Sunday, 26 September 2010

[389] Kevin Feige Web-Conference

I don't like press conferences at the best of times. And, in fact, the ones I enjoy most are usually those where things get completely derailed. I sat in on a relatively long (90 minute) conference with Marvel Studios Producer Kevin Feige this week... on the internet. I'm no stranger to web conferences, but they're odd beasts. Distanced, clinical, like a chat room with one person talking. The last conference I covered, for Prince of Persia, had a chat window where the journalists submitted their questions, and a video feed where Jordan Mechner would mumble at a camera.

We didn't get to see Kevin Feige's mug, instead it was purely text. And we only got to see our own questions, which we submitted, and the pixies on the other end vetted them. I asked about replacing James Rhodes with Don Cheadle, how Marvel Studios are splitting their attentions between managing this Avengers cross-over franchise and smaller flicks like Runaways and Ant-Man, and some of the financial risk in bringing lesser-known characters to the screen. None of my questions (about 6-7 in total) were deemed acceptable. Instead, we had questions about DVD extras, and a very tepid scoop about a potential, maybe-possible, not-confirmed-or-even-fully-conceived-yet Black Widow film. It spread around the net the day after. It's NEWS.

(And it's another opportunity for that crazy commenter to let loose with the conspiracy theory of Scarlett Johansson being 'stolen biological material, taken against will and formed to clones line 200 pieces total'. Amazing.)

Last night, we were able to join a virtual roundtable interview with Marvel Studios head honcho, Kevin Feige. The interview was promoting the upcoming DVD and Blu-ray release of Iron Man 2, and, from what Feige was saying, there's going to be plenty to look forward to there.

However, inevitably he was pushed on some other Marvel projects, and here, we bring you a collection of things that he was asked about. Questions were coming in from across the globe, from what we could tell, and here were the best of them....

On making
Iron Man 2...

Can you talk about the balance between real effects and CGI ... how critical is that to the success of a superhero film?

The combination of practical and visual effects is very important. Jon [Favreau] is very sensitive to shots in which the camera work is done at impossible speeds and impossible angles. Our CGI vendors became very astute at what we call 'favreauvean' shots, which contain those imperfections that make even a full CGI shot seem practical.

Read the full article here.

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