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James Cameron’s Avatar in 3D

You probably know by now that James Cameron is hard at work on his new movie, Avatar. We have the supposed teaser poster to the right, and our Bevy of Blue and Green Babes post even has a picture of the Avatar alien. But did you know that Cameron is filming Avatar in 3D? Yes, 3D.

Not the crappy red/blue 3D of yesteryear, and not even the new fangled polarized 3D you see every now and then. No, Cameron created a brand new 3D camera, that works like a pair of human eyes, and shot the entire thing using this new camera. You’ll still have to wear polarizing glasses though. You may wonder how/why this is different. I know I did. Then, thanks to the magic of the Internet, I found this explanation on

From a technical standpoint, this is really cool, watching the camera in action is interesting. Of course, we can’t really see how the film looks because the Internet isn’t in 3D. Yet. Now I’m even more curious about this movie, aside from the SF-nal aspects and is Sigourney Weaver the hardest working actress in the SF genre? Although, since I wear glasses, I hate wearing yet another pair over them to get the 3D effect. Summer 2009 seems quite a ways off though. Must be all the post-production work.

Has anyone seen Cameron’s Titanic documentaries that are in 3D? I’m assuming they use the same 3D camera as Avatar. Maybe the new Imax theater down the street will show them when it opens.

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2 Comments on James Cameron’s Avatar in 3D

  1. Hi,

    Sorry, just need to correct some info there! All 3D movies are captured with two cameras, either spaced apart or rigged with a beam-splitter prism. What Pace has done is automate the process somewhat. Some recent 3D movies generated from previous 2D sources (e.g. Nightmare Before Christmas) still have to be painstakingly rotoscoped, separated and rerendered into two images (at a cost of between £10m-£20m.) Also, it’s not the cameras that are polarised, the glasses we watch them with are. The polarised systems we now have at the cinema are technologically more advanced than previous systems but the principle remains the same.

    The technology is nothing new – 3D films and pictures have been shot this way since the dawn of photography – but the digital projection and viewing technology has finally caught up and become affordable enough for mass market.



  2. Docta Jekyll // January 17, 2008 at 10:33 pm //

    Yeah, the big thing the new camer system does is not that its two cameras filming at once, thats how 3D is filmed, its just in this rig, the two cameras are closer together, to better recreate the way our eyes are close together, and as objects get closer to the cameras, the move inward, just like our pupils do when we bring an object close to our face.

    Its basically a 3D camera system that is worked and acts more like human vision and eyes, allowing for a much better 3D image.

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