Fans of the award-winning, blockbuster movie “AVATAR” are in for a real treat when they head to the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan (near Detroit) to check out their new special exhibit “James Cameron’s AVATAR: The Exhibition” where they can explore and immerse themselves in the world of Pandora and the Na’vi people.
James Cameron’s AVATAR : The Exhibition A behind-the-scenes look at the highest grossing movie of all time and its groundbreaking technology, this highly interactive exhibition offers a multitude of hands-on activities that will enthrall visitors of all ages.
Movie buffs will, of course, enjoy all the actual models, costumes and props (some bigger than life size) from the filming of the movie and the interviews with the movie’s creators, actors and experts but the real star of this exhibit is the interactive activities highlighting the amazing technology used in and created for “AVATAR”.
Visitors will get a look at the three special technologies used in the filming — performance capture, virtual camera and the Simulcam. Visitors will get to play director and use a three-dimensional orientation of a virtual camera to shoot a computer-rendered scene.
Guests can also create their own plant life on a computer using parts, colors and textures based on the scientific/biological principles used in the movie and then have their creation put on the screen (along with their name) for other visitors to see.
Music lovers will be able to try their hand at scoring the music for a 30 second scene and visitors will also have the opportunity to get a lesson in the Na’vi language created especially for the film and watch short films that explain the culture, traditions and language of the Na’vi.
One of the best participatory activities is the chance to perform on a virtual set that captures physical movements and then renders them into a performance by a virtual character (either Jake Sully or Neytiri) in a 3D Pandora environment. Watch as the virtual character does the movements that you do. The performance is taped and if visitors provide an e-mail address, the combined image (with you and the virtual character) will be sent to you as a keepsake.
Other activities include touch table games and learn about concept art, sound design and the science of Bioluminescence that plays a big part in the film.
James Cameron’s AVATAR: The Exhibition runs from now through January 26, 2014. Hours are 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily. Admission is $17 for adults (13-61), $15 for seniors (62+) and $12.50 for youth (5-12). Children 4 and under are free. There is a parking fee of $5 per vehicle.
For more information on James Cameron’s AVATAR: The Exhibition get online at www.thehenryford.org.
The Henry Ford Museum is located at 20900 Oakwood Blvd. in Dearborn, Michigan. It is approximately a 2.5 hour drive from Cleveland.