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Watching Avatar-Post Avatar Depression or Pure Bliss?

Watching Avatar-Post Avatar Depression or Pure Bliss?

After the first few weeks of Avatar being out in theaters a phenomenon that became known as PAD or Post Avatar Depression started happening. Specifically it was being discussed in length on the newly created Avatar Forums. Everything Avatar was huge in those days and soon major websites were even picking up on the story. It seemed most people that loved the movie fell into two main categories. It either made you extremely happy or in some cases it depressed you. The depression came from things like the realization of how imperfect out own world is, wanting to visit Pandora but not being able to, and even wanting to become one of the Na’vi. The feelings of happiness also come from similar things. People fell in love with the Na’vi way of life, they wanted to visit Pandora and could by going to see the film again and again, and it even inspired people to take better care of their bodies and live more naturally.

On the fan forum site “Avatar Forums,” a topic thread entitled “Ways to cope with the depression of the dream of Pandora being intangible,” has received more than 1,000 posts from people experiencing depression and fans trying to help them cope. The topic became so popular last month that forum administrator Philippe Baghdassarian had to create a second thread so people could continue to post their confused feelings about the movie.

“I wasn’t depressed myself. In fact the movie made me happy ,” Baghdassarian said. “But I can understand why it made people depressed. The movie was so beautiful and it showed something we don’t have here on Earth. I think people saw we could be living in a completely different world and that caused them to be depressed.”

-CNN.com Audiences experience ‘Avatar’ blues 1/11/10

It became such a big deal even CNN was reporting on it. I want to know how you felt when you first watched Avatar, from the good to the bad, and I’d like to know how you think seeing Avatar 2 may make you feel. Do you think it will help having an actual Pandora at Disney’s Animal Kingdom to go visit? Send us an email or leave a comment and we will follow up on every ones feelings in a future article.

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The Science Behind the Fiction-Joe Letteri

The Science Behind the Fiction-Joe Letteri

For the full article by Adrian Pennington click here-The Science Behind the Fiction

The Avatar sequels
All of these cutting-edge developments are being trained on Avatar 2, 3, 4 and 5 which are in production in New Zealand and LA for release beginning in 2020 until 2025. Everyone expects the sequels to break ground – and in multiple ways. Cameron has reportedly test shot sequences underwater. Yet with technology moving so fast, striking a balance between taking risks on innovation and using tried and tested routes is one the VFX super must weigh.

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Avatar: “The risk lies in not doing it”

“The risk lies in not doing it,” declares Letteri. “We’ve never been conservative about what’s required of us to figure out a way of doing what hasn’t been done before. If you don’t try you are never going to get there.”

While not strictly a visual effects technique, high frame rates can be another tool to accentuate realism. Letteri worked on The Hobbit which was filmed at 48 frames a second although the hyper-vivid quality was not to everyone’s taste.

“We are testing [HFR] for Avatar,” Letteri confirms. “Audiences are used to seeing 24 frames per second where the intermediate frames go blank and their mind fills the space with an image. It engages the imagination in a certain way. There’s a case for high frame rates with stereo 3D and lots of fast motion and you want to erase motion blur. It depends on the intent of the filmmaker. They might experiment and see if it can be used it to the advantage of certain scenes within a film.”

He feels that audiences are more likely to suspend their disbelief seeing some physical effects like miniatures and stop motion “because there’s a physical reality to it even though they know it’s not real” but that CGI is unforgiving. “We have to get everything absolutely right and not slip up otherwise the fact that it’s not real will strike a more discordant note in the audience’s mind.”

That said, he says it’s often easier to solve a problem in a computer “because you quickly run into limitations when you do it physically.

“I think we’ll be able to reach a point where we won’t be able to tell what’s real and what’s not,” he says. “You will hit the limit of what you need every pixel to look like to do exactly what it would have done if you photographed that character. For some kinds of effects, I think we are already there.”

A keen astronomer who has long harbored fantasies about traveling to outer space, Avatar is a dream come true.

“When Jim said ‘let’s go to Alpha Centauri and make a whole new world” I couldn’t wait,” he says. “That’s where I’m going.”

Joe Letteri the director of Weta shares a bit about working on Avatar and the Avatar sequels. Joe grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and has worked on films ranging from Star Trek to Jurassic Park and is a pioneer in the motion capture world.

What the Disney-Fox Merger means for Avatar and Star Wars

What the Disney-Fox Merger means for Avatar and Star Wars

What the Disney-Fox deal means for Avatar and Star Wars

Very interesting article from Forbes, written by Scott Mendelson outlining some positives to Disney having Avatar in their stable. I know some people have some worries, and others are quite happy with this deal. I hope this article can help give a little piece of mind about the merger. Even though the Star Wars acquisition hasn’t gone as well as a lot of people would have liked I think the big difference here is James Cameron hasn’t sold the rights to Avatar. It’s still his baby, he’s still in control and ultimately decides whats best for the sequels. Star Wars is under a totally different set of circumstances with George Lucas selling it and moving on.

 

Insight into Oona Chaplin who plays Varang in the Avatar sequels

Insight into Oona Chaplin who plays Varang in the Avatar sequels

How Charlie Chaplin’s Granddaughter Oona Chaplin Is Reconnecting With Her Mapuche Roots

An article featuring some insight into Oona Chaplin, who will be playing Varang in the sequels. Varang has been described as, “a strong and vibrant central character who spans the entire saga of the sequels.” You may recognize her from Game of Thrones, she was amazing on the show and I really look forward to seeing her in the Avatar sequels.

