Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Avatar in IMAX - Dream Big. Or Don't Dream at All.

Avatar (2009 film)Image via Wikipedia
It took many years and reportedly over $237 million to create the movie Avatar

I spent close to three hours in the movie theatre tonight watching the movie.  I have to say that the detail to the creatures in the movie are phenomenal.  I am curious about the amount of time and creativity it took to design the details of a Na'vi's body.  Their skin sparkles, they have four fingers but it wasn't like any other animation film I have seen.  Remember Final Fantasy the movie?  Seeing Avatar tells me we've come a long way because of James Cameron the visionary. 

Dream Big.  James Cameron began conjuring up this plans for Avatar well before the technology to build it was available.  He could have given up and said maybe he would revisit the plan later; but he wrote the scriptment for the Avatar in 1994 and continued to refine the technology to tell the story that he envisioned with computer generated characters.  It took many years, but the result was a film that took the world by storm, within three weeks of its release it has grossed $1.3 billion dollars, taking the place of the second highest grossing movie of all time worldwide. 

I reflect on this and say to all entrepreneurs out there that ideas that are revolutionary should sound crazy at first.  When James Cameron thought of having computer-generated characters controlled by humans located in a remote location, technology wasn't ready, but he persisted and planned ahead, for aspiring entrepreneurs who think they have an idea that can't be done...we've been shown that where there's a will, there's a way. 
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