Feb. 28, 2006, 5:28 p.m. CST
Battle Angel Alita is one of my faves. PLEASE let it be next.
Feb. 28, 2006, 5:31 p.m. CST
BOOYAKA CAMERON FORVER!
Feb. 28, 2006, 5:36 p.m. CST
...I have no smack to talk about this whatsoever. Sounds nifty. Looking forward to both.
Feb. 28, 2006, 5:36 p.m. CST
Has anyone here read the Battle Angel mnga? Is it really that good? I mean, does Cameron need to visit its univers three times? He didn't even give us three Terminator movies!
Feb. 28, 2006, 5:42 p.m. CST
Bullshit, this technology won't get any further than Captain Eo for fux sake. He sounds just like the Trump, getting us all hyped and ready to invest our time in spending time watching a movie. How about s t o r y t e l l i n g folks? What makes movies cool is that regardless to how they are projected, if the vision is unique and styled, there is no need for "gimmicks" (see City of Lost Children, or In The Mood For Love, or Primer). That is just what this is, a gimmick. Thanx pojo.
Feb. 28, 2006, 5:44 p.m. CST
Wow...that was impressive. Cameron, like Lucas, seems to have a natural instinct for new technology and innovation. Unlike Lucas, however, Cameron still knows how to tell a story--well, I hope so, since it's been close to a decade since his last major theatrical release. Do his innovations represent the future of film technology? I hope so.
Feb. 28, 2006, 5:48 p.m. CST
Lucas can tell a story, episode 2 is a prime example of young love: melodramatic, forced, and eventually tragic and traumatizing. Nuff Said !!
Feb. 28, 2006, 5:50 p.m. CST
by Childe Roland
Kind of like Tarantino. I can only hope that, unlike Tarantino, he doesn't forget how important story and character are to the movie experience. Stuff "looking cool" is really pretty inconsequential in the final analysis. Even shiny, technically sophisticated turds are still turds. Don't believe me? Check out Alien3 or Ressurection. Check out the Star Wars prequels. Hell...check out Titanic again. Smell the turdage on those stories and characters.
Feb. 28, 2006, 5:50 p.m. CST
I didn't read the manga, but, well, I wanted more of the film when it was done. It's got legs on the story and infinite opportunity with the setup. As long as its a trilogy, it'll do well!
Feb. 28, 2006, 5:52 p.m. CST
I'd love to see BATTLE ANGEL happen first but I would see anything Cameron had to offer. The man is really pushing the envelope here and just the thought of what he has planned is causing me to geek out like crazy. Welcome back, Mr. Cameron!
Feb. 28, 2006, 5:53 p.m. CST
... just a LOOOOOONG time ago... in a magazine. Fiiine it was too.
Feb. 28, 2006, 5:55 p.m. CST
Umm, film is a visual medium too, so it better damn well "look cool". As for the prequel trilogy, it looks prettier than a Michael Bay production, even the characters have motivation beyond, "Run!!". Alien 3 and 4 were pointless monetgrabbers, just like T3. Don't believe me? If the title design of a movie is the same in the credits as it is on the VHS box, it's gonna suck.
Feb. 28, 2006, 5:55 p.m. CST
Que lastima Harry didn't get to record the conversation. Instead we get what Harry remembers.
Feb. 28, 2006, 5:57 p.m. CST
I'm all for whatever he wants to do (and I'm not a huge Cameron fan) but he's gonna have to throw his weight around getting theaters up to speed because it seems to me that film isn't really slowing down (or should I say digital isn't exactly storming in). What I did find interesting is the part about frame rates. I saw Ep.III in digital and I didn't notice a bit of bluring. And how does this affect editing? And as far as technology as a whole where does the whole "3-D" thing land indpendent filmmakers? Does he think everything could/should be in 3-D? Anyways it should be intereseting where this all goes- between Cameron, RR and Lucas I'm really excited about where things may be going.
Feb. 28, 2006, 5:57 p.m. CST
but c'mon. You're telling me Cameron ISN'T casting Jessica Alba as his Alita? Fft.
Feb. 28, 2006, 6:02 p.m. CST
EP 3 was reasonably good, but I have to disagree with you on EP2: The stilted dialogue, the awkward acting--it just didn't register with me. If you liked it, then you are entitled to your opinion and I won't insult you for it (flame wars on TBs are just plain juvenile). For the record, I can tell a story: I'm a published author (just short stories, mind you, but published nonetheless). Peace!
Feb. 28, 2006, 6:10 p.m. CST
Great job Harry on the interview, I think you did a fine job from using whatever material you could come up with from memory....I am soo excited about the future of cinema.
Feb. 28, 2006, 6:19 p.m. CST
by Darth Bladder
or is everyone pretending to know what "Battle Angel" and "Avitar" are? I have heard "Battle Angel" mentioned before but I got no idea what the heck it is. Can someone shed some light on both of these?
Feb. 28, 2006, 6:19 p.m. CST
...but I don't know of any film maker so eager to stretch the bounderies of what a film can do. He talks like a zealot, and in this age of shitty remakes/reimagining/whatever, it's great to have a guy with REAL pull in the movie industry getting so fired up about pushing the technological and filmmaking envelope.
Feb. 28, 2006, 6:24 p.m. CST
by hank quinlan
What made James Cameron such a great filmmaker was that he was also an amazing writer. That is the only reason I am excited about his films. He has the ability to realize the worlds he creates. But I agree...I think these could make for some amazing films. But I think I am just as happy to watch a movie beautifully shot on film as a 3-D film (and I LOVE 3-d). But really, I saw Lawrence of Arabia on 70mm a while ago...and 70mm is so gorgeous and big and crisp...it looks 3-D. There is a wonderful lost artform. What sucks now is most big budget movies are really almost animated movies. There is something to be said for somebody going out there with a camera and making a real movie. Someone mentioned Primer...one of the best sci fi films ever. Or whatever...Chungking Express, Breathless, Pi etc. I hate digtal. Its fucking video. And I'm willing to stave off the future as long as it takes. I'm not a purist. But the Miami Vice trailer...shit thats digital video. Its ugly. Can't wait to see what Cameron does. He's never made a bad movie. But the best scene in the Abyss (when Ed Harris revives his wife) has no special effects. People who went to see Titanic don't remember the boat. They remember the love story. And I don't care what anyone says...those Aliens were fucking awesome. I'd rather watch them then some CGI monster any day of the week. Maybe if it was in 3-D...maybe...
Feb. 28, 2006, 6:24 p.m. CST
by Rowley Birkin QC
Got that cursory girlfriend mention out of the way in the opening paragraph. Congrats Harry, consider yourself validated.
Feb. 28, 2006, 6:26 p.m. CST
Harry must be in Heaven! Sounds like we've got some very interesting times coming down the pipeline for us. I do wonder, though, why such a high framerate. In my schooling they always told us the human eye can't detect a framerate higher than 30fps. Does anybody know whether or not this is a fact? If so, then why the necessity for a framerate over 100? 'Splain it to me!
Feb. 28, 2006, 6:28 p.m. CST
Thx for the respect, where can I read your stories? I have some stories of my own I'd like to get off the ground. 10Q.
