All assembled for the SPA/SPI leg of the tour: (From left to right) Sue Goffe (producer, A Morning Stroll), Grant Orchard (director, A Morning Stroll) Michael Fukushima (producer, Dimanche/Sunday), Marcy Page (producer, Wild Life), Bonnie Thompson (producer, Wild Life), Marc Bertrand (producer, Dimanche/Sunday), Patrick Doyon (director, Dimanche/Sunday), Wendy Tilby (director, Wild Life), Amanda Forbis (director, Wild Life) and Ron Diamond (president, AWN.com and executive producer, Acme Filmworks).
By Zoe Chevat
Next stop on our whirlwind Oscar-nominee tour was Sony Pictures Animation and Sony Pictures Imageworks, which share a campus not five minutes from the main Sony lot. There, we were greeted by Don Levy, Senior Vice President of Marketing and Communications for Sony Pictures Digital, and our enthusiastic host for this inside look at the company's animation and VFX divisions. Though originally an VFX company, still known for their work on tentpole hits like Hancock and the Raimi Spider-Man franchise, it eventually occurred to the team at Sony that their pipeline was already in place for in-house animation. Taking a page from legendary special effects and animation giant, Ray Harryhausen, for whom their on-site screening theater is named, the company has stepped up its game in recent years with films like Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs and Arthur Christmas, with many more projects in the pipeline.
After a quick word to the lunchtime crowd in the screening theater, many of whom are up to their necks putting finishing touches on MIB3, the latest action blockbuster to come through Imageworks’ doors, our group was off to take a look at “how it’s done at Sony.”