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Title: Promised Set Report
Post by: pauf2 on March 07, 2010, 02:38:04 PM
Because I probably won't post anything upcoming week, I've been working on this, to give you something to talk about untill I post the rest, enjoy reading!

First, I?ve been working behind the scenes on the set of the Northern Water Tribe exterior sets that were shots in on enormous airplane hangar. There were a couple of sets that really formed an entire part of the city, and there were some separate set pieces. Those sets were incredibly beautiful and really detailed. There were small streets that consisted out of ice, two beautiful plazas (one with a big bronze bell), multiple canals, bridges and many buildings. I?ve been mainly filming the battle of the north, where the Fire Nation invaded the city. There also were some parts of the battle that were filmed on the battlements/walls that overlooked the water, but those sets were mainly green screen.
Because it wasn?t shoot chronologically, it?s hard to say what happened when, but this is what I?ve filmed on those sets: citizens running through the streets as the bell is sounded (one mother stands on her balcony looking down on the plaza as she sees her little child being ran over by the fleeing citizens, and Sokka then saves the day by saving the child). As the Fire Nation invades the plazas and the streets, the battle erupts between them and the Water soldiers. The only benders are the leaders of each nation, so there was a lot of martial arts and sword fighting, a lot. A lot of screaming and yelling and people fighting everywhere. If the movie won?t be a big blockbuster, it isn?t due to the fighting. At one point, Sokka runs through the fighting crowd, searching for Katara (who?s been absent the whole time during this battle on the sets of the plazas and streets) and in his run, he takes down tens of guys in one shot. It really took a while to get the perfect shot, but it?s like: running ? tackling ? running ? punching ? running ? boomerang ? running ? bending over so the boomerang hits the guy behind him as it flies back ? running ? avoiding ? kicking ? and that goes on for quite a while. Done very well. The Waterbending parts were difficult to film, because it was just those actors standing on a green tarpaulin slashing their arms through the air like someone with some kind of a mental illness. Aang is also present at the first part of the battle, where he first fights, and then oversees the battle in despair as they seem to lose the attack. Not that much Airbending in those scenes, because he doesn?t fight a lot here. And the coolest thing to do was the part where Appa suddenly appears in the middle of the battlefield. The idea was that when he landed (nothing landed, so that was the problem during the filming, very hard to visualize), everyone around him would being thrown backwards and the ice would break by the impact, and then he would smash some guys with his tail and grabbing on in his mouth so he could throw him away. Wonder how it?ll look on screen.
There were also some Northern Water Tribe scene where it?s just Sokka and some princess talking, and the aftermath of the battle where the main characters walk across the devastated streets and talk about what to do next.
The another where I?ve been involved, was the Air Temple part. The set was built in layers, and was supposed to look like an ancient Buddhist/Eastern temple that was occupied by Fire Nation, who completely destroyed the culture of the Air Nation by using it as an fortress. Beautiful, weathered buildings and courtyards with inscriptions and decorations, covered in the industrial metal, rust and soot. The prayer room was partly outdoors, it?s the place where Aang isolates himself (closes the shutters around him) and meditates. There are signs of war everywhere: skeletons, machinery and debris.
The scenes we shot there, were mainly the scenes where Aang, Sokka and Katara visit the temple. There was a really touching scene where Aang finds out about what happened to his people, and totally freaks out. Later he remembers something someone once said to him about meditating and Avatar stuff, and he decides to lock himself up in the prayer ?room?. He meditates but when he returns to his body, he senses something. He opens the shutters with his staff, to reveal hundreds of Fire Nation soldiers approaching. There?s some incredible fighting, both by Ringer as by his stunt double, and even I was shivering and thinking like: ?Is the Avatar gonna make this?? Also this fight has some great one-long-shot parts, and I think this will be the best fight on screen of the entire movie.
Another part we?ve shot last summer (I thought it was around may) was the most creepy part of the entire film, and the coolest non-action part to film. The cinematographer came up with some cool ideas so it would resemble the part as it was in the show (I?ve seen the last episodes because I wanted to know what we had been doing on set), and it was even better! It was the final scene of the movie, I think (in the show it is), where we follow this ?girl? through the stunningly beautiful yet creepy palace of the Fire Lord with all the columns, torches and firepots and nice decoration. We don?t see her face, and she enters this huge room where the Fire Lord is waiting for her on his throne, surrounded by fire (there was no fire onset, but I heard that it?d be added in post-production). He gives her an important mission that will probably be the storyline of the sequel (which by the way officially greenlighted).
I?ve done all the other Fire Lord-parts, not there were many, but they were cool to do, because we used some cool light- and camera-effects so those scenes would be a cinematographic miracle xD Although Mr. Cliff Curtis has quite a lot of screentime, we will not see his face in the first one, although you might see something of his mouth.
The next part(s) of this report will be posted as soon as I can, but I don?t know when that?ll be, because tomorrow?s the start of chaos!

(There are probably some grammatical errors cause of the hastiness)

If there are questions, post them or send me pm!
Title: Re: Promised Set Report
Post by: pyve on March 07, 2010, 04:29:44 PM
Question..
Did you see the Northern Water Tribe's palace?
If so, how big was it? Was it pretty?

