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Blogs No One Wants to Ever Leave Skywalker Ranch, Because…

By Dan Sarto | Saturday, February 16, 2008 at 2:00pm

Once arriving at Skywalker Ranch’s breakfast area, after much more sleep than I had on my last visit, many of the tour members were already having a bite to eat before starting the hectic three-screening day. During the screening, the tour group split into two to tour the main house. Despite having seen the sights last year, it doesn’t diminish the wonder at all, especially when accompanied by a group who have never experienced it before. Adjectives like “awesome” and “insane” wafted through the air.

Blogs ILM’s Valentine’s Gift — A Night at Skywalker Ranch

By Dan Sarto | Friday, February 15, 2008 at 4:27pm

As we drove up to Skywalker Ranch, the excitement was clearly growing in the packed van. After watching the Skywalker Sound reel and some animation clips in the impressive Stag Theatre, we met with Randy Thom, who is nominated for his sound work on Ratatouille.

Blogs Nominees Have A Date with Brad Bird, Ed Catmull & The Rest of Pixar’s Staff

By Dan Sarto | Friday, February 15, 2008 at 3:50pm

A first for the tour, but most likely not a first for the Madame Tutli-Putli team was about their enigmatic ending. Maciek explained that the intention of the film was less about plot and more like a poem where one scene doesn’t dictate the next, but informs the preceding scene.

Blogs Love for Pixar on Valentine’s Day

By Dan Sarto | Friday, February 15, 2008 at 3:34pm

The Animation Pit, where the artists work, is filled with intricately decorated offices, a haven for toy lovers. When more office space was needed, traditional cubicles were brought in, but the artists hated them. So after a little research, for the same amount of money, they were able to bring in little huts called tough shed, which have been transformed into mini-offices in the middle of the wide halls.

Blogs Panda doesn’t pander

By Joe Strike | Wednesday, February 13, 2008 at 7:01pm

My first reaction to Kung Fu Panda was, (bored, Droopy voice), whoopee, here we go again: hopeless slob (Jack Black, who else?) makes good in spite of himself, done with that trademark DreamWorks unattractive angular character design.

Mea culpa, friends. I just saw a lengthy promo reel for the film hosted by Ol’ Bullet-head himself, Jeff (nyah-nyah Michael, I’m still a player, what are you doing these days?) Katzenberg – and I am blown away. This is going to turn into an Anton Ego review (end of Ratatouille Anton that is), but here we go.

Blogs Peter and the Wolf Director Suzie Templeton Answers The Six Questions

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, February 12, 2008 at 4:44pm

I banned them from talking about it as I was getting so nervous and then I checked the Oscar website in the afternoon and there we were! And then the phones all started ringing and Rosto gave me some flowers and champagne and whisked me off to dinner!

Blogs Even Pigeons Go To Heaven Director Sam Tourneux Answers The Six Questions

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, February 7, 2008 at 4:20pm

Someone called me when I had friends over for dinner. It was someone who speaks English. I needed time to switch my brain in the English mode, but I understood: “…academy… motion picture…. Congratulations!!!” So I answered, “Yes ?! Thank you!” But I didn’t really understand what it was all about.

Blogs Peter and the Wolf Producer Hugh Welchman Answers The Six Questions

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, February 7, 2008 at 3:30pm

I was approached by a conductor, Mark Stephenson (who went on to be our Music Director on the film, and conducted the world premiere at the Royal Albert Hall) who had heard about the awards that I had picked up at film school, and he asked me if I had ever thought about doing films with live music.

Blogs Madame Tutli-Putli Producer Marcy Page Answers The Six Questions

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, February 6, 2008 at 4:55pm

The studio was crammed with interesting bits of artistry that clearly pulled in influences from a broad base of culture — art, theatre and film. Amidst the puppets, props, collage assemblages, posters and paraphernalia, I remember one sign that they had up on the wall, that said something like, “an impossible task, a tight budget and a crazy deadline are the mothers of invention”. No doubt, a little spirit catcher for stray producers.

Blogs Oscar Tour Wraps Up at Sony and CAA

By Dan Sarto | Sunday, February 25, 2007 at 12:54pm

When it came time for the Q&A, many of the Sony artists had some of the same questions as the other studios like whether Geza Toth’s single camera move was intended from the start, which it was, and how Roger and Don Hahn convinced Disney to go with the sad ending on Little Matchgirl, which was by waiting until Michael Eisner had left the studio.