The animator of Avatar: The Way of Water explains the truth behind this viral hand shot

Much has been made of the downright staggering technical magic shown in Avatar: The Way of Water, and it’s hard to argue with director James Cameron’s decision to wait more than a decade for proper cinematic technology to emerge before working on its underwater sequel.

In an exclusive interview with TechRadar, Daniel Barrett, Senior Animation Manager at Wētā FX, explained the method behind the magic of The Way of Water’s uplifting visuals, and we asked an experienced animator how he and his team made very specific shot – the one that caused admiration on the Internet after being placed in the first trailer of the film. Check it out via the tweet below.

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