Using the word “press conference” is often a sure way to scare readers away. I hope that doesn’t happen now. There’s nothing boring about James Cameron (as far as I can tell). He can discuss a range of topics, using simple terms peppered with “big words”. He can seamlessly use the words “buttload” “proxy resolution” while discussing the same thought. Cameron describes himself as someone who tries to evolve himself outside of the Hollywood culture. Instead he opts for other areas, such as what he calls the “NASA culture”.
He promoted large displays. According to Cameron, 7 million large screen TVs were sold in 2009, and are slated to double this year. When it comes to stereoscopic technology (3D movies), the display is “racing ahead of content.” There needs to be a lot more movies such as Avatar. International soccer is already embracing the new technology by recently showing their games in 3D.
When asked why he was working on a camera to be sent to Mars, yet he will be going to the bottom of the Marianas Trench himself, Cameron stated that it is easier to control a robot on Mars than 7 miles down on the ocean floor. He also stated, “I believe in the physical present of the observer” and that controlling robots are “not as much fun” as being their in person.
When discussing the origin of the creators in Avatar, Cameron alluded to some mythical inspiration, but that the 10 foot tall blue characters were actually based on a dream his mother had once. Jokingly, Cameron said that he told his mother he would make a movie about them someday.
When asked about his environmental message, he did iterate, “people need to be inspired to go into the environmental sector” to make our civilization better. Technology is causing many of our problems and we will need to think and design our way out of those problems.