While James Cameron’s Avatar is not really my type of movie, it did jumpstart the new 3D cinematic craze with its new, lush world of Pandora. It was a cinematic phenomenon at the time, bringing to life a new life form from a distant planet, and told a conceptually compelling story.
If you’re a fan of Avatar, then, you should check out the Liberty Science Center in New Jersey, which is set to open Avatar: The Exhibition soon. The exhibition will feature looks at how the movie was created, as well as featuring the three pieces of technology that made it possible: performance capture, virtual camera, and the Simulcam.
So, what’ll you be able to do? Quite a bit, actually:
– Jump into the film via the Motion-Capture Stage
– See themselves rendered as animated Avatars at the Performance Capture Interactive
– Direct a scene using a hand-held monitor similar to Cameron’s virtual camera system
– Listen to and learn the Na’vi language
– Develop a new type of plant using the same design process used by the filmmakers
– Experiment with sound to set the mood of a scene in the film
– View elaborate displays of artifacts and props such as the actual AMP (Armored Mobility Platform) suit used in combat scenes, soldier uniforms, and the original hand-made models of the Na’vi characters
If you’re interested, you can catch the exhibit starting February 16, 2013, and it closes shop at May 19, 2013.