Disney’s latest remake of “The Lion King” was dubbed “live-action”, but in reality, only one of the shots was actually live.
The film is made up on 1490 rendered shots “created by animators and CG artists” director Jon Favreau tweeted.
But he cheekily “slipped in one single shot we actually photographed in Africa to see if anyone would notice.”
The movie opens on the only real shot as “The Circle Of Life” starts.
Cinematographer Caleb Deschanel spoke to IndieWire about being able to make the film look realistic.
“The most important thing was to create a reality to the filmmaking in terms of shots and lighting,” Deschanel said. “Jon didn’t want perfection. There were a lot of rough shots. But it’s not totally like a documentary, because in a documentary, you can’t get close to lions this way. And every animal movement and gesture was something that they can do in real life.”
By the sounds of the comments under Favreau’s post, their hard work to bring the animation to life paid off.