It seems that Steven Spielberg's new motion capture film made him feel like more of an artist. The Los Angeles Times recently spoke with Spielberg where he explained his usage of motion-capture for his upcoming film, The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn. Here's an excerpt from the article.

"It was based on my respect for the art of Hergé and wanting to get as close to that art as I could," says the director, referring to Tintin's author-illustrator, who created the international blockbuster graphic novel series (200 million copies in print) starring intrepid cub reporter Tintin, and his irrepressible canine companion, Snowy, as they venture through the pre-WWII world.

"Hergé wrote about fictional people in a real world, not in a fantasy universe," Spielberg said. "It was the real universe he was working with, and he used National Geographic to research his adventure stories. It just seemed that live action would be too stylized for an audience to relate to. You'd have to have costumes that are a little outrageous when you see actors wearing them. The costumes seem to fit better when the medium chosen is a digital one."

Spielberg also explained how the motion-capture process made him feel like a much different kind of artist.

"I just adored it," he says. "It made me more like a painter than ever before. I got a chance to do so many jobs that I don't often do as a director. You get to paint with this device that puts you into a virtual world, and allows you to make your shots and block all the actors with a small hand-held device only three times as large as an Xbox game controller."

CLICK HERE for the full piece on the director. The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn stars Jamie Bell, Daniel Craig, Andy Serkis, Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Gad Elmelah, Toby Jones, Mackenzie Crook and will be released in theaters nationwide on December 23, 2011.