Sylvain Chomet Talks The Illusionist and 3D

Posted: March 31, 2011 in Uncategorized

Sylvain Chomet Talks The Illusionist and 3D

Posted: 30 Dec 2010 11:55 AM PST

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Over the Christmas weekend, director Sylvain Chomet’s latest film The Illusionist opened in theaters. It’s a an animated feature which he helmed and co-wrote that’s based on an original script from Jacques Tati. The film’s story centers on an aging magician and his friendship with a young Scottish girl. The feature’s almost a modern day silent film, but despite its lack of dialogue Chomet still wanted to bring the long gestating story to the big screen.

Chomet recently spoke with the folks over at The Playlist, and explained how he got his hands on Tati’s unproduced screenplay.

Sylvain Chomet: It’s a really long story. It’s all to do with the script, from Jacques Tati. His daughter, Tati died in 1982 I think, and he wrote the script in the ’50s and he never managed to do it because basically it’s a story about a magician and he wasn’t really good at doing magic tricks and stuff like that. So he couldn’t really play the role himself, so he didn’t do the script. But his daughter kept it and when asked to get permission to use an extract of “Jour de fête” in “Triplets of Belleville” she obviously saw what we were doing. She saw storyboards and pictures. And she thought that would be a good match, if we could do that [“The Illusionist’] in animation and not to do it in live action. Because she didn’t want someone else to play the role of her dad’s. So that was it. I had a look at the script in 2003, basically, and then we started to look for someone to team up with and production money. So that’s basically it.

The Illusionist made the shortlist of 15 animated films eligible for the Best Animated Feature Oscar at the 2011 Academy Awards. If it earns a spot on the final ballot it will be quite a feat for the director and his creative team considering their film’s journey. As for Chomet’s next project he’s not sure what it will be but he’s got his eye on something in the 3D realm.

Sylvain Chomet: I don’t know yet. I don’t think I’m going to do it in 2D. As I told you, it takes too much time, just really, really long. So it’ll either be a 3D movie or a live action. It depends. There’s a lot of projects going on right now. I’ll have to make a choice at one point, so we’ll see what comes first. But definitely it’ll be 3D or live action.

Hmm, a director who actually has a willingness to work with 3D. That’s new.

Have you seen The Illusionist? Are you familiar with the story?

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New Green Lantern Photo Features Tomar-Re

Posted: 30 Dec 2010 11:03 AM PST

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One movie that fans may or may not be looking forward to next year is The Green Lantern. The Warner Bros comic book adaptation will be hitting theaters in June and stars Ryan Reynolds as Hal Jordan, the title character, and the first human to join the Lantern Corps. It’s tough being the only human surrounded by alien creatures, aliens like Tomar-Re who actually makes a brief appearance in the trailer. Today we’ve got our hands on a photo that gives us an up close and personal look at the CGI character. Check him out…


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This image was posted on The Daily Blam and presented by DC chief Geoff Johns. If you have no idea who Tomar-Re is, here’s how he describes the character.

IT’S ALL IN THE DETAILS… is a mantra Tomar-Re lives by which has aided him in becoming an honored and highly respected Green Lantern. It’s also a mantra that the filmmakers, like production designer, costume designer Ngila Dickson and visual effects supervisor Jimmy Berney have taken as their own. Producer Donald De Line and director Martin Campbell have assembled an amazing corps.

Growing up on the planet Xudar, Tomar-Re comes from a peaceful avian race that focuses their efforts on the arts and sciences instead of war. His nature to examine everything has led the Guardians of the Universe to appoint him the archivist and protector of the sacred Book of Oa. When not studying the nature of the Corps, Tomar-Re patrols the sector of 2813 where he developed a close friendship with neighboring sector 2814’s Green Lantern, Abin Sur. Tomar has taken an interest in Abin’s replacement, Hal Jordan. Though Hal is not one for details, Tomar hopes to teach Hal what it means to be a Green Lantern.

Now the same thoughtfulness that Tomar-Re believes in is being utilized to bring him and the rest of the Green Lantern Corps to life on the big screen.

The Green Lantern is scheduled to hit theaters on June 17, 2011.

What do you think of Tomar-Re?

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