[134] The Hollywood Reporter said that audience expectations were colored by "the [same] establishment skepticism that preceded Titanic" and suggested the showing reflected the desire for original storytelling. A hybrid human-alien called an Avatar is created to facilitate communication with the indigenous Na'vis from the planet Pandora and pave the way for large-scale mining of the planet. [85], Cameron acknowledges that Avatar implicitly criticizes the United States' role in the Iraq War and the impersonal nature of mechanized warfare in general. [11] Pandora, whose atmosphere is poisonous to humans, is inhabited by the Na'vi, a species of 10-foot tall (3.0 m), blue-skinned, sapient humanoids[37] that live in harmony with nature and worship a mother goddess named Eywa. On October 30, to celebrate the opening of the first 3-D cinema in Vietnam, Fox allowed Megastar Cinema to screen exclusive 16 minutes of Avatar to a number of press. [278] The film also won the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) award for Production Design and Special Visual Effects, and was nominated for seven others, including Best Film and Director. One box-office analyst says James Cameron's 3-D epic has a shot to break $100 million this weekend", "Avatar's Cameron shrugs off buzz â€“ and promises a sequel", "Will 'Avatar' Top James Cameron's 'Titanic' Box-Office Record? [293] It was later revealed that Fox had given Panasonic an exclusive license for the 3D Blu-ray version and only with the purchase of a Panasonic 3DTV. [207], Box Office Mojo estimates that after adjusting for the rise in average ticket prices, Avatar would be the 14th-highest-grossing film of all time in North America. [23] The stereoscopic filmmaking was touted as a breakthrough in cinematic technology.[24]. [126], The first photo of the film was released on August 14, 2009,[127] and Empire released exclusive images from the film in its October issue. It's a technical breakthrough. [141] The film was heavily promoted in an episode of the Fox Network series Bones in the episode "The Gamer In The Grease" (Season 5, Episode 9). Specially marked bottles and cans of Coca-Cola Zero, when held in front of a webcam, enabled users to interact with the website's 3-D features using augmented reality (AR) technology. When Quaritch shows a video recording of Jake's attack on the bulldozer to Administrator Parker Selfridge,[39] and another in which Jake admits that the Na'vi will never abandon Hometree, Selfridge orders Hometree destroyed. The film had two different production designers, and two separate art departments, one of which focused on the flora and fauna of Pandora, and another that created human machines and human factors. [140], The Coca-Cola Company collaborated with Fox to launch a worldwide marketing campaign to promote the film. [57] After Fox accepted Avatar, one skeptical Fox executive shook his head and told Cameron and Landau, "I don't know if we're crazier for letting you do this, or if you're crazier for thinking you can do this ..."[68], In December 2006, Cameron described Avatar as "a futuristic tale set on a planet 200 years hence ... an old-fashioned jungle adventure with an environmental conscience [that] aspires to a mythic level of storytelling". First-day DVD and Blu-ray sales combined were over four million units sold. 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[60], From 2005 to 2007, Cameron worked with a handful of designers, including famed fantasy illustrator Wayne Barlowe and renowned concept artist Jordu Schell, to shape the design of the Na'vi with paintings and physical sculptures when Cameron felt that 3-D brush renderings were not capturing his vision,[61] often working together in the kitchen of Cameron's Malibu home. Quaritch organizes a pre-emptive strike against the Tree of Souls, believing that its destruction will demoralize the natives. To achieve the face capturing, actors wore individually made skull caps fitted with a tiny camera positioned in front of the actors' faces; the information collected about their facial expressions and eyes is then transmitted to computers. Besides the performance capture data which were transferred directly to the computers, numerous reference cameras gave the digital artists multiple angles of each performance. 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