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Tintin Wins Golden Globes: Best Animated Feature

by on Jan.16, 2012, under Uncategorized

While I had mixed emotions when Tintin  beat  Rango  for Best Animated Feature at the Golden Globes last night, there is no denying the technical merits of Tintin. Unfortunately for the Producers of  Rango, technical achievement beat out the movie with the much better story. That’s not to say that Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson didn’t have an interesting story, it’s just that it was a rehash of “Raiders of the Lost Ark” using animated characters.  What makes “Tintin” worthy of an award is simply that Spielberg approached an animated feature from a cinematographers perspective, and the production team didn’t cheat… much.

Every production professional knows that films are as much about illusion and theater as they are about a good story (see Martin Scorsese’s Hugo.) We cheat shots not just because of cost, but often due to the limitations of our technology. In CG that might mean that we would use stylized human characters or shoot them at a distance due to the difficulty achieving realism.  Extreme close ups would seldom be a consideration, and never for long periods,  yet that is exactly what the the Production team did with Tintin.

By story boarding Tintin in the same manner as a live action film, Spielberg and Jackson demanded a level of quality and technological advancement that can only help move our industry forward.  That is a worthy achievement.


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