Creating this animatic was a technically challenging process as I was trying a lot of new techniques not normally found in animatics. The storytelling had to be tight, the energy frenetic, and the action clear. One of the things I focused on was a "good news, bad news" stacking of the beats... Tony gets out of a bind, only to be faced with another challenge which he overcomes but then he is immediately dealt a fresh problem. As much as anything else, Tony needed to out-think his attackers.
Thankfully Shane and Marvel were ecstatic with the end result. By the time the animatic was approved by all the powers-that-be, were still many months away from shooting, but I think having this kind of scene locked down so early allowed Marvel to carefully strategize all the necessary elements to make this very complex scene come to life. In the end, they ended up following my animatic almost shot-to-shot, so seeing that on screen was an amazingly gratifying experience."
In related news, Iron Man 3 crossed the $300 million benchmark at the domestic box office yesterday, after just 14 days in release, and passed the $1 billion milestone internationally, after just 23 days in global theaters.
The sequel is just the second Marvel Studios movie to earn over $1 billion globally, with Marvel's The Avengers crossing that plateau after just 19 days in release. Iron Man 3 is just the sixth Disney movie to earn $1 billion worldwide, following Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, Alice in Wonderland, Toy Story 3, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, and Marvel's The Avengers.
Iron Man 3 was released May 3rd, 2013 and stars Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Guy Pearce, Rebecca Hall, Jon Favreau, Ben Kingsley, James Badge Dale. The film is directed by Shane Black.