Cameron On “Avatar 2”, Lucas On 3D Conversion

Making an appearance at CinemaCon alongside Jeffrey Katzenberg and George Lucas, James Cameron revealed that he “fully intends” to shoot his two “Avatar” sequels at higher frame rates and is seriously considering 48 and 60 frames per second says The Hollywood Reporter.

“When you author and project a movie at 48 or 60, it becomes a different movie. The 3D shows you a window into reality; the higher frame rate takes the glass out of the window. In fact, it is just reality. It is really stunning” said Cameron to the confab. Cameron is scheduled to show a demonstration of the results later today at the convention.

At the same presentation, George Lucas dismissed rushed 2D-to-3D conversion jobs, saying “I do not believe you can effectively create the conversion process into the normal postproduction chain of a movie unless you are willing to take six to eight months to do the conversion… Who wants to sit on their $100-150 million (movie) for an additional six to eight months? That is going to cost you a hell of a lot more than shooting in 3D.”

Katzenberg meanwhile talked up new digital animation techniques that will allow his studio’s animators to effectively render final quality animation in real time instead of the hours and sometimes days it currently takes for computers to process finished shots.