Paul and Chris Weitz find a blood bond
www.latimes.com: Director brothers Paul and Chris Weitz didn’t plan it this way. Yes, they’re both releasing new films within weeks of each other and, yes, each of those new movies is an adaptation of a popular young-adult vampire novel: Paul’s “Cirque du Freak: The Vampire’s Assistant,” is due out Friday, while Chris’ “The Twilight Saga: New Moon” is set for release Nov. 20. Both use fantastic casts of characters to deal with serious real-world themes — the nature of friendship, the inevitability of heartbreak, the unintended consequences of thoughtless actions.
To pile on the coincidence, “The Vampire’s Assistant” opens on Chris’ 40th birthday, while “New Moon” launches the day after Paul turns 44. And then, of course, there’s the fact that on a recent early fall afternoon, they’re seated together at a table on the Universal lot, the same place where their grandmother, Mexican actress Lupita Tovar, shot her starring role in the studio’s 1931 Spanish-language version of “Dracula,” produced by their grandfather, Paul Kohner.
Wow, they even share onscreen brother and sister, Kristen Stewart and Josh Hutcherson 😉 What do you think of all these coincidence?
WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE: An Interview with Storyboard Artist Federico D’Alessandro
www.smashboxstudios.com: It’s the film everyone is buzzing about. Where the Wild Things Are is one of the year’s most highly-anticipated films. All signs point to you, me and…well, everyone we know going to see it. Yello! had a chance to chat with the film’s storyboard artist Federico D’Alessandro about working on the project. And quite frankly, we’re smitten.
Some of his work includes I Am Legend, The Assassination of Jesse James, The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian, & The Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader and of course, Where the Wild Things Are, which opens today (Oct. 16th).
SB: The latest buzz-word in storyboarding seems to be “animatics.” Can you enlighten us on what that is?
Animatics are animated storyboards cut together with sound effects, music, and dialogue. Basically, storyboards on crack. To create an animatic, I’ve got to think like a writer, director, production designer, actor, and editor. The kind of animatics I do are really detailed and animated–I visualize the script, not just to figure out how the scene will play out but what it will feel like. I like to think of film, at it’s core, as an emotion delivery mechanism and that’s the approach I take to my work.
I’ve always admired the ones behind the storyboards! Have you seen Where the Wild Thing are yet? What did you think of it? Give OBS your reviews!