Trailer Watch: Jim Cameron's Avatar teaser trailer

I don’t know that I would say the CG work in this trailer is revolutionary (as some earlier reports have suggested), but it’s very good — and it will probably look far better in 3-D where some of the day-glo colors will get a little bit muted. Definitely very eager for this film. Watch the trailer below courtesy Trailer Addict or check it out in high def at Apple.

Jim Cameron’s Avatar stars Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, and Sigourney Weaver, and it hits theaters on December 18, 2009.

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Posted on August 20, 2009 at 10:00 by Gordon@MovieMakeout · Permalink
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  1. Written by transient
    on 2009-08-21 at 11:06
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    I understand the CG for things like 'monsters', impossible landscapes, ships, etc. But it seems to me it would've been better to have the aliens be people in prosthetics.

    I think Peter Jackson reset the bar for what's possible withOUT computers and did it with fraction of the budget someone like Cameron has. And I wish spectacle films like this would remember that and take it to heart. Because no matter how 'good' CG gets, it has yet to feel as natural as an actual actor.

  2. Written by gmcalpin
    on 2009-08-21 at 11:23
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    Generally, I agree — but look closely at the alien faces here. Their eyes are too large and too far apart to be just humans in prosthetics — and to do the same thing, you'd need fully animatronic eyes, which are never very convincing, either. For me, the eyes are a fantastic detail, because it makes them feel just one step further over from being human.

    After decades of Star Wars/Babylon 5/Star Trek aliens being exactly like us except with prosthetics applied all over their heads, it's refreshing to see Cameron doing something different.

    Whether or not he's successful at that… we'll see. Perhaps the motion/performance-capture technology on display here isn't quite natural enough to make a performance work for you, but I'm rather fond of the flick of the female Na'vi's eyes in one of the shots. I think Jim Cameron might be able to pull it off.

  3. Written by transient
    on 2009-08-21 at 15:06
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    I understand the CG for things like 'monsters', impossible landscapes, ships, etc. But it seems to me it would've been better to have the aliens be people in prosthetics.

    I think Peter Jackson reset the bar for what's possible withOUT computers and did it with fraction of the budget someone like Cameron has. And I wish spectacle films like this would remember that and take it to heart. Because no matter how 'good' CG gets, it has yet to feel as natural as an actual actor.

  4. Written by Gordon McAlpin
    on 2009-08-21 at 15:23
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    Generally, I agree — but look closely at the alien faces here. Their eyes are too large and too far apart to be just humans in prosthetics — and to do the same thing, you'd need fully animatronic eyes, which are never very convincing, either. For me, the eyes are a fantastic detail, because it makes them feel just one step further over from being human.

    After decades of most aliens being exactly like us except with prosthetics applied all over their heads (i.e. Star Wars/Babylon 5/Star Trek), it's refreshing to see Cameron doing something different.

    Whether or not he's successful at that… we'll see. Perhaps the motion/performance-capture technology on display here isn't quite natural enough to make a performance work for you, but I'm rather fond of the flick of the female Na'vi's eyes in one of the shots. I think Jim Cameron might be able to pull it off.

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