My friend John and I went to the invitational preview screening of select scenes from James Cameron’s Avatar, last Monday at the new SM North Imax. The short sneak preview showed parts from the first half of the much-anticipated movie, which will be in cinemas on December 18. That’s a week before the MMFF, but according to 20th Century Fox publicist Mae Vecina, the “Avatar” screening will resume in regular and 3D cinemas in January, right after the film fest. But people can still catch Avatar at the two Imax theaters, which will be unaffected during the Christmas season.
It looks pretty good; the digital rendering is impressive and the action scenes included in the screening and trailer are pretty intense. It’s got a pretty intriguing concept, as well: a handicapped soldier’s mind is “transplanted” into a strong, alien body, and he’s fighting alongside similar beings in a stunning but hostile environment.
The creature designs look Star Wars-esque; I especially like the imaginative rhino/peacock-inspired beastie and the dragon-like steeds. Well, I do hope that Avatar’s got a great, memorable story, aside from fantastic visuals. We’ll find out in less than four months. Thanks for Avatar Day, Mae and Fox.
As for the et cetera part of this post: I just finished illustrating a friend’s 12-page horror story. More on that when the project’s announced in a few weeks. Also, I enjoyed the latest Mighty Avengers ish, except for the art (what’s with the stiff, undershaped figures?). And, here’s a pic of the