In film, the eyes have it
THERE’S no ‘‘I’’ in team, but eyes were one of the most important features for partners Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson when it came to making The Adventures Of Tintin.
The film’s all-star cast includes Jamie Bell, Daniel Craig, Andy Serkis and Nick Frost and Simon Pegg as hopeless investigators Thomson and Thompson. While you won’t see them on screen, Jackson says you will see their incredible performances and, most importantly, their eyes. ‘‘When you’re casting a movie or shooting a film, the eyes are the most important feature. Any great actor knows that,’’ he says. ‘‘You study real eyes, the way the light reflects and the way the irises reflect emotion. You go to great scientific detail. We did that with Gollum, King Kong, Avatar and our company (Weta Digital) has put a huge amount of research into the eyes.
‘‘Our actors had to create characters that were just as expressive in the eyes as real people.’’
Spielberg says although mocap represents ‘‘the digital era in certain kinds of movies’’, Tintin’s storytelling is still very much the ‘‘analogue era’’.
He says the success or failure of a story hinges on the performances.
‘‘It all comes down to the actors looking each other in the eye,’’ he says. ‘‘That’s where all the drama and comedy happens.’’