Filming underwater is a bit tough for people. For “Avatar: The Means of Water,” director James Cameron had his solid study freediving, taking pictures wet-for-wet, with the actors in precise water. I acquired an opportunity to experience this with the film’s Marine Unit and consultant Kirk Krack at a current Los Angeles press occasion. We had been taken by the strategies they used to show the actors to disregard their physique’s alerts to breathe, and I made it to two-and-a-half minutes on land (although I suck at it within the water). It isn’t one thing to strive at dwelling, and regardless that Kate Winslet managed to carry her breath for seven minutes and 14 seconds, she had taken in a mixture of oxygen and different gasses to permit her to do that.
It took numerous coaching, and Krack was in each underwater scene (although you’ll be able to’t see him) as a security precaution. So why would they do one thing so sophisticated? Effectively, “Avatar: The Means of Water” did not simply have people enjoying people. The actors had been enjoying Nav’i and utilizing movement seize along with having all of the creatures in every scene. If you use scuba gear underwater, the bubbles that end result present up on digital camera in the identical method the little movement seize dots on the actors do. That makes it fairly troublesome for digital artists to render motion. Freediving has the actors holding their breath, so there are only a few bubbles to get in the way in which. Add in the truth that Cameron is an advocate for saving our oceans, and you may perceive his emotions on this.