Even though James Cameron used it to blockbuster critical and financial success, film fans are still divided on the issues of motion capture and 3D. Some see motion capture as the next step in an acting evolution which will eventually see the actor disappear, while others see it as an uncomfortable midpoint between animation and live-action. And the argument rages over whether or not 3D is a fad that will fade away and is nothing more than a cheap ploy to charge us a few more dollars per ticket.

This winter, Steven Spielberg, one of our most famous and revered filmmakers, will throw his hat into both of those arenas with The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn. The CG, motion capture, 3D film is based on the works of Belgian writer/illustrator Hergé who created a literary empire based on his reporter/detective lead character. While we’ve seen a few images from the film, Spielberg hasn’t said too much about it because he’s busy working on two movies set to open within five days of each other. In an upcoming Los Angeles Times piece, though, he discussed his reasoning behind shooting Tintin with motion capture and more. Read More »


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We’re still waiting to see a trailer for The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn, which is the ground-breaking team-up between directors Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson. We’ve seen a few images, and now there are high-res versions of three of them. So you can see all the minute detail that is going into the mo-capped 3D film. Read More »

New Images From Steven Spielberg’s ‘Tintin’

At the beginning of this week we showed you the first look at Tintin (Jamie Bell) and Captain Haddock (Andy Serkis), from The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn, directed by Steven Spielberg and with post-production mocap work by Peter Jackson and WETA. More specifically: we showed you their rendered forms as they’ll appear in the film. Now there are a few more images that show, among other things, the two characters that are played and voiced by Simon Pegg and Nick Frost. Read More »

Empire Magazine teased a first look at The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn all weekend. The film, directed by Steven Spielberg with Peter Jackson overseeing WETA’s CGI mocap animation over the live-action footage, hasn’t been seen in CGI form, until now. That’s a look at Tintin, played by Jamie Bell, above. Hit the break for some more info and a couple more shots, including one of Andy Serkis as Captain Haddock. Read More »

The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn doesn’t see release until over a year from now — on December 23, 2011 to be exact. But the live-action footage upon which the mocap animated film will be based was directed by Steven Spielberg a year ago, with Jamie Bell playing the title character. (Tintin, not the unicorn.) The footage was then handed off to Peter Jackson and WETA, who went to work animating CGI footage based upon the live-action work.

We haven’t seen a single render of Tintin or the world the film will depict. Until now, that is. But we still don’t have a full image. For the moment there are only glimpses of textures. But they offer an idea of what will be revealed, likely on Monday. Hit the jump for an assembly of the image we might see this week. Read More »

Peter Jackson

In the wake of yesterday’s news that Guillermo del Toro has walked away from directing the two Hobbit films for MGM and Warner Bros., the big question is ‘who will do the job now?’

The first name that comes up is Peter Jackson — after he essentially revitalized big-budget fantasy with the Lord of the Rings films, Jackson seems like the only real choice to direct the story that leads into that saga. And he sounds like he would, if that’s what it takes, but doesn’t think he’ll be able to, thanks to contracts for other films. Read More »

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What will Steven Spilerberg‘s Tintin look like? The motion-capture work for his adaptation of Hergé’s classic comic character was shot last year, with Peter Jackson and WETA now working on post-production. We have yet to see a single design that shows off what the character will look like when the film appears in theaters next year.

But we can get a few ideas of what we’re likely to see based on comments Spielberg has now made about the tech used to make the film. It sounds as if his Tintin, played by Jamie Bell, won’t be a rubbery 3D CGI humanoid, but a much more direct recreation of the art style of Hergé. Read More »

The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn

Now this is truly bittersweet news to report. While in London for The Lovely Bones, Peter Jackson updated the BBC on the status of Steven Spielberg’s Tintin and confirmed that filming is complete. The kicker? It’ll take about two years for the computer animation to be completed (remember this is a 3D motion-captured CG film).

I suppose we shouldn’t have expected any better when they announced that the film would be released on December 23, 2011—but I was still hoping that through some miracle we’d see the film earlier.

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Tom Cruise and Peter Jackson Take a Meeting


The occasional “take a meeting’ report pops up, and the story is always the same. Movie player A sits down with movie player B in what we assume is some official manner, none of us onlookers really knows why they’re meeting and therefore, wild speculation ensues. They’re interesting stories, I think, and not because a number of them later translate into something more concrete but because a good deal of them don’t. It’s like a tiny tear has opened in space-time and we’ve caught a glimpse at a never-was bizzaro world, a collaboration that never happened.

Movie player A in this case is Tom Cruise and B is Peter Jackson. Is there really nothing else we know about why they might be meeting? Well… not quite nothing.

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