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Cameron Will Shoot Avatar 2 In 4K
Well of course he will; it's a new and cool technology

18 February 2014  |  Written by Helen O'Hara  |  Source: Collider

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James Cameron Avatar

As James Cameron beavers away on the next three Avatar films, he has begun to reveal some tiny tidbits about his plans for the trilogy - and those plans obviously include the latest technology, because what else could we expect from the envelope-pushing director? In an interview with RTL, picked up by Collider, Cameron mentioned that he's probably going to shoot the next three films in 4K resolution and possibly at a high-frame rate, at least partially.

Says Cameron, “[We’re] looking at high frame rate. I’m studying that. I haven’t made a final decision yet, whether the entire film will be made at high frame rate or parts of it. You know, we’ll be shooting at a native resolution of probably 4K and so then there should be a lot of true 4K theaters by then as well.”

The director is currently preparing the huge amounts of software necessary to create the world of Pandora, as well as developing the scripts and characters for the next three. He promises that, "You’ll see new worlds, new habitats, new cultures. The primary conflict between the human view kind of dominating nature and the Na’vi view of being integrated into nature is the same, but it manifests itself in very different ways.”

The Avatar sequels will arrive in December 2016, 2017 and 2018, so make sure to plan any Christmas trips around proximity to a well-equipped, technologically cutting-edge cinema.


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Your Comments

Why is this news?
We've been shooting films in 4k even 5k for YEARS now. Is this just news because 4K TVs are suddenly popular? More

Posted by guypoole at 20:39 on 20 February 2014 | Report This Post

Snooze
Avatar, aside from a few scenes, was derivative and unoriginal CG snoozefest stuff. Three more films, wow we will really be asleep. 4K, like the others here said, such a gimmick, and it does makes things too obviously not real, and it frankly does not matter at all, and it does not Cameron's dull characters and predictable scripts any better. More

Posted by ado123 at 18:17 on 20 February 2014 | Report This Post

Shooting in 4K is old news.
It's theatres projecting at 4K that's new. Where have you been, Empire? You can shoot 4K on a DSLR nowadays. More

Posted by Nicky C at 17:02 on 20 February 2014 | Report This Post

So, we'll be able to see the crap acting more clearly? More

Posted by LSJShez at 21:53 on 19 February 2014 | Report This Post

RE: Not keen on higher frame rate.
L: Jon 79 ...problem is that in making the screen you're looking at more life-like, you're also highlighting the less life-like qualities of the picture. ..... something obviously fake about a totally computer generated environment to the trained eye, and this fakeness somehow becomes more obvious at a higher frame rate. This. I look back at films that are only a couple of years old that had state of the art CGI when they came out, and now, with how graphics are advancing, it becomes ev More

Posted by GrizBe at 21:51 on 18 February 2014 | Report This Post

RE: Not keen on higher frame rate.
Apparently it's something to do with getting the processing speed of the brain wrong - according to some technical brain people when the Hobbit came out. I'll never step into an HFR screen again - awful experience. More

Posted by elab49 at 21:48 on 18 February 2014 | Report This Post

Not keen on higher frame rate.
I think 4k is fine, but HFR is not so good for CGI-heavy films, if the Hobbit is anything to go by. The problem is that in making the screen you're looking at more life-like, you're also highlighting the less life-like qualities of the picture. Even when you're not talking about, trolls, dragons or blue aliens, there is still something obviously fake about a totally computer generated environment to the trained eye, and this fakeness somehow becomes more obvious at a higher frame rate. For More

Posted by Jon 79 at 20:49 on 18 February 2014 | Report This Post

Avatar....really?
C'mon i mean "yeah i'll shoot in 4k and push the envelope" f***ing webseries for youtube are shooting in 4k, and the fact that avatar was to say the most a decent film, does not get me hyped for the sequels. Films should be about telling a good story. Not ticket-selling gimmicks. More

Posted by andy12 at 19:02 on 18 February 2014 | Report This Post

RE: Don't care, its about smurfs........kinda
L: Theghostfrommars Cannot get excited about these 3 movies, but I wish him well, still think The Abyss is his best movie by miles, but that's just me! The Abyss over Aliens??? GET OUT!!! More

Posted by 7eke at 18:03 on 18 February 2014 | Report This Post

He can shoot on 12K
for all I care. He could shoot it in 24K with the images sent via wi-fi directly into my fucking eyeballs. AS LONG AS HE HAS A DECENT SCRIPT but he won't so it's all for not More

Posted by glloyd24 at 17:31 on 18 February 2014 | Report This Post

4K?
Not 6K? Fecking amateur! More

Posted by bradthunder at 17:01 on 18 February 2014 | Report This Post

Meh
I can shoot 4k at a high frame rate on my gopro and can probably make a better film for a fraction of the price More

Posted by kam_66 at 15:28 on 18 February 2014 | Report This Post

Don't care, its about smurfs........kinda
Cannot get excited about these 3 movies, but I wish him well, still think The Abyss is his best movie by miles, but that's just me! More

Posted by Theghostfrommars at 14:20 on 18 February 2014 | Report This Post


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