Now, he'll be taking that technology one step further in the next two "Avatar" sequels.
Producer Jon Landau revealed at the 2013 NAB Technology Summit on Cinema that James Cameron will use motion capture performance in water in the upcoming sequels.
“We could simulate water [in computer graphics], but we can't simulate the actor's experience, so we are going to capture performance in a tank," said Landau.
Motion capture records the actions of actors in order to replicate it into digital models in computer animation. Normally, it's used above ground, and was utilized in the first "Avatar"
to make actors Zoe Saldana and Sam Worthington into blue Na'vi.
“We want to take advantage of the technologies brilliant people are putting out to make the next two movies even more emotionally engaging and visually tantalizing, and to really wrap up the story arc of our two main characters," said Landau.