One more.. How long was the Sokka and Princess Yue scene that you saw?
Title: Re: Promised Set Report
Post by: Project 86 on March 07, 2010, 05:34:24 PM
did you work in any of the spirit world stuff if so how was it

did aang go into avatar state when he found his people were decimated

also anymore info at all would be nice
Title: Re: Promised Set Report
Post by: pauf2 on March 08, 2010, 12:10:21 PM
The reshooting isn?t as hectic as I thought it would be, so I?ll try to update you once in a while. First of all, the thing I mentioned about the greenlighted sequel, that isn?t officially official, if you know what I mean. It?s just that the first draft of the screenplay?s finished, and there are some rumors about actors and the possible beginning of the pre-production.
But, back to the topic, the Northern Water Tribe palace is indeed in. The exterior looks great, not spectacular, but really realistic and beautiful. I?m not sure about the interior, but there?s one scene were the king of the Northern Water Tribe, and some of the high officials have a meeting with Aang, Sokka and Katara where they are informed about what?s going outside their fortress. It might be this palace, but I?m not sure.
The Sokka and princes Yue scene I told you, was a brief scene where they kiss, and where the princess tells him about her mixed feeling about their whole ?possible? relationship thing. That was one of those scenes you can hardly remember because it wasn?t that spectacular. Crucial for their characters? development, though.
The Spirit World? I don?t think so, so I guess those scenes were filmed at the other part of the building, or it might be the green screen section where they film things such as the gang flying on the animatronic back of the big furry bison and scenes that involved boats.
There actually is an Avatar State at the Air Temple! He enters that crazy state only twice in the movie, as far as I know: one time at the Air Temple where he totally freaks out and one part at the end of the movie, I also saw in the movie, with an enormous wave he summons. But I think most of the Avatar State parts are also filmed in the screen/blue screen section, because we only had to film Sokka and Katara taking cover as the entire room is blasted apart by Aang, who will be added later.
I?ve also filmed the scenes on the deck/command tower of the Fire Nation owned by the Fire Nation Prince Zuko. There are scenes where he ?spars? with his crew, as a part of his Firebending lessons from his uncle played by Shaun Toub, who does an AMAZING job, I can assure you. Zuko?s Firebending obviously originates from his anger, and his uncle tries to teach him the origins of Firebending but Zuko doesn?t listen because they shouldn?t be wasting time. There?s also one scene where Aang bursts out of the command tower with his glider, and lands on the deck, chased by soldiers. Zuko jumps off the balcony of the command tower and lands on the deck with an enormous metal bang, but before he can reach Aang, Aang jumps over the edge of the deck with his glider and joins his friends on Appa.
There are some other (minor) scenes that took place in my ?department?, which I?ll post hopefully by the end of the week. I?ll also ask my friend and colleague, who was involved in the shooting of the exterior on-location parts. He went to freakin Greenland! Wish I?d been there for work xD
Title: Re: Promised Set Report
Post by: Project 86 on March 08, 2010, 01:59:00 PM
oh man this sounds so good keep coming with the info it is very appreciated
Title: Re: Promised Set Report
Post by: SamAzu on March 09, 2010, 06:08:49 PM
So, do you know if the actress for Azula is official? I don't mind if you don't tell me who she is specifically, but I was just wondering if she was officially casted or if she was just like a stand in for that last scene while they looked for the real actress, if that makes sense...
Title: Re: Promised Set Report
Post by: pauf2 on March 13, 2010, 04:33:11 PM
Found some time to give you another update, not on the last part of what I've been filming last year, because I haven't seen my friend since last week. The pickups are now mainly focussing on the principal cast, which aren't that much scenes. But the expectation of the week after upcoming week: complete anarchy. They gave us just a couple of months two reshoot the crowdy scenes: two 'speech' scenes (one of Aang to the Water Nation citizens (which, in my opinion, didn't need a reshoot) and one with Mr. The Daily Show) and multiple fight scenes that needed some more background 'attention'.
You mean the Fire Palace scene? Well, the Indian actress was supposed to be the Fire Lord's daughter. She didn't get a close-up, so I don't know whether this girl will be in the sequel(s) or not. She doesn't even have any lines, so it's possible that they just needed someone to fill in the part while no one has been officialy casted yet.
If you've some questions left, ask them, because tomorrow I've (plenty of) time to update.
Title: Re: Promised Set Report
Post by: Sri HK on March 13, 2010, 05:45:28 PM
Great updates man!  Thanks.

Btw....is there a talk of moving the release date further down?  With all this re-shoots i think it might be hard for them to have a finished product by July!
Title: Re: Promised Set Report
Post by: Dr Malcolm Crowe on March 13, 2010, 06:00:11 PM
Nah, the US date is gonna stick. These pick-ups were planned from the beginning I'm sure.
Title: Re: Promised Set Report
Post by: Project 86 on March 13, 2010, 06:32:31 PM
so is it safe to say Zhao and sokka is the actors mostly getting reshoots because i have heard iffy stuff about them
Title: Re: Promised Set Report
Post by: Dr Malcolm Crowe on March 13, 2010, 07:28:40 PM
I don't think "it's safe to say" anything. I mean we know Zhao is re-shooting a scene, but other than that, it's all speculation.
Title: Re: Promised Set Report
Post by: Sri HK on March 13, 2010, 07:46:46 PM
I don't think "it's safe to say" anything. I mean we know Zhao is re-shooting a scene, but other than that, it's all speculation.

