The ‘Tom & Jerry’ Feature Team Proves Filmmakers Can Get Creative in Global Lockdown

With no live-action shooting possible because of the global lockdown, animation and post-production, however, are continuing productively via social distancing.

That’s a great advantage for Warner Bros.’ live-action/animated “Tom and Jerry” feature (scheduled for December 23).

While shooting is complete on the hybrid directed by Tim Story (“Shaft”), which stars Chloë Grace Moretz as a New York hotel executive embroiled in a cat-and-mouse with the iconic Hanna-Barbera cartoon characters, the editing and CG animation by Framestore are proceeding remotely as a result of the digital workflow.Fortunately, producer Chris deFaria took proactive steps to mobilize remotely at the beginning of March.

“We broke ourselves out into departments: editorial, visual effects, animation, and overall post-production management,” he said.

“And with each of them, I asked to run three scenarios: status quo but with travel restrictions; a decentralized workflow with a central hub in London for editorial; or decentralize everything.”More

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