Vietnam's first 3D movie to cost over $1 mil

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Vietnam's first 3D movie will start filming this Saturday.  The total investment in the film was announced at over US$1 million, according to a press conference held Thursday.


Director Le Bao Trung said the comedy horror Hon ma sieu quay (Mischievous ghosts) will be filmed using purely 3D technology.


It will be the first of its kind in the Southeast Asia, director Le Bao Trung was quoted as saying by local news website VnExpress.


Bao attended film courses taught by Chuck Comisky this spring. Comisky helped develop visual affects in the blockbuster Avatar. 


The film is about an author of online violent stories who is controlled by a group of teenage ghosts whose secrets are later discovered by the author.


The film will be shot a the Ho Chi Minh City's Le Hong Phong High School and an old villa in the southern province of Dong Nai.


The shooting was expected to finish last month.  The post-production work will be done in Hong Kong.


It will be screened this Tet holiday (Lunar New Year).


However, not everyone was excited about the project.


An article in news website Vietnamnet, for example, raised questions about the film's quality, considering its content is typical of recent holiday films: a cast of hot teens parading through a mix of horror and comedy.


The news source quoted Dinh Thanh Huong, production manager of Galaxy Studio, as saying that although "the producer isn't sure about [the film's] outcome", there is a great demand for 3D films in Vietnam.


She said the Clash of Titans reached sales of VND20 billion (over $1 million) in Vietnam, despite complaints about its 3D effects and content.


Readers of VnExpress also gave negative feedbacks about the upcoming film.


Some said producers and directors should have focused on improving local 2D films, while others harped on the film's weak cast and cliché content.

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