“Avatar” hit theaters in Brazil exactly 11 years ago – and once again changed the movie scene with cutting edge technology and a concise narrative. Of course, the feature film could not have started from anything other than that of James Cameron, the same director behind “Titanic”.
The story centered around a former paraplegic naval officer, sent to Pandora on a unique mission. But their values are thwarted when, when they embody one of the beings who inhabit this incredible world, they feel at home and part of a new family. Sam Worthington, Sigourney Weaver, Zoë Saldaña, Stephen Lang and Michelle Rodriguez starred in the production and won praise alongside the imaginative plot and flawless execution.
To celebrate the anniversary and legacy of the film, which was nominated for nine Oscar categories and brought home three, we’ve separated a brief list with eleven curiosities about the production.
‘AWSITENG NA’ AW
The Na’vi language was created entirely from scratch by linguist Paul R. Frommer. Cameron hired him to build a language that would be easy for actors to pronounce, but that wouldn’t resonate in human dialects. Frommer created around 1000 words.
A COMPLETE FILM
Cameron had originally planned to complete the film for release in 1999. However, at the time, the special effects he wanted would bring the budget to $ 400 million – and no studio was willing to fund the project. Cameron then put it on the shelves for eight years.
A STAR IS BORN
Matt Damon and Jake Gyllenhaal were the extinct 20th Century Fox’s first picks to play protagonist Jake Sully. However, Cameron decided to list the lesser-known Sam Worthington to play him.
Known for his steady hand on set, Cameron is said to have held a nail gun close to him which he used to nail ringing cell phones during filming. The devices were mounted on a wall above an output signal.
Most of the animal sounds heard in the film are recycled dinosaur sound forays from “Jurassic Park: The Dinosaur Park”, released in 1993. The noises come mainly from the T-Rex and velocropters.
To help the cast prepare for the roles, Cameron took the cast and crew to Hawaii, where they spent days walking through forests and jungles and living like tribes (fires, fishing, between others), to have a greater sense than it would be to live and walk around Pandora.
THE BEST OF BOTH WORLDS
According to Cameron, the Na’vi are blue to create a conceptual parallel with traditional Hindu culture constructions of deities (such as Vishnu and his “avatars” – a Sanskrit word meaning “manifestation of the divine in bodily form”), but also because the director was also passionate about the color blue.
DR. SEUSS VISIT PANDORA
The book that Grace (Sigourney Weaver) finds at the abandoned school is “The Lorax”, signed by legendary novelist Dr. Seuss. Like the film, the children’s book is about a forest filled with beautiful trees and mystical creatures who face the destructive forces of human ambition.
The actors who played the Na’vi had cameras attached to their heads, so they could take close-ups of their faces. The dots painted on the face allowed motion capture software to record expressions, thus providing a base for graphic designers to work on.
ME, ME AND ME
Weaver plays a character of Cameron for his character in the film. In an interview, the actress said, “I played with him because for me I play Jim Cameron in the movie as a perfectionist, idealistic and brilliant person. But this same person has a big hidden heart. I must therefore say that I have always channeled it ”.
All the scenes with Zoë Saldaña were done 100% physically, visually and vocally at the same time. It’s no surprise that it took almost a year to capture everything and transfer everything to the character Neytiri.
Make sure to watch:
SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL