In December 2009 James Cameron’s Avatar became the highest grossing film of all time. It was a visual spectacle and brought stereoscopic 3D to the mainstream big screen for the first time.
Due to the size and nature of the project it encouraged research, development and advancement in film making technologies that are now common place across the entertainment industry today. Some of these included full performance, motion capture and facial capture animation technology; lighting setups to light massive areas; advancements in texture painting software; and hardware advancements to keep up with the ever-growing amount of data needed for a production of this magnitude. Avatar pushed the boundaries of what could be and what can be achieved in computer visual effects.
Below are some images from the Avatar art book. Although it doesn’t document each process in detail it does show you some of the concept, sculpting and CG work that went in the development of the film. Once again, if you haven’t seen the film I implore you to do so as it really is a visual spectacle. Feast your eyes!