Feb. 28, 2006, 6:28 p.m. CST
Okay? We good? Avatar sounds like the shit, whereas Battle Angel, I dunno, don't know enough about it yet obviously, but it just doesn't get me geeky like Avatar does (what I've read about the scriptment that is). So James, listen to your old friend chickychow: Avatar is the next movie you're gonna make. (also, just scrap The Dive. I don't care about it)
Feb. 28, 2006, 6:29 p.m. CST
Please make the films THEN go to space. Not the other way around. Scary.
Feb. 28, 2006, 6:29 p.m. CST
Jim will always make great entertaining movies, no matter what the subject, genre or technology. He knows how to make interesting characters and put them in exciting stories. These films will be great - whenever they come out!
Feb. 28, 2006, 6:35 p.m. CST
Man, you have to love Cameron.
Feb. 28, 2006, 6:38 p.m. CST
Because I'm a Battle Angel fan. I'd much rather see him work out any bugs in the system with a one-shot movie like Avatar before taking on a trilogy. Speaking of Avatar, I read a copy of the scriptment that someone linked to when this business was first discussed around a month ago. Definitely gorgeous eye-candy, but I thought the story was a little too stereotyped, and the protagonist was just a vehicle for the story. Hopefully we'll see Cameron the writer again, and he'll invest the characters with some personality and the story with some balance.
Feb. 28, 2006, 6:38 p.m. CST
I won't pretend to know every detail about it since I didn't read it from the first issue, but from what I understand, Battle Angel Alita was a manga publication about a scientist who create a (cyborg?) girl from scrap metal. I read maybe half a dozen issues and it is really interesting. I pretty much remember there are a lot of fights, some of them contests, some were just bad guys Alita was battling to save somebody else. Not too much unlike a lot of Anime out there where the good guys fight increasingly difficult enemies in a very graphic and destructive manner. Very interesting stuff, though. This one is way different from the rest and should make for a really interesting trilogy. Here's a web site that may explain the basic concept a bit: http://www.netjaunt.com/manga/pathways.html
Feb. 28, 2006, 6:40 p.m. CST
by Childe Roland
...from agreement on what it takes to make a good movie. Obviously it would be great if a film looked cool, being a visual medium and all. But it isn't enough for a movie to simply look cool. I can think of a fair number of movies that, especially by today's heightened standards, kind of look like shit. But the stories and characters (and, critically important, the performances) elevate them beyond their visual elements (Sling Blade, is just one fairly recent example of a film that shines despite some technical warts). As a writer, I know you appreciate the power of well crafted plot, dialogue and characters. Let's hope JC hasn't forgotten all that stuff in his enthusiasm for the latest toys (like Uncle George did).
Feb. 28, 2006, 6:57 p.m. CST
I too want Battle Angel to be the best it can be, and I understand the idea that doing Battle Angel after Avatar may result in a better movie because the kinks in the production process will be worked out, Cameron's feature directing skills will have had a good warm up, etc. However, another part of me just wants to see Alita as soon as possible, and another part worries that Alita won't get as big a budget as Avatar if Avatar goes first, since, as Cameron said, the first film will be the one that is the best commercial introduction to the technology. Thus, it might get the bigger budget in order to make the greatest commercial impact. In any event, both projects are more exciting to me than any other potential blockbusters on the horizon, so I'm more than happy with either (although being a huge fan of the manga, Battle Angel currently excites me more).
Feb. 28, 2006, 6:59 p.m. CST
The Abyss doesn't really work for me, but it is still a pretty good film. I defend James Cameron left and right on talkbacks, but now I am feeling some doubt start to creep in. I can't understand how he could possibly feel that way about Aliens. That film feels real, and no CGI fest is ever going to have that kind of visceral impact. Some examples: When Ripley and Hicks get into the elevator, and as the door starts to close and Alien tries to force it's way in from an impossible angle; When Newt is in the water and an Alien comes up from behind her; When Vasquez has the Alien drop onto her from above, then sticks her boot and her pistol against it's head and fires until it's empty. I could go on and on, that stuff looks like it was actually happening. When it looks like reality, you can't improve on it. Is this 3D thing going to take off? I think it will be sort of like Imax. Something that does well, but it isn't going to take over the film business. People DO NOT want to wear a pair of 3D glasses when they are watching a film. James Cameron sounds like George Lucas a few years ago. He is "waiting for the technology" to catch up to his "vision". And we all know how the Prequel Trilogy turned out: Shitty. All the technology in the world isn't going to help poor storytelling. A good example of this would be Jaws vs. The Matrix Reloaded. The scene in The Matrix Reloaded where Neo "fights" Seraph. It looks and feels like a dance.....because it is a dance. I like watching people dance, but not when they are supposed to be fighting. And in the next scene when Neo fights a hundred or so Agent Smiths. Fake looking Agent Smiths I should say. It looks like a bunch of cartoon people being flung around because it IS a bunch of cartoon people being flung around. Not for 1 second do I believe there is a real fight going on. Now for contrast, use the scene in Jaws after the Tiger Shark is caught. Chief Brody is very pleased that they have caught the shark (blissfully unaware of just how big a problem he was facing), and Mrs. Kintner walks up to him on the dock. She is dressed all in black because a Great White had killed her son. She looks at Chief Brody for a beat, and then slaps his face. That 2 seconds of Chief Brody getting slapped has 100 times the emotional impact of the two scenes I described in The Matrix Reloaded. I felt the embarrassment from Chief Brody, and the agonizing pain of Mrs. Kintner all in one well choreographed slap. It felt real. That is what works for an audience.
Feb. 28, 2006, 7:02 p.m. CST
that's all i care about.
Feb. 28, 2006, 7:06 p.m. CST
by invalid entry
real cool harry.
Feb. 28, 2006, 7:09 p.m. CST
Cameron has made 7 narrative features. Although he'd probably like to forget The Spawning.
Feb. 28, 2006, 7:11 p.m. CST
Yes, I've read Alita, and yes, it's that good. To me personally it's better than Avatar, for what it's worth. Avatar has a cool world, but I feel Alita is the better story. Also, all you people saying you don't know what Avatar and Alita are, well, you're *on the Internet*! Go Google. And pencil-man, if it weren't for people like Cameron, we'd still be watching 20fps, 16mm, black and white movies. With no sound. And he's an honestly brilliant filmmmaker (storyteller) and all-round renaissance man (designer and engineer), so I don't know what you believe the problem is. I mean, how many of you guys made a movie? And how many of you guys *made a Mars probe part*? Also, Acappellaman, the human eye *stops detecting flicker* at about 25-30fps. It can still tell the difference, all the way up to about 80fps or so. Ask any computer gamer to show you the difference between Quake at 24fps and at 80fps, and you'll see the light, trust me. Or, for example, imagine you're watching a Lord of the Rings battle, one of the hectic ones with the camera real close. The way it is now, all shaky and low-framerate, you can barely tell apart the characters. If Jackson shot it at, say, 48fps or (my favorite) 72fps, you'd probably be able to recount it afterwards. Ebert's been praising a 48fps analog projection system for years now, campaigning for it over digital. But with digital we can have both.
