Headline, March 02 2019/ '' ' *ANIMALS* DIGITAL ANCESTORS ' '' : C.G.I




BUCK'S DIGITAL ANCESTORS : IN JULY LAST The filmmakers behind ''The Call of the Wild'' were closely watching -
the release of another movies packed with computer-generated animals.

Although ''The Lion King'' took nearly $1.7 billion at the box office, criticism arose online that the animals lacked emotional expressiveness.

DIGITAL ANIMAL EVOLUTION MOVES forward with the latest ''Call of the Wild''.

IN THE 1935 movie ''The Call of the Wild,'' the canine protagonist, Buck, was cast as a burly St. Bernard alongside a mustachioed Clark Gable.

In 1972, he was played by a stoic German shepherd, and in 1997, by a hulking Leonberger.

In 2020, Buck is played by a 51-year old former Cirque du Soleil performer named Terry who was digitally transformed into a St.Bernard-Scotch shepherd mix. He walks like a dog, he barks like a dog, but - so many viewers will realise within seconds - he isn't a real dog.

The new Buck is able to do things on screen that Bucks of yesteryear could not. He can lick a  snowflake off his nose with precise comedic timing. He can pull the meat off a turkey leg in one smooth gulp, and can glance disapprovingly when his human companion, played by Harrison Ford, drinks too much liquor.

''That's why we use C.G.characters,'' said Ryan Stallford, the visual effects producer on 20th-Century Studios' ''Call of the Wild.'' You can craft a performance. You can make it an emotional experience or a comedic experience or whatever the scene calls for.''

But at first look, some viewers found the leading dog to be more distracting than nuanced; some complained online that they wished the studio had taken a different route.

The rebooted Buck is the latest example of filmmakers' replacing trained movie animals with computer-generated creatures, an expensive and painstaking approach that opens up endless opportunities in postproduction and circumvents ethical concerns about the treatment of working animals.

Over the last few decades, advances in C.G.I  have made these onscreen animals significantly more lifelike. But the question remains whether audiences will accept  computer-generated animals as the industry standard or cringe at the four-legged illusions.

BUILDING A CANINE MOVIE-STAR : From the very beginning, the filmmakers behind ''The Call of the Wild'' knew that their lead needed to be capable of more than a typical movie dog, Stafford said.

Previous versions of the film focused on the human in the story. John Thornton, when, in fact, the 1903 novel by Jack London portrayed Buck as the main character as he was wrenched from domestic comforts in California to be sold as a sled dog in northwestern Canada during the gold rush of the 1890s.

At first the filmmakers chose to model their dog after a Bernese mountain dog. But weeks into the process, it became clear that the breed's black fur would get lost in the shadows of night scenes, Stafford said.

Then, Jessica Steele-Sanders, the wife of the movie's director, Chris Sanders, found a rescue dog online : He seemed like a possible St. Bernard Scotch shepherd, the same mixture of breeds at the novel's version of Buck.

She adopted the dog [who happened to be name Buckley], and soon, he was being scanned and photographed so that visual effects specialists could create a digital imitation of him.

Hundreds of people had a hand in getting Buck just right. A group of staffers videotaped Buckley and about a dozen other dogs in a warehouse in Los Angeles while they played, creating a reference footage for the movie's animators.

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