James Cameron is a visionary and an amazing creator. There, the obvious is out of the way. But now we’re starting to hear Cameron’s creative process during the filming of the Avatar sequels.
It’s been ten years since Avatar first hit theaters and exploded to the top of the box office, a place where it still stands. Since then, fans have been eagerly awaiting the return of the series, which has several more movies in production. Movies two and three are currently in production in New Zealand.
Keston John, who is playing Va’ru in the sequels, stopped by AfterBuzz TV to talk with Alikona Bradford and shared his experience on set and with James Cameron.
“I can’t even, I mean, just, it’s a blessing. It’s a blessing,” said John.
John said he initially went in for the casting and thought it would be working more with other members of the creative team, but within a few days, Cameron was pitching him personally on the movie.
“He’s talking with me all about it, and showing me the screens and the technology and talking with me about…and then he turns to me and he’s like, ‘sound like something you want to do?’ Um, yeah. I had that moment where I was like, say yes, say yes.”
The character Va’ru is fully immersed in the Avatar world, so John has been filming on a sound stage for most of his parts.
“They have the motion capture suit and all the dots. Two cameras right here, you know, about inches from your face, and then, um, you’re in your full suit. I had my, my uh, training to walk a certain way,” explained John,
Directing him every step of the way is James Cameron.
“He goes by Jim.”
Oops, our bad. Jim or James, his vision is still the same.
“He’s a visionary, so, um, beyond working with him as an actor, it would be cool just being on set and I’m not even in the scene, I’m just hanging out watching, trying to learn, and he’d be like, ‘Keston, come here,'” explained John, “and he’d tell me all of the things that were going on in the scene and how they were doing it and he’s a, he’s a true caption of his ship. I mean, I feel like he’s just, he, he loves the actors and he loves the process and um, the crew loves him.”
For the full interview with John, click the video at the top of the article.
Avatar 2, 3 and 4 come out in 2021, 2023, and 2025.