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  1. Avatar

  2. 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

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.