James Cameron's Avatar
Tuesday night proved to be a big highlight of Autodesk University. The Media and Entertainment keynote featured the first public screening of footage from James Cameron’s highly anticipated 3D feature “Avatar.”
Simply put, “Avatar” was as stunning as it was rumored. The 3D works incredibly well, but what impressed this animator more was the level of realism in the virtual characters. The facial animation/capture was impeccable, the faces no longer looked like rubber masks as they have in so many movies that use facial capture. In Avatar, the characters truly came to life and were believable in every way. The audience identified with the characters and that made the story work on a much deeper lever. The characters inhabited a world that was just as believable. Much of it was lush jungle with fantastic creatures. Some of the little details I noticed were highly realistic water, mud, and other subtle effects that helped to make the world that much more engaging.