“Avatar” begins shooting in New Zealand

James Cameron’s Avatar, a wildly ambitious mix of live action and photo realistic, 3-d animation, just began filming in New Zealand. Everything I’ve read about this film indicates it’s going to be a monumental step forward in film technology and presentation, and possibly a monstrous financial disaster. Of course, that’s what everyone said about Titanic, which went onto grab a boatload of Academy Awards and over a billion dollars in ticket revenue. WETA, the fine people behind the effects for the Lord of the Rings trilogy, are on board for Cameron’s latest foray into sci-fi megalomania.

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