Cameron to Visit Mars in 3D

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No, Avatar 2 will still take place on Pandora. But that doesn’t mean that James Cameron has exhausted his interest in visiting other planets – especially when he can visit them in 3D.

The innovative filmmaker reportedly convinced NASA to include a 3D camera rig on the Curiosity rover – which is scheduled for a 2011 launch. Cameron is now an official consultant to the Curiosity camera team, fueling speculation that the director is gearing up for another out-of-this-world project – a 3D Mars documentary.

A 3D camera was part of the 2007 design for Curiosity but budget constraints caused the NASA team to remove the tech – until James Cameron spoke with NASA director, Charles Bolden, mano-a-mano.

One can only imagine how that conversation went but it’s fair to assume that, considering Cameron’s success at the box-office (which includes several documentary endeavors) the filmmaker was able to convince Bolden the additional costs would be a worthy investment. In addition to the profitability of a 3D Mars documentary, Cameron is chiefly interested in how a 3D camera might generate excitement for mission.

Cameron spoke to the Pasadena Star News about his meeting with Bolden, offering praise for the NASA director’s ambition, “He actually was really open to the idea, our first meeting went very well.”

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In regards to the mission as a whole, it’s easy to see Cameron’s creative juices flowing (as well as his imagination):

“It’s a very ambitious mission. It’s a very exciting mission. [The scientists are] going to answer a lot of really important questions about the previous and potential future habitability of Mars.”

The 3D camera featured on the Curiousity will record ten frames per second and will be attached to the rover’s mast.

A Mars documentary could be a great use for 3D tech – depending on how immersive the footage turns out to be. The inclusion of Curiosity’s 3D camera may not be the same overt cash-grab as a lot of 3D films in the pipeline but time will tell if the tech turns out to be a great way of experiencing Mars of just another opportunity for Cameron to push the format.

What do you think of Cameron’s push for 3D on Curiosity’s mission? Is the director overstepping his bounds?

Source: Pasadena Star News

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  1. Only ten frames per second? That sounds a bit choppy.

  2. james cameron is ridiculous . . . nuff said

  3. Choppy?? The camera is going to be going to MARS, sending messages from another planet literally across space to Earth…

    Even if it will just be recording it will be in hostile environment, alone in space without a person overseeing it.

    Cameron is ridiculous but you know- he makes things happen. He does things and pushes the boundary of things that people think are just crazy. If only there were more crazy people like him out there.

    I think its a great idea. Nasa needs to inspire and invigorate lots more young people toward their program and Cameron is just one of the Aces up their sleeve that they need. They could help each other.

    Me as a person totally fascinated with Space, and the mysteries of what Space has to offer- am really selfishly looking forward to seeing Mars being recorded in this format. In what could possibly be the most vivid format ever recorded. Always a chance we could find out something new about this amazing giant red planet!

    • Well said!

  4. Thank any powers that be for James Cameron's vision. There's not much of that going around these days.

  5. nuff said? Apparently A holes don't need a reason to call a visionary ridiculous. Or maybe articulation just isn't your thing.

  6. or maybe i meant ridiculous as in awesome and was just having fun with the comment? james cameron is the man (albeit extremely arrogant haha)

  7. Mr Kendrick:

    “Mano-a-Mano” means “Hand to hand”. “Hombre” is spanish for Man.

  8. Yeah an a-hole not unlike ChrisMohrSr. What's the point of posting something just to criticize someone who's comment was obviously is good humor?
    That being said, James Cameron IS ridiculous! Ridiculously brilliant and yes, a visionary. I wish there were more directors out there like him….
    Also, I wish Pandora was real.

  9. A.D.:

    I'm fluent in Spanish – and meant hand to hand all along.

    Though, man-o a man-o does sound cooler ;)

  10. Cameron's such an ego maniac. How about he pay his vfx crew on his production overtime in his next film?

  11. Thats really good !
    At least one guy who tries to take us into new directions.

    All those governments just have money for there own pockets and war !

    Science could be so far ahead…Thanks Cameron !