Wow… what a frickin amazing movie this turned out to be!!! Thank you Neville Page (lead creature designer who hired me) for giving me the opportunity to be involved in something so special. I took a seven month ’sabbatical’ from Gnomon to work full-time in the art dept from ‘06-’07, knowing that the experience of working on an epic sci-fi Cameron was something I just couldn’t miss. There were about 25 artists at Lightstorm where I worked (more at other locations), and being in the same place as Neville (with whom I shared an office), Ben Procter, James Clyne, Yuri Bartoli, Tully Summers, Tyruben Ellingson, Daphne Yap, Jordu Schell, etc… was truly a privilege. When I joined the creature crew, most of the work was being done in 2D/clay with a little bit of Zbrush, so my role was to bring in 3D so that I could further develop some of the creatures in ways that 3D is best suited. I worked a lot on the Banshee, as well as the Leonopteryx, Fan Lizard, Woodsprites, Direhorse, and some other secondary creatures…. resolving 3D models, doing texture/shader look development, integration tests with paintings by Dylan Cole, rigging and pose tests, animation, etc. Its crazy that this is almost two years ago… What Weta pulled off is just mind boggling. Really the most overwhelmingly intense non-stop visual feast I’ve ever seen. It has been quite a while since I wanted to see a movie again, immediately. I’ve only seen it twice, but I know another viewing is right around the corner. Hats off to the hundreds of artists who contributed to it and to James Cameron for being a genius (who btw wasn’t a tyrant as people say, but was always quite friendly during his weekly visits with the creature crew). And thanks again Neville! $2B and counting. Crazy.


15 Responses to “Avatar”

  1. gojira Says:
    February 11th, 2010 at 12:32 pm

    Congratulations Alex! I went to see Avatar twice in IMAX 3D, and it was an amazing experience.

  2. Thomas Says:
    February 11th, 2010 at 1:33 pm

    I could not find an email address to contact you regarding rights to use a model you created for a tutorial called mouth interior in my dissertation. I request that I may be given the rights to use this for educational purposes and no profit. Please contact me regarding written permission. Thanks

  3. NAvID Says:
    February 17th, 2010 at 12:14 pm

    I love you and models you

  4. abhay sharma Says:
    February 24th, 2010 at 10:45 am

    Fantastic movie!
    Thanks for sharing the information.

  5. zaniar Says:
    February 28th, 2010 at 4:44 pm

    hi alex

    congratulation for again but i just know every thing about you my mean you are great creature fortunately i saw avatar’s movie .
    dear alex ive been working with (maya and zbrush realflow for 6 years by gnomon’s dvds . im happy due to i will be in gnomon just for study but i should to tell you are famous in iran believe it me!

  6. Ben Buttigieg Says:
    March 20th, 2010 at 6:22 am

    Hi Alex,
    Congratulations on the excellent work you did on Avatar!
    Great film, can’t wait to get the Blu Ray version to pour over all that sumptuous detail.
    Huge fan of your work. Love the Trin DVD. As a kid I always dreamed of working for Pixar or ILM but ended up as a Programmer which I still enjoy but love to play around with 3D in my spare time.
    I find work like yours really inspiring.

  7. Chitra Says:
    April 25th, 2010 at 9:36 pm

    Be seeing you this week for agIdeas. x

  8. Myrtice Leslie Says:
    June 2nd, 2010 at 1:40 pm

    jo duma :P

  9. Jonathan Ferrer Says:
    October 14th, 2010 at 2:37 pm

    I am a 4th year senior industrial design student at New Jersey’s Institute of Technology. For my thesis project, I am looking to focus on movie prop design. I am researching what I can, but I feel as though it is more of something that I need to do first hand rather than look up on the computer. However I am still looking for design studios that do this field of design. I am most interested in the sci-fi category because of its futuristic qualities and conceptual thinking that takes place to create such wild designs. Do you have any advice on possible project ideas I could work on? I’ve been reading movie scripts, but the movie has already been done, along with the movie props. Any of your input would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!
    Jonathan Ferrer

  10. Zaidi - Karachi University Says:
    January 4th, 2011 at 3:23 pm

    You have remained an ideal for the whole 3d community in Karachi.
    No doubt, i came across people in Qum, Tehran in Iran who were equally passionate about you like us, Krachiiites.

    i can never forget the feeling of receiving your VHS training tapes, the opening animated title sequence…

    Thank you so much for teaching us all

  11. Chiranjib Says:
    January 16th, 2011 at 1:10 am

    I am working as a lecturer in St. Xavier’s College as a lecturer in animation dept. but I want to work in hollywood.

    Plz tell me how to apply .


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