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Month: July 2018

Flight of Passage fun facts

Flight of Passage fun facts

These are some fun facts from the ride Flight of Passage that is in Pandora at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Check out the link to the article these were taken from below. It’s worth the read if you like geeky statistics or have been on the ride.

You see over 1,400 creatures during your flight.

It is in 10k resolution at 60fps.

The ride lasts 4.5 minutes and you travel 7 miles through the Valley of Mo’ara.

The person who portrays the female na’vi, who is your ikran guide, is Alicia Vela-Bailey of Avatar fame.

AVATAR: FLIGHT OF PASSAGE: A Cinematic, Multi-Sensory 3D Experience that Soars

Thank you! Or as the na’vi say, Irayo!

Thank you! Or as the na’vi say, Irayo!

First I just wanted to say thank you to everyone who has checked out the site. We have received some good feedback, don’t be afraid to keep it coming, good or bad.  We want the site to serve you guys, the fans, to do so we need to know what you like and don’t like.

After our first week though we are super excited. Going into this my goal was modest, I know the Avatar fandom isn’t real large at the moment, the people who are active online seem to be fairly low. I hoped the site would reach 50-100 people at some point, eventually being closer to 75-100. I thought if that many people would check it out each day or every few days that would make a solid impact on the current Avatar online population. What surprised me was that we have reached exactly 100 unique visitors from 14 countries in our first week. So thank you guys!

The site has only been promoted on its Facebook, and Instagram page, and clearly by word of mouth. The main goal of the site is to give fans a resource for any news for the sequels, or Avatar in general. Plus we want you to be able to have something to read each day. Some days I am sure it will be a topic that you already knew, or an article you’d already seen, but we aim to keep things coming and give Avatar fans a little boost. We are still 2 years away from things heating up, but when they do it’s going to be wild.

We have a new video game coming from Massive, a book series coming from Steven Gould, comics from Dark Horse, and of course the sequels. Things are going to be real fun again before we know it! Even now we are fortunate to have the Cirque du Soleil show and have Pandora we can visit at Animal Kingdom. Both of which are highly recommended. There is also something called Avatar The Exhibition which has been in Asia, it looks amazing, I can’t wait for it to make its way closer to us.

In the coming days we will have more information on all the current Avatar offerings and what’s to come, so keep an eye out.

A throwback to a 2010 article with some of the designers of Avatar

A throwback to a 2010 article with some of the designers of Avatar

https://io9.gizmodo.com/5464478/27-avatar-questions-answered-by-the-movies-designers

The title speaks for itself, this is a real gem from back in early 2010 when we were all still learning so much about the world of Avatar. I love finding these old articles I have long forgotten or perhaps never saw at the time. The amount of sheer detail that went into making this franchise is incredible. Enjoy!

James Cameron’s Manhattan Beach Offices

James Cameron’s Manhattan Beach Offices

https://www.architecturaldigest.com/story/james-cameron-takes-us-inside-his-never-before-seen-avatar-inspired-eco-friendly-offices-in-manhattan-beach

This is a very informative article posted at the end of last year showcasing a bit of the Lightstorm offices. I was fortunate to have visited them back in 2014 when Avatar Meet was invited to visit. They are everything these pictures show and more. The article is fantastic but I felt like some of the picture descriptions were a little off so I wanted to run through them.

This is the lobby right outside of the movie theater they have at Lightstorm. The entrance we used would be to the left of where this photo was taken. The shadow box up on the ceiling is so beautiful to see.

This also is part of the lobby right outside of the theater. The previous photo was aimed at the opposite wall as this one, and again the entrance we used is to your left from here.

Here is the theater, what a beauty! This picture truly doesn’t do it justice. I don’t have any personal pictures taken in here because I believe we were asked not to take any of the theater or lobby area. This was 4 years ago and I believe they wanted to expose their awesome facilities at their own pace.

This is the main office area. That is James Cameron’s office behind the purple wall, as seen in the next photo. You can see some really amazing things in here, that is Jakes wheelchair from Avatar, The Heart of the Ocean is in there from Titanic, plus several other amazing things.

Last but not least, Mr. Cameron’s office. It sure would be fun to step in there and hear the stories of all the props he has sitting in there.

Russian cosplay artist Murzikyuki as Neytiri

Russian cosplay artist Murzikyuki as Neytiri

I came across this stunning Avatar cosplay earlier this year. Yesterday I was able to contact Murzikyuki to receive permission to share her photos with everyone. Her cosplay is one of the best I have seen plus the background for the photos makes a fantastic Pandora. Enjoy!

