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Spielberg Talks Mocap Tintin

Motion capture animation is the big thing now, of course, with one of the pioneers being Steven Spielberg protege Robert Zemeckis. But now Spielberg himself has embraced the form with his next film (which is , Tintin
The Los Angeles Times has an interview with Steven Spielberg on his latest film, The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn (which he's producing with Peter Jackson), based on Herge's comic book adventures. The whole film, like Cameron's Avatar, was shot on motion control stages with actors Jamie Bell, Andy Serkis and Daniel Craig donning lycra suits and acting to 100 cameras which are supposed to capture every nuance of an actor's performance.

Said Spielberg when questioned about his experiences with the digital medium, "I just adored it. It made me more like a painter than ever before. I got a chance to do so many jobs that I don't often do as a director. You get to paint with this device that puts you into a virtual world and allows you to make your shots and block all the actors with a small hand-held device only three times as large as an Xbox game controller." -- Fred Szebin
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