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AVTR Vision Avatar Inspired Concept art

AVTR Vision Avatar Inspired Concept art

I thought these were fantastic, they show where some of the inspiration for particular pieces of the Mercedes Benz AVTR Vision came from. I especially like the atokirina (woodsprite) inspired wheel design. Even though this is a one off design we won’t be seeing on the road there are some fascinating things that went into this car that I hope to see carry over to production models in the future.

Mercedes Benz AVTR Vision

Mercedes Benz AVTR Vision

At the 2020 Consumer electronics show Mercedes Benz unveiled the Vision AVTR. Mercedes partnered with Avatar to create something very much from Earth that is inspired by Pandora. It has some truly unique features such as, “for the first time, the revolutionary battery technology is based on graphene-based organic cell chemistry and thus completely eliminates rare, toxic and expensive earths such as metals. Electromobility thus becomes independent of fossil resources. An absolute revolution is also the recyclability by composting, which is 100% recyclable due to the materiality.” While we will never see this particular car on the road, it sounds like it is helping Mercedes progress towards a more sustainable e-car in the future. I think we can all benefit from the technology gained in creating this beautiful car. Check out the link for even more information, and enjoy the video and pictures. Mercedes AVTR Vision

Avatar Sequels is now on Reddit

Avatar Sequels is now on Reddit

For those of you who enjoy Reddit we now have our own sub (page) on there. Click the following link or just click Reddit at the top of the website. Giving this a try as this gives anyone who is a fan of the website an easy way to chat about Avatar and we have a chat room there. It also gives us a place to link up during the 10 year celebration. Let me know what you think!

https://www.reddit.com/r/AvatarSequels/

Avatar on Disney+

Avatar on Disney+

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In case you’ve missed it, Avatar will be on Disney+ at launch. I think this helps give the movie some great exposure in these next couple of years as we lead up to Avatar 2. It also makes sense since Disney can promote it with the tie in to Pandora-The World of Avatar. Plus I love they are giving Avatar the respect it deserves by being on the platform at launch. The Disney+ subscription looks very reasonably priced with some great shows if you’re a Disney owned property fan. Signing up gives you an initial free 7 day trial, which then leads into a few options. You can pay monthly for $6.99 or yearly for one payment of $69.99. Both prices are really great when compared with other competing streaming services available. After launch there will also be one more option, you can get a bundle of Disney+, Hulu, and ESPN+ for $12.99 a month. You can also download any TV show or movie on up to 10 devices, and steam 4 shows on up to 4 devices. You can sign up now at Disney+

Avatar-The High Ground

Avatar-The High Ground

While we don’t have any official word on this release yet, Amazon UK had a pre-order up for a new Avatar series called Avatar-The High Ground. The pre-order has since been taken down but I took some screen shots last night when I saw it. The listing is brief but still tells us a lot of great information. Plus the cover looks fantastic.

 

This sounds really exciting. I have been waiting a long time to see what has happened on Pandora since Avatar ended, and we finally get to dive into that world again. I love that the book will be 96 pages, and is the first in a series of three. If the other two hold up we will be getting almost 300 pages of new Avatar goodness. I can’t wait to be introduced into the Sully family and revisit familiar faces and meet the all new ones. Being based of James Cameron’s unused sequel, and adapted by Sherri Smith almost assures us a fantastic story. Sherri was the writer of the previous Avatar comic series, Avatar-Tsu’tey’s Path. Even though the listing was pulled I hope it sticks to the January 23rd, 2020 release date and we will soon be diving back into some new Avatar goodness.

Big thanks to Nick for sharing this with me. Give him a follow, he’s a long time Avatar fan.

 

 

Jon Landau shows preview of Avatar Sequels water tank

Jon Landau shows preview of Avatar Sequels water tank

 

How cool is this? Jon Landau gives us a short preview of the water tank we’ve heard so much about, and we learn some of the cast and crew is back working in LA on a short little under water shoot. Even thought it is super short, I am happy to hear the first update we have had in quite awhile.

Sigourney Weaver on the Avatar Sequels

Sigourney Weaver on the Avatar Sequels

For Avatar you’re playing a completely different role. Is it different for each of the four film sequels?

No, it’s a continuous character. We just finished shooting two and three. We shot it in LA and James has announced publicly that there’s a lot of underwater work, so we learned how to free dive and we did many scenes underwater which was challenging and kind of cool.

I’m so lucky because I always grew up near the water and I’m married to someone from Hawaii and I had learned to swim. Also, you have the best safety divers in the world. The one scary thing is sometimes you have to be weighted down to be on the bottom. Luckily, I would have a safety diver on each arm to get me back to the surface. I was grateful for that, because otherwise I would still be there.

There’s no relationship to your past character?

No, not really.

Do the four sequels play as one story together?

It’s kind of one story. They’re all independent. It works without 4 and 5, but it really is a big saga.

Why do you think the new Avatar films will change the cinema experience?

I think that because the water becomes another world. The scripts are amazing, and in the first one, which I love, I think he hadn’t set up a lot of things. In this one he got to tell this very personal story. They’re amazing. There’s a message to not sacrifice everything for greed and conquest. It will take all four movies to really make that message loud and clear for the whole world.

Will we ever see a Neill Blomkamp Alien 5 project?

We almost started to do it when I was working with James Cameron. But by the time we were put off by Fox, Neill had gotten so many jobs that we’d have to wait probably. I’m busy doing Avatar 4 and 5. I love working with Neill and I think he’d do a terrific job, and James Cameron really thinks it’s a great idea, so you never know. Right now, I think Neill’s got like three projects going at once.

This was taken from an interview done by Ariston Anderson for The Hollywood Reporter, you can find the interview in its entirety HERE.

Well that was short but sweet, but at the same time it was probably the most I’ve heard about Sigourney’s new character, while still not learning too much. When they asked point blank if there was a relationship to her past character and she said, “no, not really.” I feel like that could be telling, she could have said just no,  but no, not really, makes me think it will still be some sense of Grace. Possibly as the voice of Eywa, but that’s pure speculation on my part. I do know I am excited to find out. Comment or email us and let us know what sort of character you think Sigourney will be in the Avatar sequels, will she still have ties to Dr. Augustine? I am also curious about her comments that she’s already working on Avatar 4 and 5. There seems to be some conflicting new lately of what exactly is happening right now. Stephen Lang has said they are on break until December while editing takes place, we know live action is being filmed next year in New Zealand, so exactly where they are in the process right now is a bit murky. However they seem to be making great progress and that in itself is exciting!

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.