Yup i agree. I think people are reading too much into the screenings.  Night is meticulous in planning his scenes and i'm sure most of them might have come out fine.
Title: Re: Promised Set Report
Post by: pauf2 on March 14, 2010, 09:54:50 AM
Everything?s got to be done within time limit, so I think they want to stick to the release date, but there are rumors on the set that they aren?t going to make it. The post-production part seems to be the toughest stage in this project. While the filming ended around July (after just a couple of months) and has been in post-production ever since. That means a lot of CGI. The scenes we?re filming are mainly the acting parts, which don?t need a lot of time to ?post-product?, so my guess is that this movie won?t be moved, but we?ll find out in time.
The actors of Sokka and Zhao are indeed involved in some parts that will be reshot, but so are Ringer, Peltz, Patel and even Shaun Toub has some reshoots.

EDIT: Forgot to mention that there are also some new scenes/parts to be shot.
Title: Re: Promised Set Report
Post by: Project 86 on March 14, 2010, 10:25:27 AM
some new scenes?

could you elaborate what type of new stuff?
Title: Re: Promised Set Report
Post by: pauf2 on March 14, 2010, 10:37:14 AM
Yes, but I can't tell you too much of it. Next week I'll be working on a part that takes place on Kyoshi Island, that's one of those scenes that will be extended. We've shot this scene where the female leader of the Kyoshi Warriors tells Sokka about their motivation to fight the Fire Nation, in front of this enormous painting of the ancient Avatar Kyoshi. There's some background story about Kyoshi and the Kyoshi Warriors, and I've heard that they'll also add some scenes including Avatar Roku and the Spirit World.
Title: Re: Promised Set Report
Post by: Project 86 on March 14, 2010, 10:44:49 AM
have they shot the flashback scenes of zuko and aang yet?

also not sure if anyone asked you this but is KOH in this movie in the show it speaks to aang in the spirit world or was something else used to speak to aang in the spirit world
Title: Re: Promised Set Report
Post by: pauf2 on March 14, 2010, 10:57:18 AM
I'm not aware of flashback scenes of Zuko or Aang, however there is are a few scenes (probably flashbacks) at the Air Temple. I know that the occupied Air Temple set was the result of 'destroying' the original set, which were greener, more lively and un-weathered. But those were just scenes of Air monks doing random/ordinary things at the Air Temple. Those were some really short parts.

I'm not involved Spirit World parts, because those are filmed at the green screen department. So I don't know anything about anyone named Koh, I'm sorry.
Title: Re: Promised Set Report
Post by: Project 86 on March 14, 2010, 11:03:30 AM
How many Temples are their in the movie is it just the southern Air Temple(AAng's home) or is there other ones?

is the firebending teacher in the movie i think the name was Jeong Jeong in the show


also does Katara/Pakku have a waterbending fight?
Title: Re: Promised Set Report
Post by: pauf2 on March 14, 2010, 11:12:48 AM
There definetely won't be more than one in the movie, but it could be mentioned. However, they call it the Southern Air Temple in the movie, so there should be a Northern one too!

I'm not aware of a Firebending teacher, or someone called Jeong Jeong, or a bending fight between Pakku and Katara. We've filmed some sort of an argument between the two of them, but there was definetely no bending in that scene. It was about her grandmother and the future of the Northern and Southern Water Tribe.
Title: Re: Promised Set Report
Post by: Project 86 on March 14, 2010, 11:16:11 AM
thanks for the info do you know any other stuff being re shot?

Does Appa have any fight scenes?

also how much stuff involved earthbenders in this movie?

also do you know where aang meets roku for the first time?
Title: Re: Promised Set Report
Post by: pauf2 on March 14, 2010, 11:30:20 AM
I can't say what stuff is being reshot, I'm sorry. But upcoming week I'll probably be involved in a large part of the pickups, so I'll try to give you an update about the stuff I'm shooting once in a while.

The only 'fight' scene of Appa is the part at the Northern Water Tribe I told you about.

The Earthbenders do make an appearance. At the other department I've seen this massive quarry set (which was recreated from the original quarry, because most of the filming was on location) where the Fire Nation has imprisoned Earthbenders in this fugitive camps with many tents and guard towers. I know there'll be an Earthbending 'battle' that took place on those sets.

I'm not involved in the Roku/Spirit World parts, so it's hard to tell, sorry.

