He’s a master filmmaker who needs no introduction, but we’ll give him one anyway: He invented the summer blockbuster with a movie about shark (Jaws). He’s brought dinosaurs back to life (Jurassic Park) and aliens to earth (E.T., Close Encounters of the Third Kind). He made an action hero out of Han Solo (Raiders of the Lost Ark) and turned Tom Cruise into a one-man wrecking crew – twice (War of the Worlds and Minority Report). He’s also been the producer and driving force behind more Hollywood blockbusters that we can list here, including, Saving Private Ryan, The Goonies, Schindler’s List, Gremlins, Transformers, True Grit and more recently, Super 8 and Cowboys and Aliens. There’s almost nothing Steven Spielburg hasn’t done – except attend Comic-Con.
That will all change this year when Spielberg makes a first-ever appearance in the famed Hall H, July 22 at Comic-Con 2011. But Spielberg is in San Diego for a number of reasons; receiving the Inkpot Award is just one of them.
Hollywood Legends Surprise San Diego
The Inkpot (which has been around since 1974) is awarded to cutting-edge creators in the comics and entertainment genre, past recipients include comic book legends Jack Kirby and R.Crumb as well as noted science-fiction author Ray Bradbury. But as the old saying goes, it’s better to give than receive, so Spielberg will be showing off footage from his latest film, The Adventures of Tintin to attendees in Hall H, where he will also receive the Inkpot.
Tintin, the French-based comic book was turned into a computer-generated/motion-capture movie for Paramount Pictures, and the film will be released to theaters in December 2011. The movie is Spielberg’s first since 2008′s Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.
Filmmaking in the Digital Age
To bring Tintin to life, Spielberg used state-of-the-art technology, and working on the film was (as Spielberg puts it) “like (being) a painter, in a way.” It’s interesting to see Spielberg making movies with Maya. Now he’s not only directing the characters but handcrafting them – much like James Cameron did on Avatar.
Next up for the filmmaker is the World War I-era drama War Horse, the much-anticipated historic biopic Lincoln (starring Daniel Day-Lewis as the 16th president) and finally the action-thriller, Robopocalypse, which is based on the frightening novel by Daniel H. Wilson. Until then we are certainly looking forward to The Adventures of Tintin.
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