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Old 12-06-2010, 05:04 PM
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The Monday Q&A: Avatar producer Jon Landau drops clues to sequels - The Globe and Mail

Nothing we really didn't know, but a good read

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I think every movie has to stand alone. We wonít look at movie two as a bridge to movie three. Itís mapped to be its own standalone movie. And that movie is going to have to deliver on the same emotional, thematic and epic scale that the first movie did.

When we finished Titanic, people asked, what are you going to do next? We never thought that Avatar would surpass Titanic. But what we believed was that Avatar would be a great movie on its own. I told people thatís itís a little bit like their own children. You donít have a favorite child. Each one has its own talent and skill sets, and thatís how we look at our movies.

One new(ish) thing is this though:
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One of the areas we are trying to push toward is higher frame rates. If you look at film 24 frames per second, which is what in-theatre presentations are presented at, it came from the minimum requirement for sound in the 1920s! Nobody took into account really the visual side of it. Thatís why we see strobing and flickering [on the screen], which are exacerbated in 3D. But the same digital projectors, that are capable of running high-quality 3D, are also capable of running at a higher frame rate.

So if we ran at 48 frames [a second], our digital-effects team would have 24 more frames per second with which to animate, express emotions, do all those things. So weíd like to see a movement in that area.
Great news!
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Do you sometimes wish you could forget Avatar and make some neo-realist film like Bicycle Thieves?

You know what I like about films? I like creating worlds. Iíve been lucky enough to be involved in a lot of movies that do that. People turn to entertainment for escapism. If we can provide them with an escape from where they live, then weíve succeeded.
Now this is what makes me so happy for the future of Avatar
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Old 12-06-2010, 05:18 PM
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You know, a higher framerate probably means twice as much money will be spent on the sequel.
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Old 12-06-2010, 05:20 PM
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^^ not necessarily. Far from it I would say. It will double the cost to digitally render the film but not to produce it.


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I think every movie has to stand alone. We won’t look at movie two as a bridge to movie three. It’s mapped to be its own standalone movie. And that movie is going to have to deliver on the same emotional, thematic and epic scale that the first movie did.
This of all thing is what I look forward to.

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Old 12-06-2010, 07:26 PM
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It won't even double the cost, because hardware improves all the time and older hardware's prices drop dramatically in the process, so relative CPU time gets cheaper all the time.
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not to mention about new generation GPU's they are becoming so powerfull that in few years we could render it real time
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WOO!!

new AVATAR stuff.
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It'll still cost more, though. Regardless.
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It'll still cost more, though. Regardless.
Yes, that's called inflation. It happens.
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Old 12-07-2010, 09:24 PM
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Thanks for posting the link to this article, Human No More. All sounds like good stuff...I always like to hear what Landau and JC have to say whenever the subject is Avatar.
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