“Hollywood does not understand animation. If a film made with digital animation is a hit, they think all films must be in digital animation”
written for her – he was reading to her at the time. As far as I know, the rest of the family are happy with the film. We were working with the Tati estate. I am not sure what sort of film this man was expecting, but it was well beyond the scope of our film.”
Now Chomet, who has recently moved back to Provence (“seven years without summer and seasons is just too long”), is taking a break from animation. Having already presided over a live-action short – a section of the collaborative film Paris, je t’aime – he is currently in pre-production with a naturalistic musical featuring Séraphine star Yolande Moreau.
“It was scary being in the company of all those famous actors and directors for Paris je t’aime. But animation takes such along time. It was very liberating to shoot with a camera without drawing everything first. Animation is a very tough industry. It is so time consuming, and very labour intensive. It is nice to start a project and know that you might be done in less than seven years.”
He laughs: “Hopefully.”
Make it for the wrong reasons. This might seem obvious, but please don’t remake a film just because you can do it in English or in colour. Nikita was fine in French. Why did the world need a shot-for-shot remake? (And who even remembers Point of No Return?).
Let the Right One In was adored and well-executed. If horror fans don’t want to see the original because it’s in Swedish, they don’t deserve it. And Gus Van Sant famously said that a major reason for remaking Psycho was to show the blood in colour. Funny, not many people complained about Hitchcock’s classic being in black and white.
Don’t remake films that got it right first time. Michael Caine has made his share of bad movies, but his star quality is evident when you compare his best films with their remakes. While The Italian Job remake wisely didn’t pressurise Mark Wahlberg to emote, the recent reboots of Sleuth and Alfie