Tuesday, 26 January 2016
2016 Animation Roundtable by The Hollywood Reporter
The Hollywood Reporter has interviewed six leading animation directors: Pete Docter (Inside Out), Pete Sohn (Good Dinosaur), Richard Starzak (Shaun the Sheep), Steve Martino (Peanuts Movie), Charles Kaufman (Anomalisa), and Roger Allers (The Prophet). The directors talk about their shared journey bringing animated films to the screen, and the many challenges they had to overcome along the way. The panel discussion is one hour long.
For example, The Good Dinosaur began its life as a pitch by Pixar story veteran Bob Peterson, and the idea was to take the relationship between a boy and his dog and flip it on its head. So, in the film, the dinosaur is the boy, and the boy is the puppy.
Richard Starzak of Shaun The Sheep wanted to make a silent movie - an idea which, initially at least, no-one at Aardman liked. But, argues Richard, as a director you have to fight for your creative choices.
All the panel agreed that, no matter how hard the journey, a successful director has to stick to their original idea, and make the movie that is closest to their original vision.
Easy to say, hard to deliver.
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