Fan Spotlight: Victoria

Fan Spotlight: Victoria

When this website was created I had a couple goals in mind, to give back to the Avatar community by sharing news and a positive message. Also by giving back to the community specifically via fan interaction, there are some really great fans out there. So this is the first of hopefully many interviews spotlighting an Avatar fan. You don’t have to own merchandise, you don’t have to speak fluent na’vi, you just have a positive attitude and a passion for Avatar. If you’d like to nominate anyone for Fan Spotlight please press the contact tab and send us an email. Irayo!

Hello Victoria! First I’d like to say thank you for being the first AvatarSequels.com interview.

No problem!! I love the site so much and I’ve learned so much about the franchise by the site itself!

So starting from the beginning, how did you discover Avatar, and what sucked you in?

Well, when Avatar first came out in ‘09, I was fairly young at the time; 3rd grade to be exact. I remember everyone in my class talking about this AMAZING film that just came out called Avatar, and all the cool kids in the class got see the film. Me being in 3rd grade at the time, my family didn’t let me see it in theaters so I sadly had to wait until it was released on DVD. When I finally saw the film, my mind was BLOWN!! I was mesmerized by all the colors, the creatures, the beautiful effects, etc. I had never seen such an amazingly beautiful film in my entire life- Even years later, I still obsess over the film and am equally mesmerized by its beauty!

So I take it you haven’t had the chance to see Avatar in theaters yet, what about in 3D?

I luckily, finally saw Avatar in 3D just last year!! My mother got a hold of a 3D television and I saved up my money to buy Avatar in 3D Blu-ray. I was mesmerized! Again!! It felt like I was watching the film for the first time! I picked up so many different details that I hadn’t noticed the other times I watched the film; Even my family was astonished by its 3D effects!

What is some of your favorite characters, animals, and scenes that stuck with you from the film?

As a young child, I was mesmerized by the Na’vi designs. I loved how they looked human, but also alien, yet somehow had a beauty to them which we don’t normally see in films that deal with aliens/Extra Terrestrial beings. I was also mesmerized by the thanator and banshees; I just loved the idea of being able to ride one of those!

Speaking of riding a banshee, have you had the chance to visit Pandora The World of Avatar?

Yes!! I was very lucky to go with my family last year! I’m very lucky to have a family that loves Avatar as well, so they were excited to go too! When we got there, we immediately got in line for Flight of Passage and waited 2.5 hours! My family and I both agreed that it was very worth the wait! I loved Pandora so much! I also catch myself wanting to go back from time to time, wishing I lived closer to Disney. I plan to go back soon, maybe next summer. I just need to experience Pandora again!

What were some of your favorite parts of the park?

I loved the rides (Of course!), especially Flight of Passage. After watching Avatar when I was younger, I always wanted to experience flying on the back of a banshee, and Pandora finally gave me that opportunity!! I was brought to happy tears after the ride; it’s just so beautiful and realistic; it truly made me think I was in Pandora for those 4 minutes. I also really enjoyed how amazing the wildlife looked!! Pandora looked so real with it’s floating mountains, vibrant plants, and the canyon where Flight of Passage resides; the canyon just blew me away!! I still am in awe about how the imagineers made Pandora look so real and vibrant.

Did you get a chance to see the Cirque du Soleil show Toruk – The First Flight?

Yes!! I was lucky to see that show as well! My dad and I traveled 2.5 hours to see the show and it was very well worth it! It’s amazing how the actors and actresses can contort and twist their bodies in such odd ways. I also loved how the entire show was spoken in Na’vi and then translated into English by an Elder Na’vi; that was a great touch to make it all seem 100% more authentic.

Did you get a chance to pick up the Dark Horse Avatar comic last year?

I did!! I waited in line on Free Comic Book Day and got myself a copy!! I loved the art style and how it dives more into detail about Jake’s story. I just wish the comic was longer! I’m itching for more!

Even though we are still 2 years away from Avatar 2, is there anything you want to see in the first sequel?

I’ve always wanted to see more creatures and animals of Pandora. I also really wanna see more Na’vi tribes and female Na’vi warriors; Neytiri was the highlight of the first film for me, so I also hope to see more of her! She’s an amazing character!

We are over 8 years removed from the release of Avatar and you have essentially grown up with Avatar. So how do you celebrate your Avatar fandom and keep that fire burning still today?

I keep in touch with many other Avatar fans through forums, especially the Learn Na’vi forum. I also have given myself a goal to try and learn some Na’vi before the sequels, so maybe I won’t have to use subtitles when Na’vi is spoken! I also have tried to keep up with the news about the sequels to get me excited and stay up to date- Avatar has a very special place in my heart, so it’s hard to fathom me ever out-growing and getting bored of it.

Thank you so much for your support for the site and again, a huge irayo for being our first interview.

Irayo níxtan for interviewing me!! It’s an honor that you think of me first for the interview on the site!

You can connect with Victoria on her Instagram

 

James Cameron and Jon Landau live Monday

James Cameron and Jon Landau live Monday

Hey everyone, I got this link from Alan, it appears the UK version of the Avatar Facebook page shows they are going live Monday at 10:00 am CST. Looks like its a trailer and Q&A about the upcoming movie Alita: Battle Angel. So far I am not seeing anything similar on the US page, but here is the link. Hopefully we get some Avatar updates as well.

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