Avatar: The Water Way , just like the first film in the saga, was filmed with the help of motion capture.


which it is possible to capture the movements of the actors (even the most imperceptible nuances of the face) to rework them digitally .

What is motion capture?

Motion capture (also known as mocap) is a technique used to capture the movements of a person or animal and transfer them realistically onto a digital model, usually in a film or video game. There are several motion capture techniques, but most of them use sensors or markers that are worn by the actor or animal whose movements you want to capture.

One of the most common ways to perform motion capture is to use infrared sensors that are placed on the skin or clothing of the actor or animal. These sensors send signals to a series of cameras that are placed around the shooting area. The cameras record the movements of the sensors and send the data to a computer, which then uses this information to create a digital model that can be realistically animated.

For this second installment, James Cameron has upped the ante even further: As we know, the film features stunning underwater scenes, which were done for real under water with the help of motion capture. Something that had never been done before and that was made possible thanks to the development of new technologies created especially for the film.

The video you find below takes us to the set of Avatar 2: The Water Way , offering us a taste of the filming.

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Set more than a decade after the events of the first film, Avatar: The Water Road begins to tell the story of the Sully family (Jake, Neytiri and their children), of the danger that follows them, of where they are willing to go to keep themselves each other’s safety, the battles they fight to stay alive, and the tragedies they face.

Director and cast

Directed by James Cameron and produced by Cameron and Jon Landau, the film stars Zoe Saldana, Sam Worthington, Sigourney Weaver, Stephen Lang, Cliff Curtis, Joel David Moore, CCH Pounder, Edie Falco, Jemaine Clement, Giovanni Ribisi and Kate Winslet .