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Darren Aronofsky Says "NOAH" to Live Animals in New Flick

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Oscar-nominated director, Darren Aronofsky, knew from the beginning that leaving live animals out of his upcoming film, “Noah,” was the way to go.

“I think we’ve learned from people who have done it before that that’s a really bad move,” said Aronofsky in an interview with Directors Guild of America. “Politically it’s not a great thing to work with live animals and that’s becoming more apparent to people as time goes by, but also, technically, it would have been extremely difficult. And we’ve learned from lots of other films how hard it is to bring different kinds of animals together.”

“Noah” will bring to life the story of the well-known biblical disaster, but instead of filling the ark with real animals, Aronofsky chose to embrace technology over animal use. He teamed up with Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) to make every living, non-human thing created digitally. “We basically went through the animal kingdom and pinpointed the body types we wanted: some pachyderms, some rodents, reptiles, and the bird kingdom. We chose the species and they were brought to life with different furs and colors. We didn’t want anything fully recognizable but not completely absurd either,” explained Aronofsky.

It sounds like the effects in the film will be pretty impressive; ILM told Aronofsky that the digital work on the animals for “Noah” was the most complicated rendering in the company’s history! “It’s a nice badge of honor,” said Aronofsky of ILM’s milestone.

“Noah” is currently in post-production and will be released in 2014.

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