One of the film industry’s most influential and innovative creators is James Cameron. With a long list of cinematic hits, including the two top-grossing films of all time, Cameron’s only obstacle is figuring out how to outdo himself. From Terminator to Titanic to Avatar, each film project from James Cameron serves as a pivotal piece of art for its time.
In 2005, Cameron began work on his greatest undertaking yet, the marvelous Avatar, which has held the title for the highest-grossing film of all time since its debut in 2009. Clearly, the devotion and research on visual creation has paid off for Cameron, so naturally, the sequels have to outdo the original.
Fans know it’s been almost 10 years since Avatar came out, so there has been plenty of time for Cameron to go back to work in terms of implementing and collaborating and creating the most state of the art techniques in visual effect.
This week, the director spoke at the Vivid event in Sydney, Australia. He went into great detail on how far the film industry has come in terms of the implementation of 3D, and what he hopes for the future, saying the following:
“What I always hoped would happen is that 3D became commonplace, and therefore, not remarkable, in the same way that colour is commonplace and not remarkable. I think we’ve accomplished that. At the time that Avatar was released, there were about three or four thousand theatres worldwide that were digital 3D enabled projection systems. We now have on the order of 65,000 or 70,000 3D enabled screens. It’s become ubiquitous. It’s become commonplace, and therefore not remarkable, which is why a lot of people attributed such a climb with 3D or the failure of 3D. I think going from 3,000 to 70,000 theatres is far from failure. That’s good news because I want Avatar 2 to play on all 70,000 of them!”
There is no doubt that Cameron led the way for 3D production in film. Since the technological advancements in Avatar, 3D additions have been included in almost every major motion picture. This year, Avengers: Infinity War became the first film to be completely shot with IMAX cameras, making 3D rendering almost second nature. If this is where the bar is currently set, Cameron will take it upon himself to cross that threshold, it seems.