The world has so far only been introduced to the first phase of Marvel Studio’s cinematic universe, that ambitious series of comic book movies based on the company’s catalogue of characters. As of May the first, the second phase with begin, starting with Iron Man 3. Thor: The Dark World will round out the year and lead us into 2014.
While speaking with Cinema Blend about The Avengers’ Academy Award nomination for Best Visual Effects, Victoria Alonso, Marvel’s Executive Vice President, elaborated on the state of James Gunn‘s Guardians of the Galaxy. One of the more ambitious ensemble cast films in “Phase Two”, the film will feature several alien forms of life and each is going to require some visual effects enhancements. In the case of Guardians members Rocket Raccoon and Groot an entire CGI body could be in order. According to Alonso though:
“We’re going to do a combination. You can’t do any motion capture with a raccoon – they won’t let you put the suit on [laughs]. But we will do rotomation, probably, for some of the behavior. Rocket will have his own personality, of course, and clearly we can’t do mocap on a tree, per say, but we definitely will have performers to emulate what James Gunn will lead to be the behavior and the performance. He’s very clear on where he wants to take the characters.”
To those unfamiliar with the term rotomation, the process is essentially motion capture from 2D tracking, a process similar to what’s used in recording motion capture for video games. It’s actually really cool when you have a better understanding of it all, but it’s useless without an actor’s personality and seeing as how Gunn isn’t really an actor it’s slightly troubling. Although production still has a few months to fine tune everything, right?
“Production has already started! Completely. It started months ago and we have an entire team in London already – we start shooting in June. Our director [James Gunn] travels next week and it’s going, baby! It’s a fast train to a beautiful place.”
Well shit. At least this means everything is still in a state of pre-production at the London location and James isn’t walking around with balls all over his body. This isn’t like the Avengers, where almost every star had a film or two to build interest on. Almost everyone in Guardians of the Galaxy is being introduced for the first time through the ensemble feature itself. That doesn’t really leave a lot of space to mess around with character development.
Guess we’ll see how far along the progress of shooting Guardians of the Galaxy gets in the next few months.
Source: Comic Book Movie