VFX veteran Douglas Trumbull has revealed that he’s had discussions with James Cameron’s producing partner Jon Landau about potentially using Trumbull’s MAGI technology on the upcoming “Avatar” sequels.
Trumbull has developing a filming system that shoots 4K 3D at 120 frames per second, one that could overcome some of the issues with Peter Jackson’s “The Hobbit” films which were shot at 48 frames per second rather than the 24 frames per second of standard film. Trumbull tells THR:
“I know that Cameron admired Showscan and that he is a huge advocate of high frame rates [HFRs]. The use of HFRs for Avatar would be very appropriate and very successful. I don’t know if Cameron is interested [in using MAGI for the Avatar sequels]. He’s in seclusion writing the screenplay for Avatar . I am talking to Jon Landau, and we plan to have a screening [of UFOTOG] soon.”
“UFOTOG” refers to a ten minute, demonstrative and experimental sci-fi adventure film which showcases the technology. During his keynote address at the IBC Convention in Amsterdam this week, where “UFOTOG” was screened via Christie Digital’s 3D 6P laser projection system, Trumbull says that other filmmakers have already expressed interest:
“(There are other directors) who are very interested in this, and this will be driven by the directors. If directors like Cameron, J.J. Abrams, Peter Jackson want this, then I think we’ll start getting some traction. It delivers extreme fluidity of motion and amazing clarity with no strobing, no double flickering and a viewing experience that far exceeds conventional movie quality…. Michael Bay is going to make an even worse Transformers movie because there won’t be any motion blur.”
The current “Avatar” sequels are targeting annual releases in November from 2016 through to 2018.