Posts tagged pixar

Posted 1 year ago

'Brave' director Brenda Chapman breaks silence: Getting taken off film 'heartbreaking... devastating... distressing'

When Pixar’s Brave arrived in theaters in June, two directors shared full credit for the film: Mark Andrews and Brenda Chapman. The project had originated with Chapman — who’d previously directed DreamWorks Animation’sThe Prince of Egypt — but at the beginning of 2011, the studio took the reins from her completely and handed them to Andrews, who’d worked on The Incredibles and Ratatouille.

It was a surprising development to say the least, given that Chapman had been Pixar’s first female director of a feature length film, not to mention that Brave featured the studio’s first female protagonist, a fiery Scottish archer-princess named Merida (Kelly Macdonald). But other than a brief comment to the Los Angeles Times in 2011 that the split was due to “creative differences,” Chapman has remained silent on the matter. Until now.

In an essay for a larger New York Times feature about women’s perpetual underrepresentation in all corners of Hollywood, Chapman wrote that the past year and a half had been “a heartbreakingly hard road” for her. “When Pixar took me off of Brave — a story that came from my heart, inspired by my relationship with my daughter — it was devastating,” she writes. 

While she still does not go into any specifics about why she was removed from the film, Chapman makes quite clear she did not agree with the decision. “Animation directors are not protected like live-action directors, who have the Directors Guild to go to battle for them,” she writes. “We are replaced on a regular basis — and that was a real issue for me. This was a story that I created, which came from a very personal place, as a woman and a mother. To have it taken away and given to someone else, and a man at that, was truly distressing on so many levels.”

Chapman does point out that ultimately her “vision” remained in the film, and that she remains “very proud of the movie.” But her last word on the matter (for now) would seem to suggest that after reportedly leaving Pixar to consult on an animation project for Lucasfilm, she’s not eager to return. “Sometimes women express an idea and are shot down, only to have a man express essentially the same idea and have it broadly embraced,” she writes. “Until there is a sufficient number of women executives in high places, this will continue to happen.”

When reached by EW, Pixar declined to comment.

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Posted 1 year ago

rufftoon:

Animated movies of 2014 released in North America

Here’s the line-up I managed to find so far for this year. I hope I haven’t forgotten any. There may be a few other movies from other countries that may get limited releases, like Monster In Paris or Rabbi’s Cat last year.

Not all movie posters are final and some don’t have posters yet.

FEB 14th- Escape From Planet Earth (Rainmaker)

March 15th (limited release, wider release on March 29th) From Up On Poppy Hill (Ghibli)

March 22- Croods (Dreamworks)

May 24th- Epic (Blue Sky)

June 21st- Monster University (Pixar)

July 3- Despicable Me 2 (Illumination)

July 19- Turbo (Dreamworks) 

August 4- Planes (this one is a bit of a surprise, as I thought it was only a DVD release) (Disney- Pixar)

Sept 27- Cloudy 2 (Sony)

November 1- Peabody and Sherman (Dreamworks)

November 27- Frozen (Disney)

Posted 1 year ago

rufftoon:

New Pixar short- PartySaurus Rex

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nailbats:

thatisawesome:

The 22 rules of Storytelling, according to Pixar

#1: You admire a character for trying more than for their successes.

#2: You gotta keep in mind what’s interesting to you as an audience, not what’s fun to do as a writer. They can be v. different.

#3: Trying for theme is important, but you won’t see what the story is actually about til you’re at the end of it. Now rewrite.

#4: Once upon a time there was ___. Every day, ___. One day ___. Because of that, ___. Because of that, ___. Until finally ___.

#5: Simplify. Focus. Combine characters. Hop over detours. You’ll feel like you’re losing valuable stuff but it sets you free.

#6: What is your character good at, comfortable with? Throw the polar opposite at them. Challenge them. How do they deal?

#7: Come up with your ending before you figure out your middle. Seriously. Endings are hard, get yours working up front.

#8: Finish your story, let go even if it’s not perfect. In an ideal world you have both, but move on. Do better next time.

#9: When you’re stuck, make a list of what WOULDN’T happen next. Lots of times the material to get you unstuck will show up.

