Exclusive: James Cameron talks Titanic 3D

“Conversion is like mowing the lawn with a toenail clipper”

James Cameron has spoken exclusively to our sister site TechRadar.com about all things three-dimensional.

The Avatar director was sharing his passion at the IBC (International Broadcasting Centre), and the guys at TechRadar got chatting to him about the upcoming 3D re-release of Titanic.

On the 3D conversion, Cameron said, “I really don’t enjoy the process.

“While Vince [Pace – co-founder of the Cameron-Pace Group for 3D tech] and I sit gleefully watching our 3D images being shot, a conversion is the exact opposite.

“It’s a mind numbing process of creating depth subjectively.

“I am five months in so the artists are becoming good and starting to read my mind a little, so it has become easier, but I still sit there with the jog wheel and look through the movie frame by frame and make notes on depth.

“That should be closer, that should be further back, there's not enough full depth here, there is not enough volume on that shoulder, a little more volume on that urn in the background, see that chair in the background on the left, no the other one on the left, that one needs to come forward another six inches… when the captain stands up we have to do an interlocular dynamic, da da, da da, da da… it's fricking endless!

“It's a mind-numbing process; it's like mowing the lawn with a toenail clipper.”

Cameron was keen to point out how much time (and, of course, money) he was investing in deepening the Titanic experience, adding, “We are spending $18 million on Titanic and giving the project a year.

“[Clash Of The Titans] was a classic mistake. They tried to make 3D a post-production process like sound editing and that doesn't work. The film-maker has to be involved and it takes time and good money to do a proper conversion.”

Titanic gets a 3D release on 6 April 2012.

For more from Cameron, on everything from Avatar and the BBC to the future of 3D, mosey on over to TechRadar.com.

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    • JohnnyMac

      Sep 12th 2011, 16:06

      It's going to cost 18 million for a 3D conversion? I've just done it for free by turning the brightness on my TV down to 2, and watching it with my eyes crossed!

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    • JohnnyMac

      Sep 12th 2011, 16:10

      I nearly forgot to charge myself £10 extra.

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    • Hadouken76

      Sep 12th 2011, 20:39

      Watch poor people drown in 3D!... (no-one cares about the toffs)

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    • PanicLord

      Sep 12th 2011, 20:46

      Be good to have it on blu ray, but I haven't seen any 3D films where 3D actually improved the film. I wonder if this will break that record? Sounds like at least they are taking time to do it in quality. I wonder if Jurassic Park would be good in 3D?

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    • StevePotter

      Sep 13th 2011, 0:20

      I just have one response to this article: Why?

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