Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson Talk ‘The Adventures of TinTin’

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adventures tintin trailer1 Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson Talk The Adventures of TinTin

The Adventures of TinTin finally hits theaters this week, and if early reviews are any indication, director Steven Spielberg and producer Peter Jackson have a hit on their hands (which should be no surprise considering their respective track records).

Tintin follows the exploits of Belgian comic hero TinTin, his dog Snowy, and the irascible Captain Haddock as they face down danger in the hunt for a sunken treasure. The movie, which is 30 years in the making, was filmed entirely with motion-capture technology and looks to combine both Spielberg and Jackson’s talents into a fun, Indiana Jones-style adventure.

Recently, The Hollywood Reporter had the fantastic opportunity to sit down and talk with both Spielberg and Jackson about The Adventures of TinTin. During their nearly 30 minute chat, the filmmakers discussed everything from their love of the original TinTin comics, their collaborative process, to the highly technical details of working with motion-capture technology.

Check out the interview below:

Sitting down for an extended chat with Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson would be a dream come true for any serious film fan, and it’s easy to see why. In the interview, both directors offer illuminating insights into the multi-year process of bringing the famous European comic character to life.

Of particular interest were Steven Spielberg’s comments regarding the actual process of shooting with a similar rig to the kind used by James Cameron on Avatar. While some have been critical of how TinTin‘s motion-capture looks, it’s interesting to hear Spielberg discuss how much more footage he could film in a given day with the technology.

It’s obvious why directors like Cameron and Spielberg have spoken highly of motion-capture technology. The ability to effectively see the movie in realtime is a huge creative breakthrough. Motion-capture performances may not be respected by the mainstream yet (though Fox hopes to change that with an Oscar nomination for Andy Serkis in Rise of the Planet of the Apes), but clearly mo-cap as a medium is here to stay.

Are you looking forward to seeing The Adventures of TinTin on the big screen this Wednesday?

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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  1. Two of my top favorite directors of all time.

  2. Tin Tin is awesome, this and Ghost Protocol M.I. are the two best movies for the Holidays.

  3. why couldn’t spielberg and lucas get along like this for crystal skull?

  4. It seems that we Quebecers got the film before anyone else.. and so far, the reviews have been purely positive.

    I only have difficulty with the idea of Tintin speaking English lol… I MAY have to see this one in French.

  5. Nice to see the movie getting good reviews. Hopefulyl I’ll get to see it tommorrow.

  6. Well I’m definitely looking forward to seeing tintin. My only question for Mr’s. Jackson and Spielberg would be why Mo-cap and not traditional animation?

  7. Murdock, my man, I feel you. One just can’t put Tintin comics in words.. It’s alive in the comics without mo-cap. I think it has a lot to do with its cinematographic comic panels- they are kinda like the slides of a traditional animation. From one sequence to the next. I’ve not seen that done in any other comic till date. Probably because it requires a lot of patience-you know,like taking 3-4 panels to show Haddock stepping on and slipping over a a banana peel while making various facial expressions of anger, shock, fear,and confusion!Lol!

    That probably answers your question, Brandon. Tintin is more or less traditional animation already. And I’ve seen a couple of Tintin cartoons as a kid, Prisoners of the Sun, Calculus Affair,Explorers of Moon etc. While they were quite good,they actually didn’t bring anything new to the table. A bit like singing a classic exactly how it was originally sung and putting it in your album. I guess Spielberg and Jackson needed a signature, needed to do something that would add a new touch to the tale. Traditional animation of Tintin has been done before and for some that saw it they were like “why bother?”

  8. What the hell are you on about?

  9. Great job!!!! Now the next key word is Magnolia. Let’s do it.

    • Yes let’s make this happen!