In a similar vein to Avatar, Alita: Battle Angel is a James Cameron production (directed by Robert Rodriguez) that uses CGI motion capture in never-before-seen ways. Likewise, one can be sure that Alita’s tech won’t be widely accepted for another decade or so.
Motion capture technology is not necessarily new, but the technology James Cameron used in Avatar is just now being used by other filmmakers a decade later. For all the praise Jon Favreau received for his Jungle Book and Lion King remakes, James Cameron should earn twice as much.
Choose Your Own Adventure novels might not be as recognizable for kids these days, but they used to be a huge hit in decades past. Netflix’s series Black Mirror adapted the book series’s structure and applied it to a feature film, leaving the fate of Bandersnatch’s lead in the hands of the viewer. It’s truly impressive.
Ang Lee’s career trajectory is fascinating to look at. He’s always done gripping dramas, but never confined himself to a single genre. These days, he’s continued this trend while also incorporating the most spectacular technology. His 2016 film Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk broke new ground by utilizing stereo 3D, 4K cameras, and a 120 frames per second shooting format—three creative decisions that helped differentiate his film from other war movies.
Another Ang Lee film, 2019’s Gemini Man stars Will Smith in two roles, playing the same character from two different time periods. Like Billy Lynn, Gemini Man was shot in 3D, 4K, and at 120fps. Unlike Billy Lynn, Gemini Man also incorporates brand new motion capture tech.