James Cameron Refused to Let Studio Trim ‘Avatar’ Set Piece Because It Had No Plot Value

James Cameron Refused to Let Studio Trim ‘Avatar’ Set Piece Because It Had No Plot Value
James Cameron is the latest addition to the MasterClass family, and /Film has a great rundown of highlights from the “Avatar” and “Titanic” director’s three-hour-and-20-minute filmmaking course (there are 15 videos total in Cameron’s MasterClass program). During a course on crafting the perfect movie set piece, Cameron reveals there was some studio pushback against the Mountain Banshee aerial sequence in “Avatar” because it did not serve a purpose on the main storyline. The scene in question finds protagonist Jake Sully (Sam Worthington) learning to ride the eponymous winged creature and taking the Banshee out for a ride.

“There are a lot of rules and advisories about why you put things in movies, and that they should all serve a purpose,” Cameron says in the MasterClass. “Except, they don’t. Sometimes it should just be something you want to see as a filmmaker…and sometimes the only way to
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