According to James Cameron, Avatar’s Sequels will be Shot in 4K and Higher Frame Rates

by on September 27, 2014

by Stephan Jukic – September 27, 2014

The award winning Hollywood director James Cameron has recently spoken up with details about how filming for his three upcoming Avatar sequels is expected to be done.

Among other things, the director revealed that all three films will be shot in 4K Ultra HD and wil potentially utilize the still somewhat controversial 48 fps high frame rate format that was also used by Peter Jackson in “The Hobbit”.

In a chat with the French digital media magazine RTL, Cameron explained that, “We’re still in the early stages. Right now we’re developing the software. I’m writing the scripts. We’re designing all the creatures and characters and the settings, and so on.”

Most importantly as far as is concerned, Cameron explained that they were looking at using high frame rates for the three Avatar films but that he hasn’t yet made a final decision on exactly what frame rate to settle on for the three new big budget and highly anticipated movies.

Elaborating further on the technology side, Cameron also explained that all three films will definitely be shot using 4K video production cameras so that they can have the Ultra HD native resolution right from square one.

Specifically, “You know, we’ll be shooting at a native resolution of probably 4K and so then there should be a lot of true 4K theaters by then as well.

In referring to “True 4K” Cameron was almost certainly referencing the Cinema Grade 4K resolution of 4096 x 2160 pixels, which is considerably sharper and more loaded with pixels than the more conventional 4K resolution of 384 x 2160 pixels that is normally found on UHD TVs and other 4K displays on the consumer market.

The three new Avatar films are expected to reach 4K and conventional theaters between 2016 and 2018, with one movie released per year.

While no trailer is yet available for any of the movies given how far away post production still lies even for the first of the sequels, we present those of you with a 4K screen with this beautiful 2K Ultra HD theatrical trailer for the original Avatar to give you an idea of what the 4K versions of these movies will look like when they finally come out.

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