Rigging George Clooney’s face

11 Sep

Earlier this year, Full Sail University profiled its 2000 computer animation grad and 2011 Hall of Fame inductee Laurie Brugger.  Brugger is a senior rigger for Framestore, the London-based visual effects and computer animation studio working on Cuarón’s upcoming feature Gravity.  The face specialist speaks about her award-winning work on Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1 (2010) – specifically for her work on the house elf Dobby – and meeting George Clooney.  She doesn’t mention Gravity by name, but we can pretty sure it’s the reason she was working on Clooney’s face (Framestore didn’t say otherwise).

While Brugger didn’t reveal anything new about Gravity, it’s been a while since we’d heard any news so it still kind of exciting to hear about her work. (and Dobby!)  To recap some old, but relevant news:

  • Recall that Clooney wasn’t exactly pleased to be filmed without make-up. (“Okay, let’s just get on with this.”)
  • Back in June 2010, when Robert Downey Jr. was still attached to the project and the film was without a committed female lead, it was Framestore that spilled some of the first major details about Gravity when advertising for recruits to join its crew, including “60% CG feature animation with the balance being hybrid CG and live action elements” and the opening take “slated to last at least 20 minutes.”  Read more.

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And in other news, Elida Contreras tweeted a photo of the crew of Besos de azúcar, Carlos Cuarón’s second feature length film which began filming in June.  As of August 17, IMDb lists the film as status: post-production.

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