Experts have analyzed the Avatar: The Way of Water trailer and say the movie uses a revolutionary new technology in CGI water simulation.
This is what experts from Corridor Crew in an episode of their series “VFX Artists React“.
When it was released in 2009, James Cameron’s Avatar introduced audiences to the incredible alien world of Pandora and its inhabitants, the Na’vi. The film is renowned for its spectacular visual effects, an aspect that the filmmaker takes even further in the film’s sequel, Avatar: The Way of the Water.
Avatar 2: images of James Cameron’s “crazy” filming
The trailer gave us a first glimpse of what awaits us in this sequel. The plot takes place ten years after the events told in the original feature film. Jake Sully (Sam Worthington) and Neytiri (Zoe Saldana) have become parents.
Their idyllic life, close to nature, is threatened when the Resources Development Administration, a dangerous non-governmental organization, returns to Pandora. Forced to leave their natural habitat, Jake and his family go to the reefs, where they think they will find asylum. But they come across the Metkayina clan with customs different from theirs…
This second opus is more focused on the aquatic world. James Cameron has therefore developed a new technology in order to make water more believable in computer generated images and has had his actors undergo intensive training.
In 2020, Sigourney Weaver had also confided that the entire cast of Avatar 2 had undergone special training with elite military divers in order to maximize their apnea time underwater.
In November 2020, Kate Winslet broke the record for the longest underwater apnea on the set of a feature film. The actress managed to hold her breath underwater for 7.14 minutes for the purposes of a scene. Winslet, who arrived on Avatar, broke the record previously held by Tom Cruise (6 minutes for Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation).
But in addition to these physical feats, the director has apparently succeeded once again in going further in terms of synthetic images.
VFX Artists React specialists Sam Gorski, Wren Weichman and Ian Hubert have taken a closer look at the trailer for Avatar: The Waterway. The latter explain that the synthetic images of the film are much more revolutionary than they seem.
In addition to highlighting the incredible progress being made in the area of CGI skin, they analyzed a particular shot from the trailer that highlights brand new water simulation technology patented by the leading visual effects company. of the film, Weta Digital, the company created by Peter Jackson.
Ian Hubert says: “What I find the craziest is the surface tension, the way the water comes into contact with the fabric. I don’t remember having seen this before. It’s very complex and dynamic. When the water goes away it stays trapped in the fabric.”
Sam Gorski for his part explains that Weta has filed numerous patents for the film: “I don’t know how many patents they created, but I heard people talking about 4 or 5 new patents that Weta got for water simulations, to be able to get unique shots like this.“
Wren Weichman adds that “Weta is famous around the world for successfully inventing new tools and creating new technologies for their films.“
In addition to its work on the first Avatar film, Weta Digital is renowned for creating the visual effects for many films including The Lord of the Rings trilogy, Planet of the Apes, The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn, Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets or Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
With Avatar 2, the studio therefore seems once again to push the limits of computer graphics thanks to and should introduce techniques and technologies that the public has never seen before.
Avatar: The Way of the Water will be released in our theaters on December 14, and according to Zoe Saldana “it will be an unforgettable adventure.”