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Avatar. Directed & Written by James Cameron Also made “Titanic” Sam Worthington starred as Jake Sully Most recently in Clash of the Titans Zoe Saldana starred as Neytiri Also seen as Uhura in newest Star Trek Sigourney Weaver starred as Dr. Grace Augustine

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Directed & Written by James Cameron

    • Also made “Titanic”
  • Sam Worthington starred as Jake Sully
    • Most recently in Clash of the Titans
  • Zoe Saldana starred as Neytiri
    • Also seen as Uhura in newest Star Trek
  • Sigourney Weaver starred as Dr. Grace Augustine
    • Also worked with dir. on Aliens
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Budget $237 mil., gross over $760 mil.

  • The movie is 40% live action and 60% photo-realistic CGI.
  • Shooting title was “Battle Angel”
    • This is now a movie being made by Cameron for 2013
  • Michael Biehn considered for Col. Quaritch
  • Weaver plays a Cameron persona for her character.
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Cameron originally planned to complete by 1999 but would have cost $400 mil. Because tech. was not available.

  • Cameron convinced to make film after seeing Golum in Lord of the Rings.
  • Promotional items shipped under name “Project 880”
  • Film shipped in two parts to U.K. under codename Redbird.
  • Cameron took cast and crew to Hawaii to prepare where they trekked the jungles.
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One of the most expensive movies ever made.

  • Worthington worked with Cameron on Teminator Salvation.
  • Avatars have eyebrows and five fingers while Na’vi have four fingers and no eyebrows.
  • Weaver’s avatar wears a Stanford shirt because that is where the actress went to college.
  • Na’Vi language created entirely from scratch by linguist Paul R. Frommer.
    • He created about 1000 words.
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Year is never stated but video log shows it as 2154.

  • Actors playing Na’vi had cameras attached to their head so that they filmed closeups.
  • Actors also wore motion capture suits.
  • Director trademark = closeup of Jake’s feet when he moves them in the soil.
  • This is WETA and ILM’s fourth film together.
  • First Cameron film not to mention nuclear weopons.
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Each frame of film of the CGI scenes took an average of 47 hours to complete.

  • Reached $500 mil. In 32 days, fastest ever.
  • Avatar is Sanskrit for incarnation.
  • Na’vi are blue to create a parallel to the trad. Hindu depicitons of God.
  • Ey’wa is a mixed up pronunciation of Yahweh, God of the Hebrews.
  • First to cross the $2 bil. Mark worldwide.