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AVATAR: Making of QUESTIONS/TERMS TO KNOW
Making of Avatar
"EVERY MOVIE IS A CROSS-SECTION OF WHAT WAS TECHNICALLY POSSIBLE IN ITS TIME."
1. WHO IS THE DIRECTOR? WHAT OTHER FILMS HAS HE MADE?
2. WHEN DID THE DIRECTOR FIRST BEGIN WRITING AVATAR?
3. WHICH COMPANY DID HE CREATE WITH STAN WINSTON? WHICH COMPANY DID IT COMPETE WITH?
4. WHAT DOES CG STAND FOR?
5. WHICH OTHER MOVIES DID STAN WINSTON CREATE VISUAL EFFECTS FOR?
6. HOW LONG DID THE DIRECTOR HAVE TO WAIT FOR THE VISUAL EFFECTS TECHNOLOGY TO DEVELOP BEFORE MAKING AVATAR?
7. HOW LONG DID IT TAKE TO DESIGN THE ENVIRONMENTS/CREATURES FOR AVATAR?
8. WHEN DID THEY SHOOT THE FIRST PROTOTYPE FOOTAGE FOR AVATAR?
9. WHICH STUDIO BACKED AVATAR?
10. WHICH FILM CHARACTERS MADE THE DIRECTOR THINK PERFORMANCE MOTION CAPTURE TECHNOLOGY WAS DEVELOPED ENOUGH TO BE USED IN AVATAR?
11. WHICH NA'VI BODY PARTS WERE STRICTLY LIMITED TO CG ANIMATION?
12. HOW MANY SHOTS ARE USED IN AVATAR?
13. WHAT DOES THE DIRECTOR THINK THE FUTURE OF FILMMAKING TECHNOLOGY HOLDS?
TERMS:
CG- COMPUTER GENERATED
R&D- RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT
ILM- INDUSTRIAL LIGHT & MAGIC
3D- THREE DIMENSIONAL
FUSION CAMERA SYSTEM- 3D CAM SYSTEM DEVELOPED BY DIGITAL DOMAIN USING 0 INTEROCULAR DISTANCE
INTEROCULAR DISTANCE- DISTANCE BETWEEN YOUR EYES
PERFORMANCE MOTION CAPTURE-INFRARED CAMERA MOTION SENSORING SYSTEM USED TO RECORD PHYSICAL MOVEMENT
HEAD RIG-PMC HEAD CAP W/A BOOM CAMERA THAT LASER SCANS FACIAL EXPRESSIONS
UNCANNY VALLEY-FILMMAKING TERM THAT DESCRIBES THE POINT AT WHICH CG CHARACTERS THAT HAVE BEEN MADE TO LOOK HUMAN ACTUALLY REPULSE AUDIENCE/PEOPLE THINK THEY LOOK CREEPY OR DISTURBING/HOWEVER, IF THE CHARACTER IS "SUCCESSFULLY" RENDERED, AUDIENCES ACCEPT IT NATURALLY & REACT POSITIVELY
GENERAL AVATAR FILM QUESTIONS/TERMS

1. WHAT IS AN AVATAR?

2. WHAT IS PANDORA?

3. WHO IS JAKE SULLY? WHAT PHYSICAL DISABILITY DOES HE HAVE?

4. HOW DID HE GET TO PANDORA? HOW LONG DID IT TAKE? WHAT YEAR IS IT WHEN HE ARRIVES?

5. WHY IS PANDORA IMPORTANT? WHAT IS THE PRECIOUS MINERAL MINED THERE CALLED?

6. WHO ARE THE INDIGENOUS PEOPLE OF PANDORA?

8. WHAT DOES PANDORA LOOK LIKE? DESCRIBE IT.

9. DESCRIBE THE RELIGIOUS BELIEFS OF THE NA'VI:

10.WHAT ARE THE PHYSICAL DIFFERENCES BETWEEN THE AVATARS AND THE NA'VI?

11. WHERE DO NEYTIRI'S PEOPLE LIVE?

12. WHAT ARE TH NA'VI PEOPLE LIKE? DO THEY REMIND YOU OF ANY HUMAN COUNTERPARTS?

13. WHAT IS THE CONFLICT CONCERNING WHERE NEYTIRI'S PEOPLE LIVE?

14. HOW MANY TIMES DO THE NA'VI SAY SOMEONE IS BORN?

15. WHAT RITES OF PASSAGE MUST JAKE GO THROUGH TO BECOME ONE OF NEYTIRI'S PEOPLE?

16. IN MILITARY LINGO, WHAT IS A "SHAVED-TAIL LOOIE"?
17. HOW DO THE NA'VI VIEW ROMANTIC RELATIONSHIPS?

18. WHY IS THE TREE OF SOULS SO IMPORTANT?

19. HOW DO THE NA'VI GREET ONE ANOTHER? WHAT IS THE DOUBLE MEANING OF IT?

20. WHAT HAPPENS TO GRACE?

21. WHAT HAPPENS TO JAKE SULLY AT THE FILM'S END?

NA'VI TERMS/PEOPLE

Omaticaya-

NEYTIRI-

TSU'TEY-

EYTUKAN-

MOAT-

Tsaheylu-

HEXAPODAL-

IKRAN (MOUNTAIN BANSHEE)
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PA'LI (DIREHORSE)-
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TORUK-
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TORUK MAKTO-

HAMMERHEAD TITANOTHERE ('ANGTSIK)-
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PROLEMURIS-
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THANATOR (PALULUKAN)-
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VIPERWOLF (NANTANG)-
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TREE OF SOULS (AYVITRAYA RAMUNONG)-

TREE OF VOICES (UTRAL AYMOKRIYA)-

WOODSPRITES (ATOKIRINA)-
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