James Cameron alongside the one-man submersible he helped design
by Candice Chandler
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A special documentary has been announced by National Geographic covering James Cameron‘s record-breaking dive into the Mariana Trench. The academy award winning director dove to the deepest point in the ocean last month in a one-manned submersible he helped engineer. “Deepsea Challenge” will be featured in 3-D, and a 30-minute interview with Cameron has been included.

“James Cameron: Voyage to the Bottom of the Earth” will air along with “Deepsea Challenge” this Sunday at 9 p.m. In the interview, Cameron talks about the designing of the sphere-shaped sub (named “Deepsea Challenger”), and dishes on what it’s like to sink thousands of miles below the surface.

“The sub slows down as you get to the target depth.  There is a long moment of getting to think about it.  Then you have to get busy.  You have less than a thousand feet from the bottom, you fine-tune the ballast, adjust the camera, turn up the spotlight. As the altimeter counted, I saw the glow of the bottom!” Cameron shares.

NatGeo and Cameron joined forces to accomplish one of the most dangerous dives in history, and the famous director even served as an “explorer-in-residence.” With CGI animation added to the documentary, you’ll feel like you’re diving alongside Cameron, just without the pressure.