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World Exclusive: First Look At Tintin
Spielberg gives us a look at his set

17 April 2009  |  Written by Helen O'Hara  

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Did we mention that Steven Spielberg is guest-editing Empire's 20th birthday issue? Well, he is - and the boss-man also invited us on set of his latest film, The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn to see what's going on with his new motion-capture spectacular.

This shot was taken during a few moments of down time on the set, and shows Tintin himself (Jamie Bell) and Captain Haddock (Andy Serkis) talking with Spielberg. You'll have to check out the issue itself for more on the film, including more pictures, and more on the cast involved (notably Simon Pegg and Nick Frost as Thompson and Thomson).


Steven Moffat, Joe Cornish and Edgar Wright wrote the screenplay, based on Hergé's massively popular books. The film's not due out until 2011, by which time CGI magic will have replaced those dots and greenscreens with pure awesomeness.

For more on the film, lots more from Spielberg and interviews and shoots with names so big we can't print them here for fear of completely blowing your mind, pick up the 20th birthday issue of Empire when it hits newsstands next Thursday - or you can pre-order your copy here.


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Your Comments

RE: CGI sucks
i'd love to see some stop motion animation for the new district 9 film! its ok with sinbad and classic monsters like that but i'd like to see how some of the alienstrict 9 would look in stop motion... saying that, has anyone seen 'Bad Taste' - one of Peter Jacksons very early, very low budget films? Thats about the quality you can expect! I'll take the CGI thanks More

Posted by Front Row Reviews at 15:08 on 17 September 2009 | Report This Post

I have high hopes for this project...
I agree with Rich on this one. Having been raised on the pure cinematic gold that Spielberg is capable of, I really want that guy back for this. Was never a huge fan of the comics but it is a good fundamental building block from which to create a great action adventure on. I was truly appalled by ‘Kingdom of the Crystal Skull’ and it saddened me to see Spielberg produce such a hackish piece of cinema. But I do attribute a large portion of the blame to Lucas on that one and remain fai More

Posted by pete_traynor at 12:43 on 21 April 2009 | Report This Post

RE: RE:
S Well you are right in the middle of the problem, "it's essentially an animated film", and I say no. Motion Capture is NOT animation. It's Motion Capture, it's a technology that captures people moving in a green space, it's not animation, and I wish the movie websites could repeat that a bit more often instead of calling everything 3D "animation". Spielberg has an animation studio, it's called Dreamworks, and he had a way to do it as a real animation project. He More

Posted by Proudfoot at 23:50 on 20 April 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Isn't Tin Tin, well, a bit boring for a film?
No one really said the Herge should be blamed, just seemed like a few people felt the comic was beneath Spielberg & Friends, that they shouldn't be wasting their time on something like this. I was just trying to say that even if the movie version sucks all over the place, that doesn't necessarily have anything to do with the material. Or something along those lines. But yeah, Tintin is good stuff. More

Posted by Proudfoot at 20:29 on 20 April 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Isn't Tin Tin, well, a bit boring for a film?
L: rich L: Proudfoot If it sucks, I don't think the comic should be blamed. b]Who said they should? Fuck them, if this fails the books are still brilliant./quote]   Very, very true. More

Posted by Kazuya at 20:05 on 20 April 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Isn't Tin Tin, well, a bit boring for a film?
L: Proudfoot If it sucks, I don't think the comic should be blamed. ho said they should? Fuck them, if this fails the books are still brilliant. More

Posted by rich at 20:04 on 20 April 2009 | Report This Post

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L: doctorolorinbats1975 The whole point is there won't be dead eyes. It's essentially an animated film that will be a Herge strip come to life, and the mo-cap was just so Spielberg could find a way to direct his first animated film (he was just going to produce it before Jackson gave his proposal). ell you are right in the middle of the problem, "it's essentially an animated film", and I say no. Motion Capture is NOT animation. It's Motion Capture, it's a technology that cap More

Posted by MarieMJS at 12:45 on 20 April 2009 | Report This Post

Probably the first time in years....
...I haven't been excited about a Spielberg film, or a Jackson one for that matter. I had no interest in reading Tintin when I was younger, and I have no interest in seeing it on the big screen and I can't understand why either of them would put so much effort into this. More

