10 Mind Blowing Facts About Avatar

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Gear up all the sci-fi fans! Here’s time to make way for Avatar.

Did that brighten up the smile and increased the level of excitement?! Well, we were sure of that.

Welcome to WatchTank, and today we are counting down picks to reveal the ten most mind-blowing facts about the epic film Avatar.

Was that intriguing, enough?! Honestly, an epic film like Avatar needs no introduction.

Propagated as James Cameron’s Avatar, this movie is a 2009 American science-fiction film directed, written, produced, and co-edited by James Cameron. The film had stars like Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Stephen Lang, Michelle Rodriguez, and Sigourney Weaver.

The film is revolved around the mid-22nd century when humans were colonizing Pandora, a habitable moon from a gas giant in the Alpha Centauri star system, to mine the mineral unobtanium.

The expansion of the mining colony threatened the existence of a local tribe of Na’vi, who were the indigenous yet humanoid species of Pandora. The film’s title had reference to a genetically engineered Na’vi body operated through the brain of a remotely located human, who used to interact with the natives of Pandora.

Being a film with such an intricate storyline, also had some scintillating facts to reveal. All set for the joyride, then?!

10. A language specially made for a film

Avatar movie A language specially made for a film

It is a common notion for actors to master a specific language if the role demands. But imagine learning a new language that is newly constructed?! Hard to imagine!

But in to be a part of such a huge venture like the Avatar, the actors had to learn the Na’vi language. The background story states that this Na’vi language was created from scratch by linguist Dr. Paul R. Frommer. James Cameron had hired him to construct a language that the actors could pronounce easily, but won’t bear resemble any human language. Frommer created almost 1000 words for the movie.

Take a bow, Sir!

9. Preparation of a kind

Avatar became one of the cult movies in the history of cinema. But there had been a lot of toil behind this tremendous success. Interested to know?!

To help the actors have a thorough preparation of their roles, director James Cameron took the entire cast and crew to Hawaii. There the cast had spent their days in trekking through jungles and doing activities like tribal people that included building campfires, eating fish, etc, to get a view of living in the jungle on Pandora.

As per stories, Zoe Saldana dressed like a warrior during these journeys and flared an alien tail, symbolic of one of her characters in the movie. However, these hikes used to take place only during the daytime.

Avatar once again, to respect their hard work- what say?!

8. Keeping the calculation of feet and hands

As per Cameron’s script, Avatars had eyebrows, and five digits per hand and for a foot. However, the Na’vi were different who had only four, minus the eyebrows. When taken a closer look, the Avatars were also broader in the chest and arms, which made them appear more ‘muscular’.

PS: Even if the understanding prevailed that the Na’vi were not placental mammals, James Cameron, from the beginning, wanted that Neytiri should have breasts, to make her look hot, from a human’s point of view.

Did you notice that?! The next detail is demanding minute attention!

7. Bringing back the trust on CGI

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Side-by-side of actress and cgi

James Cameron started gaining confidence on CGI and was convinced that the CGI effects had developed enough to make Avatar, when he spotted Gollum in The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002).

Owing to this realization, Avatar is 40% live action and 60% photo-realistic CGI. There were also several motion capture technologies being used for the CGI scenes.

6. The naughty hint

If taken a careful look, Avatar had a naughty hint! Could you get which one?! Wink*

When Jake was examining his ponytail, Dr. Augustine added, ‘Don’t play with that, you’ll go blind’.

This is a common phrase being taught to the adolescent boys, to discourage them from masturbating. The tail is a metaphor for the

genitals. For a better understanding, later in the movie, we see that the Na’vi used their ponytails to connect their minds while mating.

What a metaphor!!

5. Truth or Hoax?

There was a controversy created regarding the concept of Avatar.

In 2014, in an article entitled ‘The 1960s Avatar TV Show’, it was posted that James Cameron’s mega-film was a re-imagination of the science fiction television series from 1963, with the same name.

The show from 1963 supposedly starred William Shatner as Jake Sully, also had several images from the sci-fi movies of the 60s, with the actors’ skin, painted blue. However, later this article was proved to be a hoax.

I am sure none of us were present during 1963, and let’s keep calm, and concentrate on the movie.

4. Tribute to the American flag

This was a sheer miss, I am sure! It’s like one of those you blink-and-miss-a-moment from the movie. Ready for the surprise?!

In the beginning, when Colonel Quaritch was briefing the men about the situation non-Pandora, there were blinds and a metal panel placed in the top-left corner of the blinds, that bore a resemblance to an American flag. The panel also had a ‘50’ engraved in it which states about the number of stars on the American flag.

3. The director’s role

Avatar movie The director’s role
Director James Cameron

Cameron had conceived the idea for a long time.

Originally, he had planned to have the film completed for a release slated in 1999. However, at that time, the special effects that he wanted, increased the budget by $400 million.

I mean, imagine, which studio would even fund the film? Thus, as a result, the film got shelved for eight years.

However, even while working with 20th Century Fox, he remembered Titanic’s harrowing experience (1997), its production

re-runs, and the highly-expensive delays. James Cameron promised to let go of his director’s fee if Avatar (2009) had tanked.

Hopefully, things didn’t turn that way!!

2. Actors with cameras on their head

Avatar movie Actors with cameras on their head
Avatar movie Actors with cameras on their head

The actors who played the Na’vi had cameras attached to their heads. Of course, even I want to know why!

The director thought that this was the best way to take close-ups of their faces. Dots painted on their faces made the motion-capture software record facial expressions, thus, providing a ‘framework’ that allowed the CG artists to work.

Could you have ever imagined that?!

Did you know that Avatar had Christmas worms? Tune in for the story.

Worms or large creatures?

Remember, the spiral-shaped creatures that Jake encountered at the beginning of the movie?! Could you guess what were these?!

These were the giant versions of Christmas Tree Worms, a kind of water invertebrate, commonly found in the reef aquariums.

Reality merged with graphics

Jake’s atrophied legs looked much real in the movie. Care for the story behind it?! These were prosthetics taken from the legs of a real paraplegic. Sam Worthington’s tucked his real legs into the wheelchair, and they were digitally removed during the post-production.

Just one word, impeccably awesome!!!

The one before we call it an end!

1. The story of hands and legs

Neytiri had a white hand print on her chest to resemble the warpaint in the final war sequence That handprint had five fingers, indicative that it was Jake’s hand, as the Avatars had five fingers while Na’vi had only four.

We knew that right?!

Avatar created a milestone of being the first movie ever to cross the US$ 2,000,000,000 mark worldwide, thus making it the highest-grossing film in the history of cinema. It also became one of the most expensive movies ever made, with an estimated budget of almost USD 280,000,000. With its share of unique story, incredible CGI, and larger than life structure, Avatar created its fanbase, that would only exceed in the days to arrivse.

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