Director Gary Rydstrom Talks About Strange Magic

Director Gary Rydstrom talks about Strange Magic.  Photo courtesy of Merlot Mommy

Director Gary Rydstrom has a lengthy career in Hollywood, most famously as a sound designer at Lucasfilm and Skywalker Sound, working on films ranging from Saving Private Ryan to Wreck-It Ralph. Strange Magic represents his debut as a feature film director. Continue reading

Behind the Scenes With Big Hero 6

BIG HERO 6

Continuing the streak that began with Tangled, Disney Animation’s next feature is also their first animated adaptation of a Marvel property, Big Hero 6. Not long ago, I was invited to spend a day at the studio with the artists behind this new film. We met the producer, directors, designers and artists, many of whom also worked on Frozen, Wreck-It Ralph and Tangled. We saw storyboards, concept art and several extended sequences of the heroes in action and spoke with the animators who put it all together. Continue reading

Mabel for President: GeekDad Interviews Kristen Schaal

SOOS, MABEL

Kristen Schaal is one of those rare personalities that seems to pop up in all my favorite television series at some point, but to my kids she’s simply Mabel Pines from Disney Channel’s Gravity Falls. Continue reading

Kid’s Imagination + DreamWorks Animator Dad = Action Movie Kid

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What if the living room rug really were lava? What if a light saber at the toy store worked? What if a pretend rocket ship at a playground could really take off? DreamWorks animator Daniel Hashimoto has created a series of imaginative videos, starring his son and a little special sauce called CGI. Continue reading