Cameron on Producing His Underwater 3D Drama 'Sanctum'
Although you may think that James Cameron is settling down and taking time off after finishing his 10 year journey on Avatar, that's not the case. In fact, Cameron is already preparing a new underwater 3-D drama called Sanctum, which you may have heard about. Not only is it a more intimate and much smaller project than Avatar, but it's Cameron's chance to prove that 3-D can be used well in movies that aren't big blockbusters (but hopefully not for films like Precious). Cameron traveled down to Australia's Gold Coast recently and the Brisbane Times (via MarketSaw) published an update with some quotes from Cameron.
The reason Cameron is down in Australia (which is where that photo comes from) is because that's where they're going to be shooting soon. Sanctum is being directed by Australian filmmaker and Tropfest winner Alister Grierson and features an Aussie cast including: Rhys Wakefield (7's "Home and Away"), Allison Cratchley (7's "All Saints"), Richard Roxburgh (Van Helsing), Alice Parkinson (X-Men Origins: Wolverine) and Daniel Wyllie (Animal Kingdom). The story involves a father and son who experience a life-threatening crises during an expedition to the unexplored and least accessible cave system in the world. Sounds intense.
Sanctum is inspired by a real experience that producer Andrew Wight went through, where he ended up trapped with 14 other people in a cave system for two days. "It's really a character driven piece and the 3-D should only be part of enhancing the experience," Cameron says. That sounds perfect and I hope other filmmakers can learn to also adopt that philosophy. "As a director myself I know how I like to be treated," he says, before explaining how he's not that heavily involved in this. "So I'm like a fairy godmother sort of producer - I just add the money and stand back. I'm here like the salesman - I'm selling you a new BMW."
I expect we'll hear a lot more about Sanctum once it starts shooting, so stay tuned. "3-D works best in a very claustrophobic environment where you really feel finitely that the walls are only a few feet away," Cameron explains. "I think people are going to be [find themselves] with accelerated heart rates, tight breathing and white knuckles when they go [through] the experiences of this film." I'm already sold! What about you?