The latest edition of Empire Magazine debuted brand new photos from the set of James Cameron’s AVATAR. From the mag:
“We’ve eliminated the animation from animation.” With AVATAR’s groundbreaking set-up, Cameron could observe the actors (left monitor) in a rough version of the final CG environment (right monitor).
Aside from an intricate, and very alien, ecosystem with predators large and small, Cameron’s idea revolved around a race of indigenous sentient aliens called the Na’vi. Nine feet tall, blue skinned and feline in appearance, they would need to be entirely computer-animated yet interact seamlessly with the live action.
Cameron says: “With the capture technologies we developed, the actor can be any character they can imagine and the director can create any world, any time and any space.”
And here is a great quote from Cameron on Spielberg and Jackson: “I invited them over while shooting AVATAR. I put the camera in their hands and they basically became two kids – on the inside every filmmaker is really just a complete geek. The amazing thing for me was just watching that seminal moment. They were running around the stage, working the camera, and that’s the moment when they both kind of looked at each other in the eye and said, ‘Let’s make TINTIN.'”
The article goes on to state that the new technology Cameron has developed for the film has won over Guillermo Del Toro and JJ Abrams which means THE HOBBIT and the next STAR TREK may be in 3D as well.