“Avatar” sequels to use underwater motion capture

April 8, 2013

Producer Jon Landau revealed today at the 2013 NAB Technology Summit on Cinema that James Cameron “will do performance capture in water” in the sequels to AVATAR. “We want to take advantage of the technologies brilliant people are putting out to make the next two movies even more emotionally engaging and visually tantalizing, and to really wrap up the story arc of our two main characters”, Landau said in his keynote chat today.

The filmmakers are currently exploring technologies to allow for underwater capture of actors’ performances “because we can simulate it visually but can’t simulate it experientially for them”.

I wonder what underwater elements they’ll be shooting that will require motion capture?  Hopefully the big shots remember that a great story and interesting characters are more emotionally engaging than new technology.

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