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Jon Landau

Yesterday, Oscar-winning producer Jon Landau revealed at a keynote conversation at the NAB Technology Summit on Cinema in Las Vegas that the “Avatar” sequels would include underwater performance capture. This is what he had to say about the underwater filming technique.

“We have kept a team of digital artists on from Avatar in order to test how we can create performance capture underwater,” he said. “We could simulate water [in computer graphics], but we can’t simulate the actor’s experience, so we are going to capture performance in a tank.”

He elaborated on how the first “Avatar” film came together.

“We are looking at [techniques including] what we did before with reflective markers,” he said, adding that another important task is “how we record reference photography so that as we are going through the editorial process and the postproduction workflow, we can see what the actors did and make sure that the final performance up on screen represents that.”

Landau also discussed the experience and importance of 3D films.

“3D is evolutionary not revolutionary, and it will take time to come to market. But look at Russia and China, where the 3D screens market is phenomenal. In emerging markets, communities are going to theaters for the first time and are experiencing film in 3D – that’s what they think of as a cinema experience. To show them a 2D presentation is a step back for them.”

“Avatar 2” will be coming to theaters sometime in 2014.  James Cameron will direct.

“Avatar 3” will be coming to theaters sometime in 2015.  James Cameron will direct.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter