Unsurprisingly, editing James Cameron’s multiple “Avatar” sequels at once sounds like a nightmare

James Cameron has once again confused his critics with this Avatar: The Way of Water. Prior to release, the sequel was met with skepticism as to whether audiences really wanted to return to Pandora after such a long time. Well, put the latest numbers The way of the water with worldwide grossing of $1.1 billion, with international grossing of $760 million, which means it’s going to stand Top Gun: Maverick later today to become the highest-grossing international release of the year.

This will likely bring a big sigh of relief from Disney and 20th Century Studios as they are already hard at work on three more avatar movies. Create The way of the water alone was a gargantuan task involving numerous technological breakthroughs, and with filming on subsequent entries already partially complete, putting this series together sounds like a headache.

Cameron detailed how all of this is being edited together in an interview with IndieWire, confirming that it was a five-year process involving four editors (Stephen Rivkin, David Brenner, John Refoua and Cameron himself) and multiple versions of the film were:

“We had four editors who were on the show for five years, two other editors who were on the show for a year or a couple of years, and then a team of about a dozen assistants split between Los Angeles and New Zealand. It’s very editing intensive, and that’s because you’re basically editing the whole movie twice. … I start figuring out what is a close-up and what is a long shot and this and that, and play around with the lighting and the moving scenic elements. Then the shots actually start coming in and at that point you now have to edit everything again.”

The way of the water Because it’s mostly CGI and created with virtual performances, the editorial team also has a lot more room to work than with a traditional live-action project, as explained by editor Rivkin.

“We don’t have to limit ourselves. We can combine takes – an actor could be from take one and an actor could be from take three if that’s where he’s doing his best. Sometimes we even stitched performances by the same actor together in different takes.”

Rivkin also took pains to point out that this doesn’t make it an animated feature:

“Animation is something where you create characters and usually an actor comes in to replace an assistant’s voice and then create the character. This is live-action filmmaking in the sense that it begins with the actor’s performance and ends with the actor’s performance fully rendered. If people say it’s animated, it’s not animated. It’s a live-action film with real actors performing everything, and those actors did an amazing job.”

Audiences around the world clearly agree, and although it looks very unlikely The way of the water will fit avatar‘s performance (which, it should be noted, is the highest-grossing film of all time), it is now sure to go down as one of the biggest hits of recent years, boding very well for the box office potential of the many avatar Sequels are coming soon.

Avatar: The Way of Water is in theaters now, with avatar 3 confirmed for release on December 20, 2024.

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