Behind the Scenes : Brave

Don't you wish you could be on the four-plus year long journey it is to make a Pixar film?  To sometimes venture off to remote and distant lands (all in the name of research) - just to feel that surrounding in person so the animators can portray it on film so we (the audience) can feel it in the theater - to spend countless hours re-animating, re-sketching and even re-storyboarding all while living off cereal!  (Alright, maybe not just cereal)

Well, this would be a wish come true for us!  Can't you just imagine having a chance to sit in on the Dailies?  To hear all these amazing minds at work creating films that are truly going to be favorites for decades to come.  The amount of planning and research that Pixar does in order to make their films stand out from the rest - is so amazing!  It's no wonder Pixar employs the very best.

Time.com had a wonderful but brief article on The Behind the Scenes of Brave in their entertainment section, which included these great photos and descriptions - we just had to share them with everyone.  

Though its production was formally announced in 2008, work on Pixar's forthcoming movie Brave began years earlier. Pictured here are director Mark Andrews, director Brenda Chapman and co-director Steve Purcell relaxing on a grassy hill during the company's research trip to Scotland in 2006

Director Mark Andrews, center, guides staff members in swordfighting techniques outside Pixar's Emeryville, California offices. Andrews served as an unofficial consultant for Chapman, who wrote the story and pitched the original idea to Pixar, on most of the action-oriented details of the movie
Brave animators (from left to right) Travis Hathaway, Ken Kim, Daniel Campbell, Terry Song and Carlo Vogele wear kilts as part of a weekly Friday staff routine

Brave Production Designer Steve Pilcher and director Mark Andrews during a Master Lighting review. For this movie, Pixar has rewritten its animation system technology, which improves the motion of difficult-to-animate shapes—like the detailed red hair of the film's protagonist
John Lasseter, the studio's chief creative officer, talks with Brave Producer Katherine Sarafian and Director Mark Andrews in the Pixar atrium 
Producer Katherine Sarafian participates in an archery class in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, Calif in November 2006. Pixar's production cycles are longer than that of live-action films (about four years on average) and release dates are often pushed back in the name of attention to detail
Not all scenes get the storyboard treatment, but this one, called "The Prize," closely matches the scene as it appears in the completed film 
Merida, the film's protagonist and Pixar's first female lead, fires an arrow and astonishes onlookers in a still from the final scene in Brave


NOTE - Jenny Lerew (Author of the Art of Brave) noted on her blog that the storyboard treatment noted above was deemed to be a false statement - read the details on her blog The Blackwing Diaries.


If you're anything like us, this article only made you more excited for the release of Brave - as well as the upcoming release of "The Art of Brave" by Jenny Lerew.

So, if you had the opportunity to go Behind the Scenes at Pixar - What would you be most excited about?  

Pixar Post - Julie & T.J.

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