James Cameron is officially the maddest, bravest, baddest director on the planet! Recently the director of Avatar and The Abyss took his personal, custom made submarine, The Deep Sea Challenger, all the way to the bottom of the Mariana Trench. The Trench is the deepest part of the Pacific Ocean, and the deepest part of the Trench is called The Challenger Deep which is named after the British exploration vessel HMS Challenger 2. Reaching a depth of an incredible 11,033 meters (36,201 feet), James Cameron is the first person to reach these depths since the HMS Challenger did so in 1960. Cameron, however, is the first person to ever reach this depth on his own!
The descent took Cameron two hours, and with state of the art cameras AND 3D cameras attached to his sub, he filmed the entire expedition. In a National Geographic video (below) you will see some of the impressive dive, and it is said that Cameron’s intentions were to film a part of the world never seen before. From the looks of it, there will be a documentary on its way about the dive as well.
However, in more film related news, it is said that Avatar 2 will be filmed mostly in Pandora’s Ocean’s, so as well as breaking the record for the deepest dive, and capturing stiff on film never seen before, it is likely that Cameron was also looking for footage and ideas he could use in Avatar 2? If that is the case, then I doubt you will find another director who has gone to quite such impressive and brave lengths all for the love of their movie?
Can’t wait to see the documentary!
(Source: National Geographic)
By Matt Wavish