Avatar 2 animators tricked James Cameron into believing some shots were practical

Lots of Avatars: The way of water’s rubbing-your-eyes-in-disbelief charm stems from its ability to convincingly blur the practical and digital—and the animators at Wētā FX did such a good job in that department that director James Cameron was often fooled into Approval of fully computer-generated footage.

In an exclusive interview with TechRadar, Daniel Barrett, chief animator at the New Zealand visual effects company, revealed that he and his team sometimes had to sidestep Cameron’s desire to keep things as practical as possible in order to keep some of the shots realistic.

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