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Even before “Avatar” became the highest-grossing movie of all time thanks in large part to its incredible technological advances in 3D, director James Cameron was always looking to use groundbreaking equipment that would make audiences more immersed in the stories he was telling.
As he’s moving forward on multiple sequels to “Avatar,” Cameron also plans to give fans an experience that will be light years beyond the 2009 original.
“I’m going to push,” Cameron said while accepting honorary membership into the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers on Friday night, according to Indiewire. “I’m still very bullish on 3D, but we need brighter projection, and ultimately I think it can happen – with no glasses. We’ll get there.”
Cameron is likely keeping a close eye on the reactions people have from watching Ang Lee’s new movie “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk,” which is the first film ever to be shot in 3D in 120 frames per second (the standard is 24 frames per second).
It’s so advanced most movie projectors can’t play the movie in that format when it opens nationwide November 11 (only one theater in New York City and one in LA will be able to), but those who have watched it say the visuals are incredible.
“Avatar 2” opens in theaters in 2018. It will be interesting to see if Cameron will push for the industry to make movies in 120 fps available in more theaters or if he’ll work on evolving 3D in a lower frame rate.