“Avatar 2” boasts jaw-dropping CGI as if filmed on an alien planet using special tech

The CGI making film of “Avatar: The Way of Water”, a sequel of “Avatar” which was released after 13 years, has been unveiled. 

Avatar: The Way of Water“, which was released on December 14th, is heating up theaters all around the globe. The movie, which celebrated its 7th day of release on December 20th, is continuing its box office success by surpassing 3 million cumulative audiences in Korea alone. 

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In the meantime, a video of the film production process was released, drawing attention from fans.

Particularly, on December 20th, social media agency Millionaire Dream uploaded an Instagram reel which shows the production process behind “Avatar: The Way of Water”.

In the video, the actors perform vividly while wearing suits with various special devices connected to them. The device, which covers the entire body from head to toe, would later translate the cast members into the “Na’vi people” on the screen. 

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So, how did these devices enable the expressions of Na’vi people?

It is known that “Avatar” was filmed using “emotion capture”, a special shooting technology that covers the heads of actors. The technology would then capture the movements of cast members’ facial muscles and eyes, as well as their sweat pores and trembling eyelashes in detail and with great accuracy.

Then, CGI and special shooting simulation cams (virtual cameras) were utilized, creating the Na’vi that audiences see in theaters. 

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In addition, “Avatar: The Way of Water” is a 3D movie made at 48 frames per second (fps), which is twice as fast as the conventional 24 frames per second. The production team also used a lot of advanced technologies such as HFR (High Frame Rate) and HDR (High Dynamic Range) for overwhelming visual quality.

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Putting all these special technologies together, production cost of “Avatar: The Way of Water” is estimated to be between 350 million and 400 million USD (approximately 449.68 billion won to 513.72 billion won).

Meanwhile, “Avatar: The Way of Water” is the sequel to the 2009 movie “Avatar”, which was directed by James Cameron, who was behind the success of “Terminator” and “Titanic”. 

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Upon its release, “Avatar” gained explosive popularity around the world, with more than 13 million accumulated audiences in Korea. It also became the first foreign film to surpass the 10 million viewers mark in the nation.

Despite being released a whooping 13 years later the first film, “Avatar: The Way of Water” was revived by fans’ expectations, and has since achieved great box office successes. In particular, the movie has not fallen from the top spot at Korea’s box office since its release, and has only continued its popularity through word of mouth.

Source: Insight 

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