“Avatar” and “Titanic” film director James Cameron said on Sunday that he was looking at co-production of films in China, but would have to weigh issues like censorship and other restrictions before making any decisions.
So of course the inevitable questions: "Will Cameron start doing visual effects in China?" "Will Cameron shift production to China?"
The gossip I heard from visual effects artists on Friday was that Mr. Cameron wanted to do visual effects for Avatar 2 in Southern California. (Of course, I've also heard that everything is going to Canada, what with their spiffy tax rebates and all. And James C. is Canadian, so maybe that makes sense?)
But rebates come and rebates go, and it's still necessary to have pipelines that work and pools of talent who can get the jobs done. China must first ramp up the domestic CG workforce to where it can handle the quantity and quality of outside productions. It kind of defeats the purpose of "cost savings" to have shots that are created in Shanghai then shipped back to Los Angeles for repairs.