The very first scene shot of the Netflix live-action Avatar: The Last Airbender series is revealed by one of the show’s directors. The upcoming project is an adaptation of the popular animated show of the same name, which spanned three seasons from 2005 to 2008. Each season of the cartoon covered a different “Book” as the new Avatar Aang, who was originally an Airbender, learned to control the remaining elements — Water, Earth, and Fire. Netflix’s Avatar: The Last Airbender series will hope to improve upon the 2010 movie adaptation, which was universally panned and failed to create an ongoing live-action universe.
Netflix Avatar: The Last Airbender director and executive producer Michael Goi wrote an article for Student Filmmakers discussing the very first shot of the show. The scene description is similar to the moment brother and sister duo Sokka and Katara meet a frozen Aang in the cartoon’s first episode. Goi also went on to explain the production aspects of the shot, talking about the show’s use of The Volume technology, which was developed on The Mandalorian.
Everything We Know About Netflix’s Avatar: The Last Airbender Show
The Netflix Avatar: The Last Airbender series will boast a groundbreaking diverse cast, consisting mostly of Asian American and Indigenous actors. The move’s incredibly important, as the animated series became famous for portraying different sides of Eastern culture as Aang and his crew traversed the show’s expansive world. Netflix’s Avatar: The Last Airbender main cast includes Gordon Cormier (Aang), Kiawentiio (Katara), Ian Ousley (Sokka), Dallas Liu (Zuko), Elizabeth Yu (Azula), Paul Sun-Hyung Lee (Iroh), Daniel Dae Kim (Fire Lord Ozai), and Maria Zhang (Suki).
The live-action Avatar: The Last Airbender series has the difficult job of following up one of the most popular animated shows of all-time. Luckily, the crew behind the live-action series, led by showrunner Albert Kim, is intent on honoring Avatar: The Last Airbender’s cultural roots, with Kim being a champion of diversity efforts in the media throughout his career both in journalism and entertainment. Kim’s background should ease fan concern after original Avatar: The Last Airbender animation creators Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko left the project over creative differences.
How The Volume Technology Can Translate Avatar: The Last Airbender From Animation To Live-Action
The Volume is the soundstage utilizing groundbreaking, cutting-edge technology known as StageCraft, developed by visual effects company ILM for the Star Wars Disney+ TV series The Mandalorian. The massive structure, essentially a video wall, is the largest virtual filmmaking environment to date. The Volume allows filmmakers to shoot their actors in a photorealistic virtual environment, immersing the performers in the world of the production. The Volume’s ability to shoot a 3D scene that’s directly affected by the movements and settings of the camera will allow Netflix’s Avatar: The Last Airbender show to recreate the cartoon’s fantastical backdrops in eye-popping fashion, providing the actors with an immersive on-set experience that should facilitate their job of translating the iconic Aang and his crew to live-action.
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