Celebrated filmmaker James Cameron conducted a talk at the conclusion of the first day of the INK conference held in the hilly township of Lavasa, near Pune today.
One of the key speakers at the three-day event, organised in association with TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design), the celebrated filmmaker, looking dapper in a blue suit, said he has been busy exploring the depths of the ocean.
"We are building a vehicle in Sydney to explore the deep trenches of the sea. I'm training to pilot for this one-seater machine that can go down to almost 30,000 feet," he said.
The scuba enthusiast and marine explorer is also busy working on his forthcoming project, Avatar 2, which will be shot under the sea. About integrating science into filmmaking, the part-scientist and part-artist admits that he makes movies to carry forward his many scientific experiments.
"I don't think Hollywood has served science well. I'm not a scientist, rather I'm a science groupie," said Cameron.
Besides filmmaking and studying aquatic life, Cameron reveals that he has his hands full with a lot of other things. Recently, he helped halt industrial development projects that threatened to displace indigenous people of the Amazon and Canada, becoming a crusader of sorts.
"I hope to make a documentary on this," he said.
After the success of Avatar, the Hollywood titan has been washed by requests from environmentalists and NGOs to support their cause.
"It's a tricky situation. I've to pick my battles carefully," adds Cameron.
Cameron hopes to come for a month-long vacation, after he finishes writing scripts for Avatar 2 and 3.
"If any Indian filmmaker, would be interested to use any of our 3d cameras and equipments and use it to make a Mahabharata or Ramayana, I would be happy to help them," said Cameron, who co-developed the digital 3D Fusion Camera System.