Avatar

The original meaning of "Avatar"

An avatar is a computer user's representation of himself/herself or alter ego, whether in the form of a three-dimensional model used in computer games, a two-dimensional icon (picture) or a one-dimensional username used on Internet forums and other communities, or a text construct found on early systems such as MUDs. It is an object representing the user.

How Avatars became actors

In August 1996, James Cameron announced that after completing Titanic, he would film Avatar, which would make use of synthetic, or computer-generated, actors. The project would cost $100 million and involve at least six actors in leading roles "who appear to be real but do not exist in the physical world". Visual effects house Digital Domain, with whom Cameron has a partnership, joined the project, which was supposed to begin production in the summer of 1997 for a 1999 release. However, Cameron felt that the technology had not caught up with the story and vision that he intended to tell. He decided to concentrate on making documentaries and refining the technology for the next few years.
Read the text above and do the exercise. Decide whether the sentences are true or false.
 
  1. An Avatar represents the computer.
     
    • true
       
    • false
       
     
  2. An Avatar is a famous character of a computer game.
     
    • true
       
    • false
       
     
  3. An Avatar is a picture which represents the user.
     
    • false
       
    • true
       
     
  4. An Avatar is one-dimensional (e.g. a username in Internet forums)
     
    • false
       
    • true
       
     
  5. An Avatar is a three-dimensional model which represents the user.
     
    • true
       
    • false
       
     
 
 
Watch an interesting interview with the Animation Supervisor of the movie "Avatar" and learn how avatars became actors.
 

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