Posted by the ageless stranger at 12:42 on 20 April 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Isn't Tin Tin, well, a bit boring for a film?
The Tintin universe is wonderful, filled with oportunities for classic adventure, comedy, action, all the sort of things Spielberg originally got famous for (whether or not it's what he does best, could maybe be discussed), so I understand why he's been trying to get this off the ground for so many years. There's ancient treasures, a crazy scientist, globe trotting etc etc... I'm not saying it's a slam dunk to make it come alive. There's a certain deliberate emptiness to the main character, w More

Posted by Proudfoot at 20:37 on 19 April 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Hey, will you watch your words?
Don't screw this up Steve, please show us the guy behind Jaws and Raiders is still alive and well.  More

Posted by rich at 16:52 on 19 April 2009 | Report This Post

Hey, will you watch your words?
Never judge a work of art when it is not finished yet. You might swallow your words up later on. You'll never know how fascinating Tintin and his friends are. Discover them yourselves. You'll see. More

Posted by lailany magno at 06:45 on 19 April 2009 | Report This Post

I'd love to see another popcorn Spielberg movie
but not one like this! It's gonna have to be absolutely incredible - or rather, the greatest mo-cap movie of all time. It's gotta be so good people will be dumbstruck. But you know what? I have a horrible feeling in my gut that it's just gonna be crap. As someone said earlier, souless twaddle. Bring on the REAL adventure movies! More

Posted by leroythemasochist at 17:52 on 18 April 2009 | Report This Post

Isn't Tin Tin, well, a bit boring for a film?
Perhaps it is just me, but I find the whole idea of a Tin Tin film rather uninspiring. I do recall reading them as a child, but they do not seemed to have lingered long in my consciousness. It seems a shame to waste so much time, talent and money on something so underwhelming. There must be better tales to tell than this one. I remember when a Spielberg film was something to look forward to, something to excite. When was this last the case? The Crystal Skull film lacked nearly all the verve, More

Posted by Porter at 14:37 on 18 April 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Three Reasons I wont be watching it....
1) why do the actors have to have their names written on their tops? incase steve forgets?   2) took me a couple of seconds to realise the 4th person was not a scruffy tramp, alas, it was peter jackson! More

Posted by kumar at 12:59 on 18 April 2009 | Report This Post

Three Reasons I wont be watching it....
1) Jamie Bell 2) Andy Serkis 3) Its Animated! My two least favourite actors (nay PEOPLE) in the world in a CG version of Tin Tin? No thanks! More

Posted by Cabal aka Boone at 12:54 on 18 April 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Don't care who does it, motion capture animation is soulless twaddle..
Wonder why I can't reply to people... Guess it's because I'm a sad little newbie. Anyway, I've got nothing against blue people, my racism isn't that advanced, and I'm sure it makes sense within the film, both thematically and otherwise. I trust in Jim as a storyteller, even if he seems to be a little too enamored with this whole new line of toys. Also, Mo-Cap's got a whole new sort of bling out, can be bought retail. It looks sort of silly, but they promise it'll be awesome at so More

Posted by Proudfoot at 12:48 on 18 April 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Don't care who does it, motion capture animation is soulless twaddle..
L: Proudfoot And the same goes for 's Blue People moviekis umpteenth attempt, and all the many other people dabbling in this... That did make me chuckle. sp; I do like the fact they're blue, ties in with Hindu mythology where the Gods's avatars are depicted as blue-skinned. More

Posted by Tech_Noir at 12:02 on 18 April 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Don't care who does it, motion capture animation is soulless twaddle..
Mo-Cap sounds like a great name for a gangster rapper... More

Posted by punchdrunk at 11:25 on 18 April 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Don't care who does it, motion capture animation is soulless twaddle..
I guess I understand why they're doing this, an intricate part of Tintin is the character design and the detailed yet highly artifical world. If it was done selectively, when it seemed suitable, I would buy that it's not about the techinique for the sake of the technique. But Spielbeard & Buddies seems hellbent on it being The Future. Mo-cap, 3D, and any of that other fancy new fun stuff really isn't the future, or whatever timezone it is they want it to be. It's just new toys, toys More

