Thursday, February 21, 2008

Words of the Day

Not that I need to prove my geek-cred anymore - I'm doing that on a daily basis here - but true story: I actually had dreams all night long about James Cameron's letter to AICN on the status of Avatar that they posted yesterday. I don't really remember any of what the dreams were about, they didn't really have a plot to speak of, I think I was just sort of thinking about the letter and being generally excited. Welcome to Lamesville! Anyway, here's the good stuff that got me hyped:

"Most of my time now is spent editing, because on this type of film you edit every CG scene twice -- once to edit the raw performance capture, before it goes to virtual camera, and then again when you have the virtual camera shots, you do the final edit of the scene. It's very complex and taxing, but the result is amazing. The Weta animators are ON FIRE, and seeing the world and the creatures come to life is what keeps us going. There's a spirit on this film, an esprit de corps amongst the virtual team, that comes from knowing we're doing something absolutely groundbreaking. It's why people still have good morale after working on this thing for two years or more. And we still have more than a year and a half to go. I don't know if this will be a good film, great film, awful film, but I can say with absolute certainty that you will see stuff you've never imagined..."

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