The Alice in Wonderland film is being brought to the screen using a combination of live actors, motion capture, fully animated CG characters and CG environments.
“The way it’s being done is a mutation of things,” says Tim Burton who was filming in Cornwall, England for two weeks. Back in Los Angeles’ Culver City Studios the filming continued in strange looking sets: actors on soundstages were completely surrounded by green screen. “It’s not like Beowulf. It’s not a motion-capture movie. It’s kind of a mixture of some distorted live action and animation. I can’t relate it to anything because I’m not sure what to relate it to. It’s kind of new territory for me, so we’ll see.”
At The Jameson Empire Awards Tim commented on the style and progress of filming Alice in Wonderland:
"I like the 3-D aspect of it, I think it fits the material very well, and it doesn’t give me a headache like it used to." 3-D may be a way to go in some of Burton’s future films as well if this one proves to be a success: "I think it’s good for anything. There are other uses than having spears stuck into your face - I think there are more visceral, emotional uses, especially if you use lots of textures.”
The filming is going “Way down the rabbit hole. There's a long way to go."