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Cameron Talks 3D and Avatar

Published April 11, 2008 in Movie News
By Ryan Parsons | Image property of respective holders, Variety
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While I don't normally pay attention to interviews over at Variety, the website has posted a fascinating review with James Cameron. Since Cameron is one of the many directors now gung-ho on 3D, it comes as no surprise that the director discussed in detail medium along with how he used it in Avatar.

Cameron Talks in the Next Dimension


Check out a couple snippets from the Cameron interview below. It is hard to tell whether he is a director or scientist:


A 3-D film immerses you in the scene, with a greatly enhanced sense of physical presence and participation. I believe that a functional-MRI study of brain activity would show that more neurons are actively engaged in processing a 3-D movie than the same film seen in 2-D. When most people think of 3-D films, they think first of the gimmick shots -- objects or characters flying, floating or poking out into the audience. In fact, in a good stereo movie, these shots should be the exception rather than the rule. Watching a stereo movie is looking into an alternate reality through a window. It is intuitive to the film industry that this immersive quality is perfect for action, fantasy, and animation. What's less obvious is that the enhanced sense of presence and realism works in all types of scenes, even intimate dramatic moments. Which is not to say that all films should be made in 3-D, because the returns may not warrant the costs in many cases, but certainly there should be no creative reason why any film could not be shot in 3-D and benefit from it.


(on Avatar)
I plan to shoot a small dramatic film in 3-D, just to prove this point, after "Avatar." In "Avatar," there are a number of scenes that are straight dramatic scenes, no action, no effects. They play very well, and in fact seem to be enhanced by the stereo viewing experience. So I think this can work for the full length of a dramatic feature. However, filmmakers and studios will have to weigh the added cost of shooting in 3-D against the increased marketing value for that type of film. In the future world shown in "Avatar," all display devices, including handheld devices and even photos, are all in 3-D.


The interview with Cameron is extremely long and very intensive. You can check it out here.

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