Wednesday, January 26, 2011
It was a huge trial and error with many arguments about how Cameron wouldn't earn any money back after dedicating his entire life on this film. He felt that he really needed to tell the story in animation because they were new creatures, wanting to bring that reality to the audience, and wanted it perfect to change how movies would be created in the future.
Most of the movie was shot in a warehouse with hundreds of cameras on the ceiling to track the actors' moves. That video feed would be sent into a computer where the world of Pandora would be filled in. The feed from the computer would then be sent to a monitor behaving as a camera to integrate all the camera movements. Even though Cameron had the monitor pointing at the actors, he would see Jake Sully or Ne'tyri and not Sam Worthington or Zoe Saldana - I apologize if I've misspelled their names.
Cameron was so critical about the reality of these creatures that the eye was the hardest part to master in order to give the Na'vi that human-like quality.The eye's movement is so key to making them human-like based on its subtle movements.
In the end, "Avatar" was a sensational hit. While there may be debates about how good a movie it is, people need to "see you" as the Na'Vi would say to fully appreciate Cameron's 21st century masterpiece.