There was so much focus on the 3D technology used to shoot Avatar that some of the truly game-changing film technologies have been overlooked. We were invited to a special studio day in Los Angeles with James Cameron and his team to look at many of the technologies used to shoot the biggest movie of all time. Like real-time overlay of CG performers and environments on the cameraman’s viewfinder. Say hello to Simulcam.
It isn’t just actors who want to react to their CG counterparts. Cameramen looking to shoot a more realistic, loose flowing sequence need to know where everyone is in the shot too. Amazing stuff to see in the flesh, and when you add the virtual camera into the mix (video coming Thursday) you’re seeing the two key technologies that other filmmakers are already starting to use to bring a more dynamic feeling to their CG efforts too.
We were invited along to the special Avatar event to coincide with the release of the Avatar Extended Edition Blu-ray set, which hits shelves tomorrow.