‘Avatar: the sense of water’, a new exploration of Pandora

Avatar: The Water Senseby James Cameron is now available on Disney+. Much of the film’s plot, which includes a more detailed exploration of Pandora than the original, takes place on the reef of the Metkayina clan, on the eastern coast of the territory. A plot twist that allows a new vision of the planet, its inhabitants and its environment.

In Avatar: The Water Sense, the connection with the divine is more evident and the discovery of new regions deeper. The journey by sea and land in the fictional world shows the breadth of the director’s concept of the saga’s story and the way he wishes to detail it on the big screen.

The beliefs and culture of the underwater world that you discover Avatar: The Water Sense they are different from those of the forest tribes. Its inhabitants have a different physical appearance than the known Na’vi. The new lands of Pandora they extend in a dimension that suggests that the film not only tells an endearing story. It also addresses the union of various ethnic visions that coincide in the belief that nature is everything.

The filmmaker and screenwriter detailed the fictional territory through a detailed tour of its landscapes. A narrative achievement that has turned the sequel into something more than the continuation of its central story. The demonstration of a clever way to explore fictional universes.

The journey to Avatar: The Water Sense began in 1994, the year the director completed the first draft of the movie. The story already delved into an environmental epic that took place in the future and in a setting other than Earth. At the same time, it showed the sketches of one of the elements that would make the original film a resounding success. His social richness and innovation in the creation of a specific world in a film project.

The feat of imagining a society

James Cameron carefully detailed a world in which nature could express itself directly and be recognized as a deity. eywa, an entity that manifested itself through flora and fauna, acted to maintain the balance of Pandora. Also to show how much the planet’s environment was a manifestation of a mysterious force.

On the other hand, the filmmaker dedicated time and effort to explore the possibilities of creating an anthropological context for his characters. Imagined in the script as social creatures, the Na’vi had very specific organization, beliefs, and geographic delimitation.

This allowed James Cameron to deepen his character, his relationship with the region and the link they established with his spirituality. All through the codes of science fiction and, specifically, through the interaction of its protagonists with the protective and all-powerful energy of eywa. The latter manifested itself through The Tree of Souls either Vitraya Ramunong.

Kiri (Sigourney Weaver) in Avatar: The Water Sense

So, in the first version of the original film, one of the central elements was the thoroughness of the fictional Pandora culture. Something that, later, would be reflected in the biodiversity that the filmmaker managed to capture on the big screen and that would become richer and more varied in its long-awaited sequel. Avatar: The Water Sense.

A world to discover

In August 1996, James Cameron finished writing the final plot for Avatar. In it, the first story of the saga that would later reach the cinema was narrated. Despite being substantially similar to the draft he envisioned in 1994, the most recent one explored the idea of ​​a society linked to nature as a mystical fact.

The director decided that a good part of his characters would be digital. The intention was to create a race with an ecosystem, social hierarchy and customs. So he investigated a possible sociology of native creatures capable of communicating with animals and plants on an intuitive level. On the one hand, the filmmaker wanted to develop a specific technology for motion capture that would allow him to carry out his ambitious plan. An objective that he set himself together with the special effects company digital domainone of his frequent collaborators.

In parallel, he delved into the creation and social organization of its protagonists. An effort that took almost a decade and included all aspects related to culture, fauna and flora. For the language of creatures, he hired linguist Paul Frommer, director of the University of Southern California Center for Communication Management. He commissioned the expert to create a simple dialect of around two thousand words, with phonetics based on clicks. Although later it was modified to one more similar to the sound produced by the branches when they collide with each other driven by the wind.

the aquatic kingdom of Avatar: The Water Sense

In Avatar: The Water Sense, the exploration moved to the underwater areas of Pandora. What allowed James Cameron to give a new nuance to his argument. On this occasion, he also developed cultural aspects of its inhabitants related to the sea and maritime activities. The Cove of the Ancients—the Na’vi equivalent of the Tree of Souls—became the center of all the characters’ mystical exploration.

Jake Sully in Avatar: The Water Sense

But it is the reef of the Metkayina which allows social and cultural relationships to become richer than in the original film. the script of Avatar: The Water Sense not only delves into their customs, fauna and flora. At the same time, it does so in how the new lands of the planet symbolize an unknown type of fertility and beauty. What opens the doors to the direct manifestation of eywa through Kiri (Sigourney Weaver) and to the understanding of Pandora as a living entity. A point that becomes one of the most intriguing in the film and that shows that James Cameron’s ambitious plan for his saga goes beyond his attractive story.

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Avatar: The Water Sense it is also a part of the development of a universe centrally linked to the way in which society and the culture of its characters express themselves. Something that, without a doubt, will be a point of enormous importance in future installments of the increasingly intriguing franchise.

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