Title: Re: Promised Set Report
Post by: Project 86 on March 14, 2010, 11:33:52 AM
ah OK thanks for the info

how is the comedy in this movie i know it is more grounded but is there any comedic aspects that you have seen?
Title: Re: Promised Set Report
Post by: pauf2 on March 14, 2010, 11:35:42 AM
Haha, those are some difficult question you have . I don't think this is much of a comedy film, it's quite serious, actually. The slapstick humor from the series isn't really in. I hope that doesn't disappoint you!
Title: Re: Promised Set Report
Post by: Project 86 on March 14, 2010, 11:38:03 AM
hahah i know it is not a comedy  i am happy no slapstick comedy is in i am talking about is aang lighthearted and happy,etc. also is sokka completely serious?
Title: Re: Promised Set Report
Post by: pauf2 on March 14, 2010, 11:41:16 AM
The parts I've filmed at the Air Temple, the Northern Water Tribe and much of the other minor scenes, he was quite serious. He acted as the big brother of Katara and the brains behind many of their plans and decisions. He really seems to be the hardened yet unexperienced second-in-command, while Aang is the first-in-command, despite he's just a kid.
Title: Re: Promised Set Report
Post by: Project 86 on March 14, 2010, 11:42:41 AM
thats cool thanks for the info

Zuko is my favorite character how is Dev in the role also do you know how he sounds as Zuko i have only hear him in his British accent
Title: Re: Promised Set Report
Post by: pauf2 on March 14, 2010, 11:44:03 AM
Dev Patel goes totally American, in this movie. Neither British, nor Indian accent.
Title: Re: Promised Set Report
Post by: Project 86 on March 14, 2010, 11:50:42 AM
i have heard some good stuff about the Zuko/Katara fight could you comment on that

Also how does the bending and martial arts look

also looking at the trailer the blue spirit stuff just looks amazing  were you there for that stuff because just from the trailer that part looks awesome.
Title: Re: Promised Set Report
Post by: pauf2 on March 14, 2010, 12:03:52 PM
I know something about a fight between Peltz and Patel, but, it's been filmed at the other department (I thought it took place at the Spirit Oasis set). So I can't tell you anything about that, because I've heard some good stuff about that too.

I'm afraid that I can't tell you about the bending and martial arts too, because I'm just one of those guys filming it, so the editors and visual effects guys can finish it. I've heard some good stories about Industrial Light and Magic, so I think the bending will look incredible! The martial arts parts, are very grand and epic, as you might have read in the first part of the set report. In the background you see these warrios fighting everywhere. Every castmember who was part of a battle, was trained. Night had to interrupt the filming many times, because he thought that one single move in the background wasn't good enough, and then we had to reshoot the entire take.

Dev Patel also has some nice martial arts parts. Some parts with his sword (as the Blue Spirit, and as Zuko) and some parts with his bare hands. But compared to Ringer, he sucks. I've had the honor to film the parts where Zuko and Aang fight back to back at the Fire Nation prison/fortress.
Title: Re: Promised Set Report
Post by: Project 86 on March 14, 2010, 12:07:18 PM
 ;D haha so Noah whoops some ass in this film
Title: Re: Promised Set Report
Post by: pauf2 on March 14, 2010, 12:10:12 PM
He definetely does! I'll try to give you the third set report of the Blue Spirit part next week. In an hour I'll be gone, so if you've some questions left, ask them.
Title: Re: Promised Set Report
Post by: thaisnight on March 14, 2010, 12:18:22 PM
That's pretty epic.

Do you know how the relationship between Aang and Katara was represented?
Title: Re: Promised Set Report
Post by: Project 86 on March 14, 2010, 12:20:35 PM
Do you know if there are any other animals in the film other than Appa and Momo in the show The Fire Nation  rode on some rhino's and there were weird animals in the whole show do you know if there is any other animals?

Also i heard there in some sort of introduction in the movie with Katara narrating like laying the ground of the Avatar World was there stuff shot specifically for a movie intro?

i have also heard nothing but praise for Iroh how is the Zuko/Iroh relationship in the movie ?

was there any battles at sea with ships like the firenation ships,etc.?
Title: Re: Promised Set Report
Post by: pauf2 on March 14, 2010, 12:32:56 PM
I haven?t really witnessed the development in the relationship between Aang and Katara, but it ends with them having some clich? moments at the Northern Water Tribe. They?ve a scene together right before the battle starts, and after the battle they have a nice hug. Not really spectacular. But I think their relationship is still at the beginning of the whole development, and that it really comes to an end in the sequel(s). They?ve mainly focused on the relationship between Sokka and the princess.
The Fire Nation rhino?s are in! Along with the Fire Nation tanks, they participated in the battle of the north. The soldiers on the backs of the rhinos where filmed at the same (green screen) department where they?ve filmed the gang riding on Appa?s back, so I haven?t been able to see any of these creatures. They?ll be added in post-production. No other animals as far as I know.
I?ve been part of the ?Ancient Firebenders Attack? sequence. We?ve filmed Firebenders on rhino?s and tanks as they destroyed a village, and a part where they set foot at the Southern Water Tribe the first time. The only thing obvious in this whole part is, the Firebenders wearing different armor.
The relationship between Zuko and his uncle is really like: he?s the immature, stubborn, ignorant, furious child, being looked after by his calm, patient uncle who seems to be the only one who can temper him.
Yes there were Fire Nation ship attacks. One, of course, at the battle of north, where the Fire Nation armada destroys the high walls and surrounding icebergs. There?s also a part where Appa flies over some Fire Nation ships, avoiding fire balls. I don?t know whether I?ve mentioned it, or not, but that was also something I?ve seen in the test screening of the trailer.
Title: Re: Promised Set Report
Post by: Project 86 on March 14, 2010, 12:51:03 PM
alright thanks seems like you have to go i cant wait for your next report in the coming week take care
Title: Re: Promised Set Report
Post by: pyve on March 14, 2010, 01:19:38 PM
You've mentioned Sokka and the princess a couple times, do they have many scenes?

