James Cameron’s 2009 sci-fi film Avatar was applauded by audiences for its groundbreaking motion capture filming techniques, visual effects, and 3D cinema. The film still holds the title of the highest-grossing movie ever. After Avatar’s massive success, the director is now assuring fans to expect the upcoming four sequels to be as eye-catching.
While addressing the audiences at a Vivid event in Sydney this weekend, Cameron touched on a variety of topics, including how his plans to revolutionize 3D technology in Avatar sequel films. He also offered key insights into his past, recent and upcoming filmmaking adventures.
During a Q&A session (transcribed by vfxblog), when Cameron was asked about the current state of 3D technology, he said that he will continue his commitment to 3D technology even though the technology is getting unpopular these days.
The Avatar director said that “Hollywood has done 3D a disservice by embracing post-conversion,” and that “Native production technology has basically stalled as of about three or four years ago.”
He is hopeful that 3D technology will get another push in his Avatar sequels.
“From my own perspective since I’m not doing television production, I’m doing Avatar sequels – four of them,” Cameron said. “They will be, to the best of my ability, the best 3D that’s possible to make. That includes collaborating with the people at Dolby Cinema, who have developed high dynamic range projection that could put 16 foot-lamberts of light on a 3D screen through the glasses, which is revolutionary. Normally, you’re looking at about three foot-lamberts. Sixteen is what you should be seeing. That’s what movies should look like.”
According to the director, the next step in 3D will possibly eliminate the use of wearing glasses while watching 3D movies.
“We just want the screens to be all 3D and a good 3D,” Cameron said.
He is currently working with Dolby Cinema for his Avatar sequels to come up with a technology which has “high dynamic range projection” that could put 16 foot-lamberts of light on a 3D screen through the glasses.
Cameron assured fans that the upcoming installments will all look absolutely splendid.
“I guarantee one thing: Avatar 2, 3, 4, and 5 are all going to be in 3D and they will look sumptuous,” the director said.
Avatar 2 is currently set for release in December 2020, while the threequel will debut in 2021.
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