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Interviews: Ask James Cameron About The Deepsea Challenge 3D Movie

samzenpus posted about 3 months ago | from the go-ahead-and-ask dept.

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Starting at 5:15 am local time on March 26, 2012, James Cameron piloted the Deepsea Challenger to the east depression of the Challenger Deep, the deepest part of the Mariana Trench. He spent three hours exploring the sea floor. Later analysis of the specimens Cameron collected during this and other dives in the submersible revealed many life forms, with at least 100 of them identified as new species. One shrimp-like amphipod was found to produce a compound that was already in clinical trials to treat Alzheimer’s disease. The Deepsea Challenger submersible and science platform was donated to Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution on March 26, 2013, the one-year anniversary of the historic dive. A new National Geographic film chronicling the project from the beginning called, Deepsea Challenge 3D, is coming out August 8th in select theaters. Here's your chance to ask James Cameron and director John Bruno about the film, the dive, and the submersible. As usual, ask as many questions as you'd like, but please, one per post.

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New life forms? (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47600271)

Later analysis of the specimens Cameron collected during this and other dives in the submersible revealed many life forms, with at least 100 of them identified as new species.

But how do they taste?

Re:New life forms? (2)

Virtucon (127420) | about 3 months ago | (#47600739)

like chicken..

Re:New life forms? (0, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47600833)

In the sea there are really only so many tastes:

Cod like : neutral not very fishy
Salmon/Tuna: fatty, not fishy
Anchovy: Very fishy
Shrimp: Mild shrimp flavor

Re:New life forms? (1)

xevioso (598654) | about 3 months ago | (#47603099)

"Shrimp: Mild shrimp flavor" ...as opposed to shrimp with an intense shrimp flavor? What about shrimp that taste like mere shrimp, how common are those?

Re: New life forms? (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47600881)

Disgusting, like your mum's cunt.

Re: New life forms? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47603449)

Me? Oh I looooveeee it! Especially as it flaps in the breeze!

what cannot be experienced on screen (3, Interesting)

turkeydance (1266624) | about 3 months ago | (#47600279)

what one sensation makes this exploration different? pressure? smell?

Re:what cannot be experienced on screen (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47600773)

I'm going to take a guess and say excitement of doing it yourself.

For James Cameron (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47600335)

Why does James Cameron do what James Cameron does?

Re:For James Cameron (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47603379)

James Cameron doesn't DO what James Cameron does FOR James Cameron. James Cameron does what James Cameron does because James Camerion IS James Cameron.
 
captcha: James Cameron

Republicans Hate Obama because he is black! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47600355)

Look!!!

http://cnsnews.com/news/article/eric-scheiner/rep-delauro-tax-every-teaspoon-sugar

"During a video presentation for The National Soda Summit in June DeLauro said, “It is long past time that we pass and support policies that work to our better health instead. With that in mind I’m working on legislation right now to tax sugar-sweetened drinks, like sodas, in a way that reflects the serious damage they are doing to our health.”

Don't you love this? This is unconstitutional socialist tyranny all wrapped up in one idiot package.

Where does the federal government get the power to regulate any damn thing for the reasons of "health"? This is not an enumerated power even in the wildest of socialist fansaties. Anyone who says "commerce clause" gets punched in the dick.

Oh and then look at the wonderful way they intend to direct your behaviour. Surprise, it's a fucking TAX. This is not good government, this is tryanny, straight up.

Then, as you all know, it doesn't matter what these idiots try and do, they WILL FAIL at it, and use that as an excuse to implement more unconstitutional nanny state big government legislation. What a bunch of cocksuckers.

This old bat should not just be thrown out of office for this idiocy, I say she should be jailed for failing to uphold her oath to we-the-people to follow and adhere to the constitution above all else.

And as we all know she will get more kickbacks and bribes and probably more power and the people will remain ignorant and bleat like sheep, 'at least they are trying'.

You socialists disgust me to no end.

