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Tuesday, 23 April 2019 09:56 pm

Movie nuts queue for glimpse of Avatar


By Vaughan Elder and Kylie Klein-Nixon.

HUNDREDS of Wellingtonians lined up for a sneak peek at the upcoming three-dimensional film Avatar.

The film is the first in the world to use revolutionary new 3D technology and the three screenings at Reading Cinema’s Courtney Central were the first in the world.

Producer John Landau said there was “no better place” to show the film with Wellington providing the “creative backbone”, and Weta Digital creating the special effects.

Many who lined up had played their part in making the film with extras, set designers and costume artists all keen to get a first glimpse.

Daniel Rathbon, who played a militiaman when the film was shot in Wellington two years ago, was so excited by the footage he lined up to see it a second time.

Daniel was right at the front of the queue and waited almost two hours to see himself on film, and afterwards said he thought he had “caught a couple of glimpses”.

David Brydon, who played a miner in the film, said the footage “blew him away” and that he would “definitely  be going” to see the film when it comes out in December.

Katie, a university student, had an exam at 3pm but cut her study time to see the footage.

“It was definitely worth it missing out on study time,” said Katie.

“And that the CGI (computer generated imagery) scenery was very beautiful.”

Weta Digital senior visual effects supervisor Joe Letteri said that “its a change in film making that we haven’t seen since the early days.”

Tickets were in such demand around the world that the Avatar website crashed on Monday and tickets for the Los Angeles and New York screenings sold out almost immediately.

The footage is soon to be shown in 3D and I-Max theatres around the world.


A TV3 news cameraman films fans getting tickets.

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