- Source: Global Times
- [23:36 December 24 2009]
He revealed that China was the inspiration for some of the alien planet scenes in the film, especially the "Hallelujah Mountain," which film designers modeled after Huangshan Mountain in Anhui Province.
He recalled sending his crew to the beautiful site to select scenery and take pictures. "All we had to do was simply recreate Huangshan Mountain in outer space."
During the press conference, local film partners exchanged gifts with the director. One of the presents was the Chinese traditional fortune beast pixiu (eighth son of dragon in Chinese myth). Receiving the jade carved pixiu, Cameron made a promise that if there is to be a sequel of Avatar, audiences will see a pixiu fly on the screen.
Though this is his first visit to China, Cameron said he noticed the rapid development of China's film market and production technologies.
"The film industry here is having more and more influence on the world. I know filmmakers who are trying to learn from your experience." He said he is familiar with the works of John Wu, Feng Xiaogang and Zhang Yimou.
He specifically praised Zhang Yimou whose work he admires. He described Hero and House of Flying Daggers as films of "romantic and unique beauty," usually lacking in Hollywood movies.