Avatar letter from James Cameron

Ain’t it cool news – Harry from Ain’t it cool got a letter from James Cameron updating him about progress on his new movie – Avatar. Here are some excerpts from the letter:

“The first couple of weeks we were still coming up to speed, figuring out how to control the interocular and convergence for all different types of shooting situations. But we’ve got that dialed in now. We’ve reworked the camera software on the fly, using a set of look-up curves we wrote ourselves, so now the cameras basically go to a default interocular setting automatically based on focal length and subject distance — a kind of “auto-stereo” — which is working really well. I can be hand-holding a shot, and decide to crank in on the zoom in the middle of the shot, completely unrehearsed, and our system compensates instantly.”

“Each one of my actors is turning in incandescent work — Sigourney, Sam Worthington, Stephen Lange, Giovanni Ribisi, Michelle Rodriguez, Joel David Moore —- they’re each so right on that it’s impossible to think of anyone else playing their characters.”

“Fox doesn’t want to unveil anything yet, understandably, but when the time is right I’ll get you some of the actual design art which won’t be available anywhere else, so fans can get a look behind the curtain on the design of the characters.”

There you go. If you’d like to read the whole letter go to Ain’t it cool website.

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