July 13, 2018
When developing ‘White Fang’, maintaining the tone of Jack London’s original book was of utmost importance to Alexandre Espigares.
If you’ve ever felt alone, scared, angry, on the defensive, excited, hungry, or in love, then you’ll certainly empathize with the protagonist of the new Netflix film, White Fang, a truly human story about the life—from puppyhood to adulthood—of a wolf-dog.
As we watch White Fang move through the world, we empathize with his struggles as we would with a human, a human, that is, with experience in dogfighting. Featuring voiceovers from Rashida Jones, Nick Offerman, Paul Giamatti and others, the film has a full Alaskan sled-load of excitement, complete with powerful, compassionate writing set against a beautifully visualized backdrop.
No Film School spoke with director Alexandre Espigares about the challenges of making his animated film, now available on Netflix.
No Film School: Can you tell me a little bit about how you achieved the half-drawn, half-photorealistic quality of the film?