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‘Avatar 2’ Updates: Brand new motion capture technology promises to bring world of Pandora to greater heights; Film set in entirely new habitat

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July 20
9:10 PM 2015

Academy Award winning science fiction adventure film will follow-up with a sequel 'Avatar 2' on December 25, 2017. Director James Cameron confirms the creation of brand new underwater motion-capture technology to enhance moviegoer experience for a film set in an entirely different habitat.

According to Master Herald, Cameron confirmed of the use of brand new underwater motion-capture technology. This would enable uninterrupted filming through scenes as well as not having to set up camera and lighting. Weta Digital, the digital visual effects company behind technology development for the movie, will also design enhanced software tools to aid in faster filming process. Extensive equipment and tools were used for the previous film, 'Avatar', which included Real3D, XpanD 3D as well as IMAX and Dolby 3D formats.

The superior aspects of the film's new capturing technology were reportedly created for a more advanced story line which involves extensive underwater scenes. In a previous report by We Got This Covered, producer Jon Landau revealed that the team tested out their new tools for underwater performances. He said, "We have kept a team of digital artists on from Avatar in order to test how we can create performance capture underwater. 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." It seems that 'Avatar 2' will be set in this novel environment.

In another report by the San Diego Union-Tribune, the sequel to 'Avatar' was pushed back for a later on-screen debut not just because of the wait for specialized technology  but also because of Cameron's strategy of filming each film one at a time then releasing them in consecutive years. He said, "There's a layer of complexity in getting the story to work as a saga across three films that you don't get when you're making a stand-alone film." 

'Avatar 2' will be released on Christmas day of 2017 and further sequels will follow on the same dates in the years 2018 and 2019 consecutively under Cameron's Lightroom Entertainment and 20th Century Fox. Audiences will be transported back to the great fictional world of Pandora in the Alpha Centauri A system.

Several cast members will be reprising their roles in the upcoming Avatar 23. Its predecessor, 'Avatar', received numerous honors including three Academy Awards wins as well as several awards and nominations from different industry giants. It packed in $2.7 billion in the box office according to Box Office Mojo and became the highest grossing film of all time, even surpassing 'Titanic' which was also directed by Cameron himself.

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