UPDATE January 13:th 2010: More Avatar photos of the Navi’s can be found here.
Jim over at MarketSaw has gotten hold of another photo of what is supposed to be a Navi from James Cameron’s Avatar. It’s a very blurry photo but you can easily see the characteristics of Navis, thin, tall and in this case, female.
Jim here. In keeping with MarketSaw’s tradition of being the best site on earth for all things AVATAR – I was speaking to a very interesting contact within the AVATAR production and he has some confirmations for us about previous photos from the set. While this is someone who I have spoken with in the past, this is the first material from him. I DO TRUST him however – so enjoy. Hopefully Fox doesn’t ask me to remove it!
More importantly, he provided what I think is the first authentic, FINAL rendition of what the Na’vi will look like – provided by this source who is definitely in a position to know.
Here is what he had to say about the Na’vi:
…their faces are very very reminiscent of Jen the Gefling in the Dark Crystal…(but with a hare lip). They are beautiful, not sexy, just graceful. The problems the boss is facing with the CG is getting the ‘graceful’ right. Oh, and the whole ‘Uncanny Valley’ thing…. the view back across it looks amazing from where I am standing.
So it sounds as though Cameron’s somewhat recent distaste for what has been accomplished in AVATAR’s photo realism is now tempered down to ensuring that his creatures are graceful – which is very important for the illusion of being real. This is good news to me! If the quality of the rendering is there and they are now focusing on movement – the movie is almost there!
Confirmation of previous AVATAR photos: “I can confirm that this photo does have multiple props from varying sets.” He goes further to describe what the bed actually is: ”
On closer inspection it looks like it is from the Bio Lab, not overly sure of its purpose (…he did not work in this area). As will become apparent when you see the finished product, there are many many many different types of ‘beds’. Birthing bed / hospital gurney / incinerator gurney / medivac chamber / sleep chamber / transport chamber…” He also says that “the gurney for space travel is normally upright, wall mounted, to save valuable ($1,000,000 per Kg) space on those long space voyages.”
So I therefore believe that the chamber in the photo is for AVATAR connection between human and Na’vi. That’s my final answer Regis.
He also absolutely confirms that the circular area behind Cameron in the official photo is the military COMMAND CENTER.
FURTHER, he confirms that this image of a military man holding an exotic AVATAR weapon is authentic. Not too surprising as Fox hasn’t asked for it’s removal. Seems if the photos are real, they let them stay up.