Having shot his forthcoming project in New Zealand since fall of 2007, James Cameron has finally completed the principal photography of "Avatar" and has moved onto the CG production. With that status being upheld, he comes out to discuss about his visionary on the highly anticipated 3-D sci-fi epic.
Confessing to the Hollywood Reporter that it is the most challenging movie he has ever made, the "Titanic" helmer stated that his goal with this project is to present a movie that is about CG animation and live action. During the filming in New Zealand, Cameron has taken the live-action part using the Fusion 3-D camera system. Now, he focuses on the CG part using a new performance capture production workflow.
Explaining about part of the CG process, he elaborated, "The way we developed the performance capture workflow on 'Avatar' is we have our virtual camera, which allows me to, in real time, hold a camera - it's really a monitor - in my hands and point it at the actors and see them as their CG characters." The complete interview can be read at The Hollywood Reporter.
To be differentiated from M. Night Shyamalan's "The Last Airbender", "Avatar" tells the story of a paralyzed ex-marine named Jake Sully who unwillingly undergoes an experiment to be an avatar, a combination between alien and human. Featuring the likes of Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver and Michelle Rodriguez among others, the thriller is set for December 18, 2009 release.