February 9, 2023

Much of the eye-rubbing-in-belief magic of Avatar: The Way of Water comes from its ability to convincingly blur the practical and the digital, and the animators at Wētā FX did such a good job in that department that the director James Cameron was often tricked into approving completely CGI shots.

In an exclusive interview with TechRadar, Daniel Barrett, a senior animation supervisor at the New Zealand-based visual effects company, revealed that he and his team were sometimes forced to sidestep Cameron’s desire to keep things as practical as possible. possible to maintain the realism of certain shots.