Thursday, March 11, 2010

Found! The stunning mountain that inspired Avatar's 'floating peaks'

Hi all...

This is it. It was finally found. Remember the stunning floating mountains in the blockbuster and highest grossing ever sci-fi James Cameron movie - AVATAR??

The real life "floating mountains" are found in China.

Read the rest of the story here.

Remote: The South Hunan region is home to the 'Avatar' mountains

The film took more than five years to make and was reportedly one of the most expensive films, with a budget of at least $300 million.

It has wowed both critics and fans, winning a Golden Globe last week.

Avatar won 3 oscars in the 82nd Academy Awards including best cinematography and best visual effects.

The action-adventure movie, starring Sigourney Weaver, is set in 2154 and tells the tale of a disabled ex-Marine sent to Earth to infiltrate a race of 10-foot (3-metre) blue aliens and persuade them to let his employer mine their homeland for natural resources.

'Avatar' surpassed 'Titanic' to become the highest-grossing movie worldwide, distributor 20th Century Fox said.

Titanic was also directed by James Cameron.

The worldwide total for the James Cameron movie stands at more than £1.15billion, beating the £1.14 billion haul racked up by 'Titanic' in 1997-1998.

'Avatar' broke the seemingly insurmountable record set by 'Titanic' in little over six weeks, handing Cameron the remarkable feat of directing the world's two biggest movies of all time.

It has reigned at the top of North American box office for six weeks. It has also led the field in France, China, Germany and Russia.

However the real life floating mountains as seen in AVATAR, really exist in China, albeit not floating.

Its soaring steeple of rock topped by a small oasis of trees looks straight out of AVATAR.

But this is no special effects illusion, it's a real-life tower of quartz-sandstone deep in the rugged mountain terrain of southern Hunan in China.

The 3,544ft Southern Sky Column is one of 3,000 in the Zhangjiajie National Forest Park and became the inspiration for the magical 'floating peaks' in AVATAR after a Hollywood photographer spent time shooting there in 2008.

The mountain previously known as the 'Southern Sky Column' in China, which has now been named the 'Avatar Hallelujah Mountain'

Another views of the mountains

The Hollywood rendering of the mountains in James Cameron's blockbuster film 'Avatar'

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