James Cameron Confused About AVATAR 3D Process
James Cameron “didn’t know what he was doing” when he directed Avatar. The director didn’t understand what was going on during production of his latest film, the sci-fi epic Avatar, because the 3D filmmaking process was so technologically advanced.
He revealed to Britain’s Live magazine: “Occasionally, it was like herding cats. We weren’t out at sea, we weren’t fighting storms – we were fighting the fact that we didn’t know what we were doing. We had to make up a terminology because we didn’t know what to call things. “It got to the point where I could go down there and tell them I wanted to shoot scene 72 and they’d build the set in 15 minutes. We’d shoot a bit, then go and figure out more stuff, and then we’d shoot a bit more. “We thought that this film was going to be a controlled process. We were going to capture the actors and then we were going to shoot with virtual cameras. Finally we’d have the film all cut. What we didn’t realize is that you edit everything twice in the virtual world. The first 62 days of this year were non-stop work.”
James Cameron – who shot to fame with the box office hit Titanic – believes this new movie technique is a “revolution” and is hopeful his latest cinematic offering will stand well against competitors. He said: “In the cinema, 3D is a revolution. ‘Avatar will have its part in that revolution. Hopefully it will show that a 3D live-action blockbuster can be successful. Avatar will be the test case.”