Cameron talks Avatar
James Cameron has been talking about Avatar, his huge project that is developing new filming techniques as he works on the film.
While he's talking online about the film and some of the stars he's been revealing the extent of the digital work on the film, and how even the first scenes they worked on are already looking dated as the process develops.
"We still have a little performance capture work to do with Sam Worthington and Zoe Saldana in March, when we get her back from Star Trek...And we have a couple of days with Stephen Lang in April or May, to shoot his character's last scene, which is so technically difficult it will take us until then to figure out how to do it...
Most of my time now is spent editing, because on this type of film you edit every CG scene twice -- once to edit the raw performance capture, before it goes to virtual camera, and then again when you have the virtual camera shots, you do the final edit of the scene. It's very complex and taxing, but the result is amazing...
...I don't know if this will be a good film, great film, awful film, but I can say with absolute certainty that you will see stuff you've never imagined, and that the process of making this film will generate a lot of interest within the technical side of the biz. When I edit with some of our early stuff, "shot" using our virtual camera system over a year and half ago, it already looks laughably crude. Our process has evolved so much, just within the making of this one movie. Of course the final standard of photoreal animation will be consistent throughout the film, because it all gets rendered in a big frenzy next year."
That most definitely sounds like it's groundbreaking stuff, and I love the way that James Cameron says that he doesn't know if the film is going to be any good or not, but his heart is being poured into it.
What's most exciting is the news about this two phase editing and talk about the whole CGI process, it's just making me more and more anxious to see something from the finished film, just even one scene. When that gets caught and released I think we're going to be stunned.