Ebola outbreak! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47600387)

@BreitbartTexas Leaked CBP report shows entire world is exploiting open US borders
http://tinyurl.com/lw7y78u

This year alone (Jan thru mid July), caught sneaking across the border:

71 Africans from Ebola outbreak countries
1,443 Chinese nationals caught sneaking, 1,803 Chinese turned themselves in.
28 Pakistanis were caught sneaking, 211 Pakistanis turned themselves in
13 Egyptians caught sneaking, 168 turned themselves in.
4 Yemenis caught, 34 turned themselves in
4 Somalis caught, 290 turned themselves in

Re:Ebola outbreak! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47600547)

Sorry, not in the form of a poem titled "The 12 Days of Amnesty", I can't give you full credit for that.
Also, limiting the scope of your troll to "dirty African zombies are sneaking across America's border to give your grandma Ebola" would be more effective.

Re:Ebola outbreak! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47600671)

Hey asshole, let's do a thought experiment.

Let's just say, for the sake of argument, that you decide you want to sneak into China to go over there and commit some kind of mayhem or whatnot.

You think they'll just let you on in to whatever the fuck you want to do?

So why should we do so?

Huh? Anybody got an answer for that? Not protecting our borders will in the end lead to us losing our country completely. That is why every other country on the planet does protect their borders, as they should do so.

All but us, it seems.

Pretty weirod huh?

Yep.

the bar (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47600395)

why didn't you raise the bar?

Republicans Hate Obama because he is black! (Scor (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47600447)

Commie tyrants tyrannize, what a fucking surprise!

http://cnsnews.com/news/article/eric-scheiner/rep-delauro-tax-every-teaspoon-sugar

"During a video presentation for The National Soda Summit in June DeLauro said, “It is long past time that we pass and support policies that work to our better health instead. With that in mind I’m working on legislation right now to tax sugar-sweetened drinks, like sodas, in a way that reflects the serious damage they are doing to our health.”

Don't you love this? This is unconstitutional socialist tyranny all wrapped up in one idiot package.

Where does the federal government get the power to regulate any damn thing for the reasons of "health"? This is not an enumerated power even in the wildest of socialist fansaties. Anyone who says "commerce clause" gets punched in the dick.

Oh and then look at the wonderful way they intend to direct your behaviour. Surprise, it's a fucking TAX. This is not good government, this is tryanny, straight up.

Then, as you all know, it doesn't matter what these idiots try and do, they WILL FAIL at it, and use that as an excuse to implement more unconstitutional nanny state big government legislation. What a bunch of cocksuckers.

This old bat should not just be thrown out of office for this idiocy, I say she should be jailed for failing to uphold her oath to we-the-people to follow and adhere to the constitution above all else.

And as we all know she will get more kickbacks and bribes and probably more power and the people will remain ignorant and bleat like sheep, 'at least they are trying'.

You socialists disgust me to no end.

Re: Republicans Hate Obama because he is black! (S (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47600585)

Is there anybody out there even pretending to pay attention to anything?

Our economy is truly a disaster. Welfare use up. Unemployment up. Crime up. We are literally being invaded by foreign nation states. I could go on and on about the real things that our government should be doing to benefit our society and our liberties.

But what do they actually do? Not just nothing, hell, if they would just do nothing we would be in pretty good shape.

They are working against us in every concievable way! Sin taxes on fucking SUGAR! This is the priority?

Good fucking god people, wake the FUCK UP!

We are being driven to ruin by the very people that the founders clearly knew we would have to face, and the very reason the BOR was created to protect against.

If they fail to do the constitutional duties that we all know they should be doing, PROTECT THE BORDER is job number 1, then they should all be removed from office, every dammned one of them.

No, ingoring border security is not enough! They are actuallly bringing Ebola patients in! And they stand around lecturing us about FUCKING SUGAR IN OUR DRINKS!

These fucks make Atlas Shrugged look like it was a documentary.

Oh yes, it was, I forgot, she wasn't writing about things she thought might happen, she was telling us what she saw happen in Russia and was waring us that it would happen here. Who the fuck knew that?

Hey you assholes, why don't you wake up from your Tumbler videos of the Kardashains asses or whatever the fuck it is and consider, just for the sake of fucking argument, for five fucking seconds, that Rand was actually spot on right in that book, and where that put you and your future? Huh? Do you even have the capacity to think that far out? Go on then you socialist scumbag fucksticks, take off your I Hate Bush T-Shirts for five seconds and wake up to the real world.

