Given that we’re talking about a blockbuster sci-fi epic that requires the majority of its cast to wear motion capture gray leotards and perform within the anonymous confines of a largely empty soundstage that ultimately turns them into huge blue aliens measuring nine feet tall. , enter the character for Avatar 2 seems like a difficult task.
Almost the entire world is created digitally, with director James Cameron once again poised to push the boundaries of cinematic technology by expanding the reach of the franchise. However, the filmmaker revealed Variety that in order to immerse his whole in what was to come, he took them on a journey deep into the rainforest so they could get into the right frame of mind.
“I took the actors on what I called a memory of the senses odyssey. We went to Kauai. We lived a few days in the rainforest. We cooked in underground fireplaces. We drank the water from the leaves. I said, ‘Alright, we’re going to go up a trail and I want you to observe as much as you can how you place your feet, how you place your hands when you go up a steep section. You’re going to have to remember it, what it looked like, what it looked like, and you’re going to have to bring it back to a relatively sterile environment. We have all just embarked on this journey.
Trust Cameron to call it a “memory odyssey” when something as simple as a “school trip” would do. That being said, you have to admire his determination to make sure his on-screen players get a feel for what their Na’vi counterparts would be going through, especially when Avatar 2 is overwhelmed by the overwhelming expectations of having to follow the highest-grossing film in cinema history.
If anyone can do it, it’s James Cameron, and now we just have to wait and see if Avatar 2 will actually arrive in theaters as scheduled in twelve months.