As we reported earlier, Martin Scorsese recently participated in a special Q&A with Leonardo Dicaprio called “Leonardo DiCaprio and Martin Scorsese in Conversation.” The Oscar winning director spoke via satellite from a location in Europe where he’s currently shooting his latest project The Invention of Hugo Cabret. Scorsese gave a status update on the production and revealed that he’s learning something new everyday on the set of his first 3D film…

When asked how the filming of Hugo Cabret was going, Scorsese said, “It’s going. It’s going. It’s an experience. The geometry of it, everything, you’re really redefining. You’re trying to figure out how to tell the story again in pictures with this 3D, which is really interesting.”

He then went on to discuss the movie’s exceptional cast and how much filming they have left for the shoot.

“It’s a film that’s a fable. It involves Hugo Cabret, [a young boy] and playing the part is Asa Butterfield. I think he’s 12 or 13 in the film and he’s the lead. [The rest of the cast] Chloe Moretz, Ben Kingsley, Christopher Lee, Emily Mortimer, Sacha Baron Cohen, it’s a group, quite a group. We had the sets built by Dante Feretti out here in Shepperton Studios and we’ve been shooting for quite a while now. We only have a few more weeks, I hope and I hope to get it out by next year.”

It’s interesting to hear someone as well versed in film as Scorsese get stumped by 3D. The man’s a genius who’s known to focus on stories and characters, and for the most part 3D has been used as a gimmick for action films. Will he be one of the first directors to bring a strong narrative together in the format? Only time will tell.

The Invention of Hugo Cabret is scheduled to hit theaters on December 9, 2011.

Are you excited to see Scorsese’s first foray into 3D filmmaking?