Paramount has released a new behind the scenes featurette called “natural acting experience” from Gore Verbinski’s Rango. Unlike most animated movies which feature the actors delivering their dialogue alone, Verbinski had the entire cast acting out the scenes like a play, which I’m sure led to a lot of discovery with the script and many improvised moments. I wonder if the Blu-ray release will feature a split screen so you can see the animated scenes next to the actors recording the dialogue. Trust me, the way they captured Rango is as radical a process for animation as I have ever seen. You definitely want to check out this feturette.
Rango is being directed by filmmaker Gore Verbinski, of The Mexican, The Ring, The Weather Man, and all three Pirates of the Caribbean movies. The script was written by John Logan (Gladiator, The Last Samurai, The Aviator, Sweeney Todd) based on a story by Verbinski and James Ward Byrkit. ILM is animating using "cutting edge techniques" that "allow [them] to capture and translate every aspect of Johnny's performance, using it to drive the computer-generated character in a way that has yet to be seen." Paramount is bringing Rango to theaters on March 4th, 2011 next spring. Visit the official website as well: RangoMovie.com.