While I’ve yet to see the film, I am still nonetheless incredibly proud of my former employers MPC who, along with New Zealand’s Weta Digital, are responsible for the wholly virtual environment and talking creatures in the live action adaptation of The Jungle Book.
Here’s a little look behind the scenes. Sometimes I think it’d have been easier to film in a real jungle with real talking animals, but there you go (although I hear that talking bears’ agents are unbearably difficult to work with).
Speaking of MPC, apparently there are still grumblings about unionisation and working conditions. I’d say to MPC that they should embrace it with open arms rather than trying to fight it.
As for the Sky Bar – my favourite story concerns a certain very, very famous lady singer of a certain age being completed and totally ignored by all when she visited the Sky Bar. Whether that was through fear, or being told not to address her at all, I don’t know. But it makes me chuckle. Otherwise the Sky Bar was never off limits. You could get a cup of a tea, and when you were working the late shift, that’s where you collected your food.