Cameron Previews 3D Film at Comic-Con

Hi-tech Avatar combines animation with live acting
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Jul 24, 2009 10:35 AM CDT
Writer/director/producer James Cameron speaks at the 'Avatar' Q&A during Comic-Con 2009 held at San Diego Convention Center on July 23, 2009, in San Diego, California.   (Getty Images)
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(Newser) – James Cameron offered Comic-Con attendees a 25-minute preview of his first commercial film since Titanic 12 years ago—and it looks “every bit the spectacle” of his 1997 effort, writes Denise Martin in the Los Angeles Times. The film’s new technology superimposes computer-made humanoids onto actors to create the “super-saturated” planet where Avatar is set.

The blue humanoids, called Na’vi, live on Pandora, home to “near fluorescent forests” and frightening animals. The plot tells the story of humans landing on the planet and a paralyzed Marine genetically engineered to become half-Na’vi. The film was made “for the 14-year-old boy that is very alive and well in the back of my mind,” Cameron says. Fifteen minutes of the movie will be screened at IMAX and 3D theaters Aug. 21.