[If you saw the 16 minute preview of Avatar click here, send over your reaction, and i’ll post it below]
As most of you know today is Avatar today and lucky people around the globe had an opportunity to see 16 minutes of Avatar at select screenings. I was fortunate enough to get tickets for a nearby screening and saw the footage a few hours ago. I’d like to point out that I haven’t seen a movie in 3D in 6 years, so putting on the glasses and seeing the world in 3 dimensions was exciting enough. The footage shown was non-spoilery (as James Cameron pointed about at the beginning) so I wouldn’t consider my reaction below a spoiler, however if you want to remain pure until December than divert your eyes elsewhere.
When I saw the Avatar teaser trailer yesterday I was impressed, however the 3D footage was even more impressive. I won’t describe every scene as most of the footage was shown at Comic Con and there are descriptions of the footage here, however I will talk about a few things that stood out. The obvious thing to point out would be the effects. If you thought Gollum and Davy Jones were good you’ll be having wet dreams over what James Cameron has achieved. There was a brief scene where Jake Sully (Sam Worthington) was being attacked by some dog-like creatures and Neytiri (Zoe Saldana) had to step in to save him. After she puts one creature out of it’s misery she starts venting at Jake, calling him a child and blaming him for causing the attack. I had to keep reminding myself that what I was seeing was all thanks to WETA’s special effects wizardry. You could see and feel the emotion in their faces.
After that scene there was another brief clip that showed Pandora in all it’s glory. All the trees and plants were glowing and it looked incredibly beautiful (see the image above). I felt robbed when they cut to another scene as I wanted to admire it for at least another hour.
After watching the footage I’ve concluded that Avatar will not disappoint (not me anyway) and I eagerly await another trailer, more marketing material, and it’s eventual December release.
Reaction from David Fendley:
I experienced “Avatar” in Chicago today at a showing in which both Mancow and Roger Ebert happened to be at.
While the trailer looked good in 2D, and the story, storytelling, and acting will remain the same regardless of the medium, the experience that this film provides is best captured in 3D. Nothing like this has ever been done before.
In both the live action and fully CGI footage, there is a level of depth and layering combined with depth of field that not only engages you but gives the environment and the characters more life. Whether it is a series of tables extending foreground to background or branches and moths obscuring your view for a brief moment, unlike other films that have had all of their 3D done in post, this feels natural.
While there are photorealistic elements in the visuals, namely in the backgrounds, the characters actually tend to be a bit more stylized. Because of this, I found them more inviting, and while you know they’re not real, there is a tendency to forget that you are watching as much CGI as there actually is.
Where the CGI really shines, though, is in the animation. The movements, the expressions, and the attention to detail are brought out at a level only touched on by Gollum and Davy Jones. The characters literally look and feel like virtual extensions of the actors themselves; the CGI characters are in their own right avatars of the actors.
I was intrigued by the 2D trailer. I was engaged and mesmerized by the 3D footage. December 18th can not arrive soon enough.
Reaction from Lockdown:
Avatar, the highly anticipated movie by James Cameron, set to be released later this year. Recently a teaser trailer was released, it thought that it was pretty good. And yesterday I got to see 16 minutes of footage in 3D from Avatar, if you wonder how it was, I will say this, it was absolutely awesome. The footage that was shown contained five different parts from the movie, without giving away too much I can say that most of the footage that was shown was about how the Na´vi race lives in this dangerous jungle among dangerous animals, for example there are these amazing animals, that actually reminds one of dinosaurs. One thing is for sure, the footage I saw yesterday from the movie Avatar was really cool, this movie appears to be amazing and it seems to live up to the hype it has, that I am sure of.