Thursday, 25 November 2010

The films of James Cameron: pushing the state of the art.


Digital Domain's work for Titanic seamlessly integrates live action, model work, cg and matte painting. They had to develop their own 3D motion tracking software to be able to do so.

I am using James Cameron as a study of a director pushing the state of the art of visual effects for my research presentation on the MSc. By charting his films from The Abyss through Terminator 2 and Titanic to Avatar we see how the needs of his films to show previously unseen imagery lead to some of the most dramatic leaps in effects technology in the past 20 odd years. This is preferable to industry lead developments which tend to reaffirm cinema's novelty aspects and disrupt our suspension of disbelief, cutting us off emotionally from the film and it's characters.