Wednesday, January 20, 2010

"Avatar": Creating The World Of 'Pandora'

"Creating The World Of "Pandora" is the new, 22-minute featurette, supporting "Avatar", the science fiction epic feature, written/directed by Roger Corman alumnus James "Terminator" Cameron, starring actors Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver, Michelle Rodriguez and Stephen Lang.

Inspired by the 1957 short story "Call Me Joe" by author Poul Anderson (about an attempt to explore Jupiter using remotely controlled artificial life-forms, focusing on the feelings of a disabled man who operates an artificial body), "Avatar" is set in the year 2154 on 'Pandora', a moon in the 'Alpha Centauri' star system.

Humans are engaged in mining Pandora's reserves of a precious mineral, called 'unobtanium', while the 'Na'vi', a race of indigenous humanoids, resist the colonists' expansion, which threatens the continued existence of the Na'vi and the Pandoran ecosystem.

The film's title refers to the genetically engineered Na'vi bodies used by a few of the film's human characters to interact with the Na'vi.

Work on the language for the film's extraterrestrial race began in summer 2005, and Cameron began developing his 1992 'scriptment', early 2006. The film was released in traditional 2-D, as well as in 3-D, using the RealD 3D, Dolby 3D, and IMAX 3D formats.

"Avatar" is considered a breakthrough in terms of filmmaking technology, for its development of 3D viewing/stereoscopic filmmaking with cameras specially designed for the film's production.

Within three weeks of its release, with a worldwide gross of over $1 billion, "Avatar" became the second highest-grossing film of all time worldwide, exceeded only by Cameron's previous film "Titanic".

In response to the film's financial success, Cameron confirmed the possibility of two sequels.

Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "Creating The World Of Pandora"...