James Cameron who is the man behind two of the biggest box office Hollywood films in history has successfully completed his record-breaking dive to the bottom of the sea. He becomes the first person to go on an individual voyage to the bottom of the seven mile deep canyon at Mariana Trench, known for being the ocean’s deepest point.
He also became the first director to make two films which have both gone on to gross more than $1 billion around the world, highlighting that no challenge is beyond him.
The vessel that carried him to the deepest point of the sea was a 12-tonne, lime green coloured submarine. Named ‘Deepsea Challenger’ it took the Hollywood director to the bottom of the trench, which has been described as looking like a desert.
The ship was complete with 3D cameras, something the director is no doubt familiar with. And a massive eight-foot tower of LEDs, which was used to record footage that will be used for a documentary that is in the pipe works.
James Cameron has had a long running interest in the treasures the depths of the ocean keeps secret, and with the equipment he had was able to direct and film the action from inside Deepsea Challenger.
Prior to the dive Cameron had said that there was value in getting stereo images, which would provide more understanding about scale and distance of objects. This is more information than can be provided with 2D images.
On reaching the bottom of the sea 200 miles south-west of the Pacific Island of Guam, he send out a tweet which read: “Just arrived at the ocean’s deepest pt. Hitting bottom never felt so good. Can’t wait to share what I’m seeing w/ you”.
First dive since 1960
The location Cameron had visited is more than 120 times bigger than the Grand Canyon, and it could easily fit Mount Everest with room to spare. This was the first time the dive has been made since 1960, when Swiss engineer Jacques Piccard and US navy captain Don Walsh visited for all of 20 minutes.
The problem then was that neither man was able to see anything because technology was not as advanced as it is now, but dirt that was disturbed at the bottom of the ocean had blurred the vision.
Cameron organised and funded the project, a childhood oceanography enthusiast. He took many dives to visit the Titanic wreck.
“He’s down there on behalf of everybody else on this planet. There are seven billion people who can’t go, and he can. And he’s aware of that,” said expedition doctor Joe MacInnis.