Steven Spielberg has been renowned for being very secretive over his highly-anticipated projects (are there any others these days?) in recent years. Indeed there are reports of a courier flying from LA to London with a copy of the Indy 4 script, waiting for John Hurt to read it and then taking it back a few hours later.
But the great director has broken his silence over his latest project, a cinematic adaptation of Tin Tin. In an interview with Total Film, Spielberg spoke of how he has enjoyed working with motion capture technology and how he believes it was the best format for Hergé’s story.
“It was based on my respect for the art of Hergé and wanting to get as close to that art as I could,” he said. “Hergé wrote about fictional people in a real world, not in a fantasy universe.”
“It was the real universe he was working with, and he used National Geographic to research his adventure stories. It just seemed that live action would be too stylised for an audience to relate to.”
He also went on to talk about making Tin Tin look realistic, but keeping with that the character’s fans have fallen in love with over the decades..
“You’d have to have costumes that are a little outrageous when you see actors wearing them. The costumes seem to fit better when the medium chosen is a digital one.”
On the subject of how this method of filming made him feel he said: “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.”