Posted by Proudfoot at 00:42 on 18 April 2009 | Report This Post

Don't care who does it, motion capture animation is soulless twaddle..
Having been in the visual effects industry for six years, my opinion on motion capture hasn't changed - it's still far too artificial (even for a company as talented as Weta) and makes me think of the rotoscoping techniques that Disney used to "achieve" realistic animation. Hate this sort of thing to bits. Technology should be used to complement a performance or story - not to completely replace it. More

Posted by segundus at 23:07 on 17 April 2009 | Report This Post

F.Y.I. I'M LOOKING FORWARD TO.......
The Spielberg/Hanks follow up to Band of Brothers, called PACIFIC, apparently the most expensive mini series ever, this deals with the second world war from the perspective of the Marines in the Pacific. Can't wait. More

Posted by boredbluekoala at 22:58 on 17 April 2009 | Report This Post

Not exactly revealing...........
HMMMMMM, Polar express, Beowulf, jar jar binks. All great advertisments for mo-cap huh? (that was rhetorical peeps) More

Posted by boredbluekoala at 22:54 on 17 April 2009 | Report This Post

Well...
...I love Steven Spielberg - he truly is a Master - thing is though, why TINTIN? I'd much rather have seen the long-awaited LINCOLN Biopic or INTERSTELLAR, what happened to that? Still, I'm jazzed about the fact that Spielberg is teaming up with Peter Jackson and of course, elsewhere Jackson is gonna HOBBIT things up with Del Toro. More

Posted by Snake-Eyes at 22:31 on 17 April 2009 | Report This Post

The whole point is there won't be dead eyes. It's essentially an animated film that will be a Herge strip come to life, and the mo-cap was just so Spielberg could find a way to direct his first animated film (he was just going to produce it before Jackson gave his proposal). More

Posted by doctorolorinbats1975 at 22:01 on 17 April 2009 | Report This Post

Geez...
was it so complicated to do it as a normal movie and not in mo cap? All these directors wanting to do motion capture are killing me, we already lost Zemeckis because of that, please stop... I will never never understand their sudden fascination for a technology that is, to me, only used for fantasy character, or CGI (if necessary). They will end up with retarded too-close-to-human-to-be-true moves and dead eyes, bloody brilliant... And it's no good for the 3D "keyframe" animation indu More

Posted by MarieMJS at 21:42 on 17 April 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Peter Jackson
L: sergiopala Dude, thats Peter Jackson in the back sp; ...and Looking 20 years younger, that CGI they are using in the film is amazing! More

Posted by punchdrunk at 21:16 on 17 April 2009 | Report This Post

Andy Serkis lives in those suits. More

Posted by Filmfan 2 at 21:00 on 17 April 2009 | Report This Post

RE:
Fury, the contents of our birthday issue make us extremely confident in this one, trust me. We don't want anyone to miss out on it, that's all. More

Posted by Helen OHara at 20:10 on 17 April 2009 | Report This Post

man, you know this 'pre-order your copy here' thing is like tobelerones at the counter in WHSmith. just stop it already. it shows a real lack of confidence if you have to promote your 20th birthday issue so much. More

Posted by Knight of Fury at 19:58 on 17 April 2009 | Report This Post

Peter Jackson
Dude, thats Peter Jackson in the back More

Posted by sergiopala at 19:53 on 17 April 2009 | Report This Post

RE: CGI sucks
Did I hear exclusive access? That'll be another 5 star Empire review then. Damn I'm a cynical bastard. More

Posted by mattdavies86 at 19:46 on 17 April 2009 | Report This Post

CGI sucks
Give me scale models and stop motion anyday! I love you Ray Harryhausen!!!!! More

Posted by tallaght24 at 19:30 on 17 April 2009 | Report This Post

RE: World Exclusive: First Look At Tintin
Almost anything with Spielberg behind it, ends up incredible. But I'm still worried about how this will look visually. More

Posted by near at 19:04 on 17 April 2009 | Report This Post

Ruiners
Way to ruin the picture. More

Posted by boriordan at 18:55 on 17 April 2009 | Report This Post

Woo! More

Posted by BlackBaronUK at 17:30 on 17 April 2009 | Report This Post

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