Feb. 28, 2006, 7:22 p.m. CST
Thanks Harry, this was like AICN 1999. Mucho appreciated.
Feb. 28, 2006, 7:24 p.m. CST
by Sir Loin
...as a 3D remake with Richard Thomas back in action, but after reading the interview and talkback, I'm further in awe of Mr. Cameron's technical expertise and therefore abandon any snide intentions. The man's brilliant and keeps moving forward and I'm happy to be along for the ride.
Feb. 28, 2006, 7:26 p.m. CST
by Shaner Jedi
in-house or from an outside facility?
Feb. 28, 2006, 7:28 p.m. CST
That was also for Childe Roland; the point is, Cameron *is* a storyteller and not just a tech head, we already have evidence for that. No need to worry. Also, Chogokin, you raise a good point. I'm really not sure if Alita would benefit more from being first or second. Also, being realistic for a second, whatever 3D extravaganza he makes could still easily tank, the technology being simply too advanced for it's time, blowing the chances for the other 4 movies. So I hope he makes Alita, so that we have it even if the others don't get made.
Feb. 28, 2006, 7:37 p.m. CST
Sounds like he will be blowing Lucas out of the water in terms of advancing the medium. Exciting Stuff - I can't wait!
Feb. 28, 2006, 7:39 p.m. CST
by Childe Roland
...but the last big movie he made, Titanic, was the very definition of flash over substance. The romance was hackneyed down to the villain's handlebar 'stache. Contrary to what someone above posted, it is not the story that made the impression there. It was the spectacle. The movie doesn't hold up because it was a delivery system for Cameron's then-burgeoning shipwreck fetish and the latest in visual effects. Granted, that's one real stinker of a story amidst a slew of pretty entertaining ones. But it was his most recent outing and he really hasn't done shit as a story teller since. That's why I'm worried. And all he talks about now is the technology. That also worries me. Some great artists and innovators in all media have done shit work in their later years. For example, Stevie Wonder just called to say he loves you. See what I mean?
Feb. 28, 2006, 7:44 p.m. CST
Can't wait to be blown away by Avatar & BattleAngelAlita trilogy in 40 fps or more. Too bad we have to wait YEARS and YEARS until we get the chance to see it.
Feb. 28, 2006, 7:49 p.m. CST
All true, but that's exactly why I'm not worried :) The thing is, Cameron basically admitted in an interview once that he pitched "Titanic" to the studio so they'd give him the money to dive into the wreck. That's why there's that whole framing story set in 1997 - that's the actual main reason he made the film. The Leo/Kate flashback (and the whole story, basically) is little more than an afterthought. He said on several occasions that he left to do documentaries to get that out of his system, so that he can fully concentrate on movies once he goes back to making them. And I like the sound of that.
Feb. 28, 2006, 7:53 p.m. CST
And FINALLY we know that Cameron is gearing up to make these fuckers. I really hope he can still do what he used to be able to do. You can lay into Titanic all you want but it was a very good merging of story and tech.
Feb. 28, 2006, 7:55 p.m. CST
The fucker is making an MMORPG to go with the movie. I mean, that's just too much. Is there anything he isn't good at? Does he ever *sleep*?
Feb. 28, 2006, 7:57 p.m. CST
It's an Ovidio G. Assonitis film. If James Cameron would have had total control it would have been immeasurably better.
Feb. 28, 2006, 8:21 p.m. CST
We all know this site is on the ball about 2 days after all other sites, but this is at long last a REAL exclusive. Good job Harry. Now go back to sleep and keep on dreamin of that "girlfriend" (aka poster of Cameron Diaz's ass)
Feb. 28, 2006, 8:29 p.m. CST
Pick up http://tinyurl.com/mar6f (Amazon link, no BS affiliate stuff) The second volume is a perfect sci-fi tragedy. One of my favorite single volumes of manga. Character work, drama, action and sci-fi ideas are all top notch. It would definitely make a great movie. The first volume has good material, but the aesthetic is a bit dated and it isn't purely required. Movie on, the third and fourth volumes are a surprisingly excellent riff of roller derby of all things, and there's an interesting progression of the character from there. The second series Last Order is a must for manga fans, but it plays more to anime/manga people.
Feb. 28, 2006, 8:29 p.m. CST
by 3 Bag Enema
Because it would be nice to get the scoop from someone who is actually fluent in English.
Feb. 28, 2006, 8:29 p.m. CST
I don't think he was saying what you think about Aliens. He wasn't saying it was unreal-looking, just that T2 and Titanic relied on visual effects generated by computer and that these other two could be updated to incorporate new technology without losing anything. Aliens was doen with model work and costume so would lose something in an update. At least that was how I interpret it - and I have to agree. I like that he loves his films but has the emotional distance to see that Aliens will be regarded in 20 years time as a great film of its time. Look at the way people talk about The Empire Strikes Back, with the model work there. The idea of Lucas going over every effects shot an re-doing them completely in CG is just...shit. And Cameron knows that people would feel the same about Aliens being done this way. I think he's being perfectly sensible and more thoughtful than I had imagined him to be.
Feb. 28, 2006, 8:38 p.m. CST
or not when you are asleep? you either wake up or you don't.
Feb. 28, 2006, 8:45 p.m. CST
and the tale of Prometheus. I'm for anything that helps this era read and "learn the value of human life"... paling
Feb. 28, 2006, 8:50 p.m. CST
Sorry to be so acerbic, but damn. All these snotnosed fanboys calling Cameron out for I don't know how many years now... "he's washed up," "he's burned out," "Titanic sucked," "he'll never make another good movie," "it's too late," "He hasn't made a good flick since T2," "he's out of the game," yadda yadda yadda. Cameron's actually changing the game as we know it. And now, not only with the 3D technology he's pioneered but also the projectors showing film at 140 fps or so? Are you kidding me? Movies are going to look a hundred times better and more realistic than they ever have, and it's cause of this "washed up burnout" who happens to have made some of the best damn movies of the past 20 years. And then it really will become a matter of "it's not the technology involved in the process, it's what you do with it," when he makes some flat-out badass movies that will freak everybody the fuck out, and lesser filmmakers will be trying to catch up, shamefully putting out their 2nd-rate movies shown by 1st-rate projectors. And then we'll see who's the man. Go, Jim. Bad muthafucka.
Feb. 28, 2006, 8:58 p.m. CST
Not that Cameron didn't **try** to take control of the flick. . . one of my favorite JC legends is how he was stuck in Rome after Assolitis fired him (he told Jim, "It's shit! Nothing cuts!" and refused to let him see the dailies,) and Jim, broke, jobless and in a foreign country, stuck around and jimmied the editing room door open with his credit card in the middle of the night, taught himself how to work the Italian KEM machine, and re-cut the footage to his liking. It was upon reading that story when I realized who my favorite filmmaker was.
