Since everyone else is talking about Avatar, we may as well continue the conversation in Arts Watch and on ARTSblog.
I saw the movie in IMAX 3-D on New Year’s Day, along with what seemed like the entire Washington, DC metro area.
We bought our tickets two days ahead of time, and arrived at the theater two hours early to get in line for our seats. When we arrived at the theater, flashing signs indicated that the movie was sold out for the next three days. It’s been a long time since I’ve ever seen this much hype around a movie. The hype, in my opinion, is well-deserved.
I woke up Monday morning to the news that after the weekend, Avatar had already exceeded over $1 billion in box office sales. Talk about economic impact.
The movie was made using the digital 3-D Fusion Camera System, co-developed by Director James Cameron. All of this new filming technology got me wondering: If we didn’t have art in schools, communities, or non-profit arts organizations, could this movie have been made? Read the rest of this entry »