So, this is pretty cool. Over the weekend, Oscar-winning producer had a few cool revelations during his keynote speech at the 2013 NAB Technology Summit on Cinema, the most interesting of which is that Avatar 2 and Avatar 3 will include underwater motion capture technology:
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.”
[That they] are looking at [techniques including] what we did before with reflective markers [and that an important task is] how we record reference photography so that as we are going through the editorial process and the post-production workflow, we can see what the actors did and make sure that the final performance up on screen represents that.
He also went on to explain that the sequels would "wrap up the story arc of our two main characters", so fans wondering what will become of them can rest easy.
Check out his entire keynote address below:
Awesome. I can't wait to see what the new technology will look like. Can you? No word yet on when the release date for the sequel is, only that it will be in 2015, so make sure to [[follow]] the movie and we'll keep you updated.