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Roundup 10.21.11 – TINTIN

“I think five minutes into watching this movie everybody will see that the medium is not the message, but the characters and the story and the plot are,” says Steven Spielberg.

The project: The Adventures of Tintin, directed by Spielberg and produced by Lord of the Rings master Peter Jackson. Adapted from the comic strip by Hergé, it’s a pet project that Spielberg has been wanting to bring to the screen for a long time.

In this interview with Total Film, Spielberg and Jackson discuss the motion-capture environment, how it’s evolved in the last few years, and what it means to future films.

The Hollywood Reporter sat down with both Spielberg and Jackson talking about the movie, along with posters and a trailer. The filmmakers also talked with IndieWire about the project (check the links at the bottom of the article for more stories at IW). [More coverage at THR here]

Comic Book Movie has a set of photos here. You can also see them at Screen Rant.

And new clips hit the web recently, as well. You can find them collected at IndieWire.

At the recent 30th Anniversary screening of Raiders of the Lost Ark hosted by the Hero Complex, Spielberg talked about how he’d first learned of Tintin when the name of the comic book series was regularly invoked in French reviews of Raiders.

Collider has a TV trailer in German that features a few different pieces of footage.

And of course, with any major “blockbuster” movie anymore, there’s going to be a video game developed by Ubisoft. Digital Spy has articles here and here about the new Tintin game tie-in.

Being a 3D motion capture film, you’d think the actors are fairly well insulated when it comes to shooting the action sequences. Even so, star Jamie Bell still managed to throw out a rib and require a chiropractor for two days. He even had some choice things to say about those other motion capture films… He also hopes the movie won’t make him a star.

Bell will reportedly accompany Spielberg to the film’s Italian premiere during the Rome Film Festival this weekend. The film will open in Europe nearly a full month before it hits the US.

Oh, and if you’re wondering just who Tintin is, The Independent has this very basic primer. More details about the adventurous reporter can be found at Front Row Reviews.

Spielberg himself wrote this article in the Daily Mail on why he made the movie. Included in the body of the text is a link to another bit from Peter Jackson.

It all comes back to the story and how you involve an audience in your storytelling, how you get them to forget where they are, who’s sitting next to them, that they’re in a movie theatre or even that there’s a special effect. They’re simply transported by the experience.

Speaking of special effects, here’s a behind-the-scenes look at how Weta Digital made the whole thing come together.

/Film has compiled links to snippets from the John Williams score, and an early review.

The Adventures of Tintin opens December 23.

Jason P. Hunt

Jason P. Hunt (founder/EIC) is the author of the sci-fi novella "The Hero At the End Of His Rope". His short film "Species Felis Dominarus" was a finalist in the Sci Fi Channel's 2007 Exposure competition.

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