Jim Cameron talks the shit out of 3-D filmmaking

Whatever you think of his movies’ stories, Jim Cameron is a master of his craft — an absolute technical genius. Variety has posted a very long interview with the man behind the sixth (not first) biggest money-maker in film history on 3-D, or “stereo,” filmmaking — obviously centered around his highly anticipated 3-D sci fi flick, Avatar. While I’ll spare you any editorializing, since if you have any interest in this sort of thing, you really should just go read the thing, here are a few bits of interest for those of you who aren’t as interested as I am in the technical side of movies:

“As for 3-D in the home: The only limitation to having stereo viewing in the home is the number of titles currently available. When there is more product, the consumer electronics companies will make monitors and players. The technology exists and is straightforward.” (The Variety article on the other side of that link is also very interesting reading, by the way.)

“I plan to shoot a small dramatic film in 3-D… after Avatar.”

After a fairly technical discussion of frame rates in 3-D and such: “I’d love to have done Avatar at 48 frames. But I have to fight these battles one at a time. I’m just happy people are waking up to 3-D.… Maybe on Avatar 2.”

“I would go so far as to say that 10 or 15 years from now, stereo displays will be ubiquitous, from cinemas to open-air advertising, to home screens and down to handheld devices. iPhones will be in stereo. Small displays will especially benefit from stereo because the small size of the screen can be offset by using Z-depth to stack information, which will reduce visual clutter, or conversely increase the density of information held within a single visual field. It may be that eventually all of our news and information, as well as our sports and entertainment, will come to us in stereo.”

Related posts: Monsters vs. Aliens to be first true 3D animated film (updated), Sam Worthington to star in Terminator 4

Posted on April 10, 2008 at 23:36 by Gordon@MovieMakeout · Permalink
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