In living colour

Dubliner Richard Baneham, the man behind the jaw-dropping animation in James Cameron’s blockbuster Avatar, says he owes his reputation simply to being in the right place at the right time

13th February, 2010

Amid the rustle of napkin and scrape of knife on plate, a phantasmagorical chattering rises from the tables of the ladies who lunch in Los Angeles’s first full table service cinema. The sounds confound the wait staff; these ladies who greet them with a polite, ‘‘Oe-l nga-ti kame’’ - that’s ‘‘I see you’’ to you and I.

And then the film begins. It’s...

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