Stop calling Disney’s ‘Lion King’ remake a live-action movie — it’s anything but

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People and reviews are referring to “The Lion King” remake as “live-action.”
It’s not.
It’s a mix of live-action techniques, virtual reality, CGI, and photoreal digital imagery. Disney actually refers to the film as an “all-new medium.”
Director Jon Favreau thinks people are mistaking it for live-action because “hopefully, it looks like a live-action film.”
The remake’s impressive technology may usher in a new wave of immersive photoreal movies using similar technology that I’m dubbing 4Real.
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The reviews for Disney’s “Lion King” remake are here and we need to get one thing straight.

“The Lion King” is not a live-action remake.

“People sometimes refer to it as live-action because, hopefully, it looks like a live-action film,” director Jon Favreau said Thursday on “Jimmy Kimmel Live.”

And Favreau’s right. The lions sound real and move around like a real lion pride, but they’re all CGI.

It’s all pretty impressive. You may even be fooled to believe you’re watching a film set in the plains of Africa.

According to press notes from Disney, the production team spent two weeks in Africa to capture footage of animals and the savanna to make everything look as authentic as possible. The result is that the film often feels like you’re inside a photoreal documentary.

So if it’s not live-action, what am I looking at?

Everything you see while watching “The Lion King” remake is animated. In its production notes, Disney boasts that the film is an “all-new medium” that blends together live-action techniques with virtual reality, CG animation, and photoreal digital imagery.

“Every environment you see was completely generated by computers,” Favreau told Kimmel. “Every perfromance was keyframe animated the same way that they did back in the time of ‘Bambi,’ except with the computers using it for lighting and for rendering, it creates this beautiful photoreal naturalism.”

Favreau told Kimmel that everything in the movie is CGI except for one shot, which he didn’t reveal.

During the production team’s two-week visit to Africa they captured photo and video of animals and locations that inspired scenes in the movie. Masai Mara, Kenya, in the Serengeti National Park inspired the Pride Lands and the Sesriem Canyon in Namibia served as inspiration for the wildebeest stampede in the gorge where Simba gets trapped. Yellowstone National Park and Mono Lake, California, also served as inspiration for the Elephant Graveyard.

130 animators brought 86 different animal species to life …read more

Source:: Business Insider

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