In film, the eyes have it

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - MOVIES -

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.’’

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