Neil DeGrasse Tyson convinces James Cameron to change Titanic

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

As you may have already heard, James Cameron plans to re-release Titanic in a 3D version, for the commemoration of 100 years since the ocean liner sank, on April 15th, 1912.

And since he's doing this, he's also going to address astrophysicist Neil DeGrasse Tyson's critics over the sky seen in the scene after the ship sank.
"Neil deGrasse Tyson sent me quite a snarky email saying that, at that time of year, in that position in the Atlantic in 1912, when Rose (Kate Winslet) is lying on the piece of driftwood and staring up at the stars, that is not the star field she would have seen," said Cameron.

"And with my reputation as a perfectionist, I should have known that and I should have put the right star field in. So I said 'All right, send me the right stars for that exact time and I'll put it in the movie.'"
Here's Tyson expressing his views on the Titanic sky, during a panel discussion at St. Petersburg College, Fla., in 2009:

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2 comentarii:

Anonymous said...

That sort of thing people really should get right. Not just in movies, but in video games as well.

It's not like you need a supercomputer to calculate it anymore - a 50k program from the 90s will do it - so really, why not just get it right?

I bet a significant minority can tell when they get that wrong, at least in the obvious cases.

Anonymous said...

I do, whenever I notice it. It's something that takes you out of the story, and makes it harder to suspend disbelief.

Think of a movie set in the US where everyone drives on the left. It wouldn't make a difference to the plot, but you'd notice it and it would remind you you're watching a movie and get in the way of the experience. Same thing with the stars, though to a lesser degree.

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