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Avatar 2 crew developing motion capture technology to film underwater sequences

04.08.2013

We have heard for a while that AVATAR 2 would shift some focus to the oceans on Pandora, but no one seemed to question how these sequences would be filmed. James Cameron is obviously a big supporter of oceanic research so he is being very particular with how these scenes will be shot.

The Hollywood Reporter reported that at the recent NAB Technology Summit, keynote speaker and AVATAR producer Jon Landau had this to say:

“We have kept a team of digital artists on from Avatar in order to test how we can create performance capture underwater,” he said. “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.”

AVATAR used as little pure CGI as possible and motion captured the majority of the Na'vi, something they hope to do in the sequels. I commend them for taking these details to heart as the biggest redeeming quality for the first movie was how realistic the movement and facial features were on the aliens. Landau did share some ideas they are toying with:

“We are looking at [techniques including] what we did before with reflective markers,” he said, adding that another important task is “how we record reference photography so that as we are going through the editorial process and the postproduction workflow, we can see what the actors did and make sure that the final performance up on screen represents that.”

Landau also supported Peter Jackson's decision to film THE HOBBIT is high frame rate 48fps and said they are toying with the idea for the AVATAR sequels, possibly even going to 60fps. It would be interesting to see how the final product would look and if it would be a distraction for the audience as many claimed it was during THE HOBBIT. If James Cameron can make AVATAR 2 as revolutionary, visually, as the first film, I would think he would use HFR properly. But, time will tell.

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5:35AM on 04/09/2013

60fps

I did some work for the EBU.ch some years ago and they were experimenting with 100fps broadcasts. How fast a frame rate can the human eye see?
I did some work for the EBU.ch some years ago and they were experimenting with 100fps broadcasts. How fast a frame rate can the human eye see?
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4:45AM on 04/09/2013

60fps

I did some work for the EBU.ch some years ago and they were experimenting with 100fps broadcasts. How fast a frame rate can the human eye see?
I did some work for the EBU.ch some years ago and they were experimenting with 100fps broadcasts. How fast a frame rate can the human eye see?
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11:18PM on 04/08/2013
I hope James Cameron spontaneously combusts. I was a loyal fan of his until he decided not to make Battle Angel Alita. My anger at him for this cannot be quantified.
I hope James Cameron spontaneously combusts. I was a loyal fan of his until he decided not to make Battle Angel Alita. My anger at him for this cannot be quantified.
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7:47PM on 04/08/2013
Cameron needs to create a new algorithm that will write a story we haven't already seen a hundred times before.

I love technology, and I love the underwater stuff he is doing here on Earth, but the visual effects in AVATAR did not compensate for a story that was standard issue.
Cameron needs to create a new algorithm that will write a story we haven't already seen a hundred times before.

I love technology, and I love the underwater stuff he is doing here on Earth, but the visual effects in AVATAR did not compensate for a story that was standard issue.
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6:06PM on 04/08/2013

I have complete and total faith in Cameron

I mean if there is one thing that is for damn sure about his capabilities that one thing is he can write a hell of a sequel. That alone will bring me back for the next chapter the glossy effects are just the cherry on top for me.
I mean if there is one thing that is for damn sure about his capabilities that one thing is he can write a hell of a sequel. That alone will bring me back for the next chapter the glossy effects are just the cherry on top for me.
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5:52PM on 04/08/2013

Whatever anyone says about Avatar francise qualitywise, 1 thing is certain...

When it comes to next step of the technology and pushing the boundaries, no one can beat James Cameron!
When it comes to next step of the technology and pushing the boundaries, no one can beat James Cameron!
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5:14PM on 04/08/2013
Seems like cameron needs a new technology for his every new film so that he can trick people into making them feel that they are watching something new and groundbreaking.its like when he wants to make a new film,rather than thinking about the story,he would first think about creating a new technology.
Seems like cameron needs a new technology for his every new film so that he can trick people into making them feel that they are watching something new and groundbreaking.its like when he wants to make a new film,rather than thinking about the story,he would first think about creating a new technology.
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7:38PM on 04/08/2013
Totally agree. I'm an IT guy, and I appreciate new technology in the service of a good story, but with Cameron the tech is the whole point. His writing is trite and amateurish.
Totally agree. I'm an IT guy, and I appreciate new technology in the service of a good story, but with Cameron the tech is the whole point. His writing is trite and amateurish.
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3:58PM on 04/08/2013

CAN'T FREAKING WAIT

Avatar was THE coolest movie expirences I've ever encountered and I completely trust Cameron with what ever he does. He has 2 of the highest grossing movies of all time... He knows what the people want!
Avatar was THE coolest movie expirences I've ever encountered and I completely trust Cameron with what ever he does. He has 2 of the highest grossing movies of all time... He knows what the people want!
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3:38PM on 04/08/2013

60 FPS

this shouldn't be as such as a shock has 48 fps due to most of us playing video games in 60fps, and i think i heard someone somewhere state that the next consoles would run at 240FPS in stereoscopic 3D and 120 in 2D, or it might have been double those figures?
this shouldn't be as such as a shock has 48 fps due to most of us playing video games in 60fps, and i think i heard someone somewhere state that the next consoles would run at 240FPS in stereoscopic 3D and 120 in 2D, or it might have been double those figures?
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2:56PM on 04/08/2013

Cool :)

But I thought Cameron had said he'd be doing 60fps for Avatar 2?
But I thought Cameron had said he'd be doing 60fps for Avatar 2?
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12:50AM on 04/09/2013
Did you even read the article? Look in the last paragraph
Did you even read the article? Look in the last paragraph
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