Inside Pandora’s Box (a series of features on the challenges cast and crew face as filmmakers devise new technologies to push the limits of cinema)
Crafting the World of Pandora – James Cameron and a talented team of artists have combined years of research and design skills to create the world of Pandora RDA with new characters, creatures, native tribes, underwater environments and a world of hard tech that cannot be taken captive of.
Capturing Pandora – James Cameron’s approach to performance capture involves having actors perform in a space with infrared cameras to capture their movements and head-mounted cameras to capture the emotions on their faces, limited only by imagination boundaries to limit them.
Pandora’s Underwater World – Co-Production Designer dylan cole His team conceived the sea creatures needed for Avatar: The Waterways, while James Cameron and his stunt team devised extraordinary ways to bring them to life in the performance capture tank.
Pandora’s Waters Challenge – James Cameron tackles the “extraordinary challenge” of performance capture above and below the surface, using wave machines and current generators to recreate ocean conditions and underwater vehicles to replicate living things sports.
Pandora’s Returning Role – James Cameron Reunites With Returning Cast – Sam WorthingtonZoe Saldana, sigourney weaver and stephen lang. Together, they discuss the surprising evolution of the characters in Avatar: Way of Water.
Pandora’s Next Generation – Meet the talented young newcomers chosen to be the next generation of Na’vi and follow them through their adventures in making Avatar: Way of Water.
The Spider’s Web – James Cameron introduced the human character of the spider into the fabric of Pandora – thereby creating a series of technical challenges on set…and an incredible journey for the young actor, jack champion.
Becoming Na’vi – Avatar cast members were immersed in the culture of the indigenous Na’vi people, living on the land of the Hawaiian rainforest, and trained in multiple disciplines to prepare them for their roles.
The Reef Peoples of Pandora – In true James Cameron style, the Metkaina Reef Tribe has been developed with great attention to detail, with unique evolutionary traits and culture – new homes, new clothes and a different way of life ——All of them live by the sea.
Bringing Pandora to life – After James Cameron completes the virtual production process, each sequence is handed over to Wētā FX to bring Pandora to life – unprecedented advances in facial representation, environments, and CG water look sounds more real.
RDA Returns to Pandora – Co-Production Designer ben proctor and his team showcased a range of new vehicles and human technologies that RDA has brought to Pandora—both conceptual designs and actual builds.
New Pandora Characters – Meet the Major New Characters in the Avatar Saga kate winslet, Cliff Curtis, Edie Falco, Brendan Cowell and Jemaine Clement.
Sounds of Pandora – hear how James Cameron worked with the composer Simon Frangren Create the unique music of Ways of Water while building on James Horner’s brilliant score for Avatar, and learn how Chris Boyes created the immersive sound of Pandora.
NEW ZEALAND – HOME OF PANDORA – The “Avatar” sequel is being made entirely in New Zealand, and James Cameron sees “Waterways” as a “New Zealand movie”. Hear what the cast and crew, including an outstanding New Zealand crew, had to say about making the film.
More from Pandora’s Box (additional closeup highlighting special teams in production)
Casting – Learn about auditions for talented young actors to win the role of Avatar: Way of Water.
Stunts – The Avatar stunt team not only creates stunning action, but also drives the story. From racing underwater in ilus, soaring through the skies in ikrans, to maneuvering RDA speedboats, the Stunt Team will leave you breathless and wanting more.
The Lab – Explore the Lightstorm Lab, the backbone of Avatar’s virtual production. The lab was staffed by a team of professionals who built and supported every aspect of the production – environments, motion editing, kabuki, sequences, post visualization and software development.
Troupe – The Avatar Troupe is the Swiss Army Knife of the acting world, bringing the Na’vi Tribe and RDA Recoms to life as they play dozens of characters on set, performance capture and live action. They also act as Na’vi scale puppets in live action scenes.
Marketing materials and music videos (marketing materials used to build audience awareness of the film)
Nothing Is Lost (You Give Me Strength) Music Video – Multiple Grammy Winner, Music Superstar, weekendperforming his emotional end-credits song in the official music video for the hit “Nothing Is Lost (You Give Me Strength).”
Theatrical Trailers 1 and 2 – Avatar: The Waterways uses two theatrical trailers to captivate audiences. The first is a trailer released 7 months before the movie’s release. The second is the standard trailer, which premieres 5 weeks before the film’s release.
“Dungeons and Dragons: A Thief’s Glory”
I really hope I like this movie as much as everyone else seems to like it. I’m happy for those who were drawn to the tongue-in-cheek tone of this action-adventure movie, and I wish there were more movies that strive to entertain the old-fashioned way like “A Thief of Glory.” try. A sequel is rumored to still be under consideration, so if you’re a fan, you should buy the pretty solid Blu-ray, which features deleted scenes, hilarious moments, and a special feature about the making of the film. The film also plays better at home than in Austin, where its simple charms are easier to appreciate on the couch than the stress of a world premiere. I still think it should and could have been better for all the talent involved, but I’d love to see them get a chance to deliver on that promise in part two. Let’s make this happen.
From Dice to Dragons: Respecting the Legends – Go Behind the Scenes Chris Pine, Michelle RodriguezAlong with cast and crew, witness the exciting journey of bringing the classic board game to life in the ultimate D&D experience.
Rogues’ Gallery: The Heroes of Dungeons & Dragons – Get an inside look at the heroes of the film as the actors delve into their characters and reveal the secrets behind how they come to life on screen.
Fantastic Foes – Explore the dark side of D&D through the film’s complex and fascinating villains.
Bestiary — See the cutting-edge visual effects, prosthetics and intricate costumes used in the creation of Fantastic Creatures and Fantastic Beasts in the film.
Forge Forgotten Realms – Discover the secrets behind exciting sets and stunning locations in faraway lands!
Swords, tomahawks, and villain brawls—dive into epic battle sequences, behind-the-scenes footage and powerful weapons in this heart-pounding action-adventure.
Gag Reel — Don’t miss out on a hilariously hilarious reel full of gags and tidbits.
Deleted and Extended Scenes – Discover even more action not seen in theaters with deleted and extended scenes!