Avatar sequels will feature underwater performance capture

According to producer Jon Landau

With James Cameron hard at work on the forthcoming Avatar sequels, it has fallen to producer Jon Landau to give an update on how the back-to-back productions are coming along.

As is appropriate for a film series that has changed the face of modern filmmaking, Cameron is doing some more innovating with the sequels, including scenes of underwater performance capture.

“We have kept a team of digital artists on from Avatar in order to test how we can create performance capture underwater,” says Landau. “We could simulate water [in computer graphics], but we can't simulate the actor's experience, so we are going to capture performance in a tank.

“They are looking at what we did before with reflective markers," continues Landau, before stressing the importance of, "how we record reference photography so that as we are going through the editorial process and the postproduction workflow, we can see what the actors did and make sure that the final performance up on screen represents that.”

The producer went on to confirm that the sequels will “wrap up the story arc of our two main characters”, just in case you’d forgotten there’s a story to be told alongside all the technological bells and whistles.

Avatar 2 is tentatively scheduled to open in the UK on 19 December 2014, with Avatar 3 set to arrive on 18 December 2015. Don't be suprised if they don't meet that deadline...

Are you excited for the sequels? Tell us, below!


    • RaveyDaveyGravy

      Apr 8th 2013, 11:34

      Hurray!! And a script written by a 12 year old by any chance?

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    • Indianabones

      Apr 8th 2013, 13:17

      Unfortunately he changed it for the worse with fricken every god forsaken film converting to 3D! and allowing Cinemas to charge us more

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    • ilikescifi

      Apr 8th 2013, 15:07

      the Abyss

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    • revan1138

      Apr 8th 2013, 15:32

      first one looked good but the film itself was boring.couldn't care less about the sequels.it maybe the biggest film of all time but it does not even come in my top 1000.i don't even own it.one viewing in my lifetime was enough. .cameron should go back and make another terminator.also hate 3d its another money making gimmick.

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    • FBJRider

      Apr 8th 2013, 16:15

      Wait, what? You mean the first one had a story? Are you sure that last part wasn't just a late April fools? Maybe if he stopped trying to be so innovative with technology and tried being innovative with writing then the sequels could be good.

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    • StevePotter

      Apr 8th 2013, 16:32

      Well... *I* liked "Avatar." Jerks.

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    • LSJShez

      Apr 8th 2013, 17:42

      GREAT! More s**t acting...UNDER WATER!!!

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    • Hadouken76

      Apr 8th 2013, 19:17

      I don't mind Avatar, I just wish Cameron would save his Terminator legacy from the hands of incompetent hacks.

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    • fikaduterefe

      Apr 8th 2013, 19:59

      I would like to appreciate the creativity and imagination of J. Cameron on his movies.

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    • CossieNuttas

      Apr 9th 2013, 0:22

      I agree with Hadouken76 he needs to get back on the terminator flex

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    • Ali1748

      Apr 9th 2013, 0:27

      Cameron ended Terminator perfectly with Judgement Day he's never going to be able to top that.

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