How the Titanic Sank: James Cameron’s New CGI Animation

It was 100 years ago next Sunday that the luxury liner Titanic struck an iceberg and sank in the North Atlantic Ocean with 1,514 souls aboard. It was one of the deadliest maritime disasters in history.

Last night, the National Geographic Channel broadcast the premier of The Titanic: The Final Word With James Cameron, in which the famed undersea explorer and director of the 1997 blockbuster movie about the disaster presents the latest forensic evidence of what happened that night a century ago. At one point in the show, Cameron, fresh off of his dive to the bottom of the Mariana Trench, gives a sort of “play-by-play” analysis of the mechanics of the disaster (see above) using Computer Graphic Imaging (CGI) software. The tragic element is completely abstracted out of the picture.

For more on the Titanic centenary, including interactive features and a 46-minute documentary film on the disaster, visit the National Geographic “Adventure on the Titanic” Web page.

via Science Dump



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  1. Jide Goyea says . . . | April 20, 2012 / 7:53 am

    I heard in a documentary that the Morse lamps used by the Titanic and SS Californian caused some sort of confusion as the skies around the North Atlantic in 1912 made Titanic’s distress signal to become unreadable.Is this true.

  2. Frank Libbe says . . . | April 23, 2012 / 10:17 am

    When the bow section completely detaches from the stern (about 1:22 in this video), wouldn’t the stern section lurch upwards due to the instantaneous removal of the downward drag?

  3. paul earvin bibal says . . . | December 15, 2012 / 12:58 am

    what is the app used in that cgi?

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