Thursday, July 12, 2012
Samantha Barks stars with Jonathan Bailey in the UK version of Groove High, which will be out on Disney Channel this fall. And she's appearing as Eponine in the film version of Les Miserables which comes out in cinemas at Christmas. My friend Tim, who's busy on the effects for it, just sent me a link to the new trailer. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EnLSG5t_dc8
Monday, July 9, 2012
Thursday, July 5, 2012
But the answer is simple.There must have been something that made someone cut a cheque in the first place. And foresically speaking you need to find out what that is, and sometimes finding that out is a job in and of itself. Often, the people working on the film can't remember where it all started. Everyone is lost. (Prometheus anyone?) But it was just so long ago, and it may have been a few regimes back. But I assure you, something is at the core of the project. Even if it's just the casting. We've got Will Ferrell and Chris Rock AND Angelina Jolie, but they hate the concept? Fine. Page one rewrite. Or just one drawing that made you believe in the project in the first place and it's pinned up over that guys desk. Ok. Lets stare VERY hard at this thing, ask some deep psychological questions as if that drawing was drawn by Dr Rorschach himself and start again. Page one rewrite. And we've still got that momentum thing behind us. Onwards!
Hmm. Licensed Minnie Mouse nail polish, brought to you by a character famous for wearing gloves. Hmm indeed.
Ok. It works. Sort of. I love how the pose shows Minnie admiring her nails, somehow with her X-ray vision through the gloves. It does make you look twice, which I suppose is half the battle when trying to grab the attention of the passing public.
My daughter didn’t notice that Minnie had gloves on until I pointed it out to her. “Oh yeah.” And then she laughed hard and said with classic tween attitude, “Classic fail.”
It’s just a very curious endorsement. Did Disney quietly giggle as they took the license fee, not pointing out the obvious, or were there lengthy conference calls? Having been a Disney exec for a few years, I’m guessing the latter.
I was asked to write an intro for the new Animation UK directory. That's quite cool. Nice to be on everyone's desk for a whole year. There are a few typos and it's an odd edit of what I wrote but hey, who cares, I think I still got my point across. Animation is an indoor sport and people in animation (including writers) don't go out much. So anywhere that there's lousy weather, tax cuts help increase employment and animators will still move to your cold wet miserable town because they go where the work is, not where they can work on their tans. Cuts are coming. Thank goodness. Better late than never.