James Cameron did a recent interview where he talked about advances in filmmaking and threw in his opinion on Peter Jackson’s upcoming “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.” While Cameron helped make 3D filmmaking actually mean something with his groundbreaking “Avatar,” Jackson made “The Hobbit” in high definition at 48 (FPS).
“If there is acceptance of 48 (FPS), then that will pave the way for Avatar (sequels) to take advantage of it,” Cameron said.
This statement is pretty exciting, since Cameron plans to make at least two sequels to “Avatar” before even thinking of trying anything else. Even bigger news is that Cameron is working on the scripts for both movies and hopes to have them written by February, with shooting on the new “Avatar” movies planned to start at the end of 2013.
“I want to get these scripts nailed down, I don’t want to be writing the movie in post production,” Cameron said. “We kind of did that on the first picture, I ended up cutting out a lot of scenes and so on and I don’t want to do that again.”
With men like Cameron and Jackson reinventing how people watch films, seeing these new movies created with the latest technology is great. There are still people who refuse to accept 3D as nothing more than a gimmick. There are also more who think Jackson’s new high definition efforts are a waste of time since the locations that have the technology to handle it is limited.
The same people scoffed at the IMAX format, and that has become widely accepted. People can’t seem to see the immense value of using 3D filmmaking to vastly expand the world of the film. Sure, there are gimmick filmmakers who like to throw piranhas and machetes at the viewers. There are filmmakers who don’t know what they are doing and make a movie with standard cameras and then convert it horribly.
However, there are also filmmakers like Ang Lee, James Cameron and the guys at Pixar who use it in a way that adds, but never distracts from the experience. The same people who refuse to accept this are the same ones who refused to accept color films, sound films and television. Cameron and Jackson are revolutionaries, and they are trying to give film fans something special for the future.
First comes “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” in 2012 and then James Cameron’s “Avatar” sequels will come next. It is an exciting time to be a film fan.
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