If you are looking for more listening exercises that are in Na’vi, look no further than Meskxawng. A new podcast from hosts Tekre and Wllìm. Meskxawng, which means two idiots, will have a new episode each Wednesday that covers a new topic exclusively in Na’vi. If you want to learn more about this Podcast you can check them out and give them a listen at https://meskxawng.wimiso.nl/ The first episode is titled Hufwe, meaning wind.
We now have a trailer for Avatar: Reckoning that includes a small glimpse at a few things in the game. You can see some of the character customization process, character type, and even game play. It seems like you can either switch between first person and third, or you will change perspectives naturally as you do different tasks in the game. I really like that we are able to customize our own character, that’s something that is always fun to me. Plus it seems this trailer confirmed we will in fact be using Avatars as our main character. Huge irayo to Victoria for sharing this trailer in the Avatar Meet Facebook Group.
You can sign up for updates from Avatar: Reckoning at https://avatarreckoning.com/
The official Avatar social media channels announced earlier today that we are getting yet another Avatar based mobile game. This one is titled Avatar: Reckoning and is a multiplayer online role-playing shooter that will be coming to iOS and Android in 2022. It will include solo, co-op, and pvp. So far the details and images are fairly sparse, but we will update you as more information is available. Currently you can sign up for BETA testing if you are in Canada, and can sign up with your email to receive updates directly from the developer when available. Check both of those features out at https://avatarreckoning.com/
An interesting detail to note from the following pictures that are available from the official Avatar Reckoning site is that this appears to be an Avatar in the promo pictures vs a Na’vi. They appear to have 5 fingers and the bottle on their back says AVTR on it. Leading me to believe this is an Avatar. That would also explain the human military styled look and gear.
I first started an Avatar 2 countdown timer on an old Avatar forum I created back on November 26th, 2013. 3,307 days before Avatar 2 will release. Of course at that time we thought Avatar 2 was coming much sooner, however I am super excited to finally be down to one year remaining. A single year for an Avatar fan is nothing. I’m really excited to see what else pops up in this next year, good times lie ahead for us Avatar fans.
Don’t forget tomorrow Entertainment Weekly will release with an exclusive sneak peek of Avatar 2, it will be available on newsstands or digitally from the following link- https://www.magazine.store/entertainment-weekly/2022/return-of-the-matrix/
The newest Total Film magazine released today, and as promised included more information on Avatar 2. I will say the best details were included in yesterdays teaser, however we still learned some new information and they shared an amazing piece of art, and a photo that wasn’t discussed in the article, my best guess is that it is a Metkayina necklace.
The article starts off by covering the Jon Landau quotes and narrative we shared in yesterdays post. Then Jon goes on to say that the sequels are going to take advantage of HDR, a higher resolution, and brighter light levels. All with the objective to help the 3D picture look better. He emphasized that they want Avatar 2 to be an amazing cinematic experience. Landau went on to say that they aren’t out to beat Avatars box office record, they want to make a great movie people want to see in theaters.
If you want to read the whole article, you can purchase the issue digitally for $3.99-https://apps.apple.com/gb/app/total-film-magazine/id451467025
(Photo Illustration by Andy Fairhurst)
(Image credit: Disney, Games Radar+/Total Film)
(Image credit: Disney, Games Radar+/Total Film)
Tomorrow, 12/8/21, the magazine Total Film is set to release their January issue that includes a preview article on Avatar 2. Today a portion of that article was released as a teaser. Here are the quotes from that article, taken directly from Avatar 2 producer Jon Landau-
“The scripts are the blueprint from which we work. So a large portion of our time was writing… with the challenge that each of those four scripts had to individually resolve itself in a story that concludes with a big emotional resolution – but when you look at them as a whole, the connected story arc of all four movies creates an even larger epic saga.”
“I think the story of Avatar 2, and the strength of the story, is what Jim always does in any of his movies: he writes in universal themes that are bigger than any one genre. And if you think about this, there’s really no more universal theme than family. At the center of each of our sequels is the Sully family. What are the dynamics that parents go through to protect their family?”
“The Sullys’ idyllic life is disrupted when the RDA mining operation returns to Pandora, forcing Jake to take the family to what is perceived as a safe harbor at the reef. And when you get to the reef, there’s a clan we call the Metkayina. The Sullys are no longer in the environment that they know, the rainforest. They become the fish out of water. They become the fish out of water both culturally and just environmentally.”
Link to the preview article in it’s entirety-https://www.gamesradar.com/avatar-producer-teases-the-four-sequels-the-connected-story-arc-creates-an-even-larger-epic-saga/
Purchase a digital copy of Total Film tomorrow to read the rest of the article. Simply download the Total Film app from the iTunes App store here-https://apps.apple.com/gb/app/total-film-magazine/id451467025
*A similar article was originally posted on 8/3/21, however it has now been updated with a slightly new title, updated release date, updated Amazon description, and photos.
Back in May of 2019 a new Avatar book showed up on Amazon titled, The World of Avatar: A Visual Celebration. At that time it was slated to be released October 1st, 2019. That was later pushed back to October of 2020 due to an Avatar 2 delay. The book has now been updated on Amazon with a current release date of April 12th, 2022, with a slight title change to The World of Avatar: A Visual Exploration. We also now have some updated images, and the back cover of the book. If you’d like to see the original photos and book summary posted on Amazon, check out our previous post from 2019- The World of Avatar: A Visual Celebration and the article posted earlier this year, The World of Avatar: A Visual Celebration Part II.