One more. ;D
How do the Kyoshi warriors look? Do any of them wear white facepaint?
Title: Re: Promised Set Report
Post by: AIR NOMAD on March 17, 2010, 08:10:22 PM
Do you know anything about M. Night having a cameo role in the film?
Title: Re: Promised Set Report
Post by: Dr Malcolm Crowe on March 17, 2010, 08:29:59 PM
He won't be in the first film. Maybe the second or third.
Title: Re: Promised Set Report
Post by: AvatarKona on March 18, 2010, 12:11:37 AM
One of the early reports about the round-table talk with M Night mentions him possibly making an appearance in the 2nd or 3rd movie as a stinky character I think
Title: Re: Promised Set Report
Post by: Rohan on March 18, 2010, 06:41:38 PM
One of the early reports about the round-table talk with M Night mentions him possibly making an appearance in the 2nd or 3rd movie as a stinky character I think

Stinky character? - Is there really a character called Stinky?
Title: Re: Promised Set Report
Post by: Kuzon on March 18, 2010, 07:13:52 PM
Maybe the character just kinda smells... ::)
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Title: Re: Promised Set Report
Post by: AvatarKona on March 18, 2010, 09:38:18 PM
Yea I think M Night was referring to the smell of the character
Title: Re: Promised Set Report
Post by: Kuzon on March 18, 2010, 10:31:52 PM
Welcome avatarkona! ;)
Title: Re: Promised Set Report
Post by: gwags33 on March 18, 2010, 11:06:02 PM
HEY I WAS IN THE AIR TEMPLE SCENES!!!!!!!!!!!! yay my scene made it into the movie =)
Title: Re: Promised Set Report
Post by: Kuzon on March 19, 2010, 09:49:59 AM
lol, gwags ur back! I thought you were banned or something like that! :D
Title: Re: Promised Set Report
Post by: AvatarKona on March 19, 2010, 02:27:23 PM
Thank you Kuzon. Ugh I am anxiously waiting for the next set update
Title: Re: Promised Set Report
Post by: Rohan on March 20, 2010, 01:59:05 PM
Thanks for all the updates.  I was going to ask you this the other day - are you allowed to take pictures on the sets or not?
Title: Re: Promised Set Report
Post by: pauf2 on March 22, 2010, 06:41:14 AM
Hi everyone. I'm sorry for the delay, but I'm really busy at the moment, so I think I'll be able to post the rest by the end of the week. About the pictures: no, they make you sign those things that say you're not allowed to record anything during the production, not allowed to take anything home, etc.
The only people who, as far as I know, took pictures or took props home, were set visitors.
I also heard that there's been a roundtable meeting/discussion with Night and some fans? I think that's one of the first steps they make to promote the film: first the teaser trailer, to tease everyone, then the second trailer(s) and then it starts raining interviews, official images of the film and behind the scenes videos.

See you soon!
Title: Re: Promised Set Report
Post by: Rohan on March 22, 2010, 10:55:44 AM
Cool.  Keep us updated.  You are doing a good contribution I will personally recommend a medal of honor for you  ;D

I am waiting for the trailer.  Can't wait.
Title: Re: Promised Set Report
Post by: pauf2 on April 04, 2010, 06:55:30 AM
First of all, happy easter, everyone! I've finally found some time to update you all. And as I said, the first trailer and the roundtable discussion with Night, was the beginning of the whole marketing campaign. They're now giving away more and more info and footage of the movie.

