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Friday the 13th Part III is a 1982 American slasher film directed by Steve Miner, produced by Frank Mancuso Jr., and starring Dana Kimmell, Paul Kratka, and Richard Brooker. It is the sequel to Friday the 13th Part 2 (1981) and the third installment in the Friday the 13th franchiseFriday the 13th Part III was theatrically released in 3D, and is the only film in the series to be released in that format. The film was intended to end the series as a trilogy; however, unlike many of its successors, the film did not include a moniker in its title to indicate it as such.

Georgetown Productions, who had produced the previous two installments in the Friday the 13th series, was initially involved in the pre-production of Part III, agreeing with distributor Paramount Pictures to shoot the film with 3D cameras, making it the first Paramount film produced in 3D since Jivaro in 1954. Paramount leased two 3-Depix cameras from the photography company Marks Polarized Corporation to shoot the film. Simultaneously, Paramount executive Al Lo Presti was researching current 3D camera technology with the intention of developing a 3-D lens to be owned and used exclusively by Paramount.

According to a September 1982 issue of Forbes magazine, Sirius II Corp. owner Gale Weaver visited the set of Friday the 13th Part III, reportedly over producer Frank Mancuso, Jr.’s worries that faulty projection lenses at cinemas would prevent the film from having a wide theatrical release. Over a two-week period, Weaver developed a prototype lens that would be adaptable to “almost all theater projectors”; Paramount subsequently awarded Sirius II Corp. $1 million to manufacture the lenses, which would be used in projection—to the exclusion of Marks projection lenses. Marks Polarized Corporation subsequently filed a $25 million lawsuit against Paramount, alleging that the studio was “monopolizing the marketing of 3-D exhibition materials, as well as providing deductions to theaters choosing to lease projection lenses directly from Paramount.” Paramount ultimately agreed to credit Marks Polarized Corporation onscreen with the statement: “Filmed utilizing the Marks 3-Depix® Converter,” but the company was denied an injunction that would have required Paramount to change its equipment.

“The key priority in every scene was making sure that the 3-D effects worked. It didn’t matter how the lines were delivered. It didn’t matter if we stumbled or fumbled. It didn’t matter if our performance was not perfect. We never did a second take…  [the 3-D effects] were a very technical, difficult thing to do.”

–Tracie Savage on the prioritizing of the film’s 3-D effects

Friday the 13th Part III was shot on location at the Valuzet Movie Ranch in Saugus, California. It was the first film in the series not to be shot on the East coast. The house, barn, and lake featured in the film were all custom-built. The house remained on the ranch lot until it burnt down in 2006. Additional photography for the film’s grocery store scenes took place at a small market in Green Valley, California.

Because of the newness of the 3-D camera lenses, the shooting process was extensive, with the crew sometimes taking hours to set up a shot, and the cast performing multiple takes of scenes in order for the cinematographer to properly capture the 3-D effects. Actor Larry Zerner recalled that perfecting the 3-D effects often superseded the actors’ performances: “It quickly became clear that most of the time, the performances didn’t matter. When we were shooting the scene at the convenience store with the gang members and I had to throw a wallet at the camera, it was, “Hit the camera!” Then, after ten takes it was “Hit the camera, asshole!”” Actress Tracie Savage echoed this sentiment, stating that “it didn’t matter how the lines were delivered.”

 

color, stereo, widescreen red/blue anaglyph, includes glasses! DVD-R comes packaged as shown in color DVD case, wrapped in plastic!

 

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