Video:Mars Needs Moms Elisabeth Harnois, Ochoa Brothers Interviewswith Rebecca Murray
Elisabeth Harnois, Raymond Ochoa, Robert Ochoa and Ryan Ochoa play Martians in Walt Disney Pictures' family film, 'Mars Needs Moms.' At the film's premiere, they talked about the motion capture suits and working on the PG action comedy.See Transcript
Transcript:Mars Needs Moms Elisabeth Harnois, Ochoa Brothers Interviews
Rebecca Murray from About.com Hollywood Movies at the World Premiere of Walt Disney Pictures' Mars Needs Moms.
Elisabeth Harnois - 'Ki' in Mars Needs Moms
Elisabeth Harnois: "It's a family film but it's really truly a family film. Everyone in the family will enjoy it. It's action, it's comedy, it's really deep, sad... There's so much heart to it. It's just got every element you would want in a well-rounded movie."
Everybody is telling me that at the end of this, they cry. Why? Is it that emotional?
Elisabeth Harnois: "Yeah. The thing is, there's nothing...you know how you can ride that fine line of just being like telling people 'you're supposed to be sad now'? But this movie really just lets you find it naturally in a really beautiful way. You're just like all of a sudden you're like, 'Oh my god.' Mother and child relationships are just, if you're lucky enough to have a good one, they're beautiful and you should really cherish them. My favorite scene toward the end of the movie is the one that I think makes people cry. It's actually my favorite scene."
What was it like being in those suits?
Elisabeth Harnois: "The first couple days it was really a little frustrating because all of a sudden you feel like you're wearing something that's two sizes too small. It's like a wetsuit, you know? And you try and forget that you're wearing the helmet and the suit. You just kind of have to forget about it so that you can get into your performance. But it really wasn't that hard because after a while you realize everybody's wearing them. It's like we're a bunch of Power Rangers and we've just got to go do our job now, and it was really fun. I mean, it felt right. It felt very natural after two days."
And they could do things very fast because they didn't have to reset, right?
Elisabeth Harnois: "No reset, no lighting changes. The only thing they had to do was touch up our dots occasionally, because you know the dots is what they read for our facial expressions. We ended up wrapping a week ahead which is unheard of on a movie this size."
When you have dots on your face do you find yourself overreacting, trying to make your expressions bigger - or did it bother you at all?
Elisabeth Harnois: "I think that in order to do motion capture, or performance capture, well I think there are certain faces that just move a little bit differently, and they actually respond better to the technology. I think that's true, but I think as an actor you never want to make that choice. You always want to do whatever's the most truthful and honest and natural thing, and that will come through. The technology is advanced enough that it will catch and read those very subtle moments."
Ryan, Raymond and Robert Ochoa - 'Martian Hatchlings' in Mars Needs Moms
You've done animated films before...
Raymond Ochoa: "Yes, us two did."
Ryan Ochoa: "We did Christmas Carol."
So what's it like to be on a set like this with the motion capture suits?
Raymond Ochoa: "It is one of the best things, because it's not a thing you mostly do when you act. You get that one opportunity to do that, and it's awesome when you put that motion capture suit on and everything."
Doesn't the suit itself feel really weird?
Ryan Ochoa: "It's like a jumpsuit. It has all these dots on it, and then they put these cameras on our heads with dots on our face. And four cameras capture all the dots on your face. No, we did Christmas Carol and Mars and it's so fun. I'd totally do it again. You know, it takes really fast to shoot. You film it in one big soundstage, you film the whole movie. We love it."
Have the suits changed any since Christmas Carol to this? How have they developed?
Raymond Ochoa: "Because a lot of people had complaints on the helmets, they changed the helmets so you can adjust them."
Ryan Ochoa: "You can tighten, loosen the helmets, which is very good. Motion capture, it's like Avatar with the blue men - the Na'vi - they did it with the Avatar people. We'd totally do it again. It's awesome."
So are you guys believers in aliens? Are they out there?
Robert Ochoa: "Of course."
Raymond Ochoa: "I believe in aliens in Mars, but not on this planet."
So what's Mars Needs Moms really about?
Raymond Ochoa: "It's about a kid that basically saves his mom because how much he loves her."
Ryan Ochoa: "And the average kid can relate to it. Well, going to Mars... But you know getting mad at his mom and him going to apologize, her getting taken up by Martians is crazy. Honestly, I wanted to see this since we filmed it. There's so much action. Looking at the previews, all these crazy characters and creatures they created, especially the hatchlings. The hatchlings that we play, we pop out of the ground. We're born out of Mars."
Do they let you see what it's going to look like as you are filming?
Robert Ochoa: "When we went back for ADR to do the voices, we had to fit back in. We didn't really get to watch the movie, but we saw a little clip of it because we had to do the voices as it was shown to us. So that's pretty much everything we've seen. Everything else is a surprise to us."
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