The animated “Avatar” is set on a distant, lush planet called Pandora, a super-saturated world filled with 1,000-foot trees, exotic, near fluorescent forests, fearsome predators and an indigenous people known as the Na’vi — tall, blue humanoids who are peaceful until provoked. The story revolves around the war between the Na’vi and the human military invading their world.
To make the film, Cameron used a new technology that enabled him to superimpose the computer-generated creatures onto his live actors while shooting. He said he wrote the project 14 years ago specifically to push the art of digital 3-D animation.
The audience, many of whom camped alongside “Twilight” fans for the privilege, were treated to a sequence of scenes condensing the tale: Jake Sully is a paralyzed Marine who volunteers to become an Avatar — a genetically engineered human/Na’vi hybrid. He suffers several brushes with dinosaur-types, a violent flirtation with a Na’vi princess, and an even more violent Na’vi rite of initiation.
Cameron will get to test-run the film on an even bigger crowd on Aug. 21, which he’s declared “Avatar Day.” The filmmaker announced he’ll be taking over IMAX and 3-D theaters around the world to screen 15 minutes of the film for moviegoers for free.
Humans use mech/exoskeletons.
The Na’vi are ten feet tall. Pictures from the conceptualization of the movie are below. The youtube videos are a description by ASA the comic that provides details and works in stills and concept art. Then there are interviews about the movie and video game with James Cameron and the game company.
Scifimoviepage: Avatar is the story of a wounded ex-marine [in the 22nd century], thrust unwillingly into an effort to settle and exploit an exotic planet rich in bio-diversity, who eventually crosses over to lead the indigenous race [Na’va] in a battle for survival.