Darren Aronofsky is tackling a story of ACTUAL biblical proportions and Paramount has just released the first trailer which looks insanely epic in proportion. The official synopsis for “Noah” is simple and to the point: “NOAH is a close adaptation of the Biblical story of Noah’s Ark. In a world ravaged by human sin, Noah is given a divine mission: to build an Ark to save creation from the coming flood.”
Russell Crowe is perfectly cast as Noah the guy on a mission from God to build “The Ark” and save all of mankind and the animal kingdom. (No pressure right?) The movie also stars Ray Winstone, Emma Watson, Jennifer Connelly, Douglas Booth, Logan Lerman and Anthony Hopkins as Methuselah.
The movie, as you can imagine, has a massive CGI aspect to it and believe it or not, not ONE live animal is used in the film that features a massive boat FILLED with animals. Here is what Aronofsky had to say about the CGI work with Industrial Light and Magic over on the DGA Website.
“We had to create an entire animal kingdom,” says Aronofsky. “All the animals in the movie are slightly tweaked; I didn’t want the clichéd polar bear, elephant, and lion walking onto the Ark; I didn’t want the shot of a giraffe’s head looking over the rail. I wanted to respect the storyline and think what would have been involved if it all really happened.”
In collaboration with Industrial Light & Magic (ILM), “We basically went through the animal kingdom and pinpointed the body types we wanted: some pachyderms, some rodents, reptiles, and the bird kingdom. We chose the species and they were brought to life with different furs and colors. We didn’t want anything fully recognizable but not completely absurd either.”
Around the time of this interview, Aronofsky was told by ILM that they had just done the most complicated rendering in the company’s history involving the animals on the Ark.
“It was a nice badge of honor,” he smiled. “I don’t think it’s the most incredible shot, but I think because of all the hair on the animals it was incredibly complicated for them. They said, ‘We can only render it two or three more times so make sure those are exactly right because they take so long and are so complex.’”