Feb. 28, 2006, 9:07 p.m. CST
Wish you'd had that recorder going, but nice getting the jist at least. No Titanic backlash here against Cameron. I saw the movie opening night -- ppl couldn't leave the theater for being slumped forward in their seats crying. When you create a movie that connects emotionally like that, you create a phenomenon. Can't fault Cameron for being a God. "King of the World"? That's how he felt. You'd feel like a fucking King too if you were him at the time. He's an egotistical asshole? Nah -- from what I've read, Cameron is better at most of the jobs on set than ppl working for him -- it's not ego, it's impatience with imperfection -- it's not about himself, it's about the work, it's about making the best film possible. Anyway, who gives a shit about him personally so long as he makes awesome movies. And I'm not worried about him having lost his touch for telling a story -- I think it's innate, that sensibility, and while some prattle about the differences between documentaries and fictional films, he's no doubt busy crafting some fine screenplays for Avatar and Alita -- and, HOLY FUCK, Alita's gonna be a trilogy! ...I should change my ID to Cameron-fanboy, heheh.
Feb. 28, 2006, 9:08 p.m. CST
His dance partner could be Lee Iacocca.
Feb. 28, 2006, 9:12 p.m. CST
But maybe it's time to use some of those producer dollars on equipment for the job that got you where you are today? :-) Whatever, congrats on the scoop. Much though I'd love to read the interview verbatim, I think your enthusiasm for film probably mirrors Cameron's, so it was a good read. Sounds like there's cool stuff on the horizon, I hope that Cameron's hopes for film and technology are more fully realized than Lucas' were with the prequels. And, no, I'm not bashing, just stating an opinion.
Feb. 28, 2006, 9:14 p.m. CST
Just finally confirmed. I said in the last Avatar thread that this was all geared to his 3D work with FOX, and...ta-friggin-da. Outside the name of the camera and that U2 is using it, all of this info has been floating around from the days of Cameron's Solaris interviews.
Feb. 28, 2006, 9:31 p.m. CST
First, if you have even a casual interest in the film business then you should know producers normally do not get paid until the FIRST DAY of principal photography... And then they normally only get HALF their negotiated fee. That said-- Harry great interview. However, you did commit a huge "sin" by not recording the damn interview... BUY SOME FRIGGIN' EQUIPMENT (especially if you make 150K yearly like you boast that you do on your MySpace page)!
Feb. 28, 2006, 9:33 p.m. CST
Seriously, this guy will leave his mark. The Mars 3D footage thing sent chills down my spine... And Harry, please tell your girlfriend to throw some equipment in the giftbag, next to William Shatner's CDs and yoghurt. A full interview would've been great.
Feb. 28, 2006, 9:41 p.m. CST
You're not going to get Woody Allen making his next film with the 'Wazoo Camera 3D' in this lifetime. Or the Spielberg's for that matter. Not saying cinema won't head in that direction just not until we are 82 years old and when ALL the theaters upgrade. By that time we'll all be eating tapioca putting for dinner.. I mean how can 3D really change the audience emotionally thand what 2D films have already done? 2D films make us laugh, scared, and cry. These are the hardest human emotions to stimulate from a artists prospective and Cameron has already achieved that with his 2D films. Just add some sound to a old BW silent film from the 20's and you have already changed film in a big way. But I guess if anyone is ingnorant enough and thinks they can change the face of cinema I'd want it to be Cameron.
Feb. 28, 2006, 9:42 p.m. CST
and this is James motherfucking Cameron. So it's not like he doesn't have a precedent for succeeding. I await patiently, with cautious optimism.
Feb. 28, 2006, 9:47 p.m. CST
by Gungan Slayer
Fucking A. Kudos to Cameron and kudos to Harry, damn son, nice fine reporting. Keep the stuff coming. We need someone like Cameron to revive cinema, because the cinema going expierence, the spectacle and all, is slowly dying.
Feb. 28, 2006, 10:01 p.m. CST
my tape recorder was busted, but hey, the next time he calls, i'll take a photo of the phone to prove it.
Feb. 28, 2006, 10:14 p.m. CST
I'm all for new technology but didn't he already make BAA for Fox a few years ago
Feb. 28, 2006, 10:23 p.m. CST
and announces to the masses (especially the Whedonites) "Kneel before Zod!....er..uh Cameron!"
Feb. 28, 2006, 10:24 p.m. CST
I mean, we all know how studios imitate any picture that makes a bazillion dollars, right? Well, although its been nearly 10 years since his last film, everyone knows who James Cameron is and will undoubtedly be interested in his new movie. Now, if it truly is a good movie, it will receive even more money. Factor in the new spectacle, and everybody will be clamoring to see this film. I can already see the headlines proclaiming the next star wars. I know thats a lot of what if's, but if it works, do you really think other studios wont want a piece of the action? I dunno, maybe you are right and I'm wrong. But I got a hunch that Cameron is on to something. At the very least, he probably has the single best chance to instigate studios to follow his lead. I dont have an opinion either way, but I am curious to find out what happens.
Feb. 28, 2006, 10:25 p.m. CST
Just to hear his response.
Feb. 28, 2006, 10:27 p.m. CST
"The First James Cameron Flick Since Titanic." Titanic will be bandied around so much. The fact that he has never had a flop will also get the media wags talking. It wont be like Phantom Menace hype, but it could be awfully darn close.
Feb. 28, 2006, 10:28 p.m. CST
by Liberty Valance
Feb. 28, 2006, 10:30 p.m. CST
as saying that he would have casted Leonardo Dicaprio. He honestly felt Dicaprio(sp?) was the only actor who could convincingly play spidey. I'm sure he would have made better effects through ILM, but I kinda find it hard to envision Leonardo doing his bit. Then again, the show probably would have been less about depression and more about the joy of being web head. Guess its kind of a give and take thing.
Feb. 28, 2006, 10:31 p.m. CST
by Liberty Valance
I've got a video of Lindsey Lohan fucking a shetland pony I'd like to sell you. The guy's had the better part of a decade to make up his fucking mind. Trust me, come May it'll be, "Oh, just a little more time for development..." Hate to be the voice of cynicism but after 8 years of bullshit I'll believe he's ready when I see a picture of him behind a camera.
Feb. 28, 2006, 10:57 p.m. CST
i hope that this movie is better than that piece of crud Titanic.
Feb. 28, 2006, 11:16 p.m. CST
I just can't wait for Stereo 3D to become mainstream. I've been a huge fan of the technology since I saw Captain Eo (sp?) at Disneyland as a kid. I've even owned several computer headsets, goggles, and other various home 3d technologies over the years. Unfortunately, it only has a shelf life of 3-4 months before the company behind the technology ceases to exist or backs out of support.
Feb. 28, 2006, 11:24 p.m. CST
...But what Cameron is talking about is the ability to maintain the actual theatres. Right now, the motion picture houses' fear of television taking over is finally happening. Home Theatre has become mainstream technology, and over the next few years, there's a lot of talk about the movie theatre going away, with simultaneous DVD/screen releases, and the quality of the movie theatre experience getting worse and worse (cell phones, no ushers, etc) things are on a serious downward spiral. What Cameron is looking at are ways of updating the essentially 80-year old technology to bring back the theatre magic. I, for one, can't wait to see what he cooks up. As much as I hated Ep. III, I'd kill to see the big duel at the end in 80fps 3D glory.
