Thursday, November 05, 2009

Where The Wild Things Emote

I really liked Spike Jonez's take on Maurice Sendak's book Where The Wild Things Are. I was especially impressed with the subtlety in the performance of the monsters.

They did not look quite like puppets, but they also did not look entirely CG. Turns out it was a mix of the two techniques. Puppeted bodies (from Henson) were constructed to be life size. The faces were enhanced in CG for greater expressions and then matched to the footage in post.

Of course none of this would matter a whit without fantastic voice performances by the likes of James Gandolfini and Forest Whittaker.

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