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James Cameron hopes to bring glasses-free 3D to the Avatar sequels

10.31.2016

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Whether you were a fan of the film or not, it's hard to deny that James Cameron's AVATAR brought quite a lot of technological breakthroughs to the worlds of CGI and 3D. With four sequels to AVATAR on the way, Cameron is hoping that they will push those same innovations even further. While accepting an honorary membership in the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers, James Cameron promised to push innovation in service of storytelling for the AVATAR sequels.

I'm going to push. Not only for better tools, workflow, high dynamic range and high frame rates — the things we are working toward. I’m still very bullish on 3D, but we need brighter projection, and ultimately I think it can happen — with no glasses. We’ll get there.

3D has never really grown on me, although with so many lackluster 3D conversions out there, I'm likely not alone in that regard. On the rare occasions I've found myself engaged with a movie's 3D presentation, having to wear the 3D glasses over the glasses I wear to see the screen isn't the best experience. If anyone is going to successfully lead the charge for a glasses-free 3D, it'll be James Cameron. With the HFR presentation of Ang Lee's recent BILLY LYNN'S LONG HALFTIME WALK coming under fire, Cameron said that just like any other film-making tool, it will take time to find the right use for it.

In terms of that kind of hyper clarity, there may be some films that benefit from it, but I feel you still have to have a little bit of that veil of unreality that comes with [today’s commonly used] 24 frames per second. This is my conclusion now. I don’t think you do it wall-to-wall, I think you do it where you need it.

In addition to HFR, the team behind Cameron's AVATAR sequels are also working on "HDR, 4K for native stereo reduction, all the plethora of things we can do with CG that we couldn’t do or were so difficult. I’m going to need a lot of water [simulations], dynamics sims. And merging water, air, fire, all that sort of stuff together into complex simulations is going to be essential for the Avatar films." Cameron also added that "movies are going to look better than they’ve ever looked. They already do and they are going to continue [to look better]. Anything we can imagine, we can put on the screen." By the time AVATAR 2 hits theaters in 2018 (unless it gets pushed back again) it will have been nearly a decade since the first AVATAR film introduced us to the world of Pandora. We all know how much technology can advance in that time-span, so I must admit that I'm quite excited to see what differences will be apparent between the two films. Hopefully the story will have also advanced. Zing! Not really. Happy Halloween!

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Source: THR

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2:45PM on 11/01/2016

I really respect his love for movies and wanting to come out with the next big thing

The guy made 3D popular again, now he wants to FIX CGI and come out with 3D without glasses?? The 3DS handheld console already has done this and its really cool but on a large scale it could be incredible. I just want him to fix CGI, if anyone can its James Cameron. Too many movies are ruined by looking like shit.
The guy made 3D popular again, now he wants to FIX CGI and come out with 3D without glasses?? The 3DS handheld console already has done this and its really cool but on a large scale it could be incredible. I just want him to fix CGI, if anyone can its James Cameron. Too many movies are ruined by looking like shit.
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12:58PM on 11/01/2016
He's going to need some type of gimmick to sell the movie. I don't know anyone that is looking forward to a sequel let alone 3 more.
He's going to need some type of gimmick to sell the movie. I don't know anyone that is looking forward to a sequel let alone 3 more.
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12:02PM on 11/01/2016

Oh for......sakes

Jesus, James, just shut up and make the damn movie already. I really don't give two shits about it anymore, it's more of a means to an end now. Stop talking about the damn thing and just do it.
Jesus, James, just shut up and make the damn movie already. I really don't give two shits about it anymore, it's more of a means to an end now. Stop talking about the damn thing and just do it.
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9:26AM on 11/01/2016
My impression of higher frame rates in cinemas is that as much as it improves clarity, especially with 3D, audiences just don't seem to like it that much - It makes things look less 'cinematic' and more 'made for tv'. I get the impression Cameron understands this resistance, and probably has his own theories on how to get around it, but at the end of the day it's a fairly ingrained expectation in the audience that film looks a certain way and higher frame-rate stuff, regardless of the actual
My impression of higher frame rates in cinemas is that as much as it improves clarity, especially with 3D, audiences just don't seem to like it that much - It makes things look less 'cinematic' and more 'made for tv'. I get the impression Cameron understands this resistance, and probably has his own theories on how to get around it, but at the end of the day it's a fairly ingrained expectation in the audience that film looks a certain way and higher frame-rate stuff, regardless of the actual ramp in quality, ends up feeling cheaper somehow. Still, Cameron's an innovator and as much as I think he could offer more elsewhere, seems like Avatar is what he wants to focus on innovating around. I'll be impressed if he can make audiences want high frame rate movies to become the new standard though - it's about changing one of the things that makes the feel of films 'cinematic' - we're very used to it as a species.
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8:30AM on 11/01/2016
The next news for this will be that Cameron has actually transformed the actors into the Na'vi
The next news for this will be that Cameron has actually transformed the actors into the Na'vi
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7:13AM on 11/01/2016

He thinks people care about Avatar still?

That ship has sailed.
That ship has sailed.
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4:16AM on 11/01/2016

Just Wait

Outside of Piranah 2, has the man made a BAD film? In fact, he didn't even finish that movie and his worst output was The Abyss in 1989. To all the haters there is a reason he has directed the two highest grossing films of all time and this may be the third. Just wait to see.
Outside of Piranah 2, has the man made a BAD film? In fact, he didn't even finish that movie and his worst output was The Abyss in 1989. To all the haters there is a reason he has directed the two highest grossing films of all time and this may be the third. Just wait to see.
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11:16PM on 10/31/2016
Avatar was a decent movie that told it's story in one film. Unless Cameron flies to another planet and films it, this shit is done. And BTW, the visuals, creatures and backgrounds of The Dark Crystal were better and more believable, because they were REAL, and that's a lesson that the studios (and directors like Cameron and Snyder) need to learn. The human eye is one of the most intricate instruments that we know of, and between those two little globules and our brain, they know how to discern
Avatar was a decent movie that told it's story in one film. Unless Cameron flies to another planet and films it, this shit is done. And BTW, the visuals, creatures and backgrounds of The Dark Crystal were better and more believable, because they were REAL, and that's a lesson that the studios (and directors like Cameron and Snyder) need to learn. The human eye is one of the most intricate instruments that we know of, and between those two little globules and our brain, they know how to discern between real and fake. Look at all the great genre films of the late 70's/80's and early 90's that didn't use CGI. Aside from some weak moments (Indy 3...sorry), the stop motion, matte painting, miniature and practical effect guys were WAY more talented than the CGI peeps. Plus, real sets! And you knew it, you felt it, you could believe it. Nothing Cameron EVER does will match what someone like David Lean , Richard Attenborough, Kubrick, Coppola or Scorsese ever did.
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10:16PM on 10/31/2016

The Gabe Newell of movies

Sometimes innovation needs to take a step back and just make a sequel already.
Sometimes innovation needs to take a step back and just make a sequel already.
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