The One and Solely Ivan Director on Nailing the Stay-Motion/CG Combo


Visuals results are getting increasingly spectacular each single day, however from my restricted perspective, it does look like one of the crucial difficult types of results to tug off are integrating CG characters in a live-action world. And, to get much more particular with it, particularly on the subject of recreating actual world animals utilizing CGI and giving them the power to speak. In The One and Solely Ivan, nevertheless, that’s probably the greatest components of the movie. Not solely do the visible results artists handle to realistically recreate quite a lot of animals, however in addition they achieve this in a method that permits them to precise a major quantity of emotion.

The film relies on the award-winning kids’s e-book by Okay. A. Applegate and options the voice of Sam Rockwell because the title character, Ivan, a 400-pound silverback gorilla residing in a shopping center. That’s the place Ivan serves because the headlining act of a circus attraction. Whereas Ivan does take nice satisfaction in his potential to wow the crowds, finally he comes to appreciate {that a} mall won’t be the very best residence for him and the opposite animals in spite of everything. So what was the important thing to discovering a lot success bringing Ivan and co. to display screen? Director Thea Sharrock credit the groups she labored with:

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“I had the absolute privilege of working with both Disney and MPC, who are a visual effects company, who together had worked on The Jungle Book, together had worked on The Lion King. So, I was working with a team of people who knew as much as anybody else, let’s put it that way. The combination in our movie is completely quite unique. Nobody’s done it quite like us. There were amazing days on set when I would turn around and I’d be looking at my visual effects supervisor and my animator and they would be literally scratching their head going, ‘Okay, so, how are we gonna do this?’ Because, however much prep we had done, there’s always moments that you cannot quite anticipate. And of course I often went back and watched moments in both of those movies. Particularly Lion King, I suppose, which was such a pleasure to watch. So it wasn’t that we could copy them but there was always stuff to learn from them and decisions that they’d made were very, very helpful for us for sure.”

When you’d like to listen to extra from Sharrock about her expertise directing voice performances for the very first time, take a look at the total chat within the video interview on the prime of this text. We’ve additionally received an interview with Cranston for you proper right here and one with Danny DeVito right here.

Thea Sharrock:

  • How The Lion King and The Jungle  Guide got here in helpful when nailing the mixture of live-action and CG characters in Ivan.
  • What it was like directing voice performances for the very first time.

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