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Avatar Sequels Will Look Fancier Than Avatar, I Guess?

James Cameron is a guy who loves movie technology. That is the smartest way I could think of to begin this post. He cannot get enough of it. Like, for instance, Avatar? Loaded with the stuff. Anyway, in order to step it up for Avatar 2 and Avatar 3, James Cameron is pushing the idea to film them in 60 frames per second, rather than the standard 24 or 48. From The Hollywood Reporter:

Cameron said he “fully intends” to film the Avatar sequels at a higher frame rate and he presented an extensive test showing the differences between images shot at 24, 48 and 60 fps. At that time, he said, “The 3D shows you a window into reality; the higher frame rate takes the glass out of the window.”

Some of the cons I can gather are that this would be a lot more expensive, and something about projectors needing a software upgrade (Projectors at movie theaters? Projectors used during filming and editing? The Dirty Projectors? I have no idea.) (LOL at that Dirty Projectors joke, very good one.), and then he says the main problem is: “What we have to work on is the FX workflow—primarily the render pipeline.” Hahah. I mean I understand what rendering means…So I guess the effects would take longer to render? Like, they’d have to start rendering at lunchtime rather than dinnertime? Listen, I have no idea, maybe you shouldn’t even be reading this right now, I kind of don’t even know why you still are. The truth is that this seems very complicated and either it just IS very complicated (“it” being the reason why this would be difficult) or no one has explained it in easy enough terms or I am just very stupid. In any case, I think James Cameron is overlooking a lot of easier-to-do-and-understand options for making Avatar 2 and 3 better and fancier. For instance:

  • People in Avatar costumes come through the audience like when you see The Lion King on Broadway.
  • Free Avatar 3D collectable slurpee cups, like the kind 7-11 has with the WWE.
  • When you are in the movie theater, you are served food and drinks at your seat and they are reasonably priced but high quality.
  • Put either Ryan Gosling or Aaron Paul in a main role, but never make them blue or whatever.
  • The entire movie takes place at a fancy ball.
  • You are given some sort of new drug at the beginning of the movie so it makes you feel like you’re IN the movie, or maybe just puts you in like a forced dreamlike state but the contents of your dream, aside from your role in it, are all predetermined, like a choose your own adventure Avatar themed lucid dream.
  • You have to be invited to see the movie, but everyone gets an invitation in the mail. So everyone feels special even though they aren’t.
  • You get a special gift underneath your seat that has your name on it. And it would be like, Wow, how did he know I would choose THIS seat? And I don’t know how he would know, it would be a mystery for a long time.
  • Somehow it is revealed in Avatar 2 that all of Avatar is a Notes From Underground adaptation, and Avatar 3 is pretty straightforward about it.
  • Shoot it in 100 FPS.

Either those or just explain to me why it would be so difficult to just shoot it at a higher frame rate. Because cameras don’t exist that do that? Is that it? Why is this so difficult? James? Hello?