Storyboard: James Cameron’s Epic Quest for Avatar. 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. Avatar, which opens Dec. 18, is one of most ambitious film projects ever undertaken, and the big question seems to be, will it sink? Or has Cameron made another record-breaking blockbuster? The December issue of Wired contains two feature stories about Avatar. 5 Steps to Avatar: Reinventing Moviemaking. 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. In 2000, Sony agrees to help Cameron build his “holy grail” camera system. Over the next few years, he develops a lightweight, dual-lens, hi-def digital camera capable of shooting precisely calibrated 3-D images that won’t give viewers a headache. James Cameron’s New 3-D Epic Could Change Film Forever. 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.