Car­los Sal­danha Rio2

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Key mo­ment of in­spi­ra­tion: I wanted this movie to go deep into Brazil and its cul­ture, and I have al­ways been fas­ci­nated by the Ama­zon. I did ex­ten­sive re­search about the rain­for­est, but it was not un­til I was phys­i­cally there that I could truly feel its sig­nif­i­cance and mag­ni­tude. Tough­est chal­lenge in mak­ing the movie: For me, usu­ally the tough­est chal­lenge is the story — es­pe­cially on se­quels, where you not only have to con­tinue with the main char­ac­ters’ jour­neys, but also in­te­grate that sto­ry­line with a new one. On top of that, this movie had a lot of mu­si­cal set pieces that were very com­plex. Piv­otal scene: The first is when Jewel meets her fa­ther, Ed­uardo. It was a very emo­tional, com­plex and im­por­tant mo­ment in the movie. The sec­ond is the air soc­cer match, where Blu not only loses the game but the re­spect of his fa­ther-in-law. It was def­i­nitely one of the most tech­ni­cally chal­leng­ing se­quences in the movie. On the state of the an­i­ma­tion business: An­i­ma­tion con­tin­ues to do well, but the chal­lenge is to con­tinue to search for new ideas and in­ter­est- ing sto­ries to share with au­di­ences. It’s ex­cit­ing to see an­i­ma­tion projects com­ing from other in­ter­na­tional mar­kets, such as Brazil, Ar­gentina and France. Fa­vorite movie or an­i­mated character of all time: I have many fa­vorites, but Bambi and Dumbo are at the top of my list. I have a great ap­pre­ci­a­tion for th­ese films due to their beauty