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Mar. 27, 2007by:
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I have serious trouble finishing the first few pages of a screenplay before completely giving up. Then there's James Cameron, who not only writes and directs incredibly complex movies, but he invents and pioneers new movie technology while doing it. We all know hes got something completely whacked out in store for us with his upcoming movie AVATAR, but what that is is anyone's guess. And to muddle our minds a bit more, Firstshowing.net recently spoke to Cameron muse Michael Biehn (THE TERMINATOR, THE ABYSS), who may also appear in AVATAR, and who had this to say about a recent encounter with James:

Jim basically was talking to me about the technology of shooting this stuff and he said to me, Well, we don't really use a camera, Michael. We're not talking about film, we're not talking about HD We don't use a camera. And I said, well, what do you mean you don't use a camera. And he said, well there's not actually opticals when we shoot this stuff. And I was like, well, what the f*ck are you talking about?'

Shooting a movie without a camera? That's like eating without any food. Consider me intrigued.

Extra Tidbit: Michael Biehn has been bitten on the hand in all three of his major roles in Cameron films: The Abyss, Aliens, and the Terminator.

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12:10AM on 03/28/2007
im sure if he meant performance capture he would have said. so i doubt its really that obvious. itll be cool.
im sure if he meant performance capture he would have said. so i doubt its really that obvious. itll be cool.
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8:00PM on 03/27/2007
I think Avatar is gonna be just a big stage play, with people flying around via wires, and dudes adancing around in weird costumes ala The Lion King on B'Way.
I think Avatar is gonna be just a big stage play, with people flying around via wires, and dudes adancing around in weird costumes ala The Lion King on B'Way.
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7:59PM on 03/27/2007
So it'll likely be CGI with motion cap. Okay. I'm curious what the groundbreaking achievement is gonna be. Not to imply that I don't have faith in Mr. Cameron's abilities, but ... well, this better not turn out to be much ado about nothing.
So it'll likely be CGI with motion cap. Okay. I'm curious what the groundbreaking achievement is gonna be. Not to imply that I don't have faith in Mr. Cameron's abilities, but ... well, this better not turn out to be much ado about nothing.
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7:06PM on 03/27/2007
He must be referring to performance capture. They can use any object for a "camera", they just need the coordinates from it to capture the actual moves, or they can bypass all that and simply create the camera and movements virtually.

Something like what Robert Zemeckis is doing on Beowulf?

Peter Jackson just used some random object with markers on it to "shoot" the pre-viz of the cave-troll sequence. I think this is something like that. It is really fascinating, though!
He must be referring to performance capture. They can use any object for a "camera", they just need the coordinates from it to capture the actual moves, or they can bypass all that and simply create the camera and movements virtually.

Something like what Robert Zemeckis is doing on Beowulf?

Peter Jackson just used some random object with markers on it to "shoot" the pre-viz of the cave-troll sequence. I think this is something like that. It is really fascinating, though!
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6:22PM on 03/27/2007
Wasn't the original idea supposed to be using a specially designed camera that simulates real eyesight, therefore giving the feeling of being there, minus the blue-'n'-red glasses? I saw a video for this from like August of 2006, so it may be outdated or he may have decided on something even more innovative.... Still, this quote really intrigues me.
Wasn't the original idea supposed to be using a specially designed camera that simulates real eyesight, therefore giving the feeling of being there, minus the blue-'n'-red glasses? I saw a video for this from like August of 2006, so it may be outdated or he may have decided on something even more innovative.... Still, this quote really intrigues me.
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5:10PM on 03/27/2007

COMPUTER ANIMATION

...Or just, computer animation.

I think his words must have been taken out of context.
...Or just, computer animation.

I think his words must have been taken out of context.
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4:50PM on 03/27/2007

Performance Capture

Does he mean "performance capture"? Cause that would be a bit of an anti-climax.
Does he mean "performance capture"? Cause that would be a bit of an anti-climax.
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