Ang Lee Talks LIFE OF PI, the Believability of a Computer-Generated Tiger, and More at the VES Awards

     February 5, 2013


There was a time when everyone said Life of Pi couldn’t be made.  Most said trying to adapt Yann Martel’s novel was a fool’s mission.  And back in May, 2010, after almost reaching the starting gate, the adaptation was put on hold when the studio demanded a lower budget.  But that didn’t stop director Ang Lee, and after some compromise and with a lot of perseverance, he eventually got the green light and the film has now made over $500 million at the worldwide box office and it’s nominated for 11 Academy Awards.  Not bad for an unfilmable movie.

At tonight’s VES Awards I spoke to Lee on the red carpet.  We talked about the awards season experience, the reaction of fans around the world, the believability of the computer-generated tiger, Richard Parker, visual art vs. visual effects and how they contribute to a cinematic story, and more.  Hit the jump to watch.

Ang Lee Time Index:

  • 0:10 – Ang Lee comments on the awards season experience.
  • 0:45 – Lee talks about the reaction of fans around the world to Life of Pi.
  • 2:00 – Lee comments on visual art vs visual effects and how they contribute to a cinematic story.
  • 2:45 – Lee talks about one particular segment of Life of Pi that gave him difficulty and he spent a lot of time working on it.
  • 3:20 – Lee talks about the believability of the computer-generated tiger, Richard Parker.

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