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Interview: Cinematographer Russell Carpenter Chats About the Intricacies of Shooting ‘Avatar: The Way of Water’

Russell Carpenter knows a thing or two about complex James Cameron productions. After all, the cinematographer has an Academy Award on his mantle for shooting nothing less than Titanic. Carpenter’s Oscar-winning cinematography there is iconic, and it’s just one of several collaborations with Cameron. Their latest, with Avatar: The Way of Water, isn’t even their newest, as they’ve paired for the third Avatar film. Recently, he and I spoke about the process of shooting the movie. Today, you’ll be able to hear our chat.

In my Avatar: The Way of Water review (here), I had the fellowing to say about its splendid look:

The visual effects really are the star. The world of Pandora is brought even more to life here, while there are close ups on the faces of the Na’vi that you would swear are real life. Cameron and his technical staff have raised the game once again. It’s hyperbole to say you’ve never seen effects work like this, but it’s just the truth.

Below, you can hear my conversation with Carpenter. We talk about how Cameron, and by extension Carpenter, make an Avatar movie. Of course, the making of these flicks is so insanely complicated, we would have needed days to discuss, so I kept it pretty surface level. Impressively, Carpenter still easily breaks down what goes into making something like Avatar: The Way of Water. One look at the visual accomplishments and you’ll know they aced it.

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Here now is my interview with Avatar: The Way of Water cinematographer Russell Carpenter. Enjoy:

Avatar: The Way of Water is in theaters now!


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