Avatar: The Way of Water utilizes a number of major leaps in CGI water simulation technology that make the effects even more groundbreaking.
A new video shows how the CGI comes into play Avatar: The Way of Water is actually much more groundbreaking than many believe. Upon its release in 2009, James Cameron’s avatar introduced the audience to the breathtaking alien world of Pandora and its native people, the Na’vi. The film is known for its spectacular visual effects, something Cameron pushes even further in the film’s sequel. Avatar: The Way of Water. The upcoming movie follows Jake Sully (Sam Worthington) and his family as they fight again to save Pandora from human invaders.
A recent trailer for Avatar: The Way of Water teases some of what’s to come in the sequel, including big leaps in CGI technology and a more sea-centric environment. Even before the trailer was released, reports were pouring in of the elaborate water tank filming that many of the cast members undertook for their roles, with newcomer Kate Winslet setting a new world record among actors for longest breath-hold underwater. Next to Worthington, Avatar: The Way of Water sees the return of a number of actors from the first film, including Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver, Giovanni Ribisi and Stephen Lang.
In a new video as part of their “VFX Artists React” series, the artists at corridor crew look at the trailer Avatar: The Way of Water and explain why CGI is so groundbreaking. As well as highlighting the incredible advances that have been made to CGI skin, the presenters delve deeper into a specific shot in the trailer that showcases brand new water simulation technology patented by the film’s main VFX house, Weta Digital became. Check out what the folks at Corridor Crew are saying about the new water simulation technology showcased in the trailer:
Ian Hubert: “The part I think is crazy is the surface tension on the bottom left, the way it goes into this woven part. I can’t recall ever seeing surface tension on such a complex and dynamic scale. As the water goes away, it’s still trapped there in the little bits [of woven fabric].”
Sam Gorski: “Also, from a visual and rendering standpoint, I don’t even know how many patents they’ve made. But I’ve seen little blurbs that go, ‘Oh cool, Weta has like 4 or 5 new water simulation patents’ for really unique cases like this shot.”
Wren Weichman: “I think there’s a two-stage water simulation going on here. Usually a water simulation is very particle based and they do this first particle simulation for the water. But then if there’s actually an interface to that, something I think [the new patent’s] That is, it actually creates new particles on these actual surfaces, and that kind of creates the illusion of that water tension you’re talking about.[…] Weta is famous for literally reinventing tools from scratch to make her films.”
In addition to her work on the first avatar Film, Weta Digital is also known for its contribution to Lord of the rings trilogy, as well as a host of other films, and Corridor Crew’s new video shows the studio is once again pushing the boundaries of CGI Avatar: The Way of Water. While much is still unknown about Cameron’s upcoming sequel, it is clear that the new film will introduce techniques and technology that audiences have never seen before when it comes to depicting CGI water. With much of the new film taking place in an ocean setting, Weta Digital has obviously committed to creating water simulations that look photorealistic, at least from the trailer shots.
Just like the first avatar represented a giant leap forward in CGI technology, it seems that the second will be similarly innovative with its groundbreaking graphics. Although not the entire CGI in the original avatar looks just as good by today’s standards as it did in 2009, its sequel has the opportunity to introduce potentially lifelike effects that will linger for decades to come. With a release date for Avatar: The Way of Water Scheduled for December 16, viewers are likely to be treated to additional trailers showcasing more of the film’s visual effects in the coming months.
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Source: Corridor Crew/ YouTube
- Avatar 2 (2022)Release date: December 16, 2022
- Avatar 3 (2024)Release date: December 20, 2024
- Avatar 4 (2026)Release date: December 18, 2026
- Avatar 5 (2028)Release date: December 22, 2028
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