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post #181 of 270
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Originally Posted by pcf View Post
I think the real importance of this film lies on the performances of the cg characters and advances in motion capture technology. This is the first time computer generated characters can act and move convincingly.
Gee, I remember seeing Lord of the Rings about 8 YEARS AGO and I still think Gollum was far more realistic than any character in Avatar.
post #182 of 270
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Originally Posted by chadbang View Post
Gee, I remember seeing Lord of the Rings about 8 YEARS AGO and I still think Gollum was far more realistic than any character in Avatar.

Sorry for not making it clear- I should have said “This is the first time motion captured characters can act and move convincingly”.
ALL the good and realistic looking scenes of Gollum were 100% hand animated and not motion captured. In Avatar, the realistic and convincing movement of the CG characters is more the result of advanced motion capture technology, meaning that the movement of the actors can be transferred to a computer generated character directly(almost). Although the facial expressions still need a lot of work done by hand, on the whole it is a big step forward. Peter Jackson’s Weta digital is the main force behind both Lord of the Rings and Avatar.
I got some of the above info about Gollum from my colleague, Jason Schleifer, who was the lead animator of the character. If it is wrong I’ll blame him.
post #183 of 270
I wasn't very impressed with the story or the dialogue, but the 3D was insane. I thought it would be like previous ones I've been to that look kind of cheap and cartoony. All the Avatar 3D did was create depth. Best looking movie I've ever seen. I would love to see this become the new format for movies, but then there's the problem of the glasses. Maybe they can come up with a simpler solution for at home 3D viewing.
post #184 of 270
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Originally Posted by slytown View Post
I Maybe they can come up with a simpler solution for at home 3D viewing.
They will come up with a better solution for at home 3D viewing-don't know when though.
post #185 of 270
A brilliant little piece on NPR today that compares AVATAR to Ke$ha.... hahahahahaha!

it's totally spot on, have a listen (it's short):

'Avatar' And Ke$ha: A Denominator In Common? : NPR
post #186 of 270
Avatar is the best version of "Fern Gully" I have ever seen.

The film is pretty average, however when combined with 3d technology etc it was the next generation cinematic experience. I certainly feel it would have been much less impactful without the 3d to the point of being almsot boring because the story is just Fern Gully hollywood'd up.

At times the 3d was done poorly, some of the texturign was very mediocre (the makeup and cgi associated with the avatars, the flying critter thingies were textured poorly as well). Also, there were two dimensional screens in the film that appeared 3 dimensional.


One thing I took from this, I seriously cannot wait for this technology to be applied to gaming.
post #187 of 270
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Avatar is the best version of "Fern Gully" I have ever seen.
It's a better version of Dune than David Lynch's.
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post #189 of 270
^ Haha. So true. But what a film and such nice special effects.
post #190 of 270
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Originally Posted by MrGreen View Post
One thing I took from this, I seriously cannot wait for this technology to be applied to gaming.
I am sure you don't have to wait too long for that to happen. The interactive nature of gaming makes it perfect for 3D. It is also a bigger business than movies. Money talk these days and that goes for 3D tv as well.
post #191 of 270
Saw it a few days ago. Great effects but...generic story. I always found it a little funny that Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within had similar special FX qualities and that came out in 2001.

Will I watch Avatar again? Not really.
Will I buy it when it comes out? Nope.
Will I forget about it later on? Most likely.

The movie just doesn't have that magic "spark" for me to watch it again.

To this day, I would be happy to watch Cameron's older work like Terminator 1 and 2 or True Lies again and again.
post #192 of 270
I saw the movie last week, it's really really amazing!
post #193 of 270
Im going to see it for the 3th time next week.

I was never impressed by a movie, I usually saw movies as side-entertainment, something to keep you buzzy. But Avatar is just an amazing experience.
post #194 of 270
"shot with arrows! yo."
post #195 of 270
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Originally Posted by VicAjax View Post
A brilliant little piece on NPR today that compares AVATAR to Ke$ha.... hahahahahaha!

it's totally spot on, have a listen (it's short):

'Avatar' And Ke$ha: A Denominator In Common? : NPR
Ha, that's a good combination of two threads in the Lounge . And spot on.
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