Originally Posted by Ron Jones
In the James Cameron interview he also said: "The 48 fps negative or digital master can be skip-printed to generate a 24 fps 35mm DI negative for making release prints, so 48 is the magic number because it remains compatible with the film-based platform which will still be with us for some time, especially internationally."
In other words, what he was saying is that: let's make a great progress in film making but, for film to video transfer (because there are no standards available or any equipment) you should stick with the old legacy. Following the same line of thoughts, we can think that Cameron must be thinking: I have the power and the will to change things and, if I'll shoot in 48 fps, the whole industry (in order to see the benefit of 48) shall change.
Ok, this might (and will eventually) happen. Only, imho, not any time soon. In order to support my opinion, we shall have to go back when Titanic shooting start. First, I think that the film was initially budgeted at $135,000,000. At this point, the movie cost more than the Titanic itself. He was able to persuade 20th Century Fox to invest in the film by convincing them that the publicity surrounding a real-life dive to the wreck would be really beneficial to the production. But the costs skyrocket, to a final of $200,000,000 or so. Along the way, he forfeited his $8 million director's salary and his percentage of the gross when the studio became concerned at how much over budget the movie was running, than Paramount Pictures had to contribute an additional $65,000,000 in exchange for U.S. distribution rights. But, in the end, it was the highest grossing film in box office history with a worldwide gross of US$1.8 billion.
After that, he said: give me $280,000,000 and I'll give you something better (i.e. Avatar).
Now, he's asking for a change in the whole industry. In exchange for what?
Don't get me wrong, starting with 48 fps should be great, but what are the odds?
Once, Niccolo Machiavelli said:
"Nothing is more difficult than to introduce a new order, because the innovator has for enemies all those who have done well under the old conditions and lukewarm defenders in those who may do well under the new".