James Cameron to push boundaries again with underwater motion capture in his ‘Avatar’ sequels




James Cameron is a filmmaker who likes to push boundaries and do things other directors can only dream of. Re-inventing genres with films like Terminator 1 and 2, Aliens, The Abyss and Titanic, the director had his biggest success with the 3D extravaganza, Avatar.

Becoming the biggest film of all time, fans are eager to see what the director has in store for his two sequels to Avatar, and apart from knowing that some of the sequels will be based underwater, little else is known. What we do know is that Cameron is hard at work writing the two sequels, and no doubt he will blow our minds all over again. I love anything to do with the deep sea, so I am very excited to see what he has in store with the next two films. Considering Cameron’s love of the ocean, I imagine he has some great ideas.

Thankfully Avatar producer Jon Landau revealed some of what they are planning for the sequels. Speaking to the  NAB Technology Summit on Cinema [via Empire], Landau revealed that the plan is not to shoot dry-for-wet, and instead the aim is to actually film motion capture scenes underwater!

“We have kept a team of digital artists on from Avatar in order to test how we can create performance capture underwater,” says Landau. “We could simulate water [in computer graphics], but we can’t simulate the actor’s experience, so we are going to capture performance in a tank.

“They are looking at what we did before with reflective markers,” continues Landau, and stresses the importance of, “how we record reference photography so that as we are going through the editorial process and the post-production workflow, we can see what the actors did and make sure that the final performance up on screen represents that.”

Now this is very very interesting indeed! More on this as it develops!


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A keen enthusiast and collector of all horror and extreme films. I can be picky as i like quality in my horror. This doesn't necessarily mean it has to be a classic, but as long as it has something to impress me then i'm a fan. I watch films by the rule that if it doesn't bring out some kind of emotive response then it aint worth watching.

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