Avatar 2: The Water Sense it is a stunning experience. Not only for its visual journey through digitally generated landscapes in minute detail. Also for the immersive, total and sensory experience that the use of technology in favor of history entails. James Cameron took the risk of using an unusual technique to give his story an unprecedented vitality.
High Frame Rate (HFR), which renders some scenes at 48 frames per second instead of the standard 24 fps, create a whole new experience. So meticulous when combined with 3D, that it shows all the possibilities of a visual audacity that rarely reaches the cinema in all its splendor.
A veteran of creating believable settings for his films, the filmmaker knew how to use HFR in a completely new way in Avatar 2: The Water Sense. In fact, the change in speed and the rhythm in the projection of the frames give Pandora a totally dazzling touch of authenticity.
Avatar 2: The Water Sense it’s a new big screen experience
Especially when the camera becomes a subjective witness of what happens to the characters and what surrounds them. Avatar 2: The Water Sensewhich depends for the most part on consistent visuals, manages to convince by turning the sequences into a hyperreal setting. Twice as many frames per second means more detail.
It also increases the film’s ability to give the viewer the sense that beyond the focus of the scene there is much more going on. The HFR allows the incorporation of the notion of the perception of time that elapses at the same time as the conception of the image as something alive and much broader. Something Cameron needed to show Pandora’s fauna, flora, and geography in meticulous detail.
Life in 48 frames
HFR technology is frequently used in video games because it reduces latency and improves image detail. It is also usually done in sports coverage, because it shows step by step everything related to the execution of a sports discipline.
However, until now, in the cinema the experiences with the technique were limited to a few specific projects. Among them, the trilogy of The Hobbit, Gemini Manby Ang Lee, and Long Half-Time Walkby Billy Lynn. Due to the need for theaters with specific technology to show HFR, its use was limited to very specific looks. Particularly to action and fantasy stories.
But James Cameron decided to take this cutting-edge technology to the next level. And to do it, moreover, with an elaborate knowledge of how useful the hyper-realistic experience that you get from HFR can be.
A new sense of image
Avatar 2: The Water Sense He uses it in action scenes and combines its result with the traditional 24 fps. This combination allows the film to be a total experience for the senses and an overwhelming journey through digitally generated spaces.
The success of Avatar 2: The Water Sense lies in the possibility of building a heterogeneous environment that allow the audience to integrate into the experience. The specific use of HFR brings large landscapes to life in a bewildering level of detail. So much so that, beyond the central scene, the sequence continues to show visual information in the background.
This quality of living subtext is one of the greatest and most specific triumphs of Avatar 2: The Water Sense. Especially in several of the outdoor and underwater scenes. The HFR allows the quality of detail, by displaying all kinds of contextual information, to give vitality to the underwater fauna of Pandora or its wide skies.
Even in the perception of how to narrate a fictional environment, the technique allows the sequences to be pure information. From the flight of birds, insects and leaf fall, to everything that surrounds the ocean environment of reefs. Avatar 2: The Water Sense manages to display all its beauty in moments of enormous importance.
Opens Avatar 2: The Water Sense the door to another type of visual experience in the future?
Most likely the good result From the director’s experiment, by combining two techniques in a sophisticated way, change the use of HFR forever. Particularly, because Avatar 2: The Water Sense demonstrated that a single visual narrative can use both 48 and 24 frames without affecting its robustness on screen.
It’s the perfect time to see Avatar before the premiere of the new film
Once again, James Cameron managed to demonstrate his power to build believable universes. But also that you can take existing digital and technological technique to create something more consistent. The greatest achievement of Avatar 2: The Water Sense.