You are being lied to.

Re: Republicans Hate Obama because he is black! (S (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47600737)

Hey look!

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Bodies dumped in street...

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Nah, nothing to worry about there. Let's bring in more poor and sick and gang banger drug dealers from some dammned third world shithole. Why the FUCK NOT?

Re: Republicans Hate Obama because he is black! ( (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47600757)

And what has Obama done to fix the economy? Nothing except bail out the banks and steal hard working American's money to pay for healthcare for bums and welfare queens. Small businesses aren't hiring, full time jobs aren't available anymore because of obamacare, and the rich keep getting richer and the poor keep getting enough freebies that they don't make an effort to work.

Re: Republicans Hate Obama because he is black! ( (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47600825)

"steal hard working American's money to pay for healthcare for bums and welfare queens"

No such thing will actually happen. Insurance costs will go up for everyone.

Actual care will also skyrocket in costs; eventually rationing will begin on a much larger scale, and in the end there will be much less actual healthcare being provided to all the people in our borders (for whatever the hell that term is even worth anymore).

Do you get that you socialist assholes? None of this nonsense will actually end up caring for more people, it will be less care for fewer people, and that starts with you and your family.

But oh yea, Bush, Cheny caused all this shit. Totes.

Any surprises? (4, Interesting)

amanaplanacanalpanam (685672) | about 3 months ago | (#47600451)

What were you surprised by most in the course of this entire project, and in the environment at the trench floor?

Why the fuck (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47600517)

would I want to ask those hacks anything? This is supposed to be news for nerds, right? The fuck would I want to ask that money grubbing piece of shit a question? James Cameron only cares about money. Full. Stop. He has never given a fuck about science or even maintaining the veil of scientific accuracy. Slashdot jumped the shark a while ago, but shit like this, really? Fuck off.

What's next? (3, Interesting)

Nidi62 (1525137) | about 3 months ago | (#47600631)

First of all, you have done some amazing work and brought back incredibly interesting and, at times, (in the case of Titanic) haunting images.

That being said, having reached the Challenger Deep-what do you plan to do next: do you want to return to the deepest part of the ocean, or do you find yourself drawn to a new destination(and what challenges do you expect to face in reaching that destination)?

Did you actually raise the bar? (4, Funny)

the_humeister (922869) | about 3 months ago | (#47600841)

And how did you do it?

Do you blame Obama for the ocean's problems? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47600875)

And do you thank him sarcastically with lots of exclamation points?

How rigorous was the training, and was it enough? (4, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47600891)

Mr. Cameron:

I know you've had a long-time interest in undersea exploration, but you've been busy doing things like making films for much of your life, rather than (say) being a full-time submersible pilot. Could you please talk a bit about the training you undertook to control the craft? (It's all one *big* question, but it comes with some small ones -- Did you use a simulator beforehand? Are there differences in the control mechanisms between this and other underwater vessels you've used? How many hours did you practice either on-land or at easier depths first? Did the vessel react in the deepest parts as you expected it to, or were there hairy moments?)

Thanks for your insight!

How can we inspire humanity to respect the ocean? (3, Interesting)

See Attached (1269764) | about 3 months ago | (#47600895)

Too often, the ocean is seen as an infinite resource that we are free to plunder at will, and to absorb our garbage with no consequence. How can we get people to respect the ocean as a huge part of the canvas that supports our life directly? How to balance the pursuits of fishing against the need to maintain a breed stock? One day we may realize that the perfect net does not catch all the fish, but thats still a ways off, it seems.

Fear level? (2)

NeoNormal (594362) | about 3 months ago | (#47600925)

I wondering what the level of fear, apprehension, etc. was on the dive? I think I'd be very fearful.

Re:Fear level? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47601829)

No point in being fearful: if things go badly wrong at that depth, it will all be over so fast you won't know what hit you.

Better to focus on the job at hand and let the rest go. As in so many things, let the fear provide the energy and focus required to do the job. You'll process all the emotions later when you wake you screaming...

