The Effects of Where the Wild Things Are
We go behind the scenes with London's Framestore
Tim Webber, Director of VFX:
With Wild Things, I think they started shooting hoping they would be able to make it with these very heavy animatronic masks - mechanisms attached to heads. But Spike realised that it was impractical, and that he couldn't get anything like the levels of performance that they wanted. So he talked to a few people about the approaches and this seemed the best way of getting what he wanted.
This project is a great amalgamation of three different techniques. First of all, the voice actors, they physically acted the scenes, on a set. Tapes were then made of the performances. Spike then used these to rehearse with the suit performers on the set to recreate the actors' work. Then having got those we came in with the animation, and the results that we managed to get were so much for having those stages done before.