Feb. 28, 2006, 11:28 p.m. CST
Does anyone else remember a demonstration of 3D television without glasses? It was broadcast in the early 80's on a cheesy 80's show called "That's Incredible." I distinctly recall seeing 3D clips, specifically, one of two people throwing a frisbee back and forth. There was a weird undulating-warping of the image, but the 3D effect was pretty dramatic, especially since NO GLASSES WERE REQUIRED! I always wondered what killed the technology behind it.
March 1, 2006, 12:42 a.m. CST
Step 1: Conceive a Movie Idea Step 2: Write Script Step 3: Shoot Movie Step 4: Repeat Steps 1-3 The rest is just atmospherics to distract from the fact that he hasn't put a feature out for a decade. Enough about the hardware, tell some stories, already!
March 1, 2006, 12:52 a.m. CST
by Flim Springfield
"Passion of the Christ" filmed LIVE!
March 1, 2006, 1 a.m. CST
by Hideo Kojima
in the first paragraph no less! I stopped reading there.
March 1, 2006, 1:02 a.m. CST
"As much as I hated Ep. III, I'd kill to see the big duel at the end in 80fps 3D glory." Er, you saw the same duel as I did, right? Really really lame is what I call the HUGE MASSIVE DUEL TO END ALL DUELS which is what it was supposed to be. The Qui-Gon/Obi-Wan/Maul duel from Episode 1 was a lot better, a lot more exciting, a lot better staged (no swinging around and dumb lava platforms, not to mention POS dialogue like 'I have the higher ground' etc.). I would like to see the TPM duel with that tech, also with updated effects shots. Lucas still had quite a fresh mind at the time of Phantom Menace, but Clones was shit and ROTS very predictable and boring (I mean, exactly how many Padme apartment scenes can one movie sustain?) with questionable acting from all except Ewan McGregor. Way too much focus on making the Coruscant wide shots look better when they could have spent those months trying to find an Anakin and Padme that could act.
March 1, 2006, 1:13 a.m. CST
If I'm not mistaken, the reason for such a high frame rate is because Cameron's 3D process requires that each projected frame alternate with a matching frame that is slightly offset. Polarized glasses synchronized to the projected image then essentially act as high speed "shutters" to keep each eye from registering frames that are meant for the other eye. The result is that your mind perceives stereoscopic (3D) visual information even though it's coming from a single two-dimensional projection. If this is true, an 80 fps projection would actually be perceived as 40 fps, which should be enough to eliminate strobing or flutter.
March 1, 2006, 1:26 a.m. CST
fine, you have a girlfriend. we get it. who cares.
March 1, 2006, 1:51 a.m. CST
hey cameron how bout a crazy awesome blood soaked gun shooting explotion shitting ninja zombies movie.
March 1, 2006, 1:58 a.m. CST
- Michael Bluth
March 1, 2006, 2:06 a.m. CST
Cameron is Cinema God!! Wonderful news, and kudos on the scoop, Harry. See, this site still got the respect when it count, eh? Ironic that in a talk concerned with high, next-wave technology, AICN went low-tech and revealed it only has one crappy recorder it passes around. Ha! Oh the painful irony!
March 1, 2006, 2:25 a.m. CST
that at last they increase the framerate.
March 1, 2006, 2:41 a.m. CST
What did the technopiliac, 3d-obsessed old coot think about your Aquaf@g article?
March 1, 2006, 3:42 a.m. CST
...wihout the hand washing fixation of course. This guy loves pushing the envelope...ROCK ON CAMERON!
March 1, 2006, 4:22 a.m. CST
by Regis Travolta
I got a phone call from James "Oombabwe" Cameroon he's very pissed that James Cameron is stealing all of the internet publicity. Cameroon is currently at work on a 3-D documentary of his native land Cameroon located on the central west coast of Africa. This documentary will be released throughout sub-Saharan Africa in Summer 2007. The United Nations is financing the budget of $2.3 million. The Republic of Cameroon is a unitary republic of central Africa. It borders Nigeria, Chad, Central African Republic, Republic of Congo, Gabon, Equatorial Guinea and the Gulf of Guinea. Originally a German colony, it was split after World War I among the French and British. In 1960, French Cameroun became an independent republic, merging with the southern part of British Cameroons in 1961 to form the Federal Republic of Cameroon. It was renamed the United Republic of Cameroon in 1972, and the Republic of Cameroon or R
March 1, 2006, 4:50 a.m. CST
And in it Jim Cameron woke me up with a phone call and told me about his goal of changing the world of cinema as we know it. But I fell asleep again and couldn't remember what he said. Typical.
March 1, 2006, 5:15 a.m. CST
Funny thing is, there's definitely enough to the original manga series to make a trilogy of movies. First film could be about Alita and Hugo and as such a very tragic love story. Second film could be the whole Motorball thing, which I hope won't turn into a tired rip-off of ROLLERBALL. We already had the remake, thanks a lot. And finally, the third film would be about Alita vs. Desty Nova, the revelation of the truth about Salem/Zalem etc. HOWEVER, every fan knows that there's already several books out of the new series, BATTLE ANGEL ALITA: LAST ORDER so, if Cameron is willing, he could probably keep making ALITA films for much longer than just a trilogy. Or maybe they'll get Fincher, Jeunet and Paul WS Anderson to helm the sequels. Yeah, that'd be just great.
March 1, 2006, 5:19 a.m. CST
http://www.well.com/user/jimg/stereo/stereo_list.html this may be similar to the ideas being mentioned by Jim.
March 1, 2006, 5:43 a.m. CST
yet his name was still credited as Director, much to his dismay.
March 1, 2006, 6:15 a.m. CST
Harry has a girlfriend?? ;-) sorry, I'm just jealous... about your phone call from Jim Cameron I mean (and about the girlfriend too) ;-)
March 1, 2006, 6:17 a.m. CST
March 1, 2006, 6:19 a.m. CST
a BATTLE ANGEL TRILOGY??? finally there's a reason to live on! JC = GOD!
March 1, 2006, 6:53 a.m. CST
That's exactly true, but 40fps is still better than 24fps.
March 1, 2006, 7:56 a.m. CST
are there pictures of her on the internet?
March 1, 2006, 8:03 a.m. CST
The *frame rate*, I see... all this time I thought it was because Troy was complete fuckin' garbage.
March 1, 2006, 8:46 a.m. CST
..and I also thought I hated Troy because of Brad 'I can do angry, but my hair has to look good' Pitt.
March 1, 2006, 9:32 a.m. CST
We Were all wowed by its technical achievement and less wowed by its screen play and dialouge, for which it wasnt nominated. Its only competitor for best picture that year was Curtis Hanson Superlaitve LA confidential and now that the dust has settled, some 7/8 years later, hanson was robbed of the trophies that were and are rightfully his best picture and best director. It will be very interesting to see what depalma does with the black dahlia, which is to me one of the greatest modern crime novels ever written. Regarding James Ellory no one has ever done a better job than hanson did. Black Dahlia is also one of my favoutires. To quote Big Jim less isnt more. more is more. I have seen nearly all of his films. The Terminator has dated at least the effects have, the story is one of the great horror stories of all time. Its horror springs from the fact that could happen and may well do so in the furture. because of mankinds ability to fuck up. I was amazed to hear that cameron cringes when he see Aliens. Maybe its time for the finale of ALiens. it does seem that it aint happening which is a shame. the prospect of a cameron/ridley scott final alien film is probably just a pipedream. Hopefully none of these films are going to take 5 years to make.
