Lasseter is widely credited with rescuing Walt Disney Animation from closure when he arrived from its new stable-mate Pixar in 2007 to become chief creative officer for both studios.
It hardly seems conceivable now — with Frozen (2013) among the 10 highest grossing movies in history — but Disney at the time was reeling from the derision heaped on Atlantis: The Lost Empire (2001), Brother Bear (2003) and Chicken Little (2005).
Books have been a lifelong obsession for Larry Gianakos.
“When I was a teenager, I never thought of automobiles,” the Warren native said. “I thought of first editions.”
Gianakos, 64, became an author himself, creating the seven-volume reference work “Television Drama Series Programming: A Comprehensive Chronicle, 1947-2008.” And that fascination with books inspired him to try to amass a comprehensive collection of Pulitzer Prize-winning works — a collection that helped inspire the documentary “The Pulitzer at 100,” which premieres Friday in New York.
John Lasseter, chief creative officer of Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios, teamed up with the stars and filmmakers from both studios to present new details, footage, behind-the-scenes looks and images from a host of upcoming films today at D23 Expo 2017 in Anaheim, California.
“I’m so excited about our upcoming movies; they are all hilarious, emotional, beautiful and make you think,” said Lasseter, who serves as executive producer on all animated titles. “It’s a great mix of incredibly creative and surprising new worlds and characters and stories we love returning to. Our filmmakers are putting so much heart into these films – I can’t wait for people to see them.”
On Friday afternoon, Hall D23 became the place to be to learn about what’s next for Disney animation. Pixar CCO John Lasseter hosted a nearly two-hour panel of sneak peeks, teases and guest appearances to showcase upcoming movies from Disney Animation, Pixar and Disneytoon Studios.
A sizzle reels started the presentation, with footage from “Thor: Ragnarok,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “Cars 3,” “The Jungle Book, “ and new titles such as “Mary Poppins Returns,” “Black Panther,” and “Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2.
”Walt Disney Studios chairman Alan Horn then took the stage to highlight the morning’s Disney Legends Award Ceremony, and, of course, to talk animation. “None of this would exist without story animation,” he said, speaking of the company’s foundation. Lasseter then took the stage to discuss the Disney’s newest animated movies.
Where most movie theaters around the world use digital or laser projectors to throw the latest blockbuster onto a huge screen in front of the audience, the Lotte Cinema World Tower in Seoul, South Korea, has ditched the projector at its Super S theater in favor of Samsung’s first Cinema LED Screen. At 33.8 ft (10.3 m) wide, it’s not going to worry IMAX theater owners too much, but as the installation is made up of a number of cabinets, it can be scaled to suit the requirements of different theaters.
“The way it works is I work from either a brief, specifically from a trailer house, or I’m creating prospective music – music I’ve created myself, and it gets licensed,” says Lloyd, 26. The world of the trailer composer is an unusual one: trailers are now often released while films are still early in production; to build audience interest, many studios now shoot scenes early specifically for trailers which never make the final cut.
Have you ever dreamed of remaking a big-budget Hollywood hit film … but with no money? That’s the premise behind Crowdsourced Boston’s community effort to remake the 1985 film “Back to the Future” this summer.
“Imagine filming a no-budget film that requires a DeLorean, a clock tower, a skateboarding teenager and a mad scientist,” organizers write. “With 40+ directors, producers, actors and editors each directing their own scene.”
In it, a getaway driver named Baby (Ansel Elgort) pops in his iPod headphones to listen to ‘Bellbottoms’ by The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion while Jon Hamm and a few other crims run into a local banks, guns blazing. Throughout it all, we stick with the driver as he lip syncs and dances his way through the perfectly choreographed heist behind the steering wheel.