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How does it happen7:38Freediver Explains How Avatar Actors Hold Their Breath Underwater For Minutes At A Time

Freediver Chris Denison trained Kate Winslet to hold her breath for over 7 minutes in Avatar: The Way of Water.

The visually stunning underwater scenes at James Cameron’s Avatar: The Path of Water it takes on a new level of realism when you realize that the actors often perform underwater, while holding their breath for a long time.

In her role as the leader of the film’s aquatic community, Kate Winslet held her breath for more than seven minutes. She broke the record for a previous actor set by Tom Cruise during his six-minute underwater sequence for Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation in 2015.

Freediving was the key skill that allowed Winslet, along with her co-stars Sam Worthington and Zoe Saldana, to shoot lengthy underwater scenes.

Free diving is essentially the practice of holding your breath when diving underwater without the use of any other breathing equipment, such as a scuba tank.

Chris Denison is a free diving instructor who worked at Avatar: The Path of Water. He was also coordinator of specialists in Black Panther: Wakanda Foreverwhich also included underwater filming.

talked with How does it happen presenter Nil Köksal about training behind the scenes. Here is part of that conversation.

How long can Kate Winslet hold her breath underwater?

Kate Winslet has a beastly breath of seven minutes and 15 seconds, which is impressive.

The day you accomplished that feat… What was it like being there, Chris?

Pretty amazing. Holding your breath… becomes a very primal fear. It’s something that scares everyone. And seeing her conquer that definitely opened up some possibilities for her.

We had a few conversations after that where she was like, “Man, what else did I think was impossible for me to do now?”

Clockwise from left to right: Zoe Saldana, Sam Worthington, Kate Winslet and Cliff Curtis on the set of Avatar: The Way of Water. (Mark Fellman/Twentieth Century Studies)

I heard some of the other actors, you know, talk about parts of the training process… Can you give us a brief idea of ​​what those steps are? How do you prepare them for that?

If you take yoga or if you do Brazilian jiu jitsu… almost every sport mentions breathing in some way. But freediving is great because it’s a sport that literally focuses on breathing. And much of that focus is mental. And he’s going through periods of discomfort, doing it in a safe environment… but it’s very unnatural.

One way I like to describe it is that your body almost has a low fuel gauge, just like your car. When your car starts to get to a quarter tank remaining, a light comes on. Your body will do the same. It will give you the need to breathe when you are running low on oxygen. But what we train [people on] it’s really how to push that in a safe way. And after doing that enough times, reset the switch.

It is very meditative. You know, we have an instructor who on some deep dives has recorded his heart rate at about 14 beats per minute. So we are doing things that cause a physical process in the body that is very unnatural.

But at the same time, everyone contains this in their DNA. It’s called the mammalian diving reflex. So whales have it, dogs have it, and humans have it. It’s like cracking a part of our code that we don’t really use.

It is safe?

The idea that you have brain damage after six minutes is a bit inaccurate when you go into freediving.

There are people out there, like PFI instructors [Performance Free diving International] they are teaching you the right way. There are some people who are teaching it terribly wrong. But if you do it the right way, in a controlled environment… it’s a super fun, enjoyable sport.

In any of the movies I’ve worked on, training the actors on how to hold their breath, we also make them very safe divers. We teach them how to rescue someone from a power outage in shallow water, how to respond to hypoxic incidents. And it’s very empowering for the cast because they not only have this ability, but they also know how to do it safely.

A camera operator films two actors wearing motion capture suits underwater.
An underwater shoot for Avatar: The Way of Water. (Mark Fellman/Twentieth Century Study)

How long can you hold your breath underwater?

It’s a bit of a loaded question. I don’t like to get too wrapped up in numbers, but the longest breath I’ve ever posted on Avatar It was 15 minutes and 10 seconds.

Wow. Do you want to go further or is that the limit for you?

I would love to push it further. You know, 15 minutes sounds great, but the world record is 24. I’m pretty far from that.

[For movies,] You don’t want it to be too big of a competition because at the end of the day, when you have actors performing, it’s not so much about the length of the take, it’s about the actual performance. And that comes down to comfort underwater.

When I go in and train actors, the goal is to make them so good at holding their breath that they don’t think about holding their breath. They are thinking of acting.

A man talks to several actors and crew who are wearing motion capture suits and snorkeling in a round pool of water.
Director James Cameron on the set of Avatar: The Way of Water. (Mark Fellman/20th Century Studios)

To see the finished work [in] both of them Black Panther: Wakanda Forever and now Avatar: The Path of Water also, what is it like to see it on screen?

It’s surreal to see these movies on screen. And pride is something I normally try to stay away from, but I’m very proud of the cast.

the plaster on wakandan forever they worked very hard on their underwater scenes and they were very difficult. And, you know, obviously with Avatarit’s a game changer.

Is there a particular scene that really grabbed you when you saw it or that the audience should be aware of?

The underwater scenes where the Sully family is initially discovering the underwater world and appreciating it, that’s something very special to me…

I have experienced so many beautiful things in mother nature and I am dying to share that with other people. And I can’t speak for James Cameron, but I think he probably has the same thing. You know, he’s such an experienced diver, he’s seen so many great things that he’s probably looking forward to sharing it with others. And I think he did it with Avatar.

If the audience takes something away, you know, try to see the movie in the theater because that experience is the closest you can get to simulating diving underwater.

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