Think back, for a moment, to my recent interview with Greg Mottola about Paul, and how Seth Rogen contributed some motion capture for that film’s title character. Here’s the salient quote:
In preproduction, we did two weeks of rehearsal with Seth in which he was wearing a motion capture suit so they could get down some of his basic movements and ideas for physical bits, and had this face camera on so they could really dial in lip-sync and facial expressions which is one of the most challenging things with a character like this. We went to a soundstage and we just ran the whole movie like a play.
Keep that in mind a moment.
Now. The Telegraph have spoken to Mark Ruffalo on the occasion of his Oscar nomination, and their conversation turned to The Avengers. In explaining how The Hulk will be created through performance capture, Ruffalo said the following:
There’s this algorithm that digitally puts 2,000lbs of muscle onto my body. It’s weird. I wear this skinny little suit with reflective balls all over it. When we shot the stuff, I was actually standing in a warehouse with a couple of cardboard boxes and some foam mats. But when I looked at the monitor there I was as the Hulk in this landscape with cars and boulders and hills.
“When we shot the stuff” – past tense. Perhaps the approach here is similar to Paul, with Ruffalo providing pre-production motion capture as reference for the animation teams? Not too much of a stretch (you know, unlike the big fella’s purple underoos).
Debate amongst yourself which scenes would feature cars and boulders and hills.
Meanwhile, Ruffalo has spoken to MTV about the design of The Hulk and revealed that Big Green will have a familiar face:
All the features are mine, just really big. I got to see the maquette of the Hulk yesterday in full scope, and it’s awesome.
He saw the maquette and he didn’t tweet a picture? I knew they should have given Stephen Fry the role.