James Cameron Pushes Tech Boundaries with ‘Avatar’

James Cameron\'s AvatarThere’s no question that James Cameron is a visionary, as evidenced in Terminator and T2:Judgment Day. But how groundbreaking is his next film, the stereoscopic 3-D Avatar? Cameron explains and even apologizes for making Titanic. Ok, not really.

The Hollywood Reporter spoke with Cameron about the highly anticipated sci-fi film, already in production for 2 1/2 years, and he explained that the film will be “about 60% CG animation, based on characters created using a newly developed performance capture-based process, and 40% live action, with a lot of VFX in the imagery.

“It’s the most challenging movie I’ve ever made,” Cameron said.

But unlike some visionaries who we won’t name (cough, George Lucas) Cameron seems to understand good storytelling is paramount to visual effects.

“You have to make a good film that would be a good film under any circumstances,” he said.

Avatar is set to be released December 18, 2009. You can read the rest of Cameron’s technology filled interview here.

Adam Sweeney has a background in journalism, having spent 4 years on the Lone Star Lutheran as an Opinions and Arts & Entertainment columnist. He graduated in May 2008 from Texas Lutheran University with a Dramatic Media degree and hopes to become a filmmaker/journalist/radio host/actor extraordinaire. He also writes film and play scripts and figures if Good Luck Chuck can make it to the big screen then why can't he? He can also be read at as a feature writer on all things basketball, and his personal blog covers everything from politics to why Keira Knightley is looking more like Jack Skellington every day. (

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