Re:Fear level? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47602189)

when you wake up screaming...

trash (5, Interesting)

ganjadude (952775) | about 3 months ago | (#47601135)

James, You have been on the bottom of the ocean a number of times over your career. We all are aware of the great pacific garbage patch. My question is have you come across any trash on the bottom of the trench? ( My assumption is yes) and if so, what is the strangest thing you have seen down there wondering how it may have got there??

Re:trash (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47601541)

Yes, he has. It was mostly his movies.

Why 3D? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47601151)

Why are you filming this in 3D? Nobody likes the 3D gimmick.

Please order your movies from best to worst :) (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47601349)

Dear Mr. Cameron,
out of interest: please could you order your movies from best to worst? At least top 3 would be interesting :)

My list would be:
1. Titanic
2. Terminator 2
3. Avatar
4. The Abyss
5. Terminator
6. True Lies
7. Aliens ... and still Aliens is quite a good movie :))

Thank you!

underwater living (1)

SethJohnson (112166) | about 3 months ago | (#47602081)

Mr. Cameron-

I really enjoyed your visual special effects work on the landmark film, Escape from New York [imdb.com] . I've been out of touch with your career since then, but noticed you were able to parlay your success working for John Carpenter into supporting an underwater diving hobby.

I'm wondering if you see any chance of technology improving soon that would enable humans to live underwater for extended periods. These underwater hotels are so darn expensive. I'd like to have a house in about 20' of sea water. When's that going to happen?

Dragging others to the deep. . . (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47602275)

Mr. Cameron, You, and others like Richard Branson, have been able to have the personal re$ources to engage in what is of most interest to you - the ocean, or space. How could you promote the sciences and recruit other people with such resources to become more philanthropic towards scientific research?

Life (1)

cyberchondriac (456626) | about 3 months ago | (#47602319)

What's the average size for the species that deep down, within a ballpark figure? Does it decrease, increase, or does the variety not really change from species we're more familiar with closer to the surface?

I just reread OSC's The Abyss yesterday (1)

neminem (561346) | about 3 months ago | (#47602375)

Deep down, were you secretly holding out just a tiny bit of hope that if you got down to the bottom, you'd find Builders or something like them? I know I would be.

Camera tech (1)

excelsior_gr (969383) | about 3 months ago | (#47603165)

Was there any innovation in the camera equipment involved in the filming? Are there any special considerations that one has to make for filming at such depths?

I would ask him: (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47604111)

Did you masturbate down there ? It's soo boring.

Or

How was it like to be the first to masturebature at such depths lo.

Where is it playing? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47604787)

Seriously, I can't find an ounce of info about where it is actually playing! So stupid.

Why so many compromises to the 3D? (1)

John_The_Geek (1159117) | about 3 months ago | (#47605017)

Mr. Cameron,

Given your self-evident knowledge of stereoscopy, as well as your independence from normal studio constraints on a project of this sort, why do you not make a "pure" 3D documentary without the usual 2D version compromises? Raise the bar for 3D yet again and let the 2D release take a back seat for once.

No more shallow depth of field so that the 2D version is conventional - give us the sharp backgrounds that make the 3D sing. No convergence because it works with the 2D frame - the distortion isn't worth it. No casual window violations - no window violations at all.

Prove that a theatrical release can be as good as all the academic stuff. The 2D will still be fine.

Creatures of the Deep (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47605211)

Which creature of the deep excites you the most?

Well Fuck (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47605421)

One shrimp-like amphipod was found to produce a compound that was already in clinical trials to treat Alzheimer’s disease

I can only picture the researchers after they read this part "Well fuck there goes 20 something years of wasted research and testing in producing the compound synthetically".

Quite the meteoric rise (1)

blincoln (592401) | about 3 months ago | (#47607507)

I find it quite amazing that you've not only been incredibly successful in the film industry, but that you've gone on to deep-sea research and plans for asteroid mining. What got you interested in moving into those fields, and was there anything other than money that enabled you to do so?
For example, you have a reputation for being able to improvise and make the most of limited resources - I am still in awe over the bridge set in Galaxy of Terror [imdb.com] , which looks like it cost ten times the entire budget of that film. Would you say that was one of the reasons you were able to make Deepsea Challenge and the actual expedition that led up to it?

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