March 1, 2006, 10:40 a.m. CST
by Childe Roland
And, if so, making the obligatory call for his blood. Also, Killah_Mate, I hope you're right and that Cameron's time away helped center/focus him. I'd love to have him back in Terminator/Aliens/Abyss story-telling form.
March 1, 2006, 11:15 a.m. CST
Theatre projection needs new things to keep it relevant and profitable. I always thought that Douglas Trumbull's Showscan (60 fps on a 120 mm negative, I believe) was a good idea, though I sadly never got to see it in action. IMAX is great, but too unwieldy, really. I want to shoot a feature on those wicked 70 mm cameras that Ron Fricke developed for BARAKA. Now that would be something. Anyway, Cameron scares me a bit because he talks like Lucas talks, and Lucas basically comes across in his work as someone who would eliminate the human element altogether, if he could. Cameron has yet to disappoint me, or hell, even to put forth a bad argument, so there's that. But it still scares me, because I want so much to hope that 3D will work. I used to think 3D was a bad idea, and dated, until I saw SPACE STATION 3D. Turned me around completely. You could see the dust in the air, and read the labels on equipment in the deep background. It was the most immersive film experience I've ever had. Incredible. I hope Cameron can pull this off, and I hope he keeps updating with technical details for goons like myself, because it's uberinteresting. End ramble.
March 1, 2006, 11:46 a.m. CST
Is this the same as the cartoon on NickTV? Or is this Avatar something different? The cartoon is fantastic.
March 1, 2006, 11:55 a.m. CST
Hi, Very interested in reading what James Cameron could realize concerning "Avatar", I invite everybody to read Joe Hadelman's book "The Forever War", released in 1974, awarded by the most famous international sciFi prizes, the Hugo and Nebula ones. Joe Hadelman is an American writer who did the Vietnam war and decided to tell his own experience of war and love through Forever War's main characters, 2 lost spacetroopers, Mandella and his beloved girlfriend Potter, fighting together far from Earth the Tauran people, jumping together centuries and different worlds at the beginning of the 21st century. This visionary love story was pleasantly released in 3 parts comics format (Marvano - french collection : "Aire Libre") a few years ago. If you read this, you will certainly noticed that Cameron could adapt it for his "Avatar" story... Great site, great news. Paris loves you all !!! C U soon ! Jean-Marc
March 1, 2006, 12:12 p.m. CST
In keeping with AICN's policy of not printing any actual "news", Harry's talk with Cameron told us what has already been on the internet for months. So Cameron can't choose his next project because he's "emotionally attached" to both of them? Wow. A business decision worth hundreds of millions is delayed because of emotional attachment? Doesn't sound like Cameron, frankly. My guess is, since the budget of both projects would exceed $300 million, Fox executives might have an emotional attachment to their jobs. Cameron hasn't been given a green light. All this masterbation about 3D cameras blah blah totally avoids the real issue of skyrocketing costs, declining boxoffice and the massive turbulence within the film industry now. Do your homework. Call the studio. Ask the execs what the word is. Cameron may not get the green light for any of this shit.
March 1, 2006, 12:14 p.m. CST
This is an exciting time to be starting an education in Film... pwn.
March 1, 2006, 12:18 p.m. CST
I was under the impression that the strobing effect you refer to as being prevalant in large battle scenes was a creative choice and not a product of 24fps. In fact I know thats the case. It is possible to stage a large battle scene and not have the action look strobed. That is a deliberate creative choice to add a frenetic energy to the shots. I know i'm not telling you anything you dont already know! I was just a bit surprised to hear you imply that the strobing was simply a byproduct of 24fps when that is not the case. M
March 1, 2006, 12:19 p.m. CST
Does JC mean that any project using his 3-D technology has to viewed using these polarized shades? We know that they will be filmed digitally and shown digitally but with out the glasses how will they appear? It takes about $150,000 to switch to digital for every auditorium. I don't see it being everywhere that soon. Getting just one digital projector in my town will be like pulling teeth. I'm for anything JC does. I hope it's Avatar. I want a space adventure. Get me the fuck off this planet. Even a Mars rover farting around in 3-D would fuckin rock. With home cinema seriously kicking ass, with Blue-Ray and eventually roll-down, up, or out TVs, whatever the fuck you want to call it, theaters are seriously gonna need a boost.
March 1, 2006, 12:39 p.m. CST
Blag! I wish Harry could actually write. Every time I read something he pens, I feel confused at the end. He spends all this time trying to use the big words but he's got no rhythm or organization. Anyway, the Cameron stuff sounds interesting. I'm not convinced by the imminent explosion of 3D, but the statement that it's not about "stabbing you in the eye" and is instead something subtler is encouraging. We'll see.
March 1, 2006, 12:49 p.m. CST
Plus he just likes everything because he's still so starstruck by the people he "gets to" meet. I gave up on him when I realized he was unable to dislike a movie that he's seen any kind of special preview or showing of -- particularly when cast members were present. "I was lucky enough to sit three rows behind Ben Affleck at the Pearl Harbor screening... Folks, I loved this movie! Something about the airplanes...yeah! You know what I mean?" etc. No thank you.
March 1, 2006, 1:01 p.m. CST
March 1, 2006, 2:11 p.m. CST
by Childe Roland
...at least as those words are commonly used by modern media. The "live" refers to the timing of the event being broadcast. If it's happening now, in real time, you're watching it "live." Whether an actual person is running the camera (and, technically, even if it's a remote cam, there's usually a person on one end running it remotely) is inconsequential to the claim. Even robo-cams can do live feeds.
March 1, 2006, 3:03 p.m. CST
he was on promoting "Titanic", December 1997: 1) Gave up his pay and points after the budget ballooned from $120 million to $200 million and after three years on this film will make no money on it. He also felt that it would NOT win any awards. 2) Stated that he wants to do Spider-Man next, (after the legal issues were fixed) talked to Leo about being Peter/Spidey, ("amazing moves for a white guy"). 3) Was fired after 10 days from "Piranha 2" He should team up with Lucas, imagine what Lightstorm and Lucasfilms could do together?
March 1, 2006, 3:10 p.m. CST
As long as people have to wear those stupid goddamn glasses. This is a guarantee. Someone quote me.
March 1, 2006, 3:18 p.m. CST
I'm glad to hear its coming..... http://photosbyjimmy.fotopic.net/p26464562.html
March 1, 2006, 3:23 p.m. CST
at least half of that stuff and probably north of 75% will never be produced.
March 1, 2006, 3:26 p.m. CST
I hate anime. sounds neat though.
