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James Cameron May Shoot Avatar 2 At 60 Frames Per Second

When James Cameron sets his mind to something he does it and does it right, damn the torpedoes. Was Avatar a little weak in the story department? Of course. But visually Cameron took things to a whole new level and proved that he can still direct the hell out of some action sequences.

Keeping that in mind helps soften the blow that he may shoot the next Avatar film at 60 frames per second. The director told the Wall Street Journal that there are a couple of things he’s hoping for with his highly anticipated sequel:

For Avatar 2, what I’m most interested in is getting theaters to up their light level. And we want to shoot the movie at 48 or maybe even 60 frames a second, and display it at that speed, which will eliminate a lot of the motion artifacts that I think are causing some people problems.

The 60fps look isn’t inherently bad, it’s just so different from the standard 24fps look we see 99.99% of the time in Hollywood films. It generally creates a “realler” look like what you see when you’re shooting home movies. Or the frame rate is used to create slow motion when the footage is played back at a slower rate.

Your first instinct, like mine, will be to scoff at the idea and write it off as one of Cameron’s crazy schemes, but you’ll soon remember that his crazy schemes usually pan out. Expect this to turn into something interesting rather than something ugly.