The new book summary has also changed from the previous listing-
Celebrate the first decade of James Cameron’s Avatar and the beginnings of an epic cinematic journey.
Delve into the majestic world of Pandora and discover the incredible wealth of creativity that led this story to become the highest-grossing film of all time and the winner of three Academy Awards.
The World of Avatar celebrates, explores, and explains the spectacular world of Pandora—its extraordinary geology, flora and fauna, and the customs and beliefs of its people, the mysterious Na’vi. The book uniquely covers key content from all aspects of the burgeoning franchise. It combines original movie stills and artwork with stunning imagery from Cirque du Soleil’s Avatar-inspired show Toruk: The First Flight; and Disney World’s Pandora—The World of Avatar.
With a foreword by Avatar star Zoe Saldana (Neytiri), and an introduction by producer Jon Landau, The World of Avatar concludes with a “sneak peek” of a new Avatar era, fueling excitement for the long-awaited release of Avatar 2 in December 2022.
© 2022 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation. All rights reserved.
As it did back in 2019, this book looks like it will be filled with Avatar goodness, I can’t wait to learn more about all things Avatar. I highly suggest pre-ordering now, the price was originally $19.99 back in 2019 but has now gone up to $21.99. You can pre-order from Amazon here- The World of Avatar: A Visual Exploration
As a huge fan of Avatar, Pandora, and of podcasts in general, I found one today that checked all three boxes. Hosted by Matthew Krul, the Imagineer Podcast has a two part series with a former Disney Imagineer and his wife, both worked on the creation of Disney’s Pandora-The World of Avatar. It is worth a listen, they share tons of behind the scenes details and further explore what it’s like to have worked on Pandora.
Adam, a former Set Decorator for Walt Disney Imagineering, and Rebecca, a former Scenic Artist working for a contractor, helped to literally set the stage for Pandora – The World of Avatar. From hand-weaving artwork at Satu’li Canteen to setting in place the tiniest details in the Flight of Passage queue, Adam and Rebecca helped bring the story of Pandora into the real world. In this two-part episode, we’ll discuss how to land a job at Walt Disney Imagineering, reveal what the day-to-day is like for most Imagineers and contractors working on a project, and of course share the stories that contributed to the many details around the land itself. I’d like to extend a huge thank you to both Adam and Rebecca for lending their time and stories to this two-part episode!
The cover for the January 22 issue of Entertainment Weekly has been shown. Blink and you could have missed this…
Avatar 2 season is starting to ramp up, I’ll admit I have never been a subscriber of Entertainment Weekly, but I saw the issues normally debut a couple weeks before the listed cover month. So keep your eye out for this in another two weeks right at mid December. I cannot wait to see what they show us. *Update* I have confirmed this issue will release on newsstands December 17th.
You can currently subscribe to the magazine through Amazon for only $5 for your first year. Might be a great idea for the Avatar fan as EW will probably have more Avatar features in the coming months leading up to the Avatar 2 release.
If the digital route is more your style you can download the EW app here, and will be able to purchase the issue when it drops.
Here is a look at the full January 2022 cover-
James Cameron has a new book, Tech Noir, set to come out this December 14th, 2021. It covers rare and never before seen commercial and personal art from James’ collection. The book is up for preorder now from Amazon and is currently $72.50 for a hardback edition. I am really curious how much Avatar art that we’ve never seen will be included. Amazon has a few preview pages listed, but none of them are unseen art, however that doesn’t mean there won’t be some really great new pieces in the book.
From the Amazon listing-
Explore the creative evolution of James Cameron through this exclusive journey into his personal art archives, showcasing a range of rare and never-before-seen works from the acclaimed director’s private collection.
James Cameron has blazed a trail through the cinematic landscape with a series of groundbreaking films that have each become deeply embedded in the popular imagination. But while Cameron has created and employed advanced filmmaking technologies to realize his unique vision, his process of creative ideation began with pen, pencil, and paints long before he picked up a camera.
Cameron displayed remarkable ability at an early age, filling sketchbooks with illustrations of alien creatures, faraway worlds, and technological wonders. As he grew older, his art became increasingly sophisticated, exploring major themes that would imbue his later work—from the threat of nuclear catastrophe to the dangers inherent in the development of artificial intelligence. Working in the film industry in his twenties, Cameron supported himself by illustrating theatrical posters and concept art for low-budget films before creating the visionary concept pieces that would help greenlight his first feature, The Terminator.
For the first time, Tech Noir brings together a dazzling and diverse array of personal and commercial art from Cameron’s own collection, showcasing the trajectory of ideas that led to such modern classics as The Terminator, Aliens, Titanic, and Avatar. Including everything from his earliest sketches through to unrealized projects and his acclaimed later work, this book features the filmmaker’s personal commentary on his creative and artistic evolution throughout the years.
A unique journey into the mind of a creative powerhouse, Tech Noir is the ultimate exploration of one of cinema’s most imaginative innovators.