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A Hero's Journey: The Making of Beowulf (2008)

A behind the scenes look at the making of Robert Zemeckis' 2007 motion capture version of Beowulf.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Zemeckis ... Himself
Ray Winstone ... Himself
Tegan Taylor ... Herself
Josh McLaglen ... Himself
Norman Newberry ... Himself (as Norm Newberry)
Michael Gastaldo Michael Gastaldo ... Himself
Anthony Hopkins ... Himself (as Tony)
Julie Groll Julie Groll ... Herself
Roger Avary ... Himself
Crispin Glover ... Himself
Garrett Warren ... Himself
Paul 'Sled' Reynolds ... Himself
Demian Gordon Demian Gordon ... Himself
Gina DiPietro Gina DiPietro ... Herself, production assistant
Neil Gaiman ... Himself


A behind the scenes look at the making of Robert Zemeckis' 2007 motion capture version of Beowulf.

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Release Date:

26 February 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El viaje de un héroe: Cómo se hizo Beowulf See more »

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1.78 : 1
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After the end credits there is a short 'easter egg' called "A Coffee Break with John Malkovich". See more »


References Beowulf (2007) See more »

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Journeying about a single room
8 February 2010 | by TBJCSKCNRRQTreviewsSee all my reviews

This is the longest of the six featurettes on the 2-Disc Director's Cut DVD of Beowulf, with a running time of 24 minutes(extended slightly by the Easter Egg with Malkovich that plays automatically once this has played in its entirety... am I the only one who got a "weird hidden camera and pretty creepy" vibe from it? Anyone?). It consists of behind-the-scenes footage, interviews, clips of the film and pre-visualization. With a sort of feel of a production diary, this is a tad short on amusing anecdotes, but if you're interested in learning more about the technology they used, it's pretty solid. Every actor is running around in spandex with, and surrounded by, bright neon colors, and you get to briefly see how they manage to mo-cap two performances interacting with one another even though they aren't in direct contact on the... "set". It's no wonder they had "existential crises", as is remarked in this. Christ, the very *props* are eye-sores, color-wise. This is well-edited, and the pace is good. Everything is explained fairly well(with that said, if this is the first big FX pic where you get the tools behind it described, you may not understand everything). There is a little moderate language in this. I recommend it to anyone who wants to know how they accomplished making the movie. 7/10

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