in compassionate love. But do the likes of them actually know what they've been doing? I doubt it.

Now the review re 3D is actually more interesting and educational :) And i doubt if The B actually had his stroke of genius there.

I think Justin Bieber is socially relevant. His story will be the template of all future recording artists who will be discovered in the digital age. Popularity will no longer be determined solely by record sales and radio airtime, but by new factors like Twitter followers, YouTube views, and Facebook likes. And of course, sold-out concerts. :-D

Perhaps "social relevance" isn't the right term. He is indeed socially relevant, but by the standards of whom I won't necessarily subscribe to. I just can't ignore that he is probably an Illuminati puppet, setting up future sluts very early in their brainwashing "careers". Even Lennon abhorred their earlier Beatle tunes, admitting to its rubbish-ness. Perhaps Bieber may turn out a hero himself, like Lennon or MJ after realising the machinations of the Industry. Perhaps not. But while his popularity is soaring high, it is best that we babysit our own kids with our own brainwashed minds instead of him. BWHAHA! :)

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