OVERVIEW By: Hernestina EstradaIndustrialization and pollution it is all around us, some of us do not seem to realize how bad it has reallygotten. After researching I found that there is such bad air pollution in some countries, that they arerequired to wear masks. Ocean pollution is another area that is affected, especially to fishes and birds, wehave people dumping out garbage’s in the water not realizing the damages that it is causing. It not onlyeffects fishes but it also effects humans.Our topic, Industrialization and Pollution is connected to the movie Avatar in more ways than one.Although this film expressed the humans concern of not being able to breath the air on Pandora, the realmessage is about our pollution as humans that we brought to their planet. All the industrialization andpollution did not even compare the damage that the tribes and people of Pandora had to endure. Thehuman race in this film was attempting to get something from the land no matter the cost. They alsodidn’t express concern with what machinery they had to use to get it. This film was written, created anddirected by James Cameron and is a great example of the future of industrialization and where we mightbe able to take it. In this film Jack Sully took the place of his brother to study avatar, a program onanother planet. Taking his deceased brother’s place, Sully a former US Marine who is paralyzed agreed tothe position. While there, Jack continually enters into a deep sleep called cryo sleep, this allows Jake to joinup with his Avatar body and enter into the world of the Na’vi tribe. While gaining their trust Jack isreporting back to Parker and Quaritch, the two main people that would harm the tribe to get to the sourceof their power, Eywa. Seeing that Parker and Quaritch don’t mind hurting the tribe in the process Jaketries his best to fight for the Na’vi people and what they believe in.
CONTRIBUTIONS • HERNESTINA ESTRADAOVERVIEW AND INTRODUCTION TOPIC • FARES DHIAB INTRODUCTION TO FILM • NICOLE WOOLDRIDGE VIDEO CLIP/ LINK & SLIDE SHOW • MICHAEL FABERQUESTIONS/ASWERS ,CULTURAL ASPECTS
Ethical Messages By: Fares Dhiab ‘ Im not trying to make people feel guilty.. I just want them to internalize a sense of respect and a sense of taking responsibility for the stewardship of the earth.. and I think this film can do that by creating an emotional reaction’• Effectively, Avatar is not simply a • As we visualize the movie we can see metaphor for how people are that Cameron had pictured the expected to behave with each other Pandora as what our world was like on mother earth or an allegory for before we started to pave it by building wide-ranging ecological destruction. malls and huge skyscrapers, disclosing Avatar is also a cautionary tale, that the very naked way to bulldoze a forest pushes the boundary of moral and take the minerals of the concern demanding that we indigenous, something that doesn‟t consider the well being of humans, belong to us, and not even feel bad creatures and communities that are about it. not the same. • Some people assimilated the film‟s• Jake Sully, the main character, who depiction of destructive corporate took on an alternative life form as mining for unobtanium in the Na‟vi an Avatar will enlighten us about lands with mining of uranium in New the values treated in this movie Mexico and many other disasters. through his fantastical journey to the planet, Pandora.
James Cameron‟s subtle way of communicating the respect we should be showing our own mother, Earth• Avatar vividly depicts the concept of inter- • Cameron has also sensitized people about species cooperation with the Na‟vi and their giving thanks and caring about creatures relationships with other species on the that are non humans Effectively, the na‟vi planet. Even some of the predators gave would thank animals for their lives, help and showed solidarity when the entire acknowledged their need for these creatures planet was endangered. Here, Cameron but never took them for granted. This hoped that Avatar will make audiences pushes us to be more respectful to our non become warriors and active defenders of our majestic world animals by trying to avoid planet. products such as fur or leather.• Avatar had also put an accent on how the Na‟vi have an intimate connections between • Finally, the trick here is to find sustainable themselves, with animals and with their resources and minimize the waste. We must ancestors. The wisdom of the past gave always consider the ecosystem as a whole them the ability to make wise decisions that and consider the consequences of our allowed them to live harmoniously with actions as we consume on a daily basis. their surroundings, something that we should definitely do to protect our planet.
Political Themes By: Fares Dhiab James Cameron appointed first the imperialism.Effectively, the attack on the Na‟vi people of Pandora for minerals has been assimilated to the people who have more military or technological means tend to destroy weaker people for their resources. The movie is a clear message about dominant aggressive cultures subjugating native population in a quest for resources. Some writers compared the struggle of the Na‟vi that were assimilated to savages primitives and uncivilized people like Palestinians and Israel to the human invaders preaching that they are helping the poor while they are working for their own benefits. Cameron also argued militarism in his movie. In fact, He wanted Americans to have a „moral responsibility‟.
Movies that may have influenced the creation The different stories within• Avatar is that of the stories of • Well actually it is several stories, Tarzan and mostly of Pocahontas. for females there is the love story The ends of the movies are between the two main characters, different in Pocahontas and for males the story between the Avatar, but the morals and basic plots are very similar. Also Tarzan two men fighting for the love of is very similar in that Tarzan has the woman, for plant lovers there to choice between his people and is the very distinct argument of being a human. I think James whether to save the planet or use Cameron based this story on a lot the resources for other things, and of this. Lastly, another film I see a of course for our sci-fi lovers we lot of similarities is this and have this entire movie that is Princess Mononoke, as spiritual based on another planet called beings guide the main characters Pandora. This movie pretty much to their successes and just the naturist faith shown in both films. speaks to any audience.
