James Cameron’s 3-D influence on films.


Promotional still from Cameron’s upcoming Documentary.

There is no doubt that James Cameron is clearly one of Hollywood’s top filmmakers, not just for the gross of his films but also for his invaluable contributions to the film industry as we’ve been introduced to a new era of technology and other filmmaking techniques during the last few years. According to Variety, distributor and marketing company DisruptiveLA has acquired U.S. distribution rights to the upcoming documentary “James Cameron’s Deepsea Challenge 3D”, lining the film up for a national theatrical release on August 8. Even though the film has three directors it’s not surprising that this project places James Cameron again in the throne of 3-D cinema. Here are some other important filmmakers that have been influenced by the pioneer of the 3-D technology in the world of films.

James Cameron and his role in the Development of 3-D

Ridley Scott is one of Hollywood’s top directors when it comes to Sci-fi projects and when he was questioned about Avatar and James Cameron work with 3-D technology he mentioned it was the starting point when he began to think about his latest film Prometheus.

Visiting the Avatar set was a huge changing point for Scott, he told Yahoo Movies:

“So I’d visited him on the set.  Now, he was into a technology, which is almost entirely green room — with actors running around in tights and little bubbles of markers on them.  He said, “Yeah. You won’t have to do this because this technology [is evolving quickly]. This took me four years.” And I thought, “I don’t have the patience for that.”  But we did this in about 80 days and we started real production a year and two months ago, so it’s fast.”

After analyzing the process, Scott decided to shoot Prometheus with Red Epic Cameras, something that he says facilitated the process “All you need is an eye, if you know what you are doing, the process it’s pretty straight forward”.

Great Gatsby and Cameron’s influence in the Film

According to the New York TimesBaz Luhrmann states that he was influenced by a lecture by James Cameron back when he was working on Avatar. Luhrmann states that F. Scott Fitzgerald was a modernist and that he would want the Great Gatsby shot in 3D, because Fitzgerald was influenced by cinema.

James Cameron wasn’t Luhrmann’s only influence. Alfred Hitchcock’s 3-D version of Dial M for Murder, from 1954 also played a part in Luhrmann’s decision to shoot The Great Gatsby in 3D.

James Cameron wants to blow your mind with 60fps.

Not only is it enough for James Cameron to shock the world with Avatar and break box office records worldwide. According to WIRED, he’s thinking of shooting the sequels in 60fps, which is similar to Peter Jackson’s 48fps in The Hobbit. There were plenty of mixed reviews about the frame rate because for so long viewers were so used to 24fps. James Cameron’s influence on the film industry alone keeps changing because he’s not afraid to step out of the box. Unlike Michael Bay who basically makes the same movie every time. Cameron adapts and moves ahead of technology at a rate unlike no other. Will 60fps be the new 3 common? Only time will tell but if anyone is to change it up I trust James Cameron.




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