James Cameron on 3-D, Avatar & New Project

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Variety has published a fascinating and technical interview with Titanic director James Cameron talking about filming in 3-D, his highly-anticipated Avatar, and a smaller movie he will shoot in 3-D as well. Here’s several clips;

I plan to shoot a small dramatic film in 3-D, just to prove this point, after “Avatar.” In “Avatar,” there are a number of scenes that are straight dramatic scenes, no action, no effects. They play very well, and in fact seem to be enhanced by the stereo viewing experience. So I think this can work for the full length of a dramatic feature. However, filmmakers and studios will have to weigh the added cost of shooting in 3-D against the increased marketing value for that type of film.

In the future world shown in “Avatar,” all display devices, including handheld devices and even photos, are all in 3-D.

You can read the full interview here! Avatar, due out December 18, 2009, tells the story of an ex-Marine, thrust unwillingly into an effort to settle and exploit an exotic planet rich in bio-diversity, who eventually crosses over to lead the indigenous race in a battle for survival.