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James Cameron promised gaming wouldn’t be eclipsed by technology in Avatar: Sam Worthington

Actor Sam Worthington says he was skeptical about dropping director James Cameron’s vision of Avatar, which would rely heavily on motion-capture technology to create characters in the sci-fi film 2009 epic.

In Avatar, Worthington starred as Jake Sully, a paraplegic U.S. Marine who is transported to the fictional moon of Pandora on a unique mission, but is torn between following his orders and protecting the world he sees. like his house.

Besides being a social commentary on the environment, the film also introduced moviegoers to unforgettable visuals through special effects. It also starred Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver, Stephen Lang and Michelle Rodriguez.

Cameron had described motion-capture technology as “the next level of makeup,” Worthington recalled. “Jim (Cameron) always gave us this promise that even though you’re going to be big and blue, it’s you. It’s the technology and the performance captures. He described it to me once because it’s the next level of makeup. And I’ve always been a bit worried that the subtlety you could play wouldn’t really translate,” the 46-year-old actor told a virtual press conference, also attended by PTI. .

But the essence of the performance came from the “Volume” or motion capture stage, he added. “I remember seeing Sigourney blue and Zoe blue and myself blue. And, you know, that was us. Every pore, every detail. Everything that has been translated from the volume of our performance across all computers, it has kept that essence.

“It was the truth. And that was his promise to me, and that’s what came out. This detail of our game would not be overshadowed. It was right there. And that’s the essence I saw,” Worthington said.

Set in the year 2154, Avatar explored how humans establish a colony on Pandora, populated by verdant forests, enormous beasts, and its native Na’vi community.

Weaver said she felt proud to be part of a film like Avatar, which is a shining example of advancements in science through film.

Recounting watching the film 12 years ago on the big screen, the Hollywood veteran said she was amazed at how effectively Cameron used 3D to tell her story.

“What really moved me was using such effective 3D so that you feel like you’re in the room with Jake when he has to make decisions or you’re in the place with Neytiri (Saldana) as she moves through the forest.

“It removed all the barriers between me and the world in the emotional scenes with humans and in the world of Pandora. And I found that I had a lot less objectivity,” she added.

The 72-year-old actress, who plays Dr Grace Augustine in the film, said she hopes the film will inspire more girls to become scientists.

“Jim gave the world, the audience, and my character this whole universe of new flora and fauna, the Na’vi, even things that seem impossible like floating mountains, and incredible science behind them.

“I was so proud to be part of science, you’re not dumbing down something for the general public. You’re actually lifting them up. You’re giving them new ways to think about things. What if I could also inspire more girls to become women scientists, not smokers, I would have redeemed something,” Weaver said.

The film, now remastered in 4K High Dynamic Range, will be re-released in English in India on September 23 by 20th Century Studios India.

It comes three months before its highly anticipated sequel Avatar: The Way of Water on December 16.

Avatar: The Way of Water will see Worthington, Saldana, Weaver, and Lang reprise their roles.

Vin Diesel and Kate Winslet, who previously collaborated with Cameron in the 1997 hit Titanic, Cliff Curtis, Michelle Yeoh, Jemaine Clement, Oona Chaplin and David Thewlis also round out the sequel’s cast.



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