Monday, June 25, 2012
My Alien Encounter- Space Chimps
For one year I got to be an Alien. I worked in Vancouver, Canada on Space Chimps. We had an awesome group of people from all over the world working together. Originally the movie was directed by Donovan Cook and Norton Virgien. Kirk De Micco finished the directing.
In the script the Space Chimps return to earth after their adventure but it wasn't a satisfying ending. They just safely land. In trying to find some drama or suspense, I came up with the idea that they forgot to build landing gear on their returning ship. This action involved the chimps that were still on earth because they had to steal a truck for the Space Chimps to land on while driving at high speed. This also worked thematically with Chimp Ham's character arc. In the beginning of the movie Ham doesn't want to have anything to do with his grandfather's space legacy, he's getting by in life as a circus chimp who gets shot out of a cannon. Ham's problem is he can never hit the target. Now having become a real space chimp he must prove he can hit the target. Their lives depend on it. It was a fun sequence to board. (CLICK TO ENLARGE)