James Cameron To Film Next “Avatar” In Higher Speed

New technology could change the face of the film industry.

Jennifer Coxby Jennifer Cox

Home-grown director-extraordinaire James Cameron recently announced that he will film the next “Avatar” instalment with faster frame rates.

The standard now is 24 frames per second – Cameron wants to increase that to 48, or possibly even 60, frames per second. He made the news public at a CinemaCon conference in Las Vegas last Thursday. "This is the low hanging fruit of us improving our showmanship," he said, as quoted by the LA Times.

Movies have been shot at 24 frames per second for more than eight decades. Many are speculating that this new “innovation” will be a turning point for the industry as a whole.

Switched.com went on to quote Cameron as saying, "When you author and project a movie at 48 or 60, it becomes a different movie. The 3D shows you a window into reality; the higher frame rate takes the glass out of the window. In fact, it is just reality. It is really stunning."

Cameron has been spearheading film technology for years – he co-developed the digital 3-D Fusion Camera System and also revolutionized 3-D technology with his most recent critically-acclaimed project “Avatar,” which was the first big-screen flick to make more than $2 billion worldwide.

Cameron was born in Kapuskasing, Ontario and attended Stamford Collegiate School in Niagara Falls before his family moved to the States. His flicks “Avatar” and “Titanic” are the highest grossing movies of all time. Last month, Vanity Fair magazine named him Hollywood's biggest earner, with approximately $257 million in earnings for 2010.

Cameron stated at CinemaCon that he is in the process of writing “Avatar 2” and will begin filming in a year and a half.