(Paris) Mad about digital and special effects, James Cameron is a legend who has revolutionized cinema several times, with terminator, titanicWhere is it Avatars. Technology is at the heart of his work, but that’s not all, assures AFP.
At a time when special effects engines are accessible to all productions and hundreds of millions of dollars can be invested in a blockbuster, it is the “artistic talent” that makes the difference, believes this king of the box office.
“Anyone can buy a brush. But not everyone can paint a work”, explains the director, during an interview in Paris before the December 14 release of Avatar 2: The Water Way.
The production of this film, which was released thirteen years after the first part, required colossal technical means, including many shots underwater, in apnea. “I’m kind of a central filter for everything, but I have a lot of artists working for me, drawing the characters, the architecture, the world, the plants, the costumes…” he sums up.
“I like to think of it (making the film) as a big hippie community with a bunch of great artists,” he continues. “Technology does not create art. It is the artists who create the art”.
A movie like Avatarsin which the actors are shot on a blue screen before all the sets, textures and props are added by computer owes everything to the artists’ performance, he points out, though they are often unrecognizable on screen, after digital processing.
“The heart, the emotion, the creativity… All of this happens first”, during the shooting of the “live” scenes, the first phase of the construction of the film, even before the shots and framing are defined. “It’s only then that the technical work begins,” he develops.
As for the artificial intelligence, which has been used to process the images, it is not there to “take the place of the actors, but to be even more faithful to their interpretation”, he assures.
The man of all records, with the most expensive, but also the most profitable films in the world, from titanic At the beginning Avatars, the director acknowledges that he “has a heavy responsibility”. “I can’t be whimsical or extravagant or impulsive. I have to stay very focused to create something that appeals to me, appeals to the public and is commercial enough to make money.”
“I can’t be too intellectual, but I can make it satisfying by adding a second or third level of understanding, whether people understand it or not,” she continues.
“Angry” by nature
Like a modern Commander Cousteau, fascinated by the sea and its depths, to the point of being one of the few humans to have dived in a submarine in the Mariana Trough, the deepest on the planet, Cameron returns home Avatar: The Way of Water the environmentalist message that had contributed to the success of the first part.
“I don’t think about the purpose of a film Avatars and to tell you what to do,” the director points out. “I think anyone who has studied environmental issues can tell what to do. You know you need to reduce your carbon footprint in every possible way, don’t vote for assholes, buy an electric car, eat less meat and dairy…”
“But you can influence people’s feelings,” she continues. “The film asks you to have feelings for nature, not just cry at the end or feel emotion towards the characters. It’s about feeling outrage, […] let people get angry” for nature.
“It awakens that connection to nature within us. About ten minutes into the film, you see the world a little differently.”