March 1, 2006, 4:19 p.m. CST
by ol' painless
I have a huge amount of respect for Jim Cameron: I just re-watched bits of Aliens again yesterday. Seriously, you could release that film TOMORROW and it would outshine any action movie from the last 5 years. Now I'm not one of these all CGI is bad old-timers, in fact most movie I dig have extensive CGI in them, but the complete lack of this in Aliens gave the movie a real authentic feel. The representations of the dropship, LV-426 and in particular the Queen Alien are stunning and "in the flesh". It may be time for some action directors to rethink how they present their action sequences. Another reason I like Big Jim C is that he consults with me all the time for his movies: you know, story ideas, tips on directing, camera placements . . . . umm . . . except when I'm wearing my hat made of tinfoil . . . you know . . . to block his telepathy and stuff . . .
March 1, 2006, 5:06 p.m. CST
I can't see Cameron ever turning into a soulless filmmaker like Lucas. Yes, Cameron is into the technology aspect of production, and that has held true for years (he sat on T2 until the tech caught up with his idea of a morphy-melty terminator.) However, Cameron can direct. Lucas's idea of directing actors has always been weak ("Faster, More Intensity!") while Cameron always writes and directs from a human perspective. I don't expect that to change just because he's moving into new tech.
March 1, 2006, 5:11 p.m. CST
Here is a picture of Harry's girlfriend standing in a room http://tinyurl.com/ozpfu
March 1, 2006, 5:28 p.m. CST
That is incredibly mean spirited, but I must admit that I laughed. Incidentally, is it just me, or does the word TRAFFICKED just not look right? I know it's right, but man, I think all the dictionaries are wrong.
March 1, 2006, 6:48 p.m. CST
very funny tho! : D I was a little anxious to click the link fearing that it may be a picture of a morbidly fat naked woman......
March 1, 2006, 6:55 p.m. CST
Glad you're still alive and breathing without the help of medical science, Harry. James Cameron may be doing more than we're talking about here, in the way that this technology will likely one day help medical science. You have to figure that some day, Doctors will be able to bring up such 3D images of a damaged heart, for example, ...and virtually fix complex problems before attempting to do so in reality. Maybe to an extent, it's already being done this way. (I couldn't tell you.) But whatever the case, this technology has got to have possibilities for saving lives. (Maybe in 20 years when Harry gets another early morning call from Cameron.) (heh,heh)
March 1, 2006, 6:57 p.m. CST
Thank you Mr. Cameron. We love you (when you aren't fetishizing boat wrecks.)
March 2, 2006, 1:29 a.m. CST
I've got a movie boner again.
March 2, 2006, 2:01 a.m. CST
March 2, 2006, 2:15 a.m. CST
After the freeway? Cause it's been development since the year 880?
March 2, 2006, 2:38 a.m. CST
Well okay, I've got no idea what Avatar is about, but Battle Angel Alita (the manga) was good! And the new Last Order series is going places even crazier than the original! Alita has it all! And 3D without glasses is already a reality. HDTV was invented for 3D in teh first place, but they're deciding to make you wait... Phillips plans to roll em out by 2008. Can't wait to see where we're going with that... fo course there will always be regular hi-def films today as we love em, animated or otherwise... However 3D is going to kick ass for those who love their action! :D
March 2, 2006, 3:16 a.m. CST
As long as people have to use those stupid goddamn glasses. This is a guarantee. You have been quoted.
March 2, 2006, 8:03 a.m. CST
So in summary, his next projects will be a sci-fi story on an alien planet and an adaptation of a Manga series, making the only logical next film for Cameron a static shot of him giving some nerd a handjob. Instead, he's making some crap about diving. To each their own.
March 2, 2006, 9:18 a.m. CST
I hate going to the theater to see movies these days. It's just not worth putting up with sitting through a half hour of commercials, getting kicked in the back of my chair, screaming kids, cell phones, 5$ popcorn, etc. Waiting me at home is a better picture and sound. I hope Cameron can help theaters become relevant again.
March 2, 2006, 11:20 a.m. CST
Man, that gave us NO news at all. Great job there. Very interesting. From what I can tell, Cameron is doing nothing. He is just having a good time and "thinking" about doing things.
March 2, 2006, 1:27 p.m. CST
...but anything that helps to keep the theatre alive is welcome in my book...we're entering a time where cinema is slipping away and some people/digital nerds/pixelated twats who call films, books and music 'content' (I hate that fucking word...it's art, people's work...not fucking 'content') essentially want the filmmaking experience to nothing but a movie of the week...it comes out on every platform for a week, gets lost on the DVD and pay tv ether and well that's it (Fox want to offer new films as H- Def ppvs withing 60 fucking days of cinema release! WTF??!?) Cinema is where a film is alive and what creates it's lasting impression...if Cameron is devoted to that ideal, then I'm with 3-D all the way.
March 2, 2006, 1:56 p.m. CST
Hmmm...I'm wondering when Steven Soderbergh or Quentin Tarantino start working with 3D-technology. My guess: they never will. 3D is for people like Cameron or George Lucas who are bad directors with a certain talent for making big money.
March 2, 2006, 3:19 p.m. CST
by Childe Roland
...making his next movie after Grindhouse, there's a good chance that 3D digital cameras will be the oldest-school option available to his cryogenically preserved (and still stoned) head. Sorry, Stollentroll, but QT ain't all that or even the bag of chips on the side. He's made a couple of good, highly derivative films in cinematic styles that ape his influences. And he hasn't done anything worth a warm shit lately. Not a whole lot worse than Cameron's track record, but certainly no better.
March 2, 2006, 4:19 p.m. CST
by 3 Bag Enema
...it's Dances with Wolves. On another planet.
March 2, 2006, 5:18 p.m. CST
by Shaner Jedi
that's why QT's best bud Robert Rodriquez swears by 3D.
March 2, 2006, 5:23 p.m. CST
Seriously, all Titanic bitching aside, if you have even only minor geekosity how can you not be a wee bit excited about a new Cameron Sci-fi spectacle? It's just nice to have something to look forward to I guess. Can't remember the last time I saw an action movie that really blew me away. I mean, The Matrix was about 6 years ago. Say what you want about the guy, but Cameron really understands how to write, shoot and cut action sequences better than most anybody else. The climatic sequence of Aliens, with Ripley going it alone into the bowels of the Queen's lair to save Newt, and ending hand to hand in the Loader/Queen face off, is just relentless. The super inventive (and silly-in-a-good-way) Harrier set piece in TL. The Mack truck/motorcycle chase in T2. And, let's face it, the sinking of the Titanic. Just great. When it comes to nailing a set piece it's Cameron and Spielberg, and then everyone else.
March 2, 2006, 6:33 p.m. CST
I admit: I was always wondering how they get along. To me, Rodriquez is pretty close to Cameron and Lucas concerning the love for stupid technology. Look at "Sin City": all art - and no matter.
March 2, 2006, 6:44 p.m. CST
You wrote: "When it comes to nailing a set piece it's Cameron and Spielberg, and then everyone else." You are 100% correct.
