Universal pictures presented a panel on “Hulk” at this past
weekend’s WonderCon. Occasional Comics2Film contributor Douggary Grant was on
hand as CGI F/X gurus Paul Giacoppo and Glen McIntosh hosted the session. We
one of Douggary’s recap of the panel on Tuesday, which discussed the motion
studies done by the F/X team in order to bring Jade Jaws to life. Here’s part
two of the recap of the panel:
“The F/X team asked director Ang, ‘How fast does Hulk travel when he
leaps?’ and he said ‘200 mph’ so they went back to the ‘leap studies’ and sped
Hulk up (they had to add airborne references so you could gauge Hulk’s speed).
“Ang wanted hulk to be very athletic and quick…not agile like
Spider-Man, but because he is so strong he can move quickly and be very hard to
even aim at (they hinted that this is a plot element). Hulk isn’t this lumbering
behemoth that slowly pounds his way into the city like Godzilla…he blitzes in
and out before the
army has a chance to really get a shot in sometimes!
“In the Hulk vs. Tank scene (the one from the trailer) they showed the
whole sequence (awesome!). They used the motion from a football player tackling
or blocking for the first part when Hulk smashes into the tank, then a ‘hammer
throw’ for when Hulk swings the tank and chucks it. Once they mentioned that you
could really see the comparison.
“The artists were asked by the audience why more motion capture wasn’t
used for the Hulk and they said that mainly where would they get someone that
large to capture? Simply put with the mass that Hulk has, his muscles would
behave and move differently than a normal human, that’s why so much work was put
into the movement studies I told you about…when they were completed, they had
a model that had been moved in literally any pose a human (or Hulk) could take.
“They talked a little more about Ang and using the comics for reference:
Over the course of the movie Ang would actually bring in comics with panels he
wanted to recreate and tell the artists, ‘I want to capture this’ or ‘I want the
scene to look more like this panel’ Everyone on the crew was reading Hulk
“The style guide was also meant to ‘inspire’ everyone. Just about every
major artist who worked on the Hulk was represented. They had pages dedicated to
each of the emotions Hulk goes through (rage, sorrow, pain, etc), pages for all
of the types of action (fighting, smashing, leaping), then pages that just had
images that Ang or the producers thought were especially good.
“One thing I found interesting is I have some friends who do special
effects (‘Predator,’ ‘Underworld,’ ‘Planet of the Apes’) and I have seen them
cast ‘body molds’ for various films: the mold used when an extensive prosthetic
or body suit is needed (‘Spawn’ for example). Those casts are always taken with
the person in a slight squat with their arms out to the sides (if taken in any
other pose it’s possible to get binding or make the suit too small and it
“So, when the first ‘Hulk’ studies were done for the CG (they showed
these to the audience) Hulk was in the exact same pose used to cast body suits.
I wonder if this is carry over from physical effects work or if the computer
algorithms would run into similar problems with movement if the figure wasn’t
‘cast’ in full extension?
“At any rate, these studies were done prior to Ang fully committing to
the film. They had to prove they could make this work before he felt he wanted
to take on the project.”
Thanks to Douggary for the excellent report!
Continuum reports that “The Hulk” will grace the cover of TV guide
some time in June, coinciding with the release of the movie.
“Daredevil” is coming home to DVD and fans in Minnesota have a
chance to be part of a TV ad campaign supporting the disc.
Saturday (May 3rd) from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. there will be a general casting
call for nonprofessional actors to appear in a national Wal-Mart ad campaign for
the upcoming release of the DVD. The open call will take place at The Source
Comics & Games in Falcon Heights, MN.
Wal-Mart apparently wants real Daredevil fans in the ad, rather than actors
paid to look like DD aficionados. The location is seen to be a prime spot to
find fans, for obvious reasons. May 3rd is also FREE COMICS DAY.
Drive Thru Advertising is producing the ad and Barbara Shelton from
Bab’s Casting will be conducting the casting call. Fans 18 years or over are
asked to show up for a chance to be in a national ad campaign.
Wizard Entertainment has announced that actress Allison Mack from “Smallville”
will be appearing at this year’s Wizard World EAST multi-media convention
event which will be held on the weekend of May 30th, 31st and June 1st at the
Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia.
Mack who plays student reporter Chloe Sullivan on the show will appear on
Saturday talking to fans, signing autographs and participating in special
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