Avatar sequels to include underwater capture

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Jon Landau reveals Avatar sequels will ‘create performance capture underwater’.

The producer is working with James Cameron on the director’s forthcoming sequels to the innovative 2009 sci-fi action adventure fantasy.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, in consonance with the original film the Avatar franchise will continue to infuse technological advances with its cinematography.

‘We have kept a team of digital artists on from Avatar in order to test how we can create performance capture underwater,’ Jon disclosed during the NAB Technology Summit on Cinema in Las Vegas Sunday.

‘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.’

The production team is eager to utilise a host of pioneering techniques in order to achieve a novel visual narrative.

This avant-garde approach is thought to enhance the characterisation of alien Neytiri, portrayed by Zoe Saldana, and other key personas.

‘We want to take advantage of the technology that people are putting out there to make the next two movies more engaging and visually tantalising, and wrap up the story arc of our two main characters,’ Jon said.

Avatar 2 is expected to be released in theatres in 2015.

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