Game Programming and Hollywood - Avatar as model collaboration

As preparation of CS 583 3D Game Programming course at SDSU, your instructor suggests to see Avatar in 3D Imax. Kris had the good fortune to view at Escondido's Regal 16 + IMAX on Christmas Eve and was inspired. James Cameron has embraced technology thorough his career along the lines that Walt Disney did. Being an ardent Disney Railroad and Disneyland fan, Stewart was luck to visit the opening of the Disney Family Museum (youtube CBS) in San Francisco's Presidio in Sept 2009 and is half way through reading Cameron's biography, The Futurist by Rebecca Keegan. This is a good historical read on the evolution of Computer Graphics, since Cameron pushed the envelope with Aliens, The Abyss, T2 and finally AVATAR! Game release 24Nov2009, movie release 18Dec 2009.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Avatar_%282009_film%29 J Cameron Avatar, Wikipedia

Some Interesting YouTube articles:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=7IsfjoxheUU nifty Cameron interview at E3 2009. "It took 3 years for Ubisoft to get it right, and they did." www.e3.net/ June 2-4, 2009 LA Convention Center

www.youtube.com/watch?v=7JWk_JIE3Ow Avatar Toys Augmented Reality Demo

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iuy_iLeLEfc Dev Diary 1 (Unprecedented Collaboration)

ComiCon San Diego 2009 Avatar Panel
www.youtube.com/watch?v=onHVTA4KjIY Focussed Interview S. Weaver, J. Cameron, Z. Saldana

www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z_GKQUr4cvw 10:51 from Comic-Con2009

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-GreWI45Qho Rindain Part1
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RV9nnVDTJz0
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OrXAM_Wwxto
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ayfMGCL1yo

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-GreWI45Qho
www.youtube.com/watch?v=RV9nnVDTJz0part2

www.youtube.com/watch?v=mKDWr2Yy_rE Ubisoft
www.youtube.com/watch?v=uU__ULnPB0k

Movie Trailer

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xTWLBuTak6I
"James Cameron's given us a whole lot of big-name movies over the years, but his newest, Avatar, might be his biggest yet. Already, tickets for a free sneak preview were snatched up so fast online that servers were crashed.

When a paraplegic war veteran is taken to a distant planet, he's going to discover that there's a whole lot of bad blood between the humans who've moved there and the planet's indigenous life. But how bad can things get? Oh, you'll find out soon enough. Check out the trailer that everyone's been dying to see.

Now here's the interesting question--considering the amount of hype that this one has already brought into play, can it possibly live up to all that hype? There's plenty of star power in this one, and James Cameron rarely disappoints--but there's a first time for everything. Is this it? Head on down to the comments section below and weigh in. Thanks for watching!"

Avatar Cast: Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver, Michelle Rodriguez, Giovanni Ribisi, Joel David Moore, CCH Pounder, Peter Mensah, Laz Alonso, Wes Studi, Stephen Lang, Matt Gerald
Avatar movie trailer courtesy 20th Century Fox. Avatar opens in US theaters December 18th, 2009. Avatar is directed by James Cameron.