We’ve still yet to see a single photo or frame of footage from the upcoming film adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Weber’s musical “Cats,” but the film is already being painted as either a train wreck waiting to happen or something so wildly experimental is just might work.
Until that first footage reveal though, all we have are the scraps of information we can garner from the actors and production crew. We know the production utilised giant sets with the actors prancing about on them. We know they didn’t wear cat costumes, but rather CG is being used to turn them into realistic cat people.
Singer Taylor Swift is one of those stars and recently revealed that she was as confused as everyone in regards to what to expect until director Tom Hooper showed her a demo reel of the intended effect. She tells EW:
“I was like, ‘Are we gonna be in the Lycra catsuits with fur glued to us? Like, what are we talking about here?’… They add digital fur to us. They’re completely human performances. It’s not animated. And it’s not motion capture. It’s somehow this new way that hasn’t been done before. And they’re giving us a tail that moves naturally, and ears and whiskers. It was one of the coolest things I’ve seen.”
She also revealed that to prepare for her part as Bombalurina, she had to enroll in cat school to learn how to move like a feline:
“I just fully committed and threw myself into the process and had the most fun…We had this thing called ‘cat school’ that was a class where you could learn about how to create the motions of cats, how to think like they think, how to sense things the way that they do, carry yourself the way a cat would. I learned a lot.”
Only attendees at CinemaCon this year saw some footage from the production but even that was just a behind-the-scenes reel and contained no actual footage from the film itself. Idris Elba, Jennifer Hudson, Judi Dench, Ian McKellen and more star in the film which opens December 20th.