Creating Pandora from The Ground Up: The Special Effects of Avatar
James Cameron’s Avatar has received criticism in the years after its initial release. Although it was incredibly hyped at the time of that release (becoming the highest-grossing film of all time until Avengers: Endgame broke that record in 2019), many people now chastise its cliche plot and one-note characters. However, the one thing that no one has ever denied about the film is the ground-breaking visual effects implemented in it. James Cameron originally wrote the film in the late '90s and intended to start filming after his equally successful and box-office-record-breaking Titanic, but he realized that the technology available at the time was not good enough to accomplish his vision. In 2005, he started working on the film again, the technology finally starting to catch up to his ideas. In 2009, viewers were able to lose themselves on the alien planet of Pandora and experience the culture of the Navi people, watching a science fiction world unfold in a way that they had never experienced before, because of what the filmmakers were able to do with those special effects.
CGI and Its Use in Cinema
It seems today that many people feel the addition of computer-generated imagery, or CGI, to films is going to completely ruin the age-old tradition of filmmaking by replacing actors with computer-generated models, creating a less authentic world, and simply making it easier to make a film. However, it is incredibly important to take into consideration just how much work goes into a CGI film or even just one scene that utilizes CGI. It’s important to realize that CGI can enhance a film’s storytelling and that not everyone uses it in order to make a great film. If used properly, CGI can be a fantastic tool to enhance the storytelling of a film.
5 YouTube Channels That Expanded My Taste In Music
There are many YouTube channels out there dedicated to reviewing, recommending, or discussing music, and those who are interested in discovering new tunes can browse these channels and check out music that catches their ears. There are quite a few music channels on YouTube that have inspired me to check out songs and albums I never would have otherwise, expand my taste in music as a whole, and even change the way I look at the world because of those new discoveries. Here are the five YouTube channels involving music that I would recommend to anyone.
I Looked Across
I look across the bar. I freeze, recognizing someone. There she is, standing in the middle of the bar, talking with her friends. Her long, blonde hair bounces on her shoulders as she laughs along with them, unconsciously covering her smile as she does so. Her green eyes glitter as the lights of the bar shine over her. I want to know what they’re laughing about, what they could possibly be talking about. I think of all the possibilities. Maybe they’re talking about all the homework they have to complete tonight. Maybe they’re talking about some crazy story another one of their friends told them earlier today. The thought crosses my mind that maybe they’re talking about a guy she walked by today and couldn’t help but think was kind of cute, and I wish that guy was me even though I know for a fact it isn’t. I gather all of my thoughts and come out of my trance. I walk over to the bar counter, take a seat, and order a beer. She’s only a couple feet away from me now. I can’t help but look right at her, entranced by her face. Her eyes. Her nose. Her smile. That one smile, a smile that beams like sunshine from hundreds of feet away despite the fact that she always covers it. I’ve always wanted to tell her how much I love that smile. How much it brightens my day.
Paperback Writer: The Beatles Song in Short Story Form
“Hey, excuse me? Can someone help? I need somebody to read my book!” I look around at the busy publishing center. People are rushing like mad to sort files and take phone calls. It’s pretty chaotic. Thankfully, someone’s at the front desk to take care of the clients that come in looking for their magnum opus to be released to the public and maybe become a bestseller, if they’re lucky. The nametag on his desk says “Mr. Kite.” He takes a second to look me up and down.
The Name in the Beaker
I put my name in the beaker. I walk to my desk and sit down. I have a fluttery feeling in my chest. Why do I feel like I’m going to have to go first? I don’t want to go first. Sure, I practiced my presentation all day yesterday and before I came into class today, but what if I stumble? What if I get nervous and can’t even get a word out edgewise? What’s the teacher gonna think of me? What are my classmates gonna think of me? Will they laugh at me? Will Erica laugh at me? I don’t know, and I really don’t want to. As I sit in my desk waiting for the bell to ring, I just know in my head that the teacher is going to pull my name first. I don’t want him to. I internally beg the heavens for a miracle. How about you make Jessica go first? She’s a great presenter. She’s always anxious to stand in front of the class and talk to them about whatever she happened to research for a project. She loves it, and we all love watching her. Why can’t she just go first? Why not have Brian go first? Why not have Jared go first? That’ll stick it to him for making fun of my shirt the other day. Why am I so worried about it being me?
I Have Something To Ask You
Taking deep breaths in and out, I walk up the three small steps toward the front door of her house. The brown wood door gleams in the sunlight that shines directly on it, and my heart skips a beat when I lay my eyes on the black handle of the door and the white doorbell to the left of it. What do I say? Should I have planned this better? How do I approach this? Does my hair look okay, or should I have listened to my mom and just let her comb it to make it look better? Seemingly millions of questions race through my mind in a matter of seconds, and even though I search for the answers, I can’t find a single one.
Return to "Normalcy:" An Original Podcast Script
This is a script I wrote for potential inclusion in the podcast series "A Moment of Your Time." It's a fantastic podcast with incredibly short episodes where writers, artists, and storytellers show off what they can do, and you should definitely check out the show. I actually entered twice, also submitting an original song, but I never received a response back from the show. Because of this, I wanted to publish the script I wrote for the show here. I've edited it for clarity, but the points are the same. I really hope you enjoy it.