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Avatar featurette proves the actors did a ton of acting

01.19.2010

The term "performance capture" may tend to conjure visions of those creepy unblinking Zemeckis-made automatons from movies like POLAR EXPRESS and BEOWULF. But director James Cameron has long insisted that AVATAR was a quantum leap in the process, and that every bit of his actors' performances was present in the finished product.

But explaining and showing are different things, especially when it comes to convincing people who might be voting for major awards. (And, well, I suppose the rest of you sorta matter.) So this interesting new behind-the-scenes video demonstrates not just the cool tech that Cameron and his team have been concocting over the past few years, but also how the film's stars and their work literally translated to their blue counterparts.

If you didn't buy the hype that this movie was the "game changer" it had been heralded as, try to envision these toys in the hands of other talented filmmakers and gifted actors...

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Extra Tidbit: Want an amusing example of what hot Na'vi sex might be like? You got it.
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10:52AM on 01/20/2010
It's a shame that Zoe Saldana will be ignored at the Oscars this year, just because it's a mo-cap performance. Andy Serkis' Gollum role was shafted, and the same will happen here.
It's a shame that Zoe Saldana will be ignored at the Oscars this year, just because it's a mo-cap performance. Andy Serkis' Gollum role was shafted, and the same will happen here.
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1:08PM on 01/20/2010
Dunno if you can QUITE reason that the two are similar, but I get what you're saying
Dunno if you can QUITE reason that the two are similar, but I get what you're saying
7:34AM on 01/20/2010
What Cameron & company did here is nothing short of amazing. Cameron deserves best director, no doubt. The man is legend.

Most directors will be jumping a chance to play with this technology, and only a slight few will have the kind of talent needed to pull this style of filmmaking off.
What Cameron & company did here is nothing short of amazing. Cameron deserves best director, no doubt. The man is legend.

Most directors will be jumping a chance to play with this technology, and only a slight few will have the kind of talent needed to pull this style of filmmaking off.
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3:25AM on 01/20/2010
Just imagine using actors... acting... on a stage/set... and the end result being... actors?! Yea, call me "old fashion", but I like my actors real, and not pixar donkeys. I'm a firm believer that CGi should be used to enhance a film, not BE the film. In the case of live action of course. CGi films on the other hand, I have zero interest in, hence, I have zero interest in Avatar and it's ilk.
Just imagine using actors... acting... on a stage/set... and the end result being... actors?! Yea, call me "old fashion", but I like my actors real, and not pixar donkeys. I'm a firm believer that CGi should be used to enhance a film, not BE the film. In the case of live action of course. CGi films on the other hand, I have zero interest in, hence, I have zero interest in Avatar and it's ilk.
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3:14AM on 01/20/2010

REALLY?

Didn't they try this with King Kong? At least PJ got the creature down to the last expression. Here they didn't even bother designing the creatures in a remotely interesting way. Planet was similar Chewbacca's home in ROTS. I just can't believe this movie is minting money when the story and design is bland. Even the vehicles and weapons/costumes similar to Aliens. Use of technology is noteworthy to some extent. I have loved all of Cameron's movies but Avatar is an exception.
Didn't they try this with King Kong? At least PJ got the creature down to the last expression. Here they didn't even bother designing the creatures in a remotely interesting way. Planet was similar Chewbacca's home in ROTS. I just can't believe this movie is minting money when the story and design is bland. Even the vehicles and weapons/costumes similar to Aliens. Use of technology is noteworthy to some extent. I have loved all of Cameron's movies but Avatar is an exception.
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2:33AM on 01/20/2010
It's just amazing what they were able to accomplish with this film on a technological level. Truly revolutionary.
It's just amazing what they were able to accomplish with this film on a technological level. Truly revolutionary.
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1:45AM on 01/20/2010
first off this is old. second, wasnt this put into an article before? seriously, old though.
first off this is old. second, wasnt this put into an article before? seriously, old though.
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1:01AM on 01/20/2010

Awesome possibilities

Awesome featurette and holy hell this opens worlds of possibilites now. I'm excited as hell as to some of the films we're gonna see in years to come based on this technology. When you can literally create worlds and have your imagination realized on screen, that is an amazing acheivement.
Awesome featurette and holy hell this opens worlds of possibilites now. I'm excited as hell as to some of the films we're gonna see in years to come based on this technology. When you can literally create worlds and have your imagination realized on screen, that is an amazing acheivement.
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11:35PM on 01/19/2010

JUST AMAZING!

Allot of work and heart was put into this film and it really payed off in the end, this was a very interesting featurette.
Allot of work and heart was put into this film and it really payed off in the end, this was a very interesting featurette.
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10:46PM on 01/19/2010
Avatar doesnt deserve to win Best Picture but Cameron did a hell of a job and derserves to be crowned best director.
Avatar doesnt deserve to win Best Picture but Cameron did a hell of a job and derserves to be crowned best director.
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11:19PM on 01/19/2010
seriously, look at all the work this guy put in, and people were crying when he won a golden globe, get the hell out of here. he should be looked at as a lock
seriously, look at all the work this guy put in, and people were crying when he won a golden globe, get the hell out of here. he should be looked at as a lock
4:41PM on 01/20/2010
my thoughts exactly
my thoughts exactly
10:23PM on 01/19/2010
Interesting
Interesting
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