Martin Scorsese would have filmed "Raging Bull" and "Taxi Driver" in 3-D

LAS VEGAS, NV - APRIL 25: Director Martin Scorsese speaks during a filmmakers forum at Caesars Palace during CinemaCon, the official convention of the National Association of Theatre Owners, on April 25, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
Ethan Miller
Martin Scorsese speaks at CinemaCon on April 25, 2012 in Las Vegas

(CBS/AP) Imagine if "Raging Bull" and "Taxi Driver" were in 3-D? Director Martin Scorsese can.

He told the CinemaCon crowd in Las Vegas on Wednesday that he wishes both of his landmark films had been three-dimensional.

In fact, Scorsese has become so enamored with 3-D filmmaking that he expects to use the technology in all his future projects.

Pictures: Martin Scorsese
Pictures: The films of Martin Scorsese
Pictures: Oscars 2012: "Hugo"

Scorsese is so convinced of the power of 3-D, he said he  saw "Hugo," his first 3-D movie released to critical acclaim last year, only once in 2-D.

"There is something that 3-D gives to the picture that takes you into another land and you stay there and it's a good place to be," he said.

Scorsese spoke at a filmmaking panel alongside director Ang Lee, who won an Oscar in 2006 for "Brokeback Mountain." Scorsese and Lee are among a growing crop of prominent directors who claim 3-D technology is the future of filmmaking.

Scorsese said the added dimension of digital films allows movie fans to feel a stronger connection to the story and actors on screen. He recalled filming "Hugo" and watching as Sacha Baron Cohen, who portrayed a stern train station inspector, leaned forward on set, and the motion that created on a monitor.

"He sort of came right off the screen and we sort of felt like we were little kids again," Scorsese said.

Scorsese said he never thought he would have the opportunity to make a 3-D film. He said conquering the technology was challenging at first, but he ultimately decided to experiment as much as possible and watched 3-D versions of Alfred Hitchcock's "Dial M for Murder" and "The House of Wax," the 1953 horror film, for inspiration.

Scorsese compared 3-D to the rise of color movies. He said as a film student at New York University in the early 1960s, he was shocked when he heard predictions that all future movies would be filmed in color.

The 3-D craze allows filmmakers to accomplish the original goals of cinema, Scorsese said.

"The minute it started, people wanted three things: color, sound and depth," Scorsese said. "You want to recreate life."

Scorsese will next direct "The Wolf of Wall Street" starring Leonardo DiCaprio, marking their fifth film together. It's expected to begin shooting this summer in New York.

Tell us: Are 3-D films the future of filmmaking?