Friday, March 21, 2014

Acting and story analysis of Frozen

Here's an interesting article by Ed Hooks about the story structure and performances in Disney's mega-hit. He makes some interesting observations and I think it's a good read for animators and writers alike.  Plot dissection aside, I was really impressed with the animation in Frozen.  At Pixar we recently had the pleasure of seeing Lino DeSalva (head of animation on Frozen) discuss their process for creating such consistent and appealing performances in such a short amount of time. I found it very inspiring and I really feel they're pushing the medium forward. 

Meanwhile we're deep into production on our Summer 2015 film, Inside Out, for which I am a Supervising Animator along with Shawn Krause. It's a lot of hard work, but the characters are really fun - and challenging!  It's a different style of animation than we've done in previous features, and the story is unique, thoughtful, and deeply moving. Animation is supposed to wrap in late November, so we've got lots of work left to do. It's a pleasure working so closely with director Pete Docter, and it's the most fun I've had at work in years. I can't wait until we can share more info and images with the world...  I don't want to jinx it, but I think it may turn out to be my favorite Pixar film!