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<img alt="" src="http://www.wired.com/magazine/wp-content/images/17-12/ff_avatar_cameron1_f.jpg" title="James Cameron" class="alignnone" width="660" height="494" /> Director James Cameron made Titanic , the highest-grossing film in history, and then puzzlingly disappeared from the spotlight. He returns 12 years later with visionary science fiction epic Avatar , a movie filled with 9-foot-tall, feline-looking blue aliens, and the groundbreaking digital technology that makes this radical cinematic feat possible.
Inside the 3-D World of Avatar To film the alien planet of Pandora, James Cameron and his team reinvented moviemaking, from the camera to the shooting to the rendering. Here’s how. <img src="/magazine/wp-content/images/17-12/ff_avatar_5steps1_f.jpg" />
<img alt="Photo: Art Streiber" src="/magazine/wp-content/images/17-12/ff_avatar_cameron1_f.jpg" title="Avatar" width="660" height="494" /> 12 years after Titanic James Cameron is betting he can change forever the way you watch movies Photo: Art Streiber Inside the 3-D World of Avatar In 1977, a 22-year-old truck driver named James Cameron went to see Star Wars with a pal. His friend enjoyed the movie; Cameron walked out of the theater ready to punch something.