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When technology costs more than humans

By December 11, 2009Newswires

When technology costs more than human
by Eileen Yu

Movie director James Cameron waited 15 years for technology to catch up before it was sufficiently advanced for him to create the much-anticipated upcoming film, Avatar.

To be released in 2D and 3D, the production is marketed as a breakthrough in moviemaking technique, where Cameron was able to work with a virtual camera and watch directly on a monitor how computer-generated characters would interact with human actors in real-time, then tweak and reshoot scenes accordingly.

"It`s like a big, powerful game engine," Cameron said in a 2007 The New York Times report. "If I want to fly through space, or change my perspective, I can."

In another article, he described virtual filmmaking as a "form of pure creation". "Where if you want to move a tree, or a mountain or the sky, or change the time of day, you have complete control over the elements."

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