Friday, July 22, 2011

'The Adventures of Tin Tin' Panel at SDCC writes:
Steven Spielberg walk out to a outstanding ovation and receives the Ink Pot Award for Achievement in Film. "I wouldn't be here if it wasn't for you,".

Where did it begin with Tintin? French journalist who reviewed Raiders kept comparing the film to Tintin and so Spielberg read the story and was hooked. The director calls Tintin the "cousin" of Raiders.

Spielberg mentions that, even with motion capture, you still need to cast great actors. Had to decide whether to do a digital dog or shoot the film live. They did a test of the digital and are showing clip.

Peter Jackson appeared at the panel as a surprise guest and rouses the crowd by saying, "Spielberg shows promise." They wanted to make the movie look like the drawings in the Herge books. Jackson: "they wanted it to have a texture and level of detail so that it almost looks like live-action.". To create a hybrid of live-action and motion capture, sets were built over a 2 to 3 year period. It's a film that Spielberg actually shot. Spielberg had the virtual camera in his hands while looking at a screen on set and getting the shots—he calls it "a direct to canvas" method of filmmaking. Peter Jackson looked at all the books before he they started. He said the books read almost like storyboards.

Footage shown: clip in 3-d lots of action, bullets flying....Fist fights and Indiana Jones style music cues. Snowy the Dog is cute and expressive. Major at -sea action. Motorcycle with sidecar chase scene as well.

After the footage ended, Spielberg explained that they "filmed the movie like a live action film, but using a virtual controller". The film employs lots of shots that look hand held, steaddicam etc.

On the casting, Spielberg said Jamie Bell is Tintin through and through, while Jackson praised Nick Frost and Simon Pegg as the film's detective brothers "you could only do in motion capture."

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