As promised, I'll give you a report on what I've seen from the Blue Spirit-part. The part introduces a nice set and new set piece: Zhao's Fire Nation fortress. It's just this big, stone tower with some basis decorations, surrounded by walls, and within the walls there are these small stone buildings. On a balcony, overseeing the square, Zhao gives his speech about victory and the capture of the Avatar (I don't know what happened before this part or how the Avatar was captured, I think that's been filmed somewhere else). We reshot his speech, because I was a little ... overacted the first time. There are hundreds of soldiers listening to his speech, while the Blue Spirit (Prince Zuko) sneaks in. He comes down from the roof (the stand-in for Dev Patel was very flexible, so the Blue Spirit looked like a ninja in black) and enters the tower. In his way to the room where Aang's hold, he assassinates (? la Assassins Creed) two guards. He enters the room, and cuts Aang's chains with his double swords, then they escape the premises. Their 'way-out-sequence' is done very nicely. The actors were attached to wires to they could do some pretty awesome moves as they jumped down the roofs, climbed down the walls. There was some green screen involved, so I think Aang also uses Airbending to escape. As they're discovered, the Fire Nation soldiers march out towards the great gates, where they run into Aang and his savior. Aang Airbends huge numbers of soldiers out of the way, in their way to the gates. They are surrounded by soldiers, and fight back to back, side by side. The Blue Spirit with his sword, Aang with his staff Airbending. Great teamwork. Very long sequence to shoot, because Night wanted it done in one take. But they don't make it, and the Firebenders fire huge amounts of Fire at them ... but that's unable to penetrate Aang's protective air-sphere he produces. Zhao appears, and commands them to hold fire (ironic). As he says the Avatar must be captured alive, TBS threathens to kill Aang, and in pure despair, Zhao demands the gates to be opened. TBS and Aang slowly walk away, TBS with his swords around Aangs neck. But then he says something to his commander about some kick-ass archers. That's where the fortress-part, so I think the 'outside the walls' part was shot somewhere on location or in another studio.

The fight scenes of Noah Ringer and Dev Patel (who did play TBS in all the others scenes, except for the climbing and jumping parts), where fenomenal. Their fighting 'met' and there was this great balance between the physical fighting (swords and martial arts) and the (Air)bending.

Do you have more questions, go ahead and ask! And I wish you all a happy easter!
Title: Re: Promised Set Report
Post by: thaisnight on April 04, 2010, 08:12:36 AM
Happy Easter to you too!
Wow. So the TBS part is indeed awesome. XD

Do you happen to know when they will really start to release some sneak peek footage online or something like that? I'm so excited to see something new.  ;D
Title: Re: Promised Set Report
Post by: Project 86 on April 04, 2010, 12:17:33 PM
nice info do you have any idea how the Zuko/Katara spirit Oasis fight scene went
Title: Re: Promised Set Report
Post by: pauf2 on April 04, 2010, 01:19:04 PM
I don't know anything about the marketing process, but as I said, the trailer I've seen will probably be released very soon, because there wasn't that much that needed to be added (just some more bending and other SFX).

But, I've to mention, that there's a high possibility not everything I've shot and seen in the studios will make it into the movie. I think that normally, only 80% of what they shoot will be in the movie.

The scenes I've shot were primarily the larger scale parts, so I think this Spirit Oasis was shot at the other departments. But, I definetely heard of a big CGI Bending Battle between Nicola Peltz and Dev Patel, so it will probably be in the movie (don't rely on this, because I can't confirm anything). I could ask one of my colleagues. And I still have to ask my colleague about what he's shot in Greenland and the quarry (outdoor stuff). I'll try to update you as soon as possible!!
Title: Re: Promised Set Report
Post by: Project 86 on April 04, 2010, 01:35:33 PM
cool you have any other scene descriptions of stuff you have shot?
Title: Re: Promised Set Report
Post by: pauf2 on April 05, 2010, 06:19:42 AM
I've just mailed my colleague, here's what he told me about the outdoor shooting (unfortunately he isn't as detailed about I was):

[...]

around may or june, i think, we did some shooting in bucks county at a huge quarry. here we shot an occupied earth village part. the main characters discover this imprisoned village/camp within a rock quarry. it had a very natural look, just rock and sand (some planting), some fugitive-alike tents with primitive furniture, surrounded by high walls of rock. it was quite hot in there because the heat of the sun had nowhere to go. fire nation watchtowers had a perfect view of the occupied camp. before the main characters are discovered by the fire nation, they meet up with this boy. he tells them they have nowhere to go, because the fire nation has got a complete hold on them. but aang inspires them, and causes this riot. the earthbending boy resists, and uses his earthbending to fight the fire soldiers. there's this battle, in which all the earthbenders fight for their freedom.

[...]

in greenland we shot some village scenes, of the primitive water village and the 'fishing trip' of sohka and katata. some random shots including the brother and sister, but the most things we've shot were the aang-discovery on this 'ice plain', and the arrival and confrontation of prince zuko. they capture aang. unlike the quarry, it was freezing cold.

[...]

Hope you've a clear image of what that scenes will look like!
Title: Re: Promised Set Report
Post by: AvatarKona on April 05, 2010, 11:37:51 AM
Hey still some good info thanks man!
Title: Re: Promised Set Report
Post by: pauf2 on April 07, 2010, 04:07:01 AM
Yesterday I asked my colleague about this Spirit Oasis battle you've been talking about. He gave me something I would never have dared to 'steal' from the set, but he apparently did, along with some other parts he had been filming. I can't give you a exact copy of the page, because there are names and information on it, but here's something I can give you:

Quote
Just then, an enchanting glow illuminates both his eyes and the arrow
tattoos on his hands and head.

PRINCESS YUE
Is he all right?

KATARA
He crossing into the Spirit World.
He?ll be fine as long as we don?t
move his body. That?s his only way
back to the physical world.

PRINCESS YUE
Are you sure it?s safe?

KATARA
Believe me, I?m perfectly capable of
protecting him.

