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Avatar 2 called 'the most insanely complicated movie ever made'

Aisha Nozari

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Avatar 2 called 'the most insanely complicated movie ever made'

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Avatar 2 has been called ‘the most insanely complicated movie ever made’, sending our excitement for the blockbuster’s release through the stratosphere.

Speaking this month at 2022’s DGA Digital Day, Avatar director James Cameron shared details about the sequel’s intricate filming process, which fellow director Liam O’Donnell admits ‘blew his mind’. 

New footage of Avatar: The Way of Water was shown during Cameron’s keynote speech, prompting O’Donnell to write on Twitter: “AVATAR: THE WAY OF WATER appears to be the most insanely complicated movie ever made. Holy s**t. James Cameron’s Digital Day keynote just broke my brain.”

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O’Donnell shared details about the ‘badass’ new scenes shown, including one in which Sam Worthington’s character fires a machine gun underwater while riding on an alien whale. 

Elaborating on Twitter, he continued: “Just the amount of data they captured... Underwater performance capture with 15 cameras. 2 cams on every actor’s face capture. 

“Underwater reference capture for fully CG creatures. Oh yeah and infrared depth capture to place CG characters in the live action footage.”

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Speaking on the Action for Everyone podcast, O’Donnell also shared insight into the stars of Avatar 2’s experiences on set.

It’s been widely reported that Cameron requested crew and cast members, including Sigourney Weaver and Kate Winslet, to be trained to breathe for up to three minutes underwater, so scenes could be shot efficiently. 

He explained that Cameron made sure all actors knew they could cut if they ever felt as though they were struggling to hold their breath, before saying that the upcoming flick is ‘without a doubt the edible movie of the decade’.

“As always, don't bet against Cameron,” added O’Donnell. 

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Avatar 2 will be released 13 years after the original. Credit: Pictorial Press Ltd / Alamy Stock Photo
Avatar 2 will be released 13 years after the original. Credit: Pictorial Press Ltd / Alamy Stock Photo

Released 13 years after the original, The Way Of Water will once again be presented in 3D and will make up the first of three follow-up movies. 

The first trailer for Avatar 2 dropped back in May, and needless to say, drummed up serious excitement. 

As the title suggests, the sequel will be vastly set in, around or underwater and the aqua-visuals are beyond anything we've seen on the big screen thus far.

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The official synopsis for the sequel reads: "Jake Sully (Sam Worthington) and Neytiri (Zoe Saldaña) have formed a family and are doing everything to stay together.

"However, they must leave their home and explore the regions of Pandora. When an ancient threat resurfaces, Jake must fight a difficult war against the humans."

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Topics: Film & TV, Film and TV, James Cameron

Aisha Nozari
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