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Alita: Battle Angel Featurette Highlights The Importance Of A Close-Up

I want nothing more than for Alita: Battle Angel to be a huge success for 20th Century Fox. As I mentioned over a year ago when that first trailer hit, it filled me with more excitement over a new big-budget I.P. than anything has in a long time. The actual character of Alita — creepy or no — seemed like another potential landmark creation in visual effects. In addition to being photorealistic, it brings with it an almost anime aesthetic that is very fitting given the manga source material.

So far, the trailers have, to me, shown off a great deal of heart. Enough to actually make me care about the characters beyond what could be a technological splendor. In the new featurette for the film, we get a quick look at some of the tech going on behind the scenes, including the work needed to actually bring Alita herself to life.

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“It’s all about this,” producer James Cameron says in the video, holding up his hands so that they border the top and bottom of his face. “If you can make the audience believe that that character is real in a tight close-up…and frankly Weta are the only people that I trusted to be able to do that.”

From there, we see some shots of the motion performance from star Rosa Salazar.

As I mentioned, I very much want this film to succeed, but I also worry this will go the way of Mortal Engines, as the overall enthusiasm I’ve seen for pieces on this seems nonexistent. Hopefully, I’m wrong though. Are you excited at all? Let me know your thoughts down below!

Alita: Battle Angel hits theaters on February 14, 2019.

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SOURCE: 20th Century Fox

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