The Way of Water called ‘the most incredibly complicated film ever made’

Avatar 2 has been called ‘the most incredibly complicated film ever made’, sending our excitement for the blockbuster’s release through the stratosphere.

Speaking this month at DGA Digital Day 2022, Avatar Director James Cameron shared details about the sequel’s intricate filming process, which fellow director Liam O’Donnell admits “blew him away.”

new footage of Avatar: The Way of Water was shown during Cameron’s opening speech, prompting O’Donnell to write on Twitter: “AVATAR: THE WATER PATH seems to be the most incredibly complicated film ever made. My God. James Cameron’s Digital Day keynote address just broke my brain.”

O’Donnell shared details about the new ‘gritty’ scenes being shown, including one where Sam Worthington’s character fires a machine gun underwater while riding an alien whale.

Elaborating on Twitter, he continued: “Just the amount of data they captured… Underwater performance capture with 15 cameras. 2 cameras in the capture of the face of each actor.

“Underwater benchmark capture for fully CG creatures. Oh yeah, and infrared depth capture to place CG characters in the live action footage.”

Speaking on the Action for Everyone podcast, O’Donnell also shared information about the stars of Avatar 2The experiences of on set.

He explained that Cameron made sure all the actors knew they could cut if they ever felt like they were struggling to hold their breath, before saying that the upcoming film is “hands down the edible movie of the decade”.

“As always, don’t bet against Cameron,” O’Donnell added.

Avatar 2 will be released 13 years after the original.  Credit: Pictorial Press Ltd / Alamy Stock Photo
Avatar 2 will be released 13 years after the original. Credit: Pictorial Press Ltd / Alamy Stock Photo

Released 13 years after the original, the water path will be presented once again in 3D and will constitute the first of three follow-up films.

The first trailer for Avatar 2 went back in May, and needless to say, it generated a lot of excitement.

As the title suggests, the sequel will take place extensively, around or under water, and the aquatic visuals go beyond anything we’ve seen on the big screen so far.

The official synopsis for the sequel reads: “Jake Sully (Sam Worthington) and Neytiri (Zoe Saldaña) have started a family and are doing everything they can to stay together.

“However, they must leave their home and explore the regions of Pandora. When an ancient threat resurfaces, Jake must wage a difficult war against the humans.”

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