#10: Pull apart the stories you like. What you like in them is a part of you; you’ve got to recognize it before you can use it.

#11: Putting it on paper lets you start fixing it. If it stays in your head, a perfect idea, you’ll never share it with anyone.

#12: Discount the 1st thing that comes to mind. And the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th – get the obvious out of the way. Surprise yourself.

#13: Give your characters opinions. Passive/malleable might seem likable to you as you write, but it’s poison to the audience.

#14: Why must you tell THIS story? What’s the belief burning within you that your story feeds off of? That’s the heart of it.

#15: If you were your character, in this situation, how would you feel? Honesty lends credibility to unbelievable situations.

#16: What are the stakes? Give us reason to root for the character. What happens if they don’t succeed? Stack the odds against.

#17: No work is ever wasted. If it’s not working, let go and move on - it’ll come back around to be useful later.

#18: You have to know yourself: the difference between doing your best & fussing. Story is testing, not refining.

#19: Coincidences to get characters into trouble are great; coincidences to get them out of it are cheating.

#20: Exercise: take the building blocks of a movie you dislike. How d’you rearrange them into what you DO like?

#21: You gotta identify with your situation/characters, can’t just write ‘cool’. What would make YOU act that way?

#22: What’s the essence of your story? Most economical telling of it? If you know that, you can build out from there.

this is a good list of pointers!

Posted 2 years ago

shoomlah:

No really, the film looks beautiful, but come on now, Pixar!  That dead horse was good and beaten by the time Titanic came out, no need to dredge up anachronistic narrative tropes.

Posted 2 years ago

whathasbeenlost:

isean413:

I like this photo set, a lot. 

good photoset

best photoset

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impossiblegeometry:

mokou:

yeah this is gonna be the best movie ever

WOAD RAIDER
:D :D :D

that lighting hnghhh

impossiblegeometry:

mokou:

yeah this is gonna be the best movie ever

WOAD RAIDER

:D :D :D

that lighting hnghhh

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Posted 2 years ago
panasonicyouth:

kyssthis16:

abowlofbranflakes:

peecharrific:

thefrogman:

Pixar Lamp Halloween costume.
[video] [moar Frogman GIFs]

LMAO I HATE YA’LL!
looooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooool
that lil boy gon be mad as hell when he has to hop for 3 miles while he trick and treatin looooooooooooooool

I love it!

They win the internet, yo. GET THIS PERSON A SCHOLARSHIP!!!!!!!

THIS IS HOW YOU HALLOWEEN, FOLKS

panasonicyouth:

kyssthis16:

abowlofbranflakes:

peecharrific:

thefrogman:

Pixar Lamp Halloween costume.

[video] [moar Frogman GIFs]

LMAO I HATE YA’LL!

looooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooool

that lil boy gon be mad as hell when he has to hop for 3 miles while he trick and treatin looooooooooooooool

I love it!

They win the internet, yo. GET THIS PERSON A SCHOLARSHIP!!!!!!!

THIS IS HOW YOU HALLOWEEN, FOLKS

Posted 2 years ago

cleolinda:

“Brave” Trailer (by DisneyPixar)

Posted 2 years ago

cleolinda:

Character shot of Princess Merida (voice: Kelly Macdonald. Trufax: was originally cast as Reese Witherspoon somehow?) from Brave, the next Pixar movie.

[Image description: Background of misty forest and tall standing stones. Foreground, a young Scottish girl with the most amazing curly orange-red hair. It kind of reminds me of variegated yarn. Also, huge blue eyes. Cerulean blue* dress, with white linen (probably?) undersleeves pulled out at the elbows, and rough gray cloak. She’s holding a bow horizontally and is reaching back for an arrow—she’s either about to shoot or is going back for another one. The bow itself has an inlaid Celtic design. The best description of her expression I can come up with is AW HELL NO.]

[*I actually went to Wikipedia, looked up “blue,” and did the best color match I could. It was either “cerulean” or “Yale blue.”]

If you can, make sure you look at the full hi-res image. The texture of the hair and fabrics are amazing.