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Exclusive: Director John Bruno, James Cameron talk 'Deepsea Challenge 3D'

Director James Cameron and Suzy Amis arrive at the 'Deepsea Challenge 3D' New York Premiere at the American Museum of Natural History on August 4, 2014 in New York City
Director James Cameron and Suzy Amis arrive at the 'Deepsea Challenge 3D' New York Premiere at the American Museum of Natural History on August 4, 2014 in New York City
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On Aug. 4, 2014, was on the scene at the United States premiere of "Deepsea Challenge 3D." Rolex and James Cameron presented the screening of National Geographic's latest documentary at The Museum Of Natural History. Rolex partnered with James Cameron to design and supply the expedition with Rolex Deepsea watches

The film follows the dramatic story of James Cameron’s odyssey as he undertakes an expedition to the deepest part of the ocean. This is a journey of historic proportion and risk. The film mesmerizes with the thrill of true discovery and the allure of the unknown, of new life forms, and of vistas never before captured on camera — all right here on planet Earth.

Some of the notables we spotted at the premiere included Director John Bruno, Director of Communication and Image Worldwide for Rolex Arnaud Boetsch, President and CEO of National Geographic Gary Knell, President of Woods Hole Susan Avery, David Blaine, Regis and Joy Philbin, Morgan Spurlock, Bryant Gumbel, Greg Kelly, Stephen Lang, Marine Biologist Sylvia Earle, James Burke, Chris Miller, Dan Abrams, Rosanna Scotto, Charlie Rose and Larry David to name a few.

Legendary director James Cameron is the subject of the film. Read what he had to say about "Deepsea Challenge 3D" below:

Do you think the "Avatar" sequels will look different because of this film?

James Cameron: Not at all. My love of the ocean lead to "Avatar," but it also leads to this. But I’m not doing this in order to make a better "Avatar," I’m doing this because it’s important in and of it itself. I think that’s a really important concept. In fact, there was a point where I literally had to decide if I wanted to make "Avatar" or if I wanted to make a sub and go diving. So now I’m in the enviable position of doing both. And by the way, they all suffer from all the ideas, we have too many ideas. The walls of the studio are just covered in artwork of new creatures and environments and characters.

Does your wife ever talk you out of this?

James Cameron: She is totally supportive, she knew me well enough by the time I started this project, having already done seventy deep submersible dives, miles down. She knew I wasn’t going to be dissuaded, so the real question was did she want to come along to be a part of it or sit at home, and she was out there front and center as you see in the film.

Does the success of "Avatar" help fund these projects?

James Cameron: Absolutely. Doing successful movies helps a lot because motion explorations are underfunded in general.

John Bruno co-directed the documentary.

How did the documentary come about?

John Bruno: Well the filming of the documentary goes back seven years. It was an Andrew White production, he wrote the script along with John Garvin.

How was it working with National Geographic?

JB: It was great.

How was it different working with them?

JB: Well, I’ve done three documentaries in the past, it’s pretty much standard and difficult to do.

What was the most difficult part?

JB: Shooting in the open ocean and the cables, it’s very dangerous. And the crew has to be very self aware.

Can you speak about your relationship with James Cameron?

JB: We go back for more than 25 years; I first met him in the Tokyo Film Festival. My background is visual effects so I knew him from that and I’ve done all of his films like "Terminator 2," so I’ve known him for a very long time.

The film's runtime is 90 minutes and will hit theaters this Friday, Aug. 8, 2014.

Tristen Yang contributed reporting.

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