Speaking to journalist at the TCA press tour James Cameraon while promoting his project: AMC Visionaries: James Cameron’s Story of Science Fiction spoke a bit about what he learned from doing the first Avatar film regarding storytelling.
“And I think that the lesson for me from the first film that I’ve applied to the new films is that the more fantastic the imagery, the more other-worldly, and the more you are pushing out to the edge of what’s possible in terms of bringing imaginative imagery to the screen, the more it has to be grounded in relationship and in truth and in heart.”
He also gave hints to the type of pressure an undertaking like his has undergone:
“And, you know, it doesn’t matter how much you dress it up with great production design and great visual effects. If the story is not working, if you don’t connect to the characters, it’s just simply not going to work. Of course, we can’t afford for it not to work, the budget level that we are dealing with.”
He also states that no matter what you have to try things, despite the possibility of failure. “The least‑safe thing you can do is try to be safe.”
Wise words, I think that’s why we call him the King, but then of course…I might be a bit biased. 😉