Why I’m not excited for Avatar

Avatar is the single most complex piece of filmmaking ever made. We have 1,600 shots for a 2.5 hour movie. It’s not with a single CGI character, like King Kong or Gollum. We have hundreds of photo-realistic CG characters. We were Microsoft’s sandbox for filmmaking beyond the cutting edge.”

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It’s stuff like that that makes me nervous. I haven’t gone out of my way to learn about Avatar, but 99% of what I’ve heard is about the special effects. I’ve heard nothing about it having an engaging plot or even being an interesting story. It’s all “The special effects will blow you away!” But special effects shouldn’t be the focus of a movie. Imagine a play where millions are spent on a backdrop and props. Would that make up for bad acting or bad playwriting? NO! If film makers learned anything from the George Lucas Prequel debacle, it should be that special effects are nice, but perhaps you should spend more time working on plot.


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