Tuesday, November 1, 2011

'PERFORMANCE CAPTURE'




Avatar Wallpaper
From image.photography5.com


Zoë Saldaña (Neytiri) & Sam Worthington (Jake Sully)
From images4.fanpop.com


Director James Cameron had many reasons to be happy the morning that the Oscar nominations for 2010 were announced: His blockbuster movie “Avatar” tied for the most with nine, including best picture and best director. But he was dismayed that his cast, including stars Zoe Saldana, Sam Worthington and Sigourney Weaver, was shut out.
In fact, unlike the great majority of best picture nominees, the “Avatar” actors have not nabbed one major critic’s award, or guild prize. The snubs reflect the apparent ambivalence of the film community — especially actors — to “Avatar” and its revolutionary use of “performance capture,” a new technology that combines human actors with computer-generated animation to create the blue, 10-foot-tall creatures who are the heart of the movie.
To the uninitiated, it raises basic questions: Is this acting, or is it animation? And, does this suggest that actors could become obsolete? It’s an issue that provokes a strong response from Hollywood figures, from best actor nominees Jeff Bridges and Jeremy Renner to directors Cameron and Steven Spielberg.
“I’m sure they could do it now if they wanted. Actors will kind of be a thing of the past,” Bridges told Tribune Newspapers the day nominations were announced. “We’ll be turned into combinations. A director will be able to say, ‘I want 60 percent Clooney; give me 10 percent Bridges; and throw some Charles Bronson in there.’ They’ll come up with a new guy who will look like nobody who has ever lived and that person or thing will be huge,” he said.
(Tribune Newspapers writers Richard Verrier, Amy Kaufman and Yvonne Villarreal contributed to this report at chicagotribune.com) Some people are science fiction enthusiasts of the highest order. However, great films are not strictly confined to one genre. You can find them anywhere. STANLEY KUBRICK’S 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY is so amazing and original that it blows almost everything else to hell. Nothing can ever scale the heights of the original STAR WARS and THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK. They possessed an epic sweep and fabulous characters that you could become emotionally invested in. Both trilogies in the series are noteworthy for obvious reasons. The first two ALIEN movies (particularly the one that Mr. Cameron directed) are incredible. AVATAR is a cross between DANCES WITH WOLVES and PLANET OF THE APES. In case you were wondering, that’s not a good thing.
(SHERYL CROW at cinematicpassions.wordpress.com)



Jake Sully 
From ourpoliticsblog.com


Neytiri 
From blog.christianitytoday.com


No one in the universe has the imagination of James Cameron, and if they do, they don’t have the ability to convey it into the world of film. Not like he does. Avatar was the best film of 2009, and one of the best films to come out this entire decade…. You’ll eat up what’s been fed with a smile on your face, because it’s that damn good. Avatar is unlike any movie….. Cameron takes a simple, almost cliché story, and makes it an authentic tale about two races, two people, and the world that lives and breathes around them. The fairyland of Pandora becomes a reality and you as a viewer are lucky enough to have been invited to see it through the eyes of Jake Sully.
(SHERYL CROW at cinematicpassions.wordpress.com)

 
Jake Sully, a paralyzed marine
From avatar3trailer.com


Avatar is the biggest money-making film of all time, earning nearly $2.8 billion worldwide at the box office. It is also the top-selling Blu-Ray disc in history. Cameron said, "It is a rare and remarkable opportunity when a filmmaker gets to build a fantasy world, and watch it grow, with the resources and partnership of a global media company. Avatar was conceived as an epic work of fantasy – a world that audiences could visit, across all media platforms, and this moment marks the launch of the next phase of that world. With two new films on the drawing boards, my company and I are embarking on an epic journey with our partners at Twentieth Century Fox. Our goal is to meet and exceed the global audience's expectations for the richness of Avatar’s visual world and the power of the storytelling. In the second and third films, which will be self contained stories that also fulfill a greater story arc, we will not back off the throttle of Avatar’s visual and emotional horsepower, and will continue to explore its themes and characters, which touched the hearts of audiences in all cultures around the world. I'm looking forward to returning to Pandora, a world where our imaginations can run wild."
(Mark Moring at blog.christianitytoday.com)
In the year 2154, ex marine JAKE SULLY (SAM WORTHINGTON) is a paraplegic confined to a wheelchair. He lacks the financial resources for an operation that would allow him permanent mobility.
Jake’s brother was a scientist working with a team on the cutting edge of some remarkable technology. Though he has no training, Jake eagerly accepts his late sibling’s mission in exchange for financial compensation that will restore the use of his legs.
With the rest of his intellectually focused companions, he travels to the moon Pandora, which is several light years from Earth. The scientists are studying the Na’vi, the indigenous people who inhabit the planet. They are strange looking creatures: long and slender, approximately ten feet tall, bright blue with glittering golden eyes (complete with tails). They resemble enormous athletic azure kitty cats.
Jake is to infiltrate the population and get to know the Na’vi on their own level. But because the planet’s atmosphere is hostile to humans, the scientists have an innovative idea. A body (referred to as an avatar) has all ready been prepared for Jake’s sibling. They were identical twins. So the scenario fits perfectly. The physical structure is a mix of several kinds of different DNA. If Jake were an authentic Na’vi living on Pandora, that is precisely what he would look like. In reality, Jake will be lying in an unconscious state in a pod inside their spacecraft. But the representational avatar will be roaming throughout the planet as long as Jake is in a motionless state. When he gets up from his station, the avatar is lifeless until he returns.
(SHERYL CROW at cinematicpassions.wordpress.com)



