There was one shot in The Lion King that wasn’t CGI
Jon Favreau’s The Lion King recieved a somewhat mixed reception.
It currently has a 53 per cent critic score on Rotten Tomatoes and an 88 per cent audience score. However, one thing everyone is agrees is how amazing the film's animation is.
The Lion King live-action remake, which isn’t live-action at all, is Jon Favreau’s second take at remaking an animated classic (the first was The Jungle Book).
The Lion King is a spiritual successor to The Jungle Book, it’s a film that builds upon the already impressive animations techniques of Favreau’s first one.
The film was ‘created’ using ‘virtual-reality tools’, combining motion capture with AR/VR technologies. The production team combined virtual reality tech with cameras in order to film a VR-simulated environment.
The actors making the film would be able to jump into VR and be on the ‘set’ of The Lion King, the camera crew, wearing these VR goggles, filmed the action much like if the film set was real. They created an entire virtual world, hopped into it, and filmed from there.
It comes as no surprise then that the one prevailing compliment of the film is the jungle itself and the beauty of the animals. Favreau - after the release of the film - took to Twitter just to remind us all how unbelievably realistic the movie was.
This is the only real shot in #TheLionKing. There are 1490 rendered shots created by animators and CG artists. I slipped in one single shot that we actually photographed in Africa to see if anyone would notice. It is the first shot of the movie that begins The Circle of Life. pic.twitter.com/CO0spSyCv4— Jon Favreau (@Jon_Favreau) July 26, 2019
With 1490 rendered shots, only one was a real-life image. Favreau pulled back the certain and revealed that it was the first shot of the movie that begins, which kicks off 'The Circle of Life'.
The fact that many have failed to notice the difference between a proper photograph of Africa and Favreau's photo-realistic CGI is astounding (Did you notice it? Be honest).