A Dreamer Walking

Fog City Mavericks

Posted in Uncategorized by Jacob on March 4, 2011

I just recently watched a documentary on San Francisco Filmmaking called Fog City Mavericks. I highly recommend it. It is a very well made documentary about the history of this creative film city. We see the magic that comes from artists taking control of their creative material. We are introduced to the origins of film and to curtain films that changed the history of Hollywood completly, such as The Godfather and Star Wars series. I hope you Enjoy!

 

Scorsese: Interviewed by Charlie Rose

Posted in Uncategorized by Jacob on January 25, 2011

Charlie Rose is one of my favorite interviewers and I think he does a splendid job interviewing Martin in this hour long video. I am posting this video because Martin does a good job talking about his career up to 1997 when this interview was taken. Especially in the second half of the interview, Martin goes into detail about what got him interested in film in the first place and why he has done some of the projects he has done.

Wall-E: Andrew Stanton Interview

Posted in Uncategorized by Jacob on January 18, 2011

I stumbled upon this very informative interview with director Andrew Stanton talking about some of his thought process behind the movie Wall-E.

Wall-E is not my favorite Pixar movie but I think the movie’s storytelling is superb. We are introduced to the robot Wall-E and find out exactly what kind of character he is and what he is longing for in life within the first seven minutes of the film. The first twenty to thirty minutes of Wall-E consist of some of the greatest animation I have ever seen. The Pixar guys had guts. They trusted that the audience would not loose interest, even though there was little action and hardly any duologue at the beginning of the film.

Wall-E also represents a break away from the typical Pixar visual style. Andrew used lenses and brought in a color schemes that were different from movies like Cars, Finding Nemo, and Monsters Inc. He shot for a more realistic look. The movement of Wall-E was very limited compared to most of the Pixar characters. This allowed for the animators to stretch their skills and learn how to communicate a lot with a little.

Anyway, here are the video’s. Enjoy!

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Sidekicks!

Posted in Uncategorized by Jacob on January 4, 2011

There are sidekicks in all mediums of film, live action all the way through animation. For some reason it seems like it’s animation that gets a bad rap for sidekicks. Many criticize animation for putting in sidekicks just in order to get some cheap laughs. I need to admit that there is some truth the criticism. There are many animated movies that have sidekicks that hardly do anything to serve the story and seem to be solely created to get laughs.  I personally think that sidekicks should never be used just for laughs. Their main purpose should always be in service to the story and main protagonist. Instead of taking the lime light from the main character, they should give us more depth into what the main character is thinking and how he or she is feeling. Sidekicks can also be a force that pushes the main character to walk out and fulfill his or her goals.

Disney story artist Mark Kennedy, does a fantastic job explaining the significance of the sidekick in his blog Temple of the Seven Golden Camels. He talks about Tangled and Rapunzel’s sidekick Pascale. He goes into detail on how they used Pascale to get to know Rapunzel to a greater extant. HERE is the link to the article he wrote. Enjoy and I hope you learn from it! 🙂