During an exclusive interview with Hollywood Reporter’s executive editor, Stephen Galloway in Paris, filmmakers Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson shared their story behind the making of “The Adventures of Tintin.” Mr. Spielberg told THR that his collaboration with Peter Jackson on this project was the first time in his career he had worked with another filmmaker. And, Mr. Jackson at the same time said that he was amazed by his friend’s continuing passion for the film.
Steven Spielberg who directed the film stated he was struck by the humor Peter brought to the project, based on the intrepid young journalist who features in a series of comic books known around the world. The character was brought to life through motion capture created by Jackson’ WETA Digital in New Zealand. Mr.Jackson is a expert when it comes motion capture thanks to Lord of The Rings, Mr. Spielberg said he learned about it from his friend James Cameron, who invited him to “Volume” while Avatar was being made.
In the interview, which you can read in the upcoming issue of The Hollywood Reporter, Mr. Jackson said, as a young director, he started to read about Steven Spielberg doing the Tintin film and Jackson waited all these years to see the it. Eventually 7 years ago Steven called him and Peter admitted that he was “a little nervous.” Who wouldn’t be, right?
The biggest problem the filmmakers confronted was the script. They kept changing the script during the shooting process and they had to cut the entire subplot. Due to the plots in the Hergé books are very easy to understand they tried to overly complicate them and they realized that Hergé was right and they were wrong.
To view the clips of the film, which opens in the U.S. on December 21, 2011 and the highlights from their conversation, watch the video below.