Chinese opera fans are now able to attend a Royal Opera House live performance in Beijing, as 3D technology has made it possible to enjoy operas, as well as other forms of stage art, in cinemas. (Gallery>>>)
|"Madam Butterfly 3D" director Julian Napier meets the press explaining his ideas in presenting this film. [Chen Boyuan / China.org.cn]|
The majority of the film's audience claimed they had a close-to-reality experience with the Royal Opera House, but noted what they watched was more like a virtual opera than a film.
This is exactly what the director Julian Napier wanted and aimed at. He said on April 27, while attending the 2nd Beijing International Film Festival, that his production team are always trying to create an experience for the audience as if it were attending a performance in an actual opera house.
"I am shooting the show and you feel as if you are watching it live," said Napier, explaining why "Madam Butterfly" in 3D has only few scene changes compared to ordinary films.
The show was filmed live at the Royal Opera House last summer. Napier said the process of turning an actual opera into a movie involves many "uncertainties," if not difficulties.
"As the director I can't say 'Cut!' and start over repeatedly," said Napier. According to him, the film was produced following documenting three nights' of live performances at the opera house, but the team has to make it look like a one-time continuous recording.
"Filming it in a studio might be easier, but it does take away the emotional impact of an actual opera. It's important to be faithful and present a live show to the audience," said the director.