By David Poland email@example.com
Back From Wellywood
It was short, but it was sweet.
We we brought there by Paramount to look at a bit of The Adventures of Tintin and how it was made. So that meant a discussion with Steven Spielberg & Peter Jackson and a trip to the mo-cap stage, where the camera worked perfectly for Peter… and then crapped out when they were about to give us all a moment in the driver’s seat. But standing in that room, I have to say, the possibilities were more fascinating than ever.
I have always said that the revolutionary idea of Avatar was not 3D, but the virtual camera. And watching it in Pete’s hands, I feel exactly the same way. The next great evolution is figuring out how to use the virtual technology for a non-animated film.
The majority of the new stuff that we saw was action, some of which had John Williams score on it that was just a couple of days of the scoring stage.
I think it looks and feels like Spielberg. It’s more on the edgy side than I saw coming – I didn’t know that Captain Haddock was such an accomplished boozer – but when he and Snowy share a bottle, it’s quite a scene. I don’t know how Haddock ended up looking so much like James Lipton of Inside The Actors Studio. Given that the art was being done where Lipton is not known, it’s a remarkable coincidence.
For me – and perhaps this was driven by what we saw – Snowy was the star of this film. Step off, Scooby Doo, there is a new dog in town who is about to become Top Movie Dog. (Reminds me… great line from Spielberg, speaking of America’s lack of Tintin love… “Most of the people my age probably think it’s Rin Tin Tin.”)
More on what we saw later. For now, a couple of shot from Wellington, where WETA contributes to the public are scene. And from the bathroom at the airport, where social networking has a whole new flavor.