Monday, December 08, 2008

From Roger Rabbit to the March Hare

Ken Ralston, the visual effects supervisor on Alice in Wonderland, mentioned some technical aspects of the fantastical movie, during an interview commermorating the 20th anniversary of the multi-effects blockbuster, Who Framed Roger Rabbit.


BD: You're currently working on Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland, which is a very ambitious hybrid of live action and CG. Are there some interesting parallels with Roger Rabbit?

Ken Ralston: Yes, Alice reminds me in a vague way of Roger. There's the March Hare: we have a two-scale rubber version of him for actor reference, not lighting reference because there are so many virtual environments. And we had to build Toonland from scratch, which is like Underland or Wonderland. Roger changed animation.


At the end of the interview, Ralston said how his experience with Roger prepared him for the daunting tasks demanded by such films as Alice.

BD: How has your Roger experience helped you on Alice?

KR: I couldn't have been on Alice without Roger. To be a part of Roger and how it touched people is cool. These tools are great, but, as I keep saying, it's how you use them. I can at least try to pre-empt issues that come up. It's a fast shoot, and I anticipate problems so they don't blow up in your face. The variables are endless -- technical and aesthetic.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Here is a description from a visitor who saw some concept art of the movie:

http://marketsaw.blogspot.com/2008/12/alice-in-wonderland-concept-art-shown.html

Anonymous said...

Here another description how would the two queens will look like:

http://www.firstshowing.net/2008/10/07/anne-hathaway-stumbles-into-burtons-alice-in-wonderland/

Anonymous said...

About the concept art of tweedledee and tweedledum:

http://www.slashfilm.com/2008/09/29/matt-lucas-cast-as-tweedledee-and-tweedledum-in-tim-burtons-alice/

http://www.filmschoolrejects.com/news/disney-locks-down-johnny-depp-for-the-lone-ranger-tim-burtons-alice-and-pirates-of-the-caribbean-4.php