Movie director and producer James Cameron, who brought 3D to the masses with the film Avatar last year, is planning the next installment. On the sidelines of the INK Conference, Cameron spoke with briefly with journalists on Avatar, storytelling: Q: You had the idea for Avatar in 1995, but why did it take you time to start working on it? James Cameron: You have to be aware of when a wave is coming, and everybody's moving in the same direction. No individual or company can create a wave by itself. You have to time it right. The tech gap in 1995 was too big to accomplish what we wanted to do. Among the advancements that we worked on was The photorealism of the rendering process: we were creating entire environments, and it was 100% CG. We did only one day of external shooting with a helicoptor. The other advancement was on facial performance capture, which is what everybody's doing in now. In 2005, we had to develop it, with emotional realism built in. We knew that we needed to cross the uncanny valley: the uncanny valley is that the closer you get to the simulation of a human being, you begin to get a dip in the positive response. Would you look to use video games for story telling? James Cameron: There's a lot of story telling in videogames. Avatar was made with a video game engine, we used a creative engine and game offering techniques. Our goal the next…
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