March 2, 2006, 7:15 p.m. CST
Thanks to http://www.thearnoldfans.com/news.html Popular website AINT-IT-COOL recently conducted a phone interview with legendary genious mastermind filmmaker James Cameron. Jim is the perfectionist behind such classics as THE TERMINATOR, ALIENS, THE ABYSS, TERMINATOR 2, TRUE LIES and TITANIC. The entire interview can be read at this link: http://www.aintitcool.com/display.cgi?id=22599 After reading that indepth piece over at AICN, Arnold fans finally realize that TRUE LIES 2 won't ever happen! It's sad, but very true! Jim Cameron has 5 films he is very passionate about that he will direct back-to-back and a True Lies sequel got left in the dust. But rest assured Cameron's great friend and film collaborator Arnold Schwarzenegger will have a role in either AVATAR or BATTLE ANGEL ALITA. According to aint-it-cool.com, the 5 Cameron films he
March 2, 2006, 7:53 p.m. CST
by Shaner Jedi
one could make an argument that Tarantino is all style no substance. So maybe they do have something in common? :D
March 2, 2006, 8:47 p.m. CST
...sounds like a good idea to me.
March 2, 2006, 9:47 p.m. CST
Thats really interestingabout shooting frame rates over 100fps over the current 24/25/30. It seems to me that to do that will just mean a shit load more work on detail. And I mean an absolute shitload - from special effects, to motion control, to the hoe viewer freezframing through a scene. The films will need to initially be transfered back to 25/30 frames for current dvd. and 24 for film prints that don't allow for digital projection. We're going back to the days of VHS pan scan in terms of differing quality. But it'll change. Wonder how lucas is going to handle the loss of his pioneering status... and if he'll join in. Cameron has been talking about going to space to shoot a doco since I was in fucking primary school. My kids are almost in primary school now. Pull your finger out Cameron. You've made 2 doco's under water. 2! Persoanlly, I'd rather see 3d images sent back from the moon than from mars. I don't know why, But the moon appeals to me more than Mars. And I want to see if the moon really does look like a dark area under an industrial light :P Seriously, there are some MAD mountainous landscapes up there that I would kill to see close ups of from the surface. Why did the Apollo missions go to such boring locations? And finally, 3D. So many men have tried to bring 3D to cinema as a constant. I'll be very interested to see how things change with Cameron.
March 2, 2006, 10:26 p.m. CST
who cares? I should have also mentioned editing. Editing 24/25 fps is time consuming enough. Image editing over 100fps. It'll do 'this' film makers head in getting the precise cut. Also, the battle strobing effect is not a result of frame rate. It's a result of shutter speed. At 24 fps the shutter speed has a blur which is undetectable in static and simple shot set ups. however, fast moving pans, tils and what not will increase the blurr effect making a frozen frame really look blurry. Shooting at a faster shutter captures the frame faster which makes for a really clear image, however it gives a jarring jittery look to battle scenes ie, Gladiator, Mummy returns - I can't stand it personally. There's something to be said about currant standards. There is a perfection to them. adding more frames really doesn't sound as if things are being 'enhanced' persay. Mathematically it just sounds like the same equations. Like shooting shutter 500 with an aperature of f5 will give the exact same image as a shutter of 125 with an aperature F11. know what I'm sayin?
March 3, 2006, 12:54 a.m. CST
by Neo Zeed
March 3, 2006, 3:05 a.m. CST
I just thought talkbackers were giving you a bit of a hard time, but you seem totally out of your mind. Arnold Schwarzenegger is the Governor of California. HE IS NOT GOING TO BE IN ANY MOVIES FOR THE FORESEEABLE FUTURE. I can only guess that you have no clue as to how either feature films OR politics work. And to add to the frame rate discussion: Think about what kind of money doubling or even quadrupling the frame rate would add to the budget of an animated film.
March 3, 2006, 6:56 a.m. CST
Come on Jim, cast Michael Biehn in something!... Probably won't happen though, for a big studio film he's not famous enough for a lead role or even a supporting one.
March 3, 2006, 6:56 p.m. CST
The hardware is CAPABLE of outputting 120fps, but they can't use ALL of it if they want their movies to be 3D! Moray's right, 60fps (60/60, that is) or so is probably the smoothest framerate, and that yes, that means 120fps total, but it's still 60fps for each eye! And editing would also be at 60 fps, but in 3D. In fact, everything would be done at 60fps! Don't forget that the framerate is implicitly doubled *by the stereo frames* that form the 3D image, but all of the operations (editing, viewing, freeze-framing) are still done on the *3D image*, which has a framerate of 60fps, and not its components! That's, of course, all from our point of view - our computers *will* have to process *all* of the frames, and they *will* hate us for it... :-) Not to mention the poor, doomed CGI render farms, whose render speed per second will suddenly drop to one fifth...
March 4, 2006, 2:15 p.m. CST
Now we can watch nothing happen in 3d! Lets follow the progression of theme. Aliens: machines bad-humans good, to Titantic:human nauture good--human nature bad, to Avatar: humans bad--nature good. Now to Cameron--Movie machines (technology) good--ideas (trite) bad.
March 4, 2006, 2:21 p.m. CST
Depending on where Mars is relation to earth the signal travel time is anywhere between 10 and 20 minutes. Not quite "live" but not too bad. Technically, the lunar landings weren't live either--as it take 1/2 second for a signal to travel between earth and moon. And if you want to get very technical, on earth in front of you there is a infintismally small lapse of time between an object and your perception of the object. When you look out at the night sky, you never see the universe as it is. That is impossible. You only see the appearance of various elements at differing points in time. (cue Twilight Zone music.)
March 5, 2006, 11:47 p.m. CST
by Harry's Bitch
Lately we've gotten a lot of talk from JC, and that's all it's amounted to, is talk. The truth is that JC is not a storyteller, he is a technician most of the time and at his best he is an engineer. All of his great stories were "lifted" from other works, including The Terminator, for which the author of the original story sued JC and settled out of court. Give JC credit for having a good eye for a good story, but when left to his own devices, his stories are cliched and stale, like the love story in Titanic. Take away the boat and you've got nothing. T2 was pretty good, but then there was True Lies, an abomination of a film, with hackneyed stereotypical villains and a oh so touching love story about a man who spies on his wife out of jealousy. Yeah, real moving. Then Titanic showed that JC still had the directing chops, but was in need of a good story. Then - nothing, for a decade! A whole decade! Entire genres of film are spawned and forgotten in a decade, and during this time Cameron gave us a few documentaries not half as original or interesting as a good episode of Nova. Now we get all this talk of how technology has caught up with his vision and he can finally make the movies he's wanted to all along. Gee, where have we heard that before? From another film maker who forgot that good films are about people, who transmogrified into something more machine than man... IMO, JC is washed up. He's lost his focus, his drive, his ambition. What else is there to aspire to when you've made the highest grossing film of all time? His fab actor, The Gropinator, is busy trying run CA into the ocean, so no go on True Lies II: Stereotypical Villains Redux. Could he still pull out a rabbit from his hat? Sure, but if his next film is fully written by him, expect a flopper. He's out of practice, like anything else, you lose your directing chops when you take ten years off (Tarantino knows all about that). Will I go see his movie? Probably, but I'm expecting a special effects sampler concept flick.