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James Cameron: “Avatar” was “my chance to rage”
Director James Cameron has made a lot of big-time films with big-time special effects: “Aliens,” “The Terminator” and that little movie called “Titanic,” but he told Reuters Television in an interview for “Avatar” day that nothing compares to the upcoming space adventure that will land in theaters December 18.
In promotional material, the 20th Century Fox film studio that is backing the movie describes it by saying: “Avatar takes us to a spectacular new world beyond our imagination, where a reluctant hero embarks on a journey of redemption, discovery and unexpected love as he leads a heroic battle to save a civilization.”
Cameron says: “This was my chance to rage, to do big-time design, to design creatures, to design plants, floating mountains, all these incredible landscapes. So this is something that I’ve wanted to do for ages and ages.”
As we told you a few days ago on the Fan Fare blog, (click here) Fox is pulling out all the stops to promote the expensive new film. Today — “Avatar” day – Fox is debuting the movie’s promotional trailer’s in theaters around the world, and in some Imax and other venues equipped for 3D Fox will show select scenes from the film in three dimensions. The trailer can be seen online, too.
Cameron told Reuters the 3D effects are a big part of the movie, and something he’d been wanting to explore since making “Titanic.” “I spent a number of years after ‘Titanic’ doing deep ocean expeditions around the world and I was really waiting for the technology to catch up so I could do a film like ‘Avatar’. We were working with 3D camera systems and I wanted to shoot a movie in 3D.
“With ‘Avatar,” Cameron continued, ”we’ve gone beyond not only what I had known previously, but I think what Hollywood in general has been able to do up until now … This is fundamentally different and I think you sense it at a very deep level that it’s fundamentally different.”