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Victoria Alonso

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Bigger. When you’re making a sequel to one of the biggest movies ever made, there’s really only one way you can go for the sequel, and that’s bigger. To wit, the superhero sequel Avengers: Age of Ultron. With two motion-capture characters, several people with super-powers and an army of robot fighters, it was a foregone conclusion that the new Avengers movie was going to tip the scale with the number of visual effects it would require, but now there’s a number attached: 3,000. For those keeping score, that’s about the same number of effects shots in Avatar, about 800 more than what was in the first Avengers, and 250 more than what was in Guardians of the Galaxy. (more…)

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Every week, this month and last, it feels like there’s been a casting announcement for Marvel‘s Guardians of the Galaxy, and with production beginning soon there’s only two more roles left to fill: Groot, a sentient tree-creature, and Rocket Raccoon, a, uhm, raccoon. Yesterday director James Gunn tweeted a picture from a meeting he had with a possible candidate for Rocket,

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Aw, just look at him. He’s got the makings of a star! But, I fear,  he’s not a really a likely candidate. Gunn tweeted along with the picture, “I’ve just hired a new gaffer for the shoot. Chewing on wires is good, right?” and producer Victoria Alonso already ruled out potential raccoon motion capture,”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.” Hence, the meeting with this little guy.

So, now I wonder if this is any indication of the size they want for Rocket? And does the decision to rotoscope mean they’re leaning towards a Rocket Raccoon that’s as life-like as possible, not cartoony?

Source: Bleeding Cool

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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

Fans of Marvel Comics Ant-man character have been chomping at the bit after Edgar Wright showed some test footage from his work on the Marvel Comics movie Ant-Man at last years San Diego Comic Con. The news quickly tweeted out of Hall H that day, but no one else has gotten to see the footage. Fans have been clamoring to have the footage put onto the Internet so everyone could get a look with disappointing results.

Today’s good news comes from Marvel exec Victoria Alonso who says an online release is a distinct possibility. Alonso, Co-Producer and Executive Vice President of Visual Effects and Post-Production at Marvel Studios, (Say that without taking a breath) told Marcelo Forlani of Ommelte:

“What we showed at Comic-Con was a video still unfinished and we are working to finalize it. And I think you should see it, but do not know where yet. We always hear what the fans are saying and doing everything to meet what they ask. I do not know if we’ll publish it online , but I have no reason to imagine that is not a good way. If that’s what the fans want.”

Don’t go sit in front of your computer waiting though, it sounds like it might still be a while before we get to see it. As good as this news is to Ant-man fans, every coin has a flip side.

Dr. Strange fans get the bad news that Alonso also squashed the latest Internet rumor about Viggo Mortensen appearing in Thor: The Dark World as Dr. Strange.

“We would love to work with Viggo Mortensen. I’ve been trying that for years. But I don’t know if Viggo is even acting anymore. I thought he wasn’t acting anymore. It would be great to work with him in the future, but we don’t have him signed, no.”

Alonso may be a bit confused about the status of Mortensen’s acting career, he is not retired and is still quite active in his acting career, but it does throw some cold water on fans hopes of his playing Marvel’s Sorcerer Supreme.

Who else could fill those shoes?

No.

Really.

Who do you think should snag the role of Dr. Strange?

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