While making an appearance as a surprise guest in Wellington, New Zealand to see Peter Jackson’s “The Hobbit,” director James Cameron spoke on Jackson’s behalf chronicling similarities between his struggle to make his monster hit “Avatar” in 3D and Jackson’s use of 48 frames per second for his Middle Earth prequel.
Critics panned a ten minute preview of “The Hobbit” back in April at the CinemaCon Convention in Las Vegas. “Avatar” faced similar skepticism a year earlier at the same convention.
“If there is acceptance of 48, then that will pave the way for Avatar (sequels) to take advantage of it,” Cameron told reporters.
“We charged out ahead on 3D with Avatar, now Peter’s doing it with the Hobbit. It takes that kind of bold move to make change.”
This week, Jackson stated the similarity between his use of a higher frame rate for “The Hobbit” to the introduction of compact discs, saying it was the way of the future for film.
“I personally think it’s fantastic, but it’s different,” he told Radio New Zealand.
“I remember when CDs came in and there was a nostalgic feeling that the sound of a needle on vinyl was what music should sound like – suddenly you’ve got this pristine clarity and a lot of people were nay-saying it.”
Cameron said Jackson was a singular filmmaker who had turned the New Zealand film industry into a global force.
“He’s elevated the industry to a global level, where people from all over the world — artists, film-makers, special effects technicians and so on – come here to work, that’s unique,” he said.
“It’s really only happened a couple of times before, in Los Angeles and maybe London… it’s the first time it’s been done by a single filmmaker.”
Cameron, who owns a farm in New Zealand, said he was on the property working on scripts for sequels to “Avatar”, complaining: “Unfortunately it’s too damn distracting because it’s so beautiful”.
He said he hoped to have the scripts completed by February and begin filming by the end of next year.
“I want to get these scripts nailed down, I don’t want to be writing the movie in post production,” the director said.
“We kind of did that on the first picture, I ended up cutting out a lot of scenes and so on and I don’t want to do that again.”
Cameron, originally from Canada, said he was enjoying the relaxed lifestyle in New Zealand.
“We knew our immediate neighbours in a couple of mile radius a heck of a lot better in the first few weeks than we did in Los Angeles in 10 years,” he said.
“Avatar 2” is scheduled for a 2014 release date, while “Avatar 3” is scheduled to arrive in theaters sometime in 2015. James Cameron will write and direct both films.
Source: The West Australian