Sunday, 27 December 2009

Avatar: Correction

A voice from the ether tells me that make-up artists aren't responsible for the transformation of Sigourney Weaver in James Cameron's fantasy movie Avatar (next post down). The actors wore skull caps bearing miniature cameras which captured 95% of their facial expressions and eye movements, digitized to create their avatars as computer images (title link). The example here shows Sam Worthington as Jake Sully's avatar. He plays a crippled US marine who inhabits an avatar to allow him to mix with the indigenous population of Pandora, a moon with lush forests and deposits of a mineral lusted after by greedy humans. Of course he falls in love with the most gorgeous blue alien you've ever seen, played by the equally gorgeous Zoe Saldana. She's a female warrior; we must keep US feminists happy. Yes, folks, the plot is Yankee codswallop: Universal Soldier meets Bambi. However, the theme - avaricious humans destroying ecosystems - is a commendable and timely warning. The visuals are literally out of this world. Avatar is the movie of the decade. CLICK to view the official (short) trailer on YouTube. It isn't too hard to imagine how breathtaking these images will be when viewed in 3-D.


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