James Cameron did a masterclass and explained one of his most famous set pieces.
One of the most interesting recent developments in film and education is that many famous filmmakers are entering Master class. The last one to do it is James Cameron. He guides us through all 40 years of his career and explains set pieces, budgets, inspiration and processes.
The Master class himself is an intimate look at his creative process and tricks of the trade that he learned in his career. He will teach you his techniques and show you his approach to epic storytelling.
And we hear some funny stories about Hollywood.
One of the fun things Cameron spends his time on is his set pieces. He talks about what makes them great and even talks about how he includes them in his films.
Says Cameron, “There are a lot of rules and advice as to why you put things in movies and that they should all serve a purpose. Unless they don’t. Sometimes it should just be something you want to see as a filmmaker … and sometimes you can only see it if you show it. ”
I think that’s great advice. Sometimes things are just cool and build on what you promised the audience even if they don’t advance the plot.
To clarify his point of view, Cameron uses a scene User picture that has some studio notes.
The scene in question is when Jake Sully learns to fly a mountain banshee. They take the banshee out into the world and fly everywhere. Cameron said someone in the studio wanted him to edit it because they felt it didn’t add anything to the plot.
But Cameron told them he didn’t care, he liked it and thought it should stay. As Cameron puts it, “If I want to see it, there are a lot of people who want to see it.”
Cameron concluded, “And they want to see it for themselves, not for a reason. The purpose is to be present; to be in this world. ”
So take a lesson from Master. If it looks cool and shows something to the audience, leave it in.
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