Updates on Spielberg and Jackson's Adventures of Tintin
A typical film shoot can last upwards of 4 to 6 months, if it's a big budget production, but this week Steven Spielberg will wrap up a short 32 days of shooting on The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn. The reason it was so short is because it's all being done with motion capture, which means they can get a lot more shooting done a lot quicker because they don't have to change the position of the camera and reset certain shots to capture different angles. From here, Spielberg will hand the project over to producer Peter Jackson, who will work on the special effects and CGI at Weta for the next 18 months.
Variety ran a rather interesting update yesterday on this project, addressing how quietly they're approaching this, which is a bit odd because not that many people in America really know much about or really care about Tintin at all. "It's extremely difficult to explain to someone unless they are standing here next to me," producer Kathleen Kennedy said from the Los Angeles set. "And usually then their reaction is, 'Oh my god.'" Unfortunately, no press were allowed on the set, which means we've got to wait another year or more before we actually get to see anything from the production at all.
The other big issue they address is who is more responsible for the end result. Spielberg only shot for 32 days, while Jackson will be working for 18 months in post-production. Spielberg will get the directing credit on the first film, which is where all the questions arise. But realistically, I don't think Jackson will mind, especially because he's going to be directing the sequel - if it gets made. Oddly enough, that follow-up hasn't been given the go ahead just yet either. "Paramount and Sony, the first film's co-financiers, have yet to greenlight a followup to the $120 million project and are waiting for a script before making a decision."
Obviously it's not that black and white. Spielberg will have a video conferencing feed to Weta and will be working closely with Jackson. Additionally, Spielberg and Kennedy are handling more of the marketing side of things, which is being coordinated by Paramount, who is distributing the film in all English speaking countries. This will definitely be a very interesting production to follow for many reasons, including seeing whether or not this whole project turns out to be as lucrative as Spielberg and Jackson are hoping. They're got a long road ahead of them, and you can be sure we'll let you know how their journey progresses.