In a Comic-Con first, Steven Spielberg appeared...in the flesh...to introduce a packed Hall H crowd to his upcoming motion-capture animated film The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn.
And the audience went wild! Adoring fans came from all over America (and the world) to see their favorite director/producer - one fan even got a to meet him after displaying an impressive t-shirt while asking a question.
The fan's shirt read: “If possible I would love to meet Steven Spielberg just to shake his hand and say thank you very much.” Well, it worked. The fan got to shake his hand, with the legendary Peter Jackson taking their picture. With all the awesome movie news, it was perhaps the highlight of the panel.
The director (Spielberg) and producer (Jackson) also talked a lot about their upcoming film, including showing very exclusive clips of the film for the anxious audience.
They talked a little bit about what the audience would experience and their decision behind making it a motion-capture picture.
"We wanted the drawings to work like all the Herge adventures," Spielberg explained. "We love art so much, we wanted to honor Herge based on the animated characters he presented."
"We wanted to make it as much of a hybrid of live action and animation as we could," added Jackson. "It's a film that Steven personally shot."
The audience was then treated to the world exclusive of the film, which was met with cheers and earnest applause.
We get right into the action with this exclusive clip - starting off the mystery with a tragic shooting and Tintin's desire to find out why it happened. So the adventure begins...
Showing the velocity and impact of a live-action film, the camera motion moved with the characters, showing a type of shooting style very unique to animated film.
The scene was met with loud cheers and woops from the audience wanting to see more of the dense detective story/murder mystery.
The cast, lead by Jamie Bell as Tintin, is also much easier to find with motion-capture.
"What actors look like is important, but the thing with motion capture if you can have a bit more flexibility," Jackson explains. "Simon Pegg and Nick Frost can be twins... Performance capture f not right for every film, but it is for this particular story."
They also gave the audience a quick recap of some of their other, highly anticipated, project. Jackson updated the audience on The Hobbit, saying they have finished 60 days of filming and still have 200 more to go. Production has stopped for a couple weeks while Martin Freeman is in London to shoot Sherlock Homes: A Game of Shadows.
Spielberg, who has many projects in the works right now, including Dark Horse, Real Steel, Men in Black III, and Lincoln, says he actually uses all the projects he's producing "to create clarity." It actually helps him keep everything organized to have many on the go. Go figure.
He also told a young fan that E.T was his absolute favorite film to make because he "got so close to the kids." It even made him want to have kids of his won - and now he has SEVEN!
With a final cheer and standing ovation from the audience, the Steven Spielberg/Peter Jackson panel for The Adventure of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn, was declared an absolute success by an audience who waited years to see their sci-fi idol.