Group dynamics in kung fu panda
Conflict in kung fu panda
The success of this franchise I truly believe is the character himself and how much people love him. The idea was to try some divide and conquer. It kind of became our guiding rule. John Powell sat out this film, leaving co-composer Hans Zimmer to do what Hans Zimmer does: re-orchestrate the same themes with his army of assistants. DS: You brought a varied background into your role as director on this film. How to deal with it? There was a co-director who helped us a lot, directing the performance of the Chinese actors for the Mandarin version. But the studio system is perfect in that it allows you to truly collaborate with people who are brilliant at what they do. Ping James Hong, still perfectly cast , in tow. AC: On the front end, coming up with a story, coming up with the idea, it was evenly divided. How do you handle the pressure knowing everyone is looking to you, when you yourself just want to run away screaming?
There's a fan base out there that will hate you if you dare ruin what they love. Of course the tendency as you go forward in a saga is to get bigger, which can very easily be distracting -- you create an epic movie about war and stuff and suddenly, "Right, there's Po in the middle of that.
Kung fu panda review
From a technical to a managerial to a creative standpoint, what are some of the skills that have served you best on this project? I don't know if I know how to deal with it. There was a co-director who helped us a lot, directing the performance of the Chinese actors for the Mandarin version. I try to come into a room and have fun with the crew. To never show weakness is something I never subscribe to. But though the rubbery DreamWorks look has gotten a lot more idiosyncratic and artistically ambitious since the days of Bee Movie and Shark Tale , the studio remains addicted to the formulae and be-your-self-isms of generic kiddie fare. The two of us worked together through the storyboard and editorial process. But while both Kung Fu Panda 2 and this film are visually dynamic—elastic alternatives to the perfectionism of Pixar—their characters and stories remain stuck in the first film.
More often than not we are in a room where I have to launch my crews -- for example my animators -- on a particular shot. Feeling abandoned and betrayed, Shen vowed he would return one day to rule supreme. DS: How did you interface with the studio from a directorial standpoint?
AC: On the front end, coming up with a story, coming up with the idea, it was evenly divided.
I was working on a different project and was actually invited onto the project by Jen because the scope of the movie was getting bigger and bigger. I try to come into a room and have fun with the crew. We are going to do this.
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