So, Avatar, a brief introduction:
Fourteen years since its original conception, and four years in the making, it’s the latest film from the director of Terminator 1+2, Aliens, The Abyss, True Lies and Titanic. A sci-fi, the plot is set around a war between humans and the Na’vi, the native inhabitants of a planet called Pandora. Who happen to be blue, and ten feet tall.
In order to better their chances in the conflict, the humans come up with a way of transferring the mind of a human into a Na’vi ‘vessel’ body (thus creating the avatars the title refers to). The main character undergoes this process and is sent down to the planet, where he becomes entangled with the Na’vi people and their culture. That’s about all I know, as I’m intentionally staying away from further details from now on.
As I’ve mentioned before, what’s really got people excited is the supposedly mind-blowing 3D technology and CGI, that makes you feel as if you’re actually in the fictional world itself. A few people have described watching the film as similar to tripping, in that it’s impossible to tell what’s real and what isn’t.
And daaamn, the first ever footage is being shown over at the Comic-Con right now.
Waiting for updates on the IMDB forums…
Yep, I really am a bit too excited about this 😀
Edit 1 : Been following a live update from Stephen Johnson, one of the people in the crowd:
|Stephen Johnson: They’re going to show nearly a half hour of footage, here, people! Amazing!|
|Stephen Johnson: But sadly, there won’t be live blogging. Screen must be closed. Sorry. be back soon.|
|Stephen Johnson: Back… Wow.|
|Stephen Johnson: Okay. I just became one of the first 6000 or so people on earth to have seen part of Avatar. I’m still sort of soaking it in, but I’ll give you my fresh-off-the-dome impressions:|
|Stephen Johnson: First off: This is like no other movie you have ever seen. It’s ambitious, and entirely original, full of digital effects, flawless executed, in an entirely imaginative world.|
Alex Billington from FirstShowing.net:
“Just finished watching a full 25 minutes and holy shit it was phenomenal, just amazing. It does indeed look like nothing you’ve ever seen, it is groundbreaking, it looks incredible. Every single second in this looked real. And most of it was a completely CGI created universe that does not at all look CGI. It is truly amazing!”
It’s a kind of special awesome that amongst all the copycat comedies, sequels and book/film adaptations these days, an original vision can still come along and just have everyone all over the world buzzing 😀
Edit 2 : Woah there… From the Q&A session with director James Cameron:
Q: Do you have any projects in mind for Arnold [Schwarzenegger] when he’s out of office?
A: Well Arnold and I have discussed the possibility of him returning to action, I wouldn’t rule that out.” But he’ll let him do the announcing.
My face, once again = 😮
Fanboy mode disengaged. The next thing I find out (intentionally, at any rate 😉 ) about Avatar will be when I’m sitting in an Imax cinema and the film is starting, on the 18th of December!