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Alita: Battle Angel takes manga to photorealistic levels

"Seth Macias" (2019-12-13)"article-body" class="row" section="article-body"> 20th Century Fox Watching 3D clips of the upcoming manga cyberpunk film Alita: 19 웹툰 추천 Battle Angel, I was struck by a particular scene. In it, the main character, Alita, lies in bed with sun hitting her face, and the extreme close-up gives an intricate view of the light touching her skin and even reflecting off her minute facial hair. The way her skin moves and breathes convinced me I was looking at a young woman's face.

Amazingly, I was seeing pixels.

Keean Johnson (left) and Rosa Salazar (center) in a scene from Alita: Battle Angel.

20th Century Fox I sat down with producer Jon Landau, director Robert Rodriguez and Alita herself, actress Rosa Salazar, during the Crunchyroll Expo manga and anime celebration in the fall, and asked them how they had me questioning whether I was looking at skin or computer-generated imagery.

The film opens Feb. 14, but later this month, fans in Austin, Los Angeles and New York will get to attend an immersive experience called Passport to Iron City before the film's release

"[Visual-effects house] Weta Digital has been working on that for a number of years," Landau said. Skin "is something they know is so key to making a CG character look real. They put a lot of research into that."

They are engineers but they are also poets in a way." Rosa Salazar The film, 20 years in the making, is based on Yukito Kishiro's manga Battle Angel Alita, about a young cyborg girl who wakes up in a postapocalyptic city without knowing who she is and embarks on a journey to understand where she comes from. Supporting her is Dr. Dyson Ido, a father figure who specializes in health care for cyborgs.

Salazar (The Divergent Series: Insurgent, Parenthood, Maze Runner: The Death Cure) enters the room at Crunchyroll Expo with a big smile, greets everyone and takes in compliments from Rodriguez on her geometrically striking blue dress. It's quite a different look from the motion capture suit and infrared dots she wore on set. She jumps right into the conversation to talk about how Weta worked closely with her to achieve the film's realism.

"They are engineers, but they are also poets in a way, and they are on set all the time and with their imagination, engineering things we may need for just that day," she said.