Even though special effects have never been better than they were today, there’s always room for improvement. For example, even though we’ve had stellar digital visual effects at our disposal awhile now, there have been plenty of disappointments on the big screen. In fact, one area where Hollywood sometimes had difficulties was in creating realistic movie explosions. But thankfully, science stepped up to help.
A new video from Theodore Kim, professor of Media Arts, Technology and Computer Science at the University of California, explains how Hollywood has been able to create realistic explosions in movies, and it’s all thanks to a fancy algorithm. Read More »
Update: New details have been revealed about the Pandora: The World of Avatar rides. Get the new info and see some concept art after the jump.
At the last D23 Expo in 2013, Disney didn’t have much to reveal about Disney World’s upcoming theme park land based on James Cameron‘s epic Avatar franchise, offering just a vague tease of props and photos from Imagineering’s research scout to Pandora.
In February we got a bit more information when Walt Disney Imagineering released a video of the filmmaker visiting the Bioluminescent Forrest behind closed doors. Later that year, Disney finally revealed their plans and concept art for the upcoming project, with construction begining on Pandora in January 2014 in Disney’s Animal Kingdom in Orlando Florida.
At D23 Expo 2015, Walt Disney Imagineering finally let fans get a close-up look at what they’re planning for Avatar Land. Hit the jump to see photos from the show floor exhibit and learn more about the upcoming theme park land.
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Dinosaurs assemble! Universal Pictures returned to the world of prehistoric action this summer with Jurassic World, a simultaneous sequel and reboot of the popular film franchise started by Steven Spielberg in 1993. The film has been a runaway hit, spending a few weekends at #1 (which isn’t easy in today’s crowded summer release calendar), and now it’s officially even bigger.
Today, Jurassic World officially passed The Avengers on the worldwide box office gross chart to become the #3 highest grossing movie ever. The only two films ahead of Jurassic World are James Cameron’s monstrous hits, Best Picture winner Titanic at #2 and sci-fi spectacle Avatar at #1.
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It goes without saying that James Cameron has a lot more story to tell in the universe first seen in Avatar. As it stands now, three sequel films are in development, and if all goes according to plan they will be released each year starting in 2017. However, according to one of Cameron’s frequent collaborators, there may be more.
James Horner, the Oscar-winning composer of Titanic who also did Avatar and Aliens, said that Cameron currently has a script for a fourth sequel – let’s call it Avatar 5 – that he’s trying to condense back into the previously planned three sequels. Read more about the Avatar sequels below. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, April 28th, 2015 by Angie Han
We’ve still got another two and a half years to wait until the next Avatar sequel hits theaters — and that’s assuming James Cameron doesn’t blow this deadline like he has a couple others. But in the meantime, the franchise continues to branch out in other ways.
Cirque du Soleil has just announced plans for TORUK – The First Flight, an Avatar-inspired show arriving this fall. Get all the details on the Avatar Cirque du Soleil show after the jump.
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Slowly but surely, the world will remember Avatar. It’s kind of hard to believe that a film that grossed over $2 billion worldwide needs to be reintroduced to audiences but by the time the second film comes out in December 2017, eight years will have passed between movies. And with three sequels on the way, as well as a permanent Disney theme park, many people have lots of money riding on James Cameron‘s world of Pandora.
Now, it seems like one of the first ways people will be re-introduced to Avatar is a traveling exhibition that will allow fans to literally walk around Pandora, interacting with the animals and plant life that made the film so unique and evocative.
Below, read the full press release on the Avatar exhibition. Read More »
Its been a while since we’ve heard anything about Avatar Land, Disney World’s upcoming theme park land based on James Cameron‘s epic Avatar franchise. Last we heard, construction had begun on Pandora in January 2014 in Disney’s Animal Kingdom in Orlando Florida. Today we get an update which gives us a preview of some of the creative process including some of the really cool looking interactive features of the bioluminescent forrest currently in the works. Watch a video of James Cameron discovering the progress being made as he visits the Avatar Land Bioluminescent Forrest behind closed doors.
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We’ve officially reached a new level of geekdom. It used to be, when you were a fan of a movie something, you just saw it a few times in theaters. Then maybe you bought some merchandise. Hung a poster on your wall. Then you started going to conventions. Dressing up. Maybe you took it up a notch with a tattoo or naming your child after a character. That was pretty much as crazy as things could get.
Last week though, Chinese scientists took things to another level. They found fossils to a new dinosaur species and named it after a creature in James Cameron‘s Avatar. Below read more about, and see photos of, the Avatar dinosaur. Read More »
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Posted on Tuesday, September 16th, 2014 by Angie Han
Unlike some of his esteemed colleagues, James Cameron has never shied away from new technology. He’s been a proponent of 4K resolution and higher frame rates for years. In fact, he’s been telling people he wanted to shoot his Avatar sequels in 60 FPS since 2011 — before Peter Jackson’s 48 FPS Hobbit even hit theaters.
Now it seems Cameron may go even further than that. Douglas Trumbull says Cameron’s Avatar producer Jon Landau is interested in his MAGI process, which captures and displays images at 120 frames per second in 4K and 3D. Hit the jump for more details.
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We’re back in a familiar part of a cycle with respect to James Cameron and his films, where, in the long and seemingly fallow period between movies, people tend to question the wisdom of his next move. It happened before Titanic, and before Avatar. We know how both of those films turned out, at least from the perspective of business and cultural impact. But we still wonder about the value of making not one, but three Avatar sequels.
Cameron and Fox have been developing the movies for a while, and will soon start in earnest on production, with the first film scheduled for release in late 2016. And to hear the writer/director tell it, Avatar is the vehicle through which he can express all his artistic ideas going forward. Read More »