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04.25.2009by:

In a time of constant "spy reports" and production minutiae available online for almost every movie, you have to admit -- they've done a pretty incredible job keeping AVATAR a secret. The project has been in the works for years, and is due in just a few months, and almost nothing has been revealed to the salivating masses about James Cameron's sci-fi epic.

The new issue of Empire has some snaps of Cameron on his sets and talked with him about the tech he's developed for his project. Some interesting and bold statements from Cameron: "We've eliminated the animation from animation," and "With the capture technologies we developed, the actor can be any character they can imagine and the director can create any world, any time and any space."

With his new gear, the filmmaker can essentially shoot actors on green-screen sets and watch the (nearly) finished product on a monitor -- in real-time. (He can also instantly make people nine feet tall and blue, it seems.) Cameron also implies that sampling this tech was basically what prompted Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson to go make TINTIN their next film.

In addition, the 3D-focused site Marketsaw extracted and extrapolated some additional info from Empire's behind the scenes pics -- check them out RIGHT HERE.

Extra Tidbit: Give us a teaser trailer already!!!
Source: EmpireMarketsaw

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5:57AM on 04/28/2009
What a way to change the decade! :P
What a way to change the decade! :P
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6:30PM on 04/27/2009
this movie is gonna change the world.
this movie is gonna change the world.
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4:08PM on 04/27/2009

Hmm

I should be excited about this movie but sadly I'm not!
I should be excited about this movie but sadly I'm not!
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11:34AM on 04/27/2009

I'm sure this film will disapoint.

I can't wait to hear some people complain about this film.
I can't wait to hear some people complain about this film.
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8:43AM on 04/27/2009

Oh, James.

Cannot wait!!! Cameron, Nolan, Spielberg, Jackson, Abrams - all have works in progress with my favourite genre. Sci-Fi is coming back baby!
Cannot wait!!! Cameron, Nolan, Spielberg, Jackson, Abrams - all have works in progress with my favourite genre. Sci-Fi is coming back baby!
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7:10AM on 04/27/2009

It's out this December?

Wow, that crept up fast - I remember when that seemed like the far off future...
Wow, that crept up fast - I remember when that seemed like the far off future...
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3:31AM on 04/26/2009

Wohoooo

Spilberg had been the guy standing on the top of a peak when it comes to Sci-Fic. This movie should be good. BTW if they dont use any actors in a movie and create a feature film i wonder if the characters will talk in that, lol.
Spilberg had been the guy standing on the top of a peak when it comes to Sci-Fic. This movie should be good. BTW if they dont use any actors in a movie and create a feature film i wonder if the characters will talk in that, lol.
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8:53PM on 04/25/2009
Cameron is my favorite director of all time. I'm counting down the days to Avatar!
Cameron is my favorite director of all time. I'm counting down the days to Avatar!
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8:20PM on 04/25/2009
So in other words, Tintin will have a lot more realistic CGI than Beowulf? Sign me up for that.
So in other words, Tintin will have a lot more realistic CGI than Beowulf? Sign me up for that.
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8:16PM on 04/25/2009
The fact that this guy has been putting the past 5-10 years of his life into this film and creating new technology for film in general is enough in itself to earn not only my respect but for me to spend $16 on a ticket in imax once this comes out.

I can't stand listening to people hating on this. No one has even seen shit and they are complaining. Cameron might not be an "art-house" favorite but to action movie fans hes our Scorsese, our Coppola, our Anderson.

Give credit where its due
The fact that this guy has been putting the past 5-10 years of his life into this film and creating new technology for film in general is enough in itself to earn not only my respect but for me to spend $16 on a ticket in imax once this comes out.

I can't stand listening to people hating on this. No one has even seen shit and they are complaining. Cameron might not be an "art-house" favorite but to action movie fans hes our Scorsese, our Coppola, our Anderson.

Give credit where its due and go suck a nut.

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7:42PM on 04/25/2009

I don't usually do this type of thing

But PuffCity, you're either being ironic, or you're an idiot. This movie deserves all the hype, except I'd really like to see a trailer soon. It's gonna be amazing though.
But PuffCity, you're either being ironic, or you're an idiot. This movie deserves all the hype, except I'd really like to see a trailer soon. It's gonna be amazing though.
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7:29PM on 04/25/2009
Bah, this movie is overhyped and will most likely disappoint and suck, mainly because it's a James Cameron movie. His movies are crazy overrated; they are all very cheesy but people don't realize it. He also seems to go far over budget for every movie he makes. Studios would never allow him to make big movies if it wasn't for the fluke that was Titanic.
Bah, this movie is overhyped and will most likely disappoint and suck, mainly because it's a James Cameron movie. His movies are crazy overrated; they are all very cheesy but people don't realize it. He also seems to go far over budget for every movie he makes. Studios would never allow him to make big movies if it wasn't for the fluke that was Titanic.
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4:54PM on 04/25/2009
It's kind of weird seeing Cameron using a little prosumer camera like that on this film. Not sure what it'll be used for.

Anyways, I've been waiting for this movie since the 90's!
It's kind of weird seeing Cameron using a little prosumer camera like that on this film. Not sure what it'll be used for.

Anyways, I've been waiting for this movie since the 90's!
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4:52PM on 04/25/2009

all right already!

Sheesh! Just get this movie done with, and bring me my Battle Angel!
Sheesh! Just get this movie done with, and bring me my Battle Angel!
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3:48PM on 04/25/2009
Sounds like we're one step further to eliminating the actor altogether. A scary proposition I had put to rest when George Lucas declared it just about impossible.

Since this thing appears to be done mostly with green screens, it's no wonder there's such tight security. Even if we do see the pictures, can't say what's going on in 'em.
Sounds like we're one step further to eliminating the actor altogether. A scary proposition I had put to rest when George Lucas declared it just about impossible.

Since this thing appears to be done mostly with green screens, it's no wonder there's such tight security. Even if we do see the pictures, can't say what's going on in 'em.
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3:33PM on 04/25/2009

wow

I'm hip to this news
I'm hip to this news
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3:33PM on 04/25/2009
don't care for this movie at all, awful cast.. and ya.. whatever.
don't care for this movie at all, awful cast.. and ya.. whatever.
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