In case you haven’t heard, Oscar winning filmmaker and 3D pioneer James Cameron has said that he will no longer be making any feature films unless they have the word “Avatar” in the title and feature giant cat/Smurf hybrids. So what does the director behind the two biggest box office successes of all time do when he’s not busy making movies about glow-in-the-dark alien planets? Maybe spend his days diving into his massive pile of money, Scrooge McDuck style? Well not quite, although the diving part is correct.
For the last few years Cameron has been on a highly ambitious quest that is not only pushing his personal boundaries, but also pushing the boundaries of science and helping us to get a better understanding of this planet we live on; in particular, the least explored “little” corner of it. He’s done this with his Deepsea Challenge, an awe-inspiring dream to build a submersible that enables Cameron to descend to the deepest, darkest place on Earth – a place only a small handful of people have ever been – all by himself.
In 2012, he realized that dream, and James Cameron’s Deepsea Challenge 3D tells the story of just how he did it.
Directed by John Bruno, Andrew Wight and Ray Quint, James Cameron’s Deepsea Challenge 3D tells the story of Cameron’s journey to fulfill his boyhood dream of becoming an explorer. The movie offers a unique insight into Cameron’s world as he makes that dream reality – and makes history – by becoming the first person to travel solo to the deepest point on the planet.
The film chronicles the highs, and literal lows, of “Deepsea Challenge,” the first extensive scientific expedition in a manned submersible to the Challenger Deep, Earth’s deepest place. It was inspired, in part, by the fact that we know less about the deep oceans than we do about the surface of Mars.
Cameron deployed his unconventional Deepsea Challenger submersible on 13 dives, collecting numerous samples and identifying 68 new species. On March 26, 2012, the Expedition culminated in Cameron’s historic, solo dive to the Challenger Deep, a staggering 35,787 feet (almost seven miles) beneath the ocean’s surface.
James Cameron’s Deepsea Challange 3D drops into theatres on August 8. 2014.
Last Updated: July 3, 2014