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Sigourney: You told me once you started thinking about this movie when you were very young, you know, 14 or 15. That this is the movie you wanted to see. What were you thinking about back then, flying on a banshee? Or a beautiful warrior woman like Natiri?

James: I remember when I was in college, I dreamed that I was going through a book of paintings, and a couple of paintings had a glowing ground. When I woke up I thought, "Wow, those paintings were really cool; I wish I could paint like that." And then I thought, "Wait a minute, I thought of those paintings, so I painted them."

Sigourney: What did you think would be the most daunting challenge?

James: The biggest challenge was [the Navis' faces]. In a really emotional moment, just like a tear welling up in the corner of the eye, could we make that as real and emotionally compelling to the audience as a photographic version of it?

Sigourney: And you did it.

James: We did it, we did. We pulled it off.