I recently came across an article in the LA Times from back in 2011 that has a lot of really interesting information about Lightstorm and why James Cameron and Jon Landau decided on Manhattan Beach Studios as the home for the Avatar sequels. Thought I would share it, hope everyone enjoys and learns something new. Just click the link below for the article.
Another lovely interview with Jenn Stafford. This one goes into a bit more detail of how she got the job, and what she brings to the table.
As a bonus I came across a YouTube Dance Reel of her.
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.