I believe that "Avatar" has finally done that. It has single-handedly thrown 3D movies & Technology back into mainstream, and I sincerely believe that it may be one of the most important films ever made in our modern era. In fact, it is so successful that it will change the future of 3D forever. How? 3D is now the hottest thing since the Internet was invented and big companies everywhere are stumbling around trying to get a piece of this 3D Pie. In fact, they've been waiting for it to happen... sitting on the technology until a film like 'Avatar' would come along to jolt people into the realization of how amazing 3D can be.
You want examples don't you? You don't really believe what I'm saying yet. OK, here are a few examples. Right after Avatar racked in the big bucks at the Box Office, all the major TV manufacturers raced to make "3D Ready" TVs. These companies include Sony, Panasonic, Samsung, Sharp, and LG. Sony recently announced that they already have a '3D standard' for Blu-ray... and 3D Blu-ray movies are set to come out very, very soon. Nintendo, one of the biggest names in Video games just announced that they are coming out with a new "3D Nintendo DS" hand-held console. The lcd on this "3D DS" will display 3D without the need for glasses, and this technology has been around for at least a couple of years. It just needed a catalyst to light the spark. This spark is of course, the movie "Avatar". 3D is back baby, and this is only the beginning!
If you're into 3D technology, feel free to join my 3D community here at Lunch. I've seen the future, and the future is definitely in 3D ;)
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Development on Avatar began in 1994, when Cameron wrote an 80-page scriptment for the film. Filming was supposed to take place after the completion of Cameron's 1997 film Titanic, for a planned release in 1999, but according to Cameron, the necessary technology was not yet available to achieve his vision of the film. Work on the language for the film's extraterrestrial beings began in summer 2005, and Cameron began developing the screenplay and fictional universe in early 2006.
Avatar was officially budgeted at US$237 million. Other estimates put the cost between $280 million and $310 million for production, and at $150 million for promotion. The film was released for traditional two-dimensional projectors, as well as in 3-D, using the RealD 3D, Dolby 3D, XpanD 3D and IMAX 3D formats, and also in ...