ZUKO (O.S.)
Don?t be too sure about that.

Behind them stands ZUKO, lurking in the shadows of the underpass as a
cloaked and hooded figure. As he steps into the light he removes his hood
to reveal his face, and his cloak to free his arms.

Yue flees into the underpass, while Zuko prepares himself for a fight. He
closes his eyes, complete focus and control, then draws a CIRCLE OF FIRE
around him.

ZUKO
Hand him over and I won?t have to
hurt you.

KATARA
I won?t let you take him.

ZUKO
Have it your way.

With a dramatic scream, Zuko sends a FIRE BLAST from the burning ground
towards Katara. She summons a big wave from the pool, blocking his attack.

Zuko kicks and punches more fire at Katara, but is unable to break through
her impenetrable shields of water.

But then, Katara transforms the water within the pool into a VAST
WALL OF OPAQUE WATER that surrounds her opponent. Covering him like a cocoon of
molten glass. Then the mass freezes, forming an sphere of luminous ice
around him. EVERYTHING GOES SILENT.

KATARA
I see you?ve finally mastered your
element ? so did I.

Katara looks up as the RED GLOW OF THE RISING SUN shines upon her face. THE
SOUND OF CRACKING ICE. Cracks appears in the frozen sphere and branch out.

With a DEFEANING BLASTS, it explodes when a fire appears within. Zuko steps
out of his icy prison, ready for combat once again.

ZUKO
You rise with the moon, I rise with
the sun.

I don't want to get myself or my colleague in trouble, and we're risking our jobs a little bit, so I may not be online for a couple of weeks, but after that, I'll give you another clear update about what I've been doing in the last part of the production of the Last Airbender. Oh, and btw, the script is just a guideline, especially action sequence are much longer and better in the movies, because those things are mostly plotted out during the filming and post-production itself.
Title: Re: Promised Set Report
Post by: Project 86 on April 07, 2010, 05:36:56 AM
sweet so how are the reshoots going
Title: Re: Promised Set Report
Post by: AvatarKona on April 07, 2010, 12:02:33 PM
That sounds pretty awesome! Thanks for risking your job for these updates man.
Title: Re: Promised Set Report
Post by: pauf2 on April 16, 2010, 04:01:25 AM
Hi, there. Last week the guys of ILM (VFX Department) gave us some kind of behind-the-scenes first look at some awesome bending part they've been working on since the beginning of the production. It was shown to a small group, including some Paramount guys.

I was really mesmerized by both the firebending and earthbending, it looked so realistic. It reminded me of this episode of Time Warp (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WrronYM9eCs): the fire moves itself through the air as if it ignites this invisible fuel, causing it to swirl and whirl. The furious 'bursts' of fire is just fire coming from a flamethrower, but the bender is able to control it's directions etc. The fire also has this very nice flamethrowe soaring sround.

I wasn't blown away by the waterbending, because most of the times it looked quite unnatural to me. Just this solid translucent 'snake' with some water dripping of the sides. They did have some pretty cool parts where the waterbenders of the North Pole use it as all the weapons imaginable: swords (not holding the water as a sword of course), nunchucks, whips and throwing knifes (icycles).

The eartbending did look cool. The few moment we see it in the movie, will be a huge tease and make you want to see the sequel (in which it will be the 'dominant' element, as they told us). The earthbending in the first movie is just the basic stuff: throwing rocks and summoning them to throw enemies of their feet and to use it as a shield. It's really realistic because as the stone rises from the earth, sand falls off and stuff. The Kyoshi Warriors use their fans and athletic moves to just throw rocks, while the Earthbenders use it to transform the environment (as I said, shields and boulders).

The airbending wasn't that stunning, but it definetely looks realistic. It actually looks like the steam that comes from your hot cup of tea: at the bottom it is thick and vast, and then it evaporates in thin air. That kind of Airbending is mostly used during the fighting. You also have the almost invisible Airbending that he uses to fly and stuff.

They also showed us some great interaction between some elements, which was the nicest thing to see. Air works out the nicest when it interacts with Fire, so they showed us this 30 second sequence of Zuko and Aang fighting in a storageroom, focusing on the bending. The Fire evaporates immediatly as it comes in contact with the Airbending.

The interaction between Fire and Water could/should have been better. It's just the evaporation of the Water (including lots of spatters) when it is hit by Fire, and the Fire is extinguished.

Title: Re: Promised Set Report
Post by: Project 86 on April 16, 2010, 01:42:25 PM
so do the kyoshi warriors throw rocks with fans and what type of athletic moves?
Title: Re: Promised Set Report
Post by: pauf2 on April 17, 2010, 11:54:47 AM
I think you misunderstood what I meant. They fight with their fans, martial arts, but they also use those moves to bend the earth, but, unlike the real Earthbenders, they don't kick huge walls of stone out of the ground, but they are able to 'throw' (as in bending) stones, boulders and rocks towards their enemies.
Title: Re: Promised Set Report
Post by: Project 86 on April 17, 2010, 04:12:34 PM
so are the kyoshi warriros earthbenders now?

