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Old 02-15-2010, 06:36 PM   #21
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Ah, I guess we'd have to ask Cameron that one.

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Old 02-15-2010, 06:45 PM   #22
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Originally posted by Wizwad:
My point is, where does all that water come from in the first place? Not from your standard mountain streams, that's for sure.  
It comes from Acme - the same place as the anvils come from.....
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Old 02-15-2010, 11:14 PM   #23
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The first review I read of Avatar mentioned that the action takes place on Pandora - a planet in the Alpha Centauri Galaxy. So I have to admit that I was pleasantly surprised when I watched the movie and found that Pandora circled the star Alpha Centauri - the closest star to our sun. At least the writers might be able to pass Grade School astronomy (though the pitiful movie reviewer wouldn't).

It would have been nice if they had mentioned which Alpha Centauri star. It's actually a trinary system with three stars - Alpha, Beta, and Proxima. They could have spent 5 seconds of dialog on this, and the audience would have gained a bit of real science knowledge.
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Old 02-16-2010, 02:53 AM   #24
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do we have atitle and script, yet? how far along is it, Jim?
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Old 02-16-2010, 03:23 AM   #25
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Originally posted by Jim Sachs:
The first review I read of Avatar mentioned that the action takes place on Pandora - a planet in the Alpha Centauri Galaxy. So I have to admit that I was pleasantly surprised when I watched the movie and found that Pandora circled the star Alpha Centauri - the closest star to our sun. At least the writers might be able to pass Grade School astronomy (though the pitiful movie reviewer wouldn't).

It would have been nice if they had mentioned which Alpha Centauri star. It's actually a trinary system with three stars - Alpha, Beta, and Proxima. They could have spent 5 seconds of dialog on this, and the audience would have gained a bit of real science knowledge.  
Actually, according to this 'science' link Pandora is one of many satellite moons, not actually a planet... who ya gonna believe...


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Old 02-16-2010, 04:22 AM   #26
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Mark, - Doesn't trying to rationalise the logic of Avatar qualify as being clinically insane? -
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Old 02-16-2010, 07:20 AM   #27
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There's a very good 1080p teaser trailer that is the science documentary on Pandora.
File = avatar-fte1_h1080p.mov - it's 277,140,838 bytes.
Ah, it's here: http://www.apple.com/trailers/fox/avatar/hd/ - select the featurette.
Also at lower resolutions.
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Old 02-16-2010, 07:20 AM   #28
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P.S. I expect the water gets there via rain, like any other mountain...
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Old 02-16-2010, 07:24 AM   #29
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Only if you're trying to rationalise it. I'm just agreeing with Jim!

Personally, I want to know what Roger Dean things of all this.

http://www.artistsuk.co.uk/acatalog/...Roger_Dean.jpg
http://image.guardian.co.uk/sys-imag...an_icarus3.jpg
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Old 02-16-2010, 07:28 AM   #30
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Originally posted by cjmaddy:
Mark, - Doesn't trying to rationalise the logic of Avatar qualify as being clinically insane? -  
Only if you're trying to rationalise it. I'm just agreeing with Jim!

John - I'd think that, too, if the cataracts were slightly smaller. "Like any other mountain"? Really? I thought it often came from mountain springs which have a much greater water catchment area than we see for some of those rocks in Avatar.

Personally, I want to know what Roger Dean things of all this.

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Old 02-16-2010, 09:49 AM   #31
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Arahanto - Sorry, can't go into details here.

jleslie - Thanks for the link to the featurette, it's excellent.
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Old 02-16-2010, 01:19 PM   #32
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As that went down quite well I'll try a couple more links:

The full script (allegedly including stuff that didn't make it into the theatrical release):
http://www.foxscreenings.com/media/p...eronAVATAR.pdf

Learn the language:
"Na'vi is a constructed language spoken by the fictional indigenous race (the Na'vi) on Pandora in James Cameron's 2009 film Avatar. The language was created by Paul Frommer, a professor at USC with a doctorate in linguistics. This website exists to share this beautiful language with all who want to learn."
http://www.learnnavi.org/

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Old 02-16-2010, 01:39 PM   #33
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Quotes that might apply to a new job:

"Here, tomorrow, oh eight hundred. Try to use big words."

"Don’t do anything unusually stupid."

Another quote on the mountains:

"Yeah, so what does hold them up? Grace explained it to me -- some kind of maglev effect because unobtanium is a superconductor, or something. At least somebody understands it. Just not me."
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