Sully and Neyriti
From lookpictures.net


We are soon privy to the knowledge that it’s not just a scientific exploration, but a military program with the intent to mine the precious material scattered throughout their rich woodland. Jake is asked by his military commander to find any Intel that would help them infiltrate the precious land, and force them off. Colonel Quaritch offers Sully the surgery to return his legs to him in return, but Sully has begun to understand the Na’vi, and more so he has begun to develop an affection for Neytiri , who has been teaching him the ways of their people and land. An epic battle is eminent, but the trip to get there is gripping.
(Posted by Heather at moviemobsters.com)


The Battle
From mymoviewallpapers.com


The Battle
From moviemobsters.com


The Battle
From avatar3trailer.com


Avatar came, spread its magic and conquered! Avatar has been the talk of the town long after people have left the theaters. Critics from around the world are talking about the revolutionary 3D and CGI work but one thing that most have missed out is the story. Director James Cameron has tried to depict the US Marines as brutal hordes of soldiers who enjoy shedding blood and this is what should have caught the senses of the moviegoers. The popular critics, though spared a lot of thought for the graphics, could have manged to put in a little thought on the real meaning of the story.
(Variety)
Avatar is a film that has not only conquered our hearts but was also set to walk away with all the awards and now the word is out that the Charismatic James Cameron is penning its prequel. Jon Landau, the producer of Avatar said Cameron is penning the prequel of the film and this time it is going to be much bigger in terms of the extravaganza and the twists of events that are taking place in Pandora’s world. The book would be about the events that led to the story of Avatar, and Cameron seems to be devoting a lot of his time into penning his thoughts.
(MTV)
James Cameron will begin work on Avatar sequel script (due in 2014) early 2011, with the production set to being at the end of 2011. Judging from the fact that Avatar began filming in April 2007, and was only released 2.5 years later, we might possibly expect a similar time-frame again. On the other way, because Cameron and his crew are going to make two films during this period of time (the third part of the trilogy being planned for release in 2015), perhaps that might take a bit more. Anyway, Sam Worthington whose acting schedule seems to be pretty much determined by the upcoming shoots, has recently given an interview where he said that James Cameron had some great ideas about the 2nd and 3rd parts of Pandora adventures.
(filmonic.com)
If Sam Worthington isn’t a household name after this movie, we don’t know what it will take to make it one. He was the best part of Terminator Salvation and is also starring in the upcoming remake “Clash of the Titans”. In spite of all the brilliant other points of Avatar, it was a success because he was the right guy for the role. Handsome, but with eyes opening his soul to you, he was all the charisma and energy this film needed. Another piece of new and different. Coupled with ZoeSaldana as Neytiri , who completely blew us away with her performance through the special effects. Unlike Worthington, we never see her human face, and don’t need to. Her character, her voice, and her movement was remarkably expressive and unique. Grounding this massive film was the talents of Sigourney Weaver. Her face was a welcome each time she was on screen. With subtle strength she played perfectly against Sully’s over enthusiastic childlike behavior. Her character went by the name of Grace, and it suited her role with perfect reflection.
(Posted by Heather at moviemobsters.com)
Cameron said that he fully intends to make Avatar 2 & 3 at 48 or 60 fps. Movies at 48 or 60 looks different and way more alive. 3D shows a window into another reality. The higher frame rate will take the glass out of the window. It is really stunning, and becomes very real.
DreamWorks Animation CEO, Katzenberg, revealed that he is working on scalable multicore processing, a "quantum leap" in computer processing speed. For years, the animators have been waiting hours upon hours for the computers to render. With the new processes, the animators will be able to create their work in real time, and see the results in seconds. That will make a milestone in the storytelling of movies. An extraordinary and revolutionary help in the process, which will have a positive creative effect, and at the same time, rapidly speed up the creation of a movie.
Having explored Pandora's ground-level flora and fauna in the first Avatar movie, James Cameron wants to go to the distant moon's and the deep watery depths of the oceans in the sequels. He will be able to conjure something new and amazing once again, with aquatic alien life forms and underwater landscape.
Avatar 2 will mainly focus on the oceans of Pandora. And those seas will be just as rich and diverse and crazy and imaginative as the fantastic rain forest from Avatar. There will of course be scenes from the Pandora we already know too, but the waters will hold the secrets and mysteries of the 2nd movie. Cameron's fascination with oceans stretches 2 decades back, where he developed most of the 3D technology used in Avatar, while working on his Titanic documentary "Ghosts of the Abyss" and afterwards took the audience beneath the sea, in "The Abyss". Avatar 3 will take the audience to whole other planets, with new and different environments and life forms.
(avatar3trailer.com)

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