A few weeks ago I packed my bag and headed down to Los Angeles, courtesy of 20th Century Fox and DreamWorks Animation to preview their new movie The Croods and tour the DreamWorks Animation campus.
It was INCREDIBLE.
The campus at DreamWorks was beyond gorgeous and we were given an insider peek into all of the work that goes into creating one of their award-winning feature films. The Croods was a fabulous movie (more about the storyline during my follow-up post) and learning about how the movie was created has given me a tremendous respect for all animated films. What to you may be 90 minutes of entertainment for your kids and a chance for you to actually get something done around the house is a 3-5 year plus project for many, many incredibly talented people.
After a tour of the campus we sat down for a story pitch presentation for The Croods with the directors and a story artist who took us through the story development using storyboards. Remember those flip books with a million pages that you can flip through and see a scene moving? Now imagine those million pages all placed up on a wall.
For a little perspective, this picture shows Steve Macleod who did a huge amount of the storyboarding for the movie The Croods. He began working on it five years ago as a storyboard trainee right out of college. His daughter who is now in kindergarten will be able to attend the premiere.
The magic continued during our tour with an incredible character animation presentation, a question and answer session with the directors and producers of the film, and a fascinating visual effects presentation. Stay tuned for my next post where I'll continue the scoop on what it takes to create one of these fabulous films as well as details about the actual movie itself. You will LOVE it! And you MIGHT need some tissues. Just sayin'.
The Croods is a 3D adventure about a modern cave family rolling into theaters on March 22 and featuring the voices of Nicolas Cage, Emma Stone, Ryan Reynolds, Catherine Keener, Clark Duke and Cloris Leachman.