James Cameron's Avatar Brilliance Shines Again at Microsoft Advance '08
James Cameron is no stranger to readers here, only because we feature nearly anything interesting that he says. Although he's still working on Avatar, his newest 3D sci-fi epic, Cameron did stop by the Microsoft Advance '08 conference to talk with attendees about his use of technology and the development of his new film. If you read our last article on Cameron, which featured quotes from an interview with him on Variety, Cameron is an absolutely brilliant speaker. I love the way he is able to both explain his ideas for pushing the limits of CGI technology while also genuinely exuding a feeling of excitement. If you're still not convinced, the least I can do is continue to feature more and more quotes from Cameron like this and eventually you'll realize that Avatar really will be the next big lead forward in cinema.
The guys over at SearchEngineWatch.com have been covering the event and have details on one of the presentations featuring Cameron. His underlying theme in his speech is that he values the importance of emotion and the human heart while they push forward with technological advances. "In Titanic as a filmmaker, I struck the perfect balance of technology and the human heart. I haven't forgotten that lesson with Avatar. It's the best lesson for any filmmaker." From there, Cameron just lets loose on some absolutely great thoughts that have me even more excited for his latest creation. "The experience of Avatar will be an experience unlike any other movies." Are you ready for the future of filmmaking?
"'Avatar' will make people truly experience something," said Cameron."One more layer of the suspension of disbelief will be removed. All the syn-thespians are photo-realistic. Now that we've achieved it, we discovered CG characters in 3D look more real than in 2D. Your brain is cued it's a real thing not a picture and discounting part of image that makes it look fake."
He's been talking about the idea of the CGI we'll see for quite a while, but that explanation right there is the best I've ever heard. Can you imagine going in to see his film and not being able to sense that the alien creatures on the other planet are entirely realistic? In fact, I don't think we can imagine that right now, only because it's never really be done and Cameron will be the first to show us. What Cameron is going to deliver will push the limits of both cinema and technology, and even for the next 19 months (while we wait for Avatar), we'll still never see anything remotely like it.
"'Avatar' is the single most complex piece of filmmaking ever made," said Cameron. "We have 1,600 shots for a 2.5 hour movie. It's not with a single CGI character, like King Kong or Gollum. We have hundreds of photo-realistic CG characters. We were Microsoft's sandbox for filmmaking beyond the cutting edge."
The reason why they'll have so many complex shots? Part of the movie is subtitled and takes place entirely on another alien planet called Pandora. "It's an emotional journey of redemption and revolution; the story of a wounded ex-marine, who's thrust into an effort to settle and exploit an exotic planet rich in bio-diversity. He eventually crosses over to lead the indigenous race in a battle for survival." The world of Pandora literally has its own entire ecosystem made up of "phantasmagorical plants and creatures, and a native people with a rich culture and language." There is so much to explore with Avatar, that what Cameron can explain to us in speeches like this is really on the tip of the iceberg of what we'll eventually see in December of 2009.
It really is painful to consider the thought that we still have around 19 more months to go until we finally get Avatar, but it will be here soon enough. I don't think its appropriate to urge Cameron to rush this project by any means, because the more time he has to tweak his creation, the better it will be in the end. I've been continually praising Avatar since the start, as it's the least I can do to attempt to get as many of you to join on my side in anticipation. If you're curious, you can read the complete coverage of Cameron's talk at Microsoft Advance '08 on SearchEngineWatch.com. Until then, stay tuned, we'll always be the first to bring you anything that comes from James Cameron himself!