Cinema Blend caught up with Marvel VFX Vice President Victoria Alonso, and asked her about what the plans were for pulling off giant walking tree, Groot, and pint-sized, smart-mouthed Rocket Raccoon. Alonso responded:
You can’t do any motion capture with a raccoon – they won’t let you put the suit on [laughs]. But we will do rotomation, probably, for some of the behavior. Rocket will have his own personality, of course, and clearly we can’t do mocap on a tree, per say, but we definitely will have performers to emulate what [director] will lead to be the behavior and the performance. He’s very clear on where he wants to take the characters.
If Gunn has a concrete idea of what he wants to do with these two potentially problematic characters, that could mean a big payoff for the audience. Especially if the Academy Award-nominated VFX team from The Avengers is on the case.
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