Following the still-unmatched success of “Titanic,” James Cameron made a curious career decision — he decided to stop making fictional, plot-driven films, if only for a time. Nearly a decade later, the “Aliens” director is back with “Avatar,” a technology-heavy film that’s poised to change the way that movies are made.
While Cameron has already sworn off the superhero genre, his feature following “Avatar” is sure to put a smile on the faces of comic book enthusiasts — “Battle Angel Alita.”
“Maybe, maybe,” Cameron told MTV News when asked if the long-discussed “Alita” would be his next film. “We’re going to look at that.”
Based on the popular manga created by Yukito Kishiro, “Battle Angel Alita” focuses on a robotic heroine rescued from a scrapheap by a scientist named Ido. Under Ido’s tutelage, Alita becomes a hunter-warrior, accessing forgotten fighting techniques ingrained in her cybernetic body.
Which such a technology-driven premise, it only makes sense that Cameron would utilize his newfound filmmaking techniques from “Avatar” on the set of “Battle Angel.” According to the director, the Sam Worthington-starring film has helped pave the way for an easier filmmaking experience with “Alita.”
“I think ’Battle Angel’ will be very straightforward based on what we know right now [from ’Avatar’],” Cameron said. “There are actually three technologies we designed from scratch for this movie. One was the fusion, 3D camera system, which would have a big role in ’Battle Angel’ because it’s more live-action by proportion. The other one is the facial performance capture, which would allow us to create Alita that way.”
But perhaps the most important technological advancement is the Simulcam. “[It’s] a real time tracking system that used the motion capture infrastructure on a live action stage, so that when I look through the eyepiece of my 3D camera, I see the set extensions as they will be,” he described. “We can even bring in CG characters in real-time, meaning actor-to-actor, meaning somebody’s acting a CG character over here and I’m seeing him in my eyepiece interacting with an actor in a live-action shot.”
In other words, Cameron will have a very good idea of what Alita’s battles against the often titanic (forgive the pun) monsters will look like as a finished product. “That’s never happened before,” Cameron stated. “For ’Battle Angel,’ that’ll be critical, or for any other film — maybe ’Avatar 2’ — whatever else we film.”
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