Avatar news has been a bit slow, but yesterday the Daily Mail posted a few quotes from Brendan Cowell. While it isn’t much, it is a tiny bit of Avatar goodness, so I wanted to share. If you aren’t familiar with Brendan, it was first revealed that Brendan would be joining the cast of Avatar back in 2019. He will be playing the Captain of a private sector fishing vessel, and his character is named Mick Scoresby. This is the extent of the information that has been released about Captain Scoresby so far. Here are his quotes from the interview–
“I can say I play a character who is on the water. Yes, we shot in New Zealand. Yes, James Cameron is directing it. Yes, I worked with Jemaine Clement. The fact cinemas could open… it could be such a gift to the world, of this enormous visual and emotional spectacular. It’s really something special; [Cameron is] really something special. And from what I’ve seen, which is not a lot, it’s glorious.”
If you are wanting to start learning the Na’vi language, or are simply looking to connect with other Avatar fans then you need to come check out Kelutral.org. Over the past 11 years many of the fan communities have dried up. However Kelutral has a very active community, it’s a welcoming place, and you don’t have to speak any Na’vi to be a part of the chat. It’s also growing, and will continue to do so as we move closer and closer to the sequels. At the beginning of this year they hosted an online Avatar Con called Omaticon. There were games, trivia, two guest speakers, a community movie viewing, a Na’vi drawing lesson, and lots else. It was a lot of fun and a great break from all the stuff we’ve dealt with the last couple of years in the world. You won’t want to miss out on the next Omaticon.
If you’d like some really cool Avatar merch and want to help out Kelutral in the process you can swing by their Etsy shop. They have some really great shirts, hoodies, hats, and now have hand made ikran bracelets. Many of the items feature the Kelutral logo which is a top notch design. I can personally vouch for the quality of the products. What’s even better is some are eco-friendly, with the t shirts being 100% recycled fabric. You can view their Etsy Store here -> Kelutal Etsy
This post is going to be a little different, but different in a good way. Courtney Rosemont has spent the last few years working hard on the Avatar sequels. Since none of them have been released yet you may not yet have heard of her, but one day soon we will all get to see her hard work pay off. Until that happens you can help her out by checking out a children’s book she just had published. Thats right, not only has she been working hard on Avatar but she also is a published children’s author. Her new book is called, Howie Wash Your Paws. If you have a child, have a young family member, or have friends with children, this would make a fun addition to their bookshelf. The book features Howie in a rhyming story about cleaning your paws throughout the day. It features illustrations by Roberto Rivera, and is 36 pages long.
You can order a copy now at Amazon, I personally snagged two and they’ll be here Friday, I can’t wait to check it out and I’m so proud of Courtney, she’s such a hardworking, talented, and kind person. If you don’t have a need for a children’s book, don’t worry, you can help spread the word to others who might on social media. So far the book is off to a great start, and is the #1 Children’s book in its category on Amazon.
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After the tragic passing of James Horner in 2015 we wondered who would, who could, replace his work on the Avatar sequels. We now have official word from Jon Landau that it will be Simon Franglen. If you aren’t familiar with Simon’s work or are worried how he will stack up to the legendary music Horner produced, look no further than Pandora-The World of Avatar. Simon co-composed the soundtrack that plays in the park with James Horner, and it is incredible. He may not be the flashy name of the most well known music composers some fans hoped for, but I truly think Simon is the best choice for Avatar, I am really excited to have this officially confirmed.
Check out his work on the Pandora soundtrack for yourself-
Simon worked closely with James Horner on Titanic before Avatar, this is what he had to say about the first time they met, which was to work on titanic.
He asked me to come work with him on Titanic because I had a skill set that included the way I used synthesizers at the time — it was somewhat different than most people. He had a longtime collaborator, Ian Underwood, who is one of the heroes of film music as far as I’m concerned, who had been his synthesist. I feel I brought in a slightly different feel — coming from pop music, it had a record-based edge to it.
The next time was when he asked me to come see five minutes of another film … which was Avatar. I looked at that and decided it was going to change the world and I ought to be involved. And from that point on we just worked very closely. In recent years I became his score producer and arranger and that was an evolution that happened because we had a really good working relationship and became really close friends. We had a great team as well. Teams are underrated in music and I think in this case there was an incredible set of people who enjoyed each others’ company and James was crucial to that.
I trust Jon Landau and James Cameron’s vision for Avatar, by selecting someone who has worked with closely with James Horner on multiple projects including the first Avatar I think we can feel assured we are in good hands moving forward. Congratulations to Simon Franglen, I can’t wait to hear what you come up with when we revisit Pandora in 472 days.
While many elements of the Avatar universe come from the film and it’s narrative, not everything is seen in the film. One such example is the subject of today’s video which made it’s debut in the original Avatar game and continued over into the Mattel toy line. Today we shall be taking a look to see why the Grinder was such an important part of the RDA’s forces on Pandora!
While Avatar has branched out into many areas over the past decade, one it has still yet to explore is Tabletop RPG’s. With the boom in popularity for D&D I believe it’s time we were able to explore Pandora to it’s fullest in this way. Today I take a look at why I believe an Avatar RPG would work perfectly for the universe James Cameron has created.
The Kenten, known as the Fan Lizard to most only had a short appearance in the film but still managed to leave an impact on the universe and animal life of Avatar. Today I take a look at what makes this small lizard so interesting to the ecosystem of Pandora!
With the last few months of the year slowly approaching, the release of Avatar 2 grow closer and closer. With the release just under a year and half away thoughts might turn to when will we see a trailer. Today I wanted to give my thoughts on when we might get our first glimpse at the film and return to Pandora.
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Another great video from Pandora Explored. In this one he highlights how special of a community the Avatar fandom is. I know the nice things he had to say about Avatar Sequels was extremely touching, and I have enjoyed getting to know him better over the last few months. I also really enjoy watching his informative and thoughtful videos. If you’d like to follow Pandora Explored, just follow the links to his social media accounts-TwitterRedditYouTube
Earlier this week we showcased some beautiful Avatar art by Iris-Lisette Tamm, she had been filling my Twitter with lots of great Avatar art recently. Well another artist has been filling my feed on Instagram with a mixture of traditional and digital Avatar art. Meet Romina_1984, she hails from Germany and has been posting some really cool edited photos of herself and her sister on Pandora as well. You can see those and more of her art on Instagram and Twitter. Drop by and show her some love on her photos.