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Steven Spielberg gives his thougths on the mocap in The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn

Mar. 15, 2011by: George Merchan

Legendary filmmaker Steven Spielberg (WAR HORSE) - often with the help of cinematographer and long-time collaborator Janusz Kaminski - has always had the eye for constructing some amazingly gorgeous-looking films. But what happens when a live-action director suddenly turns to a new technology like motion capture, such as that found in the man's upcoming THE ADVENTURES OF TINTIN: THE SECRET OF THE UNICORN? The Bearded One tells LA Times' Hero Complex, "It made me more like a painter than ever before."

So why did Spielberg choose to go with mocap to bring TINTIN to cinematic life?

It was based on my respect for the art of Herg and wanting to get as close to that art as I could. Herg wrote about fictional people in a real world, not in a fantasy universe. It was the real universe he was working with, and he used National Geographic to research his adventure stories. It just seemed that live action would be too stylized for an audience to relate to. Youd have to have costumes that are a little outrageous when you see actors wearing them. The costumes seem to fit better when the medium chosen is a digital one.

Realizing an exacting vision though can be a hardship, especially when employing a technology one hasn't used before. Was that the case for The Beard? Absolutely not!

I just adored it. It made me more like a painter than ever before. I got a chance to do so many jobs that I dont often do as a director. You get to paint with this device that puts you into a virtual world, and allows you to make your shots and block all the actors with a small hand-held device only three times as large as an Xbox game controller When Captain Haddock runs across the volume, the cameras capture all the information of his physical and emotional moves. So as Andy Serkis runs across the stage, theres Captain Haddock on the monitor, in full anime, running along the streets of Belgium. Not only are the actors represented in real time, they enter into a three-dimensional world.

Excited at all yet?

THE ADVENTURES OF TINTIN: THE SECRET OF THE UNICORN opens December 23rd.
Extra Tidbit: I'm all for the use of mocap when stylistically employed, so this has me pumped (especially since it's Spielbergo's first run with the tech). On that note, though, I'm also very relieved to hear that Robert Zemeckis' YELLOW SUBMARINE and its Fab Fuglies are now dead in the water...

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7:10PM on 03/15/2011
oh shit they used all the shit from Avatar, consider this uncanny-valley-free folks this movie is going to look fantastic. I forgot Weta was on in this
oh shit they used all the shit from Avatar, consider this uncanny-valley-free folks this movie is going to look fantastic. I forgot Weta was on in this
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3:06PM on 03/15/2011

LMAO @ AUTHOR

really George Merchan?

I was excited to read this article and then I burst out laughing right in the first couple sentences.

"Legendary filmmaker Steven Spielberg (WAR HORSE)"

why?

A) putting an example credit beside Steven Spielberg's name? Like people here have to go "Spielberg... Spielberg... what movie did that guy make again?"

and
B) not only did you example credit him (by putting 'WAR HORSE'), you example credited him with a movie that's not even released yet, nor does
really George Merchan?

I was excited to read this article and then I burst out laughing right in the first couple sentences.

"Legendary filmmaker Steven Spielberg (WAR HORSE)"

why?

A) putting an example credit beside Steven Spielberg's name? Like people here have to go "Spielberg... Spielberg... what movie did that guy make again?"

and
B) not only did you example credit him (by putting 'WAR HORSE'), you example credited him with a movie that's not even released yet, nor does anybody really know anything about except for one still of the horse from the movie.

Whatchu smokin silly? :P

on the flip side... lookin forward to TinTin.

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2:27PM on 03/15/2011
Sorry, but I'm not feeling this. I'm a huge animation fan, but Tin Tin is as relevant as the Katzenjammer Kids. And you don't see anyone trying to do an animated movie about them now, do you?
Sorry, but I'm not feeling this. I'm a huge animation fan, but Tin Tin is as relevant as the Katzenjammer Kids. And you don't see anyone trying to do an animated movie about them now, do you?
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9:49AM on 03/15/2011

Mr Spielberg...

You've teased us enough with stills and mo-cap talk...trailer please!
You've teased us enough with stills and mo-cap talk...trailer please!
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8:57AM on 03/15/2011
I'm concerned that this will look like a creepy-ass zombie flick, like Polar Express and Beowolf! ..but I look forward to a trailer for my final judgement! At least some of the best people are behind the camera!
I'm concerned that this will look like a creepy-ass zombie flick, like Polar Express and Beowolf! ..but I look forward to a trailer for my final judgement! At least some of the best people are behind the camera!
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8:56AM on 03/15/2011
I like everything I've seen so far from Tintin. I like the stylemix between comic and reality. So far I am totally looking forward to this.
I like everything I've seen so far from Tintin. I like the stylemix between comic and reality. So far I am totally looking forward to this.
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6:48AM on 03/15/2011
hahaha! This is just some publicity stunt talking because theyre scared shitless after the bombing of "mars needs moms". Hope this bomb too, Photorealistic caricatured humans based on an existing and beloved belgian comic from the past mid century... my ass!!! Bring on something new, original you lazy money phagocytes!!!
hahaha! This is just some publicity stunt talking because theyre scared shitless after the bombing of "mars needs moms". Hope this bomb too, Photorealistic caricatured humans based on an existing and beloved belgian comic from the past mid century... my ass!!! Bring on something new, original you lazy money phagocytes!!!
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9:56PM on 03/17/2011
Uh, what? Ah, you haven't seen the stills or know what he's talking about which you're basing your opinion on. Nice.
Uh, what? Ah, you haven't seen the stills or know what he's talking about which you're basing your opinion on. Nice.
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6:25AM on 03/15/2011
Fantastic, if somebody can do mocap it is Weta! Judging from the stills, this is going to be spectacular.
Fantastic, if somebody can do mocap it is Weta! Judging from the stills, this is going to be spectacular.
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