The Avatar: (Hindu) and James Camerons interpretation of it.Religions portrayed within the film:1.Spiritual2. Hindu3. Kami (Japanese)4. American Indian
The Na‟vi tribe of Pandora believe in ahigher being but not the same way wemay believe in God. The people ofPandora share a very spiritualconnection between themselves and theliving plants and animals around them.Their unconditional faith is devoted totheir “All-Mother” or Eywa. Eywa ismore like an energy of all the living andnon-living things on Pandora andconsidering Grace‟s statement (headscientist of Avatar program) Eywa is thetribes of Pandora‟s life force. Along withthe belief in their all mother the Na‟vitribe also believe in what seems morelike a Japanese, or American Indiantradition. The Na‟vi people believe inone person being able to connect themmind and spirit to Eywa. This person inthe Na‟vi tribe is their Tsa‟hik.
Jake, allowing himself to become anavatar not just in body but in soul toowinds up with more than he bargainedfor. Getting lost in the woods on his firstouting into the wilderness of Pandora,Jake is soon found by Neytiri. She takeshim to her father and the Na‟Vi peoplewho allow him to learn their ways. Neytiribegins to teach him not just their way oflife but how they learn to live with theirenvironment. Although Jake is learningslowly and in the beginning fails, hisrespect for the Na‟vi people is gaining.Jake finally gets the hang of being a Na‟viand bonds with his first ikran The humans are pushed by colonel milesand they attach the Na‟Vi people puttingJake in a tough spot. Does he fight for thewoman he loves and the people he nowrespects or the race he has always knownand been a part of.
Jake is exiled by both races and decidesthat in order to earn the trust of theNa‟vi people again he needs to dosomething to warn them of the war thatis about to take place against the Na‟vipeople. After getting help from his ownrace he then captures the great toruk.Who ever connects with the Toruk isconsidered to be all powerful and mightyfor the Na‟vi. Once acquiring the Torukthe Na‟vi people‟s trust again, and theyprepare for battle and unite the differenttribes of Pandora against the humanrace. War rages and the Na‟vi people arelosing until the animals of Pandora comeand save the day with the help of Awatheir version of Mother Earth thatmeans much more having to do with thesouls of Pandora.
In The EndJake is invited to join the Na‟vipeople after helping save them andPandora from the human race. Thehumans are forced to leave Pandoraand to never return.Knowing that Jake could never be ashis counterpart in the avatar body,the Na‟vi people present him to Awaas they try to get his soul to passthrough Awa and return to hisavatar body for good. The movieends with Jake‟s eyes opening in hisavatar body allowing you to assumethat he made it alive and will takehis place among the people as rulerand mate of Neytiri.
Jake Sully•Main character•Ex-military, injured in actionwhich limits him to a wheelchairfor life•Takes dead twin brother‟s place onPandora, allowing him to use theavatar body•Is the only avatar/human allowedto join the Na‟vi people and learntheir ways•Compassionate and courageousJake leads the Na‟vi people in afight against his own race
Colonel Miles Quaritch•MILITARY•Strong, determined, selfish,dominating, arrogant man•Is in charge of the human forceson Pandora•Helps to initiate the war againstthe Na‟vi people and wants to wipethem out completely•No morals or regret
Dr. Grace•Head scientist of the avatarprogram on Pandora•Kind humanitarian that wants tolearn from the Na‟vi people•Strong, smart, educated women.Grace‟s role is very courageouswithin the film. She often speakswhen she is not spoken too orwhen the time is not appropriate•Exact opposite from Colonel MilesQuaritch. She wants to see theNa‟vi people flourish and find aneasier more friendly way to livetogether on Pandora
Neytiri•Loving, strong, caring, Na‟vifemale•Teaches/falls in love with Jakesully•Daughter of chief•In a way she is a lot likePocahontas; teaching the land andwhat it has to offer to the newperson•Takes over and leads her peoplewhen they are in need after herfather dies
Tsu’tey•Strong, opinionated, future leaderof the Na‟vi•Tsu‟tey is very courageous and willfight for his people until death•Is against Jake Sully joining theirpeople and is even more againsthim when he mates with Neytiri asshe is his rightful mate and next inline to take the throne•Is the ultimate leader as heforgives Jake sully and sacrificeshim self for his people
Types of Animation and howwaiting 10 years made it better Capturing the true performance of the actors would never have beencapable 10 years ago. Holding onto the story until this day in age has allowed James Cameron the opportunity to create animation thru human movement. Devicescreated for actors to wear capturing every facial movement andallowing the true emotion to project through the character onto thescreen just seems so effortless. This truly is the modernization of animation in our time.
THE MAKING OF AVATARDiscovery Networks: The Making of Avatar (2009)
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