Title: Re: Promised Set Report
Post by: pauf2 on April 23, 2010, 06:41:16 AM
Tomorrow they're apparently previewing the official theatrical trailer, that will run internatiol in front of Iron Man 2. Just received the news. They're finishing it right now, and they said it'll also contain the recurring main theme of the official soundtrack, so that sounds really exciting because everything I've seen so far, didn't had any kind of music.

I hope I can make it there, because there's alot of paperwork waiting on my desk, and that's to be finished by the end of the week. Stay tuned.
Title: Re: Promised Set Report
Post by: Project 86 on April 23, 2010, 07:58:51 PM
so new trailer is not the one you described
Title: Re: Promised Set Report
Post by: pauf2 on April 26, 2010, 05:54:25 AM
Hi you guys, you've probably seen the new trailer online, so did I (didn't make it to the screening because I just had too much work). I was surprised to see a whole other trailer, which wasn't even close to what I've seen back in march.

So either they just changed the whole concept, or this trailer just wasn't the final trailer, which would make sense because the other one lasted a lot longer. Stay tuned, I'll try to find out what's up with that trailer ;)
Title: Re: Promised Set Report
Post by: Project 86 on April 26, 2010, 05:34:58 PM
well look forward to your update so are those reshoots done?
Title: Re: Promised Set Report
Post by: C on May 01, 2010, 02:30:49 PM
I think you misunderstood what I meant. They fight with their fans, martial arts, but they also use those moves to bend the earth, but, unlike the real Earthbenders, they don't kick huge walls of stone out of the ground, but they are able to 'throw' (as in bending) stones, boulders and rocks towards their enemies.
I'm sorry but can you please clarify this.  I'm a fan of the show and in the show the Kyoshi warriors did not bend any rock AT ALL.  Do they actually bend or do they appear to do so?  As in using their fans to cut into the rock and then lift it up and kick it towards the enemy, or do they actually bend it.  "Real Earthbenders" is what threw me off.  Either they're earthbenders or not, there shouldn't be any in between.

BTW I really appreciate you giving out all this information.  Its getting me really hyped up for the movie :)
Title: Re: Promised Set Report
Post by: AzulasFavoritePrisoner on May 03, 2010, 05:38:01 PM
I have an extremely important question to ask... Are the Kyoshi Warriors being cut? I'm sorry but someone said that Night said he would be taking them out (although he didn't mention names) and the new posters we received today have Zuko for fire, Katara for water, and Aang for air. But blank for earth! Either it's because Suki's a nonbender (although from what we've heard that she has some earth bending qualities in them; Sokka's not in Katara's pic. also, though). We also heard that they were doing reshoots in Kyoshi...so who's right? Are they appearing till the Second Movie (like the Nylon magazine said?although, perhaps mistaken) or are they still in the first?
 ???
Title: Re: Promised Set Report
Post by: moonrise on June 17, 2010, 01:36:38 PM
great updates!!!
it's very exciting to see how much work is being put into this
i wish i could have been a part of it....apparently it's not my destiny...   ;)
Title: Re: Promised Set Report
Post by: Imalshen on June 18, 2010, 10:38:22 PM
Don't worry moonrise. SOMEDAY! Someday we will be in a Shyamalan film. lol Background extra for me, most likely. I make good background it seems...
Title: Re: Promised Set Report
Post by: moonrise on June 21, 2010, 12:27:10 PM
it's good to be optimistic about any movie but the only movie that actually interests me as being a part of is anything to do with airbender
nevertheless, i enjoy hearing about the progress avatar: the legend of aang has made from a nick cartoon to a live action movie
Title: Re: Promised Set Report
Post by: Imalshen on June 22, 2010, 09:47:51 AM
Well I hope you get to be in TLA 2! I'd be happy with a background extra shot in any of his. I think I really just want to say I worked with him. lol
Title: Re: Promised Set Report
Post by: moonrise on June 23, 2010, 12:09:48 PM
you're not the only one!!!  lol  ;D
i only know one person who has worked with him in real life (not forum-chat) and he wasn't able to continue for long because of an injury  :-[
Title: Re: Promised Set Report
Post by: Imalshen on June 24, 2010, 10:42:59 AM
Aww that's sad. Yeah, my chances of working with him would be a lot higher if I was actually in the movie business, but I thought majoring it writing was a wiser choice. Maybe we can work on a script someday. lol
Title: Re: Promised Set Report
Post by: moonrise on June 25, 2010, 10:00:22 AM
hehe, yeah, movie business - that would help
i auditioned only because i love the series and i do some martial arts (not that it helped me last year with my chances) and my acting experience is almost none (just a few local affairs)

still, i will love the surprise of seeing the set for the first time on the big screen
from what pauf2 says, it will be (and already is) EPIC
Title: Re: Promised Set Report
Post by: Imalshen on June 28, 2010, 01:56:55 PM
Yeah, I've only done one movie, and I'm only a green belt, so I wasn't exactly a top choice either. :P
Title: Re: Promised Set Report
Post by: Project 86 on July 07, 2010, 10:15:21 PM
man was this guy a liar or what lol