The View From the Top: 2013 Edi­tion

How does it feel to have been re­spon­si­ble for some of the best an­i­mated movies of the year? We tracked down some of 2013’s big-shot di­rec­tors and producers and asked them a few ques­tions about their movies, the state of the in­dus­try and what keeps them pa

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Cody Cameron

Di­rec­tor, Cloudy with a Chance of Meat­balls 2 Key mo­ment of in­spi­ra­tion: To­wards the end of mak­ing the first film, we had many more scenes with sen­tient food. I was board­ing a scene in which Flint faced his ma­chine in­side the meat­ball. The food came alive to pro­tect the ma­chine. I had hop­ping pick­les form a gi­ant food head in my board. I would have crazy dreams about hop­ping pick­les. Com­ing into Cloudy 2, I knew I wanted to see those hop­ping pick­les come to life. Big­gest chal­lenge in mak­ing the movie: Find­ing time to sleep. Fa­vorite an­i­mated char­ac­ter/movie: It’s a tie be­tween the Dis­ney shorts, Mickey’s Trailer and The Band Con­cert. The state of the busi­ness: More stu­dios and more movies means dif­fer­ent styles of films to choose from. It’s great not to see the same thing from ev­ery­one. Ca­reer be­gin­nings: My grand­fa­ther Bob Youngquist was an an­i­ma­tor at Dis­ney from 1935 to 1970. I learned to draw from watch­ing him. Later, I went to CalArts and stud­ied an­i­ma­tion. Af­ter that I started work­ing at DreamWorks in the story depart­ment on Shrek. Best ad­vice: Stay cre­ative and al­ways make film!

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