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Cameron Sends Update on Avatar!

Published February 20, 2008 in Movie News
By Ryan Parsons | Image property of respective holders.
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For those of you who have been paying attention, a new photo that was supposedly for Avatar surfaced yesterday and, after posting it, were requested by Fox to take it down. While the photo then seemed like a waste of time, it was enough to pull James Cameron out of his editing room and give an update to the net on the current condition of the film.

The strange part is that he claims the image is fanmade, so why would Fox claim it's theirs and have us pull it? I don't get it.

Avatar Update

James Cameron wrote into AICN to give the latest on Avatar. Sounds like everything is coming along like it should...

Things are going well on Avatar, or at least as well as can be expected on such a ridiculously complex project. We've wrapped principal, and most of the live action portion of the movie is already cut. It's starting to look and sound like a movie. I'm ecstatic with the performances and the look. The cast chemistry worked out perfectly.

You can see how spread out the schedule is -- it's just the nature of this type of CG animation/live action hybrid. Most of my time now is spent editing, because on this type of film you edit every CG scene twice -- once to edit the raw performance capture, before it goes to virtual camera, and then again when you have the virtual camera shots, you do the final edit of the scene. It's very complex and taxing, but the result is amazing. The Weta animators are ON FIRE, and seeing the world and the creatures come to life is what keeps us going. There's a spirit on this film, an esprit de corps amongst the virtual team, that comes from knowing we're doing something absolutely groundbreaking.

Groundbreaking? Well, that definitely peaks my interest. Check out the entire report at AICN.

Avatar Movie Page coming soon!

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