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July 26, 2007

Spiderwick @ ComicCon 2007

During Paramount's Panel Event @ ComicCon...

*UPDATE* Audio from the Spiderwick Panel (right after JJ Abrams Cloverfield bits)

Phil Tippett Interview, The Spiderwick Chronicles

On stage, original team behind the books, Holly Black & Tony DiTerlizzi, and VFX legend Phil Tippett. Tippett ran through an effects development slideshow, showing how DiTerlizzi's illustrations turned into realistic creatures by Tippett Studios and ILM. These aren't candy-coated faerie folk. They'd gobble up Tinkerbill and spit out her bones. Director Mark Waters described how the books felt real, like something that could be happening down the block. It's a magical story that's not set in Britain, or medieval times, or Middle Earth, but rather suburbia, echoing such '80s touchstones as Gremlins.
The Clip: Aside from VFX breakdowns, the teaser trailer.

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At the The Spiderwick Chronicles panel, the writers say they want to do for fairies and goblins what Jurassic Park did for dinosaurs. They're showing the process of taking the goblin animation from book to screen, as well as some great goblin test footage.

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The Spiderwick Chronicles is next. Authors Holly Black, Tony DiTerlizzi talk about how they saw the film yesterday and how crazy it was to see their characters brought to life. Tony talks about making the book, and trying to create something special. They then showed some step by step character creation slides, to show the process of how they got from the book to the screen. They start off with Tony's field guide drawing from the book of a greater bull goblin. Tony explains what he was thinking when he created it. The special effects for these creatures are being split between Tippett Studio and ILM. They show the evolution from concept art to Marquettes, to painted life-sized models for use during filming. We see video footage of some of the preliminary computer animation. These creatures look pretty cool. We seem some of the previs which is used to block the action. It's essentially a moving storyboard. They then show how they block the scene with cardboard cutouts on the set. It looks really funny with grips running around on screen with cardboard cutouts. And of course we see the final shot of the goblins chasing the kids through the woods. It looks very Jim Henson-esque. I'm definitely more excited to see this film.

They only introduce the director Mark Waters. He talks about how the books grabbed him even though he was skeptical going in. It felt real, and if he could feel the world, than may-be it could be a great modern day fantasy film (comparing it to Gremlins). He said they didn’t worry about making a children’s film but instead the best movie they wanted to see.

They then showed the teaser trailer for the film which came out last month.


Posted by dschnee at July 26, 2007 5:18 PM