Wednesday, November 16, 2005
Not many stories to tell here. Those of you who pay attention might remember, that we agreed to base Kerchak on a square, which is , why you will find many straight lines and angles in the sketches. The rest was work and patience till you find the right balance and attitude.
Since Clayton, our real villain, enters the movie pretty late, we had to sell Kerchak as the villain of the first act. But actually he is just an austere father, trying to protect his tribe.
Bottom: The marvellous maquette by Kent Melton and my favorite toy from an Italian "Wundertüte" (Uli, help me here, what's a wundertüte in english ????????)
Oh yes, I almost forgot, there is a story to tell after all. Some years ago, I met Bay Raitt, the guy who is responsible for Gollum's face animation in "Lord Of The Rings", we met in the speaker's room at the 3d-Festival in Kopenhagen, we talked a bit and he said, that he had been looking at the wrinkles on Kerchak's nose as reference for Gollum. That was quite a kick, since I admire his work very much."Yes , we do, precioussssssssssss......"