Avatar is still bigger than anything in box-office earnings!
So why did James Cameron wait 15 years to make his movie Avatar (almost half the time it takes you to download/upload a movie to or from some of the big names of tv and movie service providers!!!)
It was not the art or technology that made the King of Movie-making wait all these years! It was people!
Cameron needed to wait all these years for some audience that can grasp his movie to evolve!This is what some critics say. For me this makes more sense than to say that Cameron had waited for the technology to advance!
There is always enough public awareness to, at least, appreciate any visual product or the endeavor even toto make it!
But either arguments is true depending on who you value most, machine or human advancement!
In 1960 the movie "13 Ghosts" was launched with a novel idea. To have some sort of spectacle issued to each viewer upon entering the movie theater to be able to see the ghosts! I remember I got one at the box office but never dared to use it. I was still able to narrate imagined scenes from the movie later on, possibly inspiredby the scary sounds!
Fifty years from "13 Ghosts" 3D viewing is back as a major feature of Avatar along with stereoscopic film-making!
So the technology was there. What Cameron did was just have some geeks improve on it for him! Despite all this 3D viewing in Avatar is actually amazing. It's not like any 3D viewing one could think of before Avatar. Yet some viewers complained of getting headaches or dizziness from using the 3D goggles or that the idea of seeing through goggles is in itself a distraction. The questions is this seeing through goggles and whether the artistic value of a movie can be adversely affected by this act of dictating how we should see it!
Other movies by James Cameron:
- The Terminator