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James Cameron's Avatar is an amazingly epic science fiction film released in 2009, written and directed by the man responsible for some of the most awesome titles in the movie industry, titles such as The Terminator, Aliens, Titanic and Dark Angel (starring Jessica Alba).
The Avatar movie is set in the 22nd century, when humans are mining a precious mineral on Pandora, in the Alpha Centauri system (4 light years away from Earth).
The mining colony's expansion threatens the very existence of an indigenous humanoid species. The film's title points out the genetically engineered Na'vi used by a team of researchers to interact with them.
James Cameron's Avatar was first written in 1994 and it had 80 pages. The filming for the movies was supposed to take place after the completion of Titanic, but Cameron postponed it because, according to him, the necessary technology was not yet available to achieve his vision. And we're glad he choose to delay the movie so that, many years later, he could offer us one of the most epic science fiction movies ever made.
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Avatar 2009 brought James Cameron more than $2 billion and a well deserved contract with 20th Century Fox to produce two sequels, making Avatar the first of a planned trilogy.
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Making Avatar MovieI bet you're wondering how did Cameron get Avatar characters to look like actors, aren't you? Like I mentioned before, James Cameron delayed work on Avatar The Movie because, in the 90s, the technology was not that advanced to allow for photorealistic computer-generated characters, which would use complex motion-capture animations.
For example, in the 90s, there was no way technology could be used for lighting massive areas like Pandora's jungle or to allow for full motion-capture of actors' faces. Remember those awkward Terminator's movements? Therefore, making an Avatar movie was almost impossible at that time.
To achieve the face capturing and make the Avatar characters looks so similar to the actors, the actors wore individually made skull caps fitted with a tiny camera positioned in front that collected information about their facial expressions and eye movements, transmitting it to computers. According to James Cameron, the method allows the producers to transfer the entire actors' physical animations to their digital counterparts. Awesome!
The digital work on James Cameron's Avatar was monumental! Because of the huge amount of data which needed to be stored, cataloged and available for making Avatar movie, a new cloud computing and DAM system was created by Microsoft especially for the Avatar movie. To render Avatar 4,000 HP servers with 35,000 processors running Linux were used. The entire render farm occupied 10,000 sq ft (930 m2) and, yet, it was not enough to finish the movie on time. Other companies were brought on board to create the battle scenes.
Avatar The Movie or How James Cameron Wrote HistoryThe Avatar movie was well-received by film critics everywhere, generally obtaining a rating of 7.5 out of 10. Time Magazine thought that the film was, "the most vivid and convincing creation of a fantasy world ever seen in the history of moving pictures". James Cameron's Avatar implicit social and political themes also attracted the media's attention.
Steven Spielberg himself praised the film as "the most evocative and amazing science-fiction movie since Star Wars," while others labeled it "inspiring", "genius" or "brilliant". Time ranked James Cameron's Avatar #10 in their list of "Best Movies of the Decade", while the IGN gaming portal listed it on #22 on their "Top 25 Sci-Fi Movies of All Time".
Avatar 2 and Avatar 3In an interview given last year, James Cameron revealed his intention to capture footage for Avatar 2 at the bottom of the Mariana Trench, for which he commissioned a deepwater submersible. The two sequels to the Avatar movie are scheduled to be released in December 2014 and, respectively, December 2015. Both sequels will be produced by Cameron's own company, Lightstorm Entertainment, in partnership with 20th Century Fox.
James Cameron's Avatar 2 will likely focus on the ocean of Pandora, but will also feature more of the rainforest from the original Avatar movie. Avatar 2 will likely continue to follow Jake and Neytiri on the other moons of Polyphemus (Pandora is one of the moons of Polyphemus). Cameron implied that the "nasty humans" would return as the antagonists of the story. Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana and Sigourney Weaver already signed on to reprise their roles in the future sequels. Can't wait!
While James Cameron's Avatar was an amazing spectacle like never seen before on the big screen, I am 100% sure that Avatar 2 will blown us away when it will be released are I'm looking forward to see what other adventures the Avatar Na'vi are up to.
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