For my second “Oscar Effects” column at Digital Trends, I looked at the evolution of Marvel’s green-skinned behemoth Hulk from Ang Lee’s 2003 movie through last year’s “The Avengers” team-up film that featured the ol’ jade giant in a prominent role. Hulk was one of the best parts of a fantastic film, which came as a bit of a surprise, given how badly his solo films had flopped in previous years.
Here’s an excerpt from the column:
An entirely computer-generated character, the Hulk of the 2003 movie was intended to reproduce actual human movements, with personal trainers (not bodybuilders) serving as the models for various actions. The ILM animators used similar technology to that which was used to bring the elf Dobby to life in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, and a cardboard standup was used during most scenes with live actors to indicate where Hulk would be located in the finished scene.
Hulk star Eric Bana, who played Hulk’s mild-mannered alter ego Bruce Banner, told Empire Magazine in May 2003 that Lee compared the live portion of production to a Greek tragedy, while indicating that a “whole other movie” about Hulk was being created at ILM.
You can read the rest of the column at DigitalTrends.com, and keep an eye out there (and here) for the next few installments. The last of the five columns runs today, and I’m pretty happy with how they turned out.