‘Avatar: The Way of Water’ for the big screen, says director

‘Avatar: The Way of Water’ for the big screen, says director

BUSAN: Oscar-winning film director James Cameron said on Thursday that the long-awaited sequel to the 2009 sci-fi blockbuster Avatar was made to be watched on the big screen to create an immersive experience.

Ahead of its official release on December 16, an 18-minute footage of Avatar: The Way of Water was shown to the media at a 3D theater in Busan, where the Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) has been taking place since Wednesday, according to Yonhap news agency .

Avatar was hailed as a breakthrough in terms of its filmmaking technology and still remains the highest grossing film of all time worldwide.

Made to be watched with 3D glasses, the short video clip is a visual feast of vivid and exciting underwater exploration scenes shot with a dedicated camera at a high frame rate.

Cameron said advanced technology is needed to make the water scenes more real and clear which can be well visualized when shown in digital cinemas such as IMAX 3D, 4D and Dolby.

“Basically it’s a different experience. It creates a kind of hyper-realism in an ordinary, normal scene, and there are times when we need that cinematic experience,” Yonhap reported quoting Cameron who joined the press conference virtually after the screening.

The Canadian-born director said he chose water as the setting for the second Avatar despite the technological challenges because of his love for the ocean and its creatures.

“It’s really just about my own love and joy in the ocean as a scuba diver, as an explorer and so on,” he said.

Jon Landau, co-producer, said the upcoming film is the first of four Avatar films planned with the ambition “to do it right” in designing the massive project whose sequels took time to introduce.

Landau said his team decided to screen footage of the film at BIFF to attract the attention of tech-savvy South Korean filmgoers at Asia’s biggest film festival.

“We see the Busan film festival as a good opportunity to introduce the world of Pandora to the Asian market as a whole,” said Landau during the press conference.

source – BERNAMA


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