 

You can find more photos of murzikyuki on her instagram and her cosplay page. If you enjoyed her cosplay please leave her a message and let her know.

Большое спасибо Мурзик!

 

The Avatar sequels will succeed, and here is why

The Avatar sequels will succeed, and here is why

Avatar takes a lot of flak online. For each person that loved the movie it feels like there are 20 who are online bashing it. But don’t fret, I’ll show you how Avatar just keeps winning.

  • First and foremost it is the #1 one grossing movie all time and it’s not even close. Titanic which is number two is right at 601 million behind. How big is that gap between #1 and #2 in the movie world, it’s the entire gross of Iron Man, plus 16 more million dollars.

 

  • It is the #2 grossing domestic (U.S.) movie of all time. It had a nice 6 year run at number one but ultimately The Force Awakens took that spot. Even though Avatar is behind The Force Awakens by 176 million domestically, it still finished a whopping 720 million ahead when worldwide totals are included.

 

  • It is #2 all time in Blu Ray sales. For all the internet chatter that says people only enjoyed Avatar in 3D at the theater, that simply isn’t true. Frozen is the only movie to have sold more Blu Ray copies.

 

  • The Cirque du Soleil show Toruk-The First Flight based on Avatar, and a fantastic addition to the franchise made it to the Guinness Book of World records for being the #1 grossing circus touring performance show of 2017. This showed Avatar can expand to other quality entertainment avenues and still connect with people just as the movie did.

 

  • Disney spent an estimated $500,000,000 dollars on an Avatar land expansion in Animal Kingdom called Pandora-The World of Avatar. The Avatar haters were in full force when this project was revealed, and it continued all they way up to the point that this land opened and was a stunningly huge success. The land includes Flight of Passage which has been called the best ride in all of Disney.

 

Avatar doesn’t just do well, Avatar comes in #1 or #2 in almost every measurable category. While it is a popular franchise to attack online I believe this is only because of the unprecedented success of the film. We are still 2 years away from the first sequel and I don’t have a solid prediction yet for if Avatar 2 can dethrone Avatar from that #1 worldwide spot, but the fact that I even think it stands a chance at this stage just shows the power and connection of the franchise to people.

 

 

 

Revisiting the Avatar comic

Revisiting the Avatar comic

For those who don’t know about or don’t remember, lets take a step back to May 6th, 2017. Dark Horse comics released an Avatar comic on Free Comic Book Day (FCDB) to comic shops around the country. It was a short story but had some great artwork and colors. The story followed Jake Sully and filled in some missing details the movie didn’t have a chance to cover. It was a small taste of what is to come, but it was a fantastic tease. We haven’t received any official word of when the series will officially launch, but it is rumored to be sometime in 2020 before the release of Avatar 2. In case you haven’t picked up your own copy yet I won’t spoil it for you. But here is a couple of pages that show how the book turned out.

 

The series was originally announced by James Cameron at NYCC in October of 2015. He said it will follow story lines from the past, present, and future of the first Avatar movie. Also a preview of the cover was released that featured Akwey the horse clan leader from the first film, and even had him riding on a toruk. However before the comic was released it was updated to Jake Sully, both the main picture and the na’vi riding toruk.

 

Initial preview cover

 

Final Cover

 

If you didn’t pick up a free copy back in 2017 don’t worry, you can pick up a copy off ebay around $5 shipped. Just search FCBD Avatar. I leave you with the video of James Cameron announcing the comic book series.

 

 

 

The Māori from New Zealand have inspired a na’vi sequel dance

The Māori from New Zealand have inspired a na’vi sequel dance

https://www.maoritelevision.com/news/regional/rotorua-haka-performers-inspire-avatar-2-film

The Māori people, who are descendants of Polynesians and now living in New Zealand, have a very unique dance called the haka. After seeing the haka performed live it inspired James Cameron to create his own cultural dance for the na’vi. I am pretty excited to see what they came up with. I know some things that were similar to this were cut from the first film, so hopefully this makes the final cut.

Meet Jenn Stafford, MOCAP performer on the sequels

Meet Jenn Stafford, MOCAP performer on the sequels

https://www.dancespirit.com/what-its-like-to-do-motion-capture-for-avatar-2580357978.html

A brand new article on Jenn Stafford, one of the motion capture performers who is currently working on the sequels. I always enjoy learning about the different people who help bring the na’vi to life. They come from all walks of life and corners of the world. Awesome interview Jenn.