Cameron Talks “Avatar” Sequel 3D Plans

While most of the world audience has moved on from 3D, unhappy with much of the results, filmmaker James Cameron is sticking with the technology for his “Avatar” sequels.

This week, appearing at the Vivid Light Festival in Sydney, he’s again spoken about his desires to push the boundaries of 3D cinema with the new films which aim to solve the dimness issue of 3D. He says Hollywood has done 3D a disservice by embracing post-conversion when it should’ve embraced native photography.

Right now though the push is all for 4K resolution both at home and on big screens and he says:

“My hopeful prediction is we’ll get 4K out of our system from a broadcast perspective. When that becomes utterly commonplace and 100 percent saturated, everyone will look around for the next big thing.

The next big thing will be staring them in the face when they look in the mirror, which is, you’ve got two eyes. We perceive the world stereoscopically. We will want our content stereoscopically. What we don’t want is to have to wear glasses and then some kind of specialised viewing apparatus. We just want the screens to be all 3D and a good 3D. We’re on the cusp of that being possible now. The question is, will it?

From my own perspective since I’m not doing television production, I’m doing Avatar sequels – four of them. They will be, to the best of my ability, the best 3D that’s possible to make. That includes collaborating with the people at Dolby Cinema, who have developed high dynamic range projection that could put 16 foot-lamberts of light on a 3D screen through the glasses, which is revolutionary. Normally, you’re looking at about three foot-lamberts. Sixteen is what you should be seeing. That’s what movies should look like.

We need to see the roll out of these laser projection systems, so that we can fully appreciate 3D through glasses in cinemas. Then, we need the roll out of autostereoscopic screens – large panel displays, where you don’t need glasses at all. You have multiple discreet viewing angles and all that sort of thing. Anybody that’s geeking out on 3D knows what I’m talking about. It’s all possible. It’s just a question of will it happen or not. But I guarantee one thing: Avatar 2, 3, 4, and 5 are all going to be in 3D and they will look sumptuous.”

With the notable exception of “Avatar,” few films have made the case for the format and experiments such as the high-frame-rate of the first “The Hobbit” film proved notably underwhelming with audiences. Cameron is presently in production on the “Avatar” films ahead of the first one’s release in 2020.

Source: VFX Blog