Following on from this morning’s release of the impressive first trailer for Jon Favreau’s new take on “The Jungle Book,” the filmmaker has used social media to answer some key fan questions about the movie.
Favreau confirmed reports that 99% of the visuals of the trailer are all CG with only the human boy and the ground he stood on being live-action. In fact the entire production was shot in a studio in downtown Los Angeles.
Asked about how much of the musical elements from the original animated film will make it, he says: “We wanted to include enough music to satisfy people who grew up with ’67 film but not make it a musical or betray action tone.”
The film was shot on an Arri Alexa digital camera and utilised the Pace system & Simulcam (developed for “Avatar”) to capture the native 3D. He also adds: “We are working on an extended dynamic range version to eliminate darkening from 3D glasses.”
They also used behavior and mouth movements of real animals combined with motion captured performances for the various non-human characters.
Asked about the tone, he says: “The photoreal approach definitely amps up the adventure beyond the ’67 version, but we wanted to maintain the fun… the tone is a mix btwn the original animated version and a modern action/adventure.”
The film is slated for release on April 15th.