3D, Steven Spielberg

Comments from Spielberg about filming in 3D.

“Every movie I made, up until Tintin, I always kept one eye closed when I’ve been framing a shot,” Spielberg told me. That’s because he wanted to see the movie in 2-D, the way moviegoers would. “On Tintin, I have both of my eyes open.”

Source: 3-D: The Future of Movies – Worth a read because of the 3D technology being used for Tintin.


Not Safe For Work

If you don’t like swearing or you are not aware of the Teesside region of the UK, then this clip probably won’t make any sense to you.

But I love Teesside Tintin. Partly its the juvenile humour and partly it is the juxtaposition of the clean cut Tintin with anti-social working class Englishness. Mostly I love this because it is because it is remix culture at it is best. Taking an existing body of work and doing something new with it.

Of course this breaks copyright law, at least in some countries, but there is no reason for it be treated as illegal. No one is going to confuse this with the real Tintin cartoon and no one is making any money out of Teesside Tintin.

It is about people finding ways to be creative and exploring new ideas. Just as Herge learnt to draw copying others works, in fifty years time some great artist will be talking about they learnt to express themselves remixing things on You Tube.

The Blue Lotus, Tintin in the Congo, Tintin in Tibet

Herge’s personal and spiritual growth in understanding other cultures and combatting his own prejudices is remarkable. He grew from a young man writing the colonial tracts like Tintin in the Congo to the great writer who received the Dalai Lama’s Truth of Light award for his work on Tintin in Tibet.

To celebrate this I’m declaring today Chang Day in memory of the fictional Chang in The Blue Lotus and Tintin in Tibet and the real life Zhang Chongren who inspired him. Zhang Chongren visited Belgium in early 1930’s, became close friends with Herge and his influence helped shape the next Tintin 70 years of Tintin.

Zhang returned to China in 1936 and the pair lost contact during the turbulent years of the Second Sino-Japanese War. It wasn’t until the 18th March 1981 that the two were reunited.

Let’s celebrate cultural diversity and the undying bond of friendship – Chang Day – March 18th.

Peter Jackson, Steven Spielberg

Last month, Spielberg and Jackson had a brief, live link-up with the European Comics Festival in Angouleme. We posted about this at the time ( Jack & Spielberg Talk Brief About Tintin ). Now the video has surfaced on the official Tintin site. To watch, click here and then click the button marked “Voir En Entier”.

The remarkable pace of this movie is evident in that the directors are talking about just starting production yet less the 6 weeks later, it is already over.

Nick Frost, Thomson & Thompson

There is a great write-up and interview with Nick Frost (Thompson or possibly Thomson). It is rare to see Nick Frost getting the solo attention he deserves.

Frost does not give the impression he was desperate to stop waiting tables and has described himself as a “world-class waiter”. He quit his restaurant job only in his late twenties and even returned for a brief stint after spending all the £9,000 fee he received for the first series of Spaced, the Channel 4 comedy series that became a cult hit and marked the start of his and Pegg’s change of fortunes.

“I blew the lot in six weeks,” he recalls. “I came out of a drink-fuelled haze and found myself mopping up the floor and setting tables in another restaurant. I was paid £1.80 an hour — these were the days before a minimum wage — plus tips.”

From: On the Move: Nick Frost

Links, Nick Frost, Simon Pegg, Thomson & Thompson

Remember a few days ago I posted about the comic wirter Lucy Knisley? This morning she posted this great picture of Simon Pegg and Nick Frost in Shaun of the Dead. Frost and Pegg are going to be playing the Thompson twins in the Tintin Movie and I hope we will see a suitable portrait of them in 2011.


Update: Just spotted this other Simon Pegg reference in Lucy’s comics. I think she might have a thing for him.

Herge, Links

Just noticed on Tintinologist a good biography of Georges Remi, A.K.A. Herge.

1907 – Georges Remi born in Etterbeek (Rue Cranz, 25) on 22 May, at 7:30 in the morning.

1914–1918 – Attends primary school at the District School No. 3 in Ixelles.

1918–1919 – Attends School No. 11, preparatory for the Athénée (secondary school).

1920–1925 – Attends Saint Boniface school. Excels in all subjects, except art.

1925 – Joins the subscriptions department of the newspaper, Le XXe Siècle. Creates his first strip, Totor, for The Belgian Boy Scout.

1926 – Studies art at Saint-Luc school.

Source: Hergé – Creator of Tintin

Herge, Links

The Aquila Theatre Company are touring with a production of a Comedy of Errors. The set and costume design were inspired by Tintin.


The unusual setting was inspired by Belgian artist Herge’s cartoon “Tintin.” Tintin is a 1930s Western character who, accompanied by his faithful wire fox terrier, solves mysteries in exotic locations.

“I love that color palette, I love the cartoonishness of it, I love the sophistication of it as well,” Meineck said. “It has a beautiful aesthetic.”

Source: Classic humor at Caltech


This has nothing to do with Tintin other than it was created using Mocap (motion capture) similar that being used for the Tintin movie and it is very funny. Thinking about it, Tintin and the Nanobots could be a great adventure.

(Via Boing Boing)