James Cameroon – Making The Avatar

Avatar is primarily an action-adventure journey of self-discovery, in the context of imperialism and biodiversity. Cameron has said that Avatar shares themes with the films At Play in the Fields of the Lord and The Emerald Forest, which feature clashes between cultures and civilizations, and acknowledged the film’s connection with Dances With Wolves, where a battered soldier finds himself drawn to the culture he was initially fighting against I see that these guys had lots of fun. This one is about making the Avatar. I found this really interesting, so i hope that you will found this really interesting too. Take a look.

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12 years after Titanic James Cameron is betting he can change forever the way you watch movies

In December 2006, Cameron explained that the delay in producing the film since the 1990s had been to wait until the technology necessary to create his project was advanced enough. The director planned to create photo-realistic computer-generated characters by using motion-capture animation technology, on which he had been doing work for the past 14 months. Unlike previous motion-capture systems, where the digital environment is added after the actors’ motions have been captured, Cameron’s new virtual camera allows him to observe directly on a monitor how the actors’ virtual counterparts interact with the movie’s digital world in real time and adjust and direct the scenes just as if shooting live action; “It’s like a big, powerful game engine. If I want to fly through space, or change my perspective, I can. I can turn the whole scene into a living miniature and go through it on a 50 to 1 scale.” To create the world of Pandora as seen in the film, it required over a petabyte of digital storage.

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In January 2007, Fox announced that the studio’s Avatar would be filmed in 3D at 24 frames per second despite Cameron’s strong opinion that a 3D film requires higher frame rate to make strobing less noticeable.  Cameron described the film as a hybrid with a full live-action shoot in combination with computer-generated characters and live environments. “Ideally at the end of the day the audience has no idea which they’re looking at,” Cameron said. The director indicated that he had already worked four months on nonprincipal scenes for the film. Principal photography began in April 2007,  and was done around parts of Los Angeles as well as New Zealand. The live action was shot with a modified version of the proprietary digital 3D Fusion Camera System, developed by Cameron and Vince Pace. According to Cameron, the film is composed of 60% computer-generated elements and 40% live action, as well as traditional miniatures. Motion-capture photography would last 31 days at the Hughes Aircraft stage in Playa Vista, Los Angeles, California. In October, Cameron was scheduled to shoot live-action in New Zealand for another 31 days

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In 1994, director James Cameron wrote a 80-page scriptment for Avatar and he reportedly wrote it in just two weeks. Cameron said his inspiration was “every single science fiction book I read as a kid”, and that he was particularly striving to update the style of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ John Carter series. In August 1996, Cameron announced that after completing Titanic, he would film Avatar, which would make use of synthetic, or computer-generated, actors. The project would cost $100 million and involve at least six actors in leading roles “who appear to be real but do not exist in the physical world”. Visual effects house Digital Domain, with whom Cameron has a partnership, joined the project, which was supposed to begin production in the summer of 1997 for a 1999 release. However, Cameron felt that the technology had not caught up with the story and vision that he intended to tell. He decided to concentrate on making documentaries and refining the technology for the next few years.
In June 2005, Cameron was announced to be working on a project tentatively titled Project 880, concurrently with another project, Battle Angel. By December, Cameron said that he planned to film Battle Angel first for a mid 2007 release, and to film Project 880 for a 2009 release. In February 2006, Cameron said he had switched goals for the two film projects – Project 880 was now scheduled for 2007 and Battle Angel for 2009. He indicated that the release of Project 880 would possibly be delayed until 2008. Later that February, Cameron revealed that Project 880 was “a retooled version of Avatar”, a film that he had tried to make years earlier, citing the technological advances in the creation of the computer-generated characters Gollum, King Kong and Davy Jones. Cameron had chosen Avatar over Battle Angel after completing a five-day camera test in the previous year

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6 Responses to “James Cameroon – Making The Avatar”

  1. Excellent post,it is difficult to mr read,text should be black.

  2. I always thought that Cameron delaying Battle Angel for so long was a mistake. Now, I’m afraid to say it, we’ll NEVER get to see this story on the big screen, because FOX is going to pressure Cameron to churn out Avatar cheapquals, I mean, sequals.
    The first Avatar was a great film, but for some reason, I get this odd feeling that it was only made for Cameron to brag to Peter Jackson “Look! NOW who has the most realistic CG characters?!”
    Battle Angel had much more originality (at least in my personal opinion).

  3. I would like to contact Mr.James Cameroon via email.

  4. simply breathtaking, mindblowing n outrageously fascinating, hats off to one of the best screen magician that da world has produced, cant wait fa another of ur creation, c u in hollywood

  5. Wow! simply amazing, extravaganz!!!!!!

  6. nice… thank you for writing about this. You make me happy today… :)

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