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James Cameron on Avatar

JamesCameron.jpgJames Cameron has been talking some more about his mammoth new project Avatar. He talks about what we can expect from the groundbreaking methods he's using, and all with his usual modesty.

James Cameron was talking at Microsoft Advance '08 through Coming Soon. He talked about what he has been able to achieve in digital film-making:

The essence of storytelling stays the same. Intense CG (computer-generated) scenes with multiple shots doesn't change that. My greatest horror was the best thing we created would end up like the Ark of the Covenant and be put in a warehouse somewhere. I will make all my films in 3-D. I've been banging on the door at Microsoft since I introduced Windows Media 9 with LL Cool J and Bill Gates in 2002. Now I tell them, this is what you guys need to be doing. I'm going to continue to surf that wave.

And incase we didn't know, we are in for something special with Avatar:

Avatar will make people truly experience something. One more layer of the suspension of disbelief will be removed. All the syn-thespians are photo-realistic. Now that we've achieved it, we discovered CG characters in 3D look more real than in 2D. Your brain is cued it's a real thing not a picture and discounting part of image that makes it look fake.

And showing a lot of modesty he goes onto say:

Avatar is the single most complex piece of filmmaking ever made. We have 1,600 shots for a 2.5 hour movie. It's not with a single CGI character, like King Kong or Gollum. We have hundreds of photo-realistic CG characters. We were Microsoft's sandbox for filmmaking beyond the cutting edge.

It certainly sounds like something different and innovative. Let's hope the storytelling aspect lives up to the effects side. We have a long wait in store though, it won't be released until December 2009.



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