avatar sequels underwater motion capture

Avatar 2 will finally hit movie theaters in 2020, 11 years after the first Avatar was released in 2009 and three years after the great SNL sketch poking fun at Avatar‘s font. The primary reason for the decade-long delay? The technology required to film director James Cameron‘s ambitious vision of a world submerged in water didn’t quite exist yet. So they invented it.

Cameron had been hinting for years about his grand plan to set the Avatar sequels primarily underwater, and shoot them using underwater motion-capture technology — but no one quite believed him until shooting for all four (!) sequels finally went underway this fall. Now that Cameron is in the full swing of production for Avatars 2 and 3, he can give us the scoop on what it’s like to shoot with this newfangled technology. Long story short: it’s really hard.

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The Avatar sequels first look

Update: The young actors and their character names have now been revealed. Our original article follows, with the new info at the bottom of the piece.

Looks like Jake and Neytiri have been busy on Pandora. A new photo has surfaced from James Cameron‘s long-delayed Avatar 2 that gives us our first look at the child actors who portray the Na’vi children of Sam Worthington and Zoe Saldana’s characters from the 2009 original, as well as some members of a separate Na’vi clan and lone human boy born on the moon’s military complex. Check out the full photo and get a few more details below.
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