Director James Cameron insists that his latest 3D blockbuster hit Avatar wouldn't have been successful and actually "terrible" if he had not spent millions on visual effects. Cameron labored over his pet project for a decade, and spent a staggering $260 million making the movie which was mostly spent on the groundbreaking motion-capture technology to bring the digital characters to life.
Actress Zoe Saldana's movements and facial expressions were used to create realistic movements and facial expressions for her blue-skinned alien counterpart Neytiri. The results were fabulous, which is why James Cameron is adamant that the movie would have lost all impact if they had relied on traditional filmmaking techniques.
He tells Empire magazine, "Here's the thing: if it had been in live action, she would have been in blue make-up and it would not have had the power. Her eyes would not have been those eyes. The blue make-up would have looked terrible. Every time I go to a convention where someone decides they're going to be a Na'vi, I'm reminded why we didn't do it."
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