Academy Award-winning writer/director James Cameron, the maker of Titanic and the Terminator series, has been crafting Avatar for over ten years. The film follows the story of Jake, an ex-marine who becomes torn between his allegiance to his fellow humans on earth and the aliens who populate the planet of Pandora. The Art of James Cameron's Avatar , the companion book to this epic 3-D action adventure, explores the developmental and conceptual art used by the creative team - art directors, visual effects designers, animators, costume designers and creature makers - to bring Cameron's vision to life. With over 100 exclusive full-color images including sketches, matte paintings, drawings and film stills, The Art of James Cameron's Avatar reveals the process behind the creation of set designs for the film. It also includes character, creature and set development as envisioned by the award-winning visual effects team. With interviews and stories by members of the film's world-class team, The Art of James Cameron's Avatar brings readers behind the scenes of this unprecedented movie-going experience.