Behind-the-scenes secrets, from costumes to digital effects, that help bring Avatar: The Way of Water to life

HOLLYWOOD– Filmmaker James Cameron received a huge gift over the Christmas weekend. Avatar: The Way of Water passed a major box office milestone, grossing $955 million in worldwide box office sales.

As with the original film, Cameron hired a top-notch Below the Line crew to bring Pandora to life. The visual effects are up to par. Surprisingly, so are the costumes! Yes, the effects and animation-heavy film might make you think physical costumes didn’t really need to be constructed. But that was not the case. Every garment, bracelet, necklace was actually made!

“We didn’t just design them, we made each individual costume for the actor to wear,” said designer Deborah L. Scott. “And then it gets pushed through the pipeline for CG. We have actually made garments that are one of a kind and will never be repeated again.”

“They want to see these things move. They are intricate, woven, with beadwork and feathers. They built it so we knew what to build. We built everything again in the computer and it digitizes characters,” said Joe Letteri, Oscar-winning visual effects designer.

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Both Letteri and fellow designer Daniel Barrett are proud of what they were able to bring to screen.

“What I’m most proud of is working on the characters,” said Barrett. “It’s a wonderful story with really strong performances and we did a pretty decent job of pulling it through,” Barrett said.

Filmmaker Cameron is known as a perfectionist. Letteri and Barrett are too, so it’s a perfect working relationship.

“It works great because you know what the bar is!” said Letteri, laughing.

Avatar: The Way of Water is in theaters now.

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Laura Coffey

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