Filming Avatar 2’s Underwater Scenes Sounds Ridiculously Laborious For James Cameron

It has been practically a decade since James Cameron delivered Avatar to the general public, however the filmmaker has lastly moved Avatar 2 out of the event stage and into principal pictures. Film-making expertise has improved sufficient since 2009 that sure elements of capturing the sequel can be simpler than it was with its predecessor, however that does not imply there aren’t nonetheless challenges. As an example, Avatar 2 will spend loads of time underwater on Pandora, thus including new visible aptitude to boost the story. However because of this, as a result of the Avatar films depend on the actors carrying fits lined in dots so their actions might be tracked, taking the motion into an underwater setting considerably complicates that course of. Cameron defined:

It is by no means been finished earlier than and it’s extremely tough as a result of our movement seize system, like most movement seize methods, is what they name optical base, that means that it makes use of markers which might be photographed with tons of of cameras. The issue with water will not be the underwater half, however the interface between the air and the water, which varieties a transferring mirror. That transferring mirror displays all of the dots and markers, and it creates a bunch of false markers. It is just a little bit like a fighter aircraft dumping a bunch of chaff to confuse the radar system of a missile. It creates 1000’s of false targets, so we have had to determine find out how to get round that drawback, which we did. Mainly, everytime you add water to any drawback, it simply will get ten instances more durable. So, we have thrown loads of horsepower, innovation, creativeness and new expertise on the drawback, and it is taken us a few yr and a half now to work out how we will do it.

So for these of you who’ve puzzled why it is taken so lengthy for Avatar 2 to start manufacturing, evidently determining find out how to overcome the reflection drawback with the movement seize dots and markers is no less than a part of the rationale for the delay. That being stated, the issue did not resolve itself proper earlier than Avatar 2 began rolling cameras in September. In truth, Cameron famous that the crew solely had its first profitable underwater run final week. Cameron continued:

We have finished an amazing quantity of testing, and we did it efficiently, for the primary time, simply final Tuesday [November 14th]. We really performed a complete scene underwater with our younger solid. We have got six youngsters and one seven-year-old, they usually’re all taking part in a scene underwater. We have been coaching them for six months now, with find out how to maintain their breath, they usually’re all up within the two to 4 minute vary. They’re all completely able to appearing underwater, very calmly whereas holding their breath. We’re not doing any of this on scuba. And we’re getting actually good information, stunning character movement and nice facial efficiency seize. We have mainly cracked the code.

James Cameron additionally talked about throughout his interview with Collider that Avatar 2 and Avatar three may have loads of scenes set underwater, although Avatar four and Avatar 5 will nonetheless embody some underwater parts. As a result of the subsequent two Avatar films are capturing concurrently, Cameron and his crew will take a break afterwards to hold out post-production on them, after which manufacturing on the ultimate two Avatar films will begin. Judging by the director’s feedback, it feels like taking good care of these underwater scenes is turning into much less of a trouble, in order the years go, ideally it’s going to grow to be one of many simpler elements of the filming course of for Cameron and his crew.

Avatar 2 opens in theaters on December 18, 2020, and the subsequent three Avatar sequels can be unfold out between 2021 and 2025. Keep tuned to CinemaBlend for extra updates on the Avatar franchise, and have a look by means of our 2018 premiere guide to see what films can be launched subsequent yr.

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