Jim Dorey at MarketSaw managed to get a ticket to the Aliens/The Abyss double feature with James Cameron at the Aero Theatre in Santa Monica. In between the films Cameron took part a 43 minute Q & A session and spoke a little about Avatar. Here are some highlights:
1. Cameron said we would see our first glimpse of Avatar “very soon.” His tone of voice seemed to be hinting that we would, in fact, be seeing something very soon.
2. The 2D and 3D versions of Avatar will have different aspect ratios. The 3D version will be the full 16 x 9 ratio in which the movie was shot (Cameron mentions how the extra screen height benefits 3D). A 2D cinemascope ratio version will be extracted from this 16 x 9 footage for 2D theatrical exhibition and 3D exhibition on screens which can’t handle 16 x 9.
3. On Avatar: “It’s great to be back in the saddle making a movie- and making a movie that I know – win, lose, or draw, whether it’s a good film or not, I know there’s going to be images in this film we’re making right now that are going to Blow. People. Away…They’ll be like, ‘what the f#ck?”…cause we say that when we see the shots coming back from WETA Digital. They sent us a shot last week, and I said, ‘this is ridiculous!’ So, I don’t know if it’s gonna add up to be a great film, but I already feel proud that there’s some cool stuff in it.”
Click here to hear all of the Q & A session.
How soon is very soon? Could we be getting a trailer with Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs at the beginning of July? The film is in 3D and will be released by 20th Century Fox so it’s a possibility. Whenever it is I can’t wait! (Although I will).