The Incredibles Wins Two Oscars & Ryan Wins Shorts Race
Bird on how digital advancements have changed how he makes movies: Well, I think that there are wonderful things you can do with being able to move the camera and have textures in there and control minutiae of performances that would be difficult in hand-drawn animation, really subtle eye movements and stuff like that. But, ultimately, I think the heart of moviemaking has been the same for 80 years. And I think Pixar's success is due to the fact that technology is not at the heart of it. They believe that the most important thing is characters you can connect with and a story that is surprising and logical and exciting to watch. So I think that the technique is something temporary and ever-changing. The heart of the film is the characters and story.
Dykstra on the growing pressure for over-the-top visual effects and the danger of not having it compromise the storytelling: That's why SPIDER-MAN is here. It was a combination of the digital things I do the mechanical effects. And so it was a blend of what I do and what they do. I like to say if it was within 25 feet of the camera, then it's going to be a physical effect. And then the digital guys would take it from there on. I think what made this movie so great was the fact that everything was seamless. It was hard for you to tell what was digital and what was real. And that's a great compliment to these guys, because it gets better all the time. A lot of these scripts would still be on the shelf if it wasn't for computer-generated images. There was no way you can do them and make them look great. And it keeps pushing the envelope. And these guys keep getting better because they're forced to, and we keep getting better because we're forced to. We're lucky we're working with a director [Sam Raimi] that has combined life elements and doesn't want to just go digital The technology has gotten to the point where basically we don't get asked if we can do something anymore. We just get asked how much will it cost to do it. And that, a lot of times, makes the decision. And it is up to the director to find the balance. We have to keep the effects from driving the story. The story has to drive the effects. And I think that's the key. We've been put in the position, because of the tools, the power of those tools, of letting those effects be formed by the story, as opposed to the story being formed by the effects.
Landreth on the chance of seeing RYAN theatrically in front of feature films: Its getting a limited amount of that. It's not like it's going to be at a multiplex near you kind of thing, in Canada, anyway. It is playing in front of feature films in Toronto. I know it's playing in front of feature films in Canada. We're looking at putting in front of a film called NOTHING in Japan. So a little bit of that is happening. The thing about RYAN is that it's a longer film than most short films. It's 14-minutes long. Short films tend like animated short films tend to be about five minutes long or so. So it's hard to put it in front of a feature for that length. But nonetheless, people seem to be doing it, which is really cool.
The ceremony, hosted by Chris Rock, at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood was televised on ABC.
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