5 things you didn’t know about Ben 10: Destroy All Aliens
The inside story from Silas Hickey - Executive Producer
1. 36 months: The making of Ben Tennyson’s first CG-animated movie
The making of Ben 10: Destroy All Aliens was a 3-year process. It took 18 months from the spark of an idea to the finished script and another 18 months to complete the movie.
One of the most challenging and crucial aspects in CG animation and in the making of Ben 10: Destroy All Aliens is rigging, which could take up to a month even for a skilled professional. Rigging is a technique in 3D/CGI animation involving the construction of a set of bones or skeletal outline so the animation process is more intuitive and allows the animator more room to focus on large scale motion. 2. Real humans were used!
Real humans were used to simulate all the car-chase and alien-fight scenes to give the movie a realistic visualization of the action. Details are certainly not spared and were scrutinized down to even the hand movements in a normal walking scene of all the characters.The walking scenes are also one of the most challenging part of the movie.
Rest assured no humans were harmed in the process of making Ben 10: Destroy All Aliens.3. Sleepless in Asia
As Executive Producer of Ben 10: Destroy All Aliens, I served as the anchor in this cross-Atlantic collaboration and was responsible for the creative management of this project, working with the director Vic Cook, writers and animation studio to ensure the first CG-animated Ben 10 movie reflects the brand integrity of the Ben 10 franchise.
I also supervised the voice recording sessions held in L.A, which featured the voices of the original Ben 10 cast including Tara Strong and Meagan Smith.
The 18-hour time difference between Hong Kong and California translates to many late night and early-morning conference calls to make this movie possible! 4. The most ridiculous phone bill in the history of Cartoon Network Asia
The endless phone calls to California for the voice recording sessions, discussions with Victor Cook, the Director and overseeing Tiny Island, the animation studio in Singapore responsible for bringing the movie to life; resulted in the most expensive phone bill anyone has seen in the history of Cartoon Network Asia. But it was totally worth it.5. The Inner Alien
I secretly harbour a desire to morph into a full-time FourArms so my hands can keep up with the hats I wear as Creative Director of Turner Broadcasting System Asia Pacific, Executive Producer of Ben 10: Destroy All Aliens and other Cartoon Network originals – plus being a father to my 3-and-a-half-year-old daughter.
I might add the power of invisibility to FourArms if I could. Imagine the power of FourArms plus invisibility! I’d be invincible!
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