With so much going on in the world of alternative energy, there is great demand in usage of electricity in film production. James Cameron, who was criticized for wasting energy required to create his films, was motivated him to go green by filming his Avatar sequels.
In Avatar, the movie followed the same pattern of ecological destruction that mirrors Earth’s own deforestation issues. This time, the reality of Earth’s environmental crisis is mirrored in Cameron’s film, but at another location in the galaxy where deforestation on planet Pandora is pushing out its’ inhabitants.
With Avatar being filmed in a green (or blue rather) environment, it would just make sense to make it into a reality as well. The theme is of environmental concern. That being said, Cameron decided to go with a 960 kW solar power project which will be constructed by Stellar Energy that will provide carbon emission free energy for his film making company, Lighstorm Entertainment, Inc.
That system array is not too far from the Orlando, Orange County Convention Center’s solar panel array, which is 1.1 mW. If you put it in perspective the amount of solar power used to energize a large convention center in Orlando is almost equivalent to what’s being used to film a popular movie franchise. This amount will be enough to power Lightstorm’s sound stages and offices.
The 960 kW solar array will consist of over 3,600 modules and three solar inverters.
Being that Avatar was the highest grossing movie, this gave Lighstorm Studios an extra push to go green with solar power. The final solution here would be to extrapolate the energy data compiled that the Avatar production would use in five years. This numerical crunching would also include the historical data of power used to produce the first Avatar film.
Consideration was also taken in hopes that construction work would not interfere with the filming of the movie. In this case, crews would relocate from one building to the next for construction purposes, depending which building was being occupied for film production.
The AVATAR sequels are a great opportunity to show how we, as a production company, can make clean green solar energy as we go. Going into AVATAR 2 and 3, we are going to be able produce enough solar energy to handle the entire electrical demand for our computers and performance capture systems here at MBS Media Campus,” said James Cameron, Director of AVATAR. “We have to do this for the future, for our children, and as a moral responsibility to the planet.
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