"We've done test screenings and we've seen that there's
a palpable, white-knuckle sense of anxiety in watching the movie,
which is exactly what we wanted to create. Usually, when you
go to a movie, your consciousness floats above the film. 3D
sucks you in and makes it a visceral experience," added
the 3D technology's greatest advocate.
Both "Avatar" and "Sanctum" have been shot
on the Cameron/Pace Fusion 3D Camera System, a stereoscopic
HD camera system that delivers incredible results that can deliver
flawless IMAX projection in 3D.
Directed by Alister Grierson, based on the real life story
of writer-producer Andrew Wright, the film is releasing worldwide
Shot on location at Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia, the
3D epic underwater adventure follows a team of underwater cave
divers on a treacherous expedition to the largest, unexplored
and least accessible cave system on Earth. When a tropical storm
forces them deep into the caverns, they are compelled to do
nothing but fight raging water, deadly terrain and creeping
panic as they search for an unknown escape route to the sea.
"With 'Sanctum', we want audiences to be left with a certain
experience where they feel involved with the perils faced by
the characters... It's not action like in an 'Indiana Jones'
movie or even in a thriller where you have fight scenes and
gun play," he said.
"It ('Sanctum') is really about the psychology of survival,
and of people stretched right to the edge of what they can stand,
and then beyond. I love that kind of story, personally. It doesn't
need all the bells and whistles to be powerful," he added.
Cameron is also gaga over the unprecedented buzz for the movie
"I am so glad that 'Sanctum' is being received so well
in India when the film is on the brink for release. The film
is, more than anything else, a story that needed to be told,"
Not many know that Wright and Cameron are long time collaborators.
"Andrew and I had previously been on some great adventures
together. We dove deep into the ocean to uncharted depths to
explore and discover never-before-seen parts of the ocean floor
and marine life for 'Aliens of the Deep'. We dove the 'Titanic'
(for 'Ghosts of the Abyss') and the 'Bismarck'," he said.
In terms of future projects, Cameron is "tied up for the
next five years" as the filmmaker has "signed on for
two more 'Avatar' films".