THE ADVENTURES OF TINTIN Comic-Con 2011 Panel with Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson
The first panel in Hall H for Day 2 was The Adventures of Tintin with directors Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson. Actor Andy Serkis also made a quick appearance, but didn’t go on the panel.
Here are some of the highlights from the panel.
– Steven Spielberg said he read the Tintin comic after a review compared Raiders of the Lost Ark to it. While he couldn’t read the comic because it was in French, he was able to understand the story based on the images.
– While you won’t actually see the actors in the film, because it’s animation, because of motion capture, you’ll see all the nuances of their performances.
– There was a test clip shown that had been done to see how an animated dog would look next to a live-action person. The clip was a lot of fun and featured Peter Jackson as Captain Haddock trying out for the part, while an animated dogs jumped around and eventually got drunk and fell in the water. Jackson jumped in after him of course.
– Peter Jackson was a huge Tintin fan. He had been collecting the comic books since he had been 6 years old.
– Both of them wanted the film to look like the drawings in the comic books, they didn’t want to cast actors that kind of looked like the characters. “We wanted to Honor Herge” – Steven Spielberg on why they used animation.
– Peter Jackson explained that they wanted to make as much of a hybrid of animation and live-action as possible.
– Steven Spielberg had a virtual camera and was able to step in and film the movie as if it was a real live-action film.
– On monitor they could see the animated characters in real-time, not rendered but close enough, when the actors were performing.
– A clip and sneak peek were shown and I have to say the characters look amazing, you can actually see the actors’ performances and gestures coming out of these animated characters.
– “I filmed it like a live-action movie.” -Steven Spielberg
– “The movie is a dense story, it’s a dense detective story.” -Steven Spielberg
– What we saw were some of the early rendering, it has gone even beyond this in terms of production value.
– “I could put my camera in places where I never could put it in live-action movie.” -Steve Spielberg
– Steven Spielberg emphasized that animation is not the answer to every movie, but it was the right choice for this movie.
– When asked about The Hobbit, Peter Jackson said he’s enjoying it more than he thought he would. “I’m having a blast.”
– That’s when Andy Serkis made a fun appearance as a person in line to ask a question. Unfortunately, he didn’t join Jackson and Spielberg on stage.
– Peter Jackson mentioned that When he makes movies, he makes them for the kid that he was and still is.
– This movie benefited from the technology used on Avatar.
– “My favorite movie to make is E.T.” -Steven Spielberg. He also explained that he realized after E.T. that he wanted to have kids because he had gotten so close to the kids on the movie set and felt a bit depressed that it was over. He now has seven children.
– When asked which of the films he produced he wishes he had directed, Steven Spielberg said American Beauty. But he says that he gave it up to the right person of course, director Sam Mendes who won an Oscar for it.
– “I hire the director and I go away.” – Steven Spielberg on producing movies.
– Spielberg’s favorite movie to produce was Back to the Future.
– Steven Spielberg said he likes that the fans write about what they like and dislike, it keeps them in check. He encouraged people to keep doing it.
– Scoop: When asked about Jurassic Park 4, Spielberg announced they have a writer who is writing the treatment and hopefully they will be able to make Jurassic Park 4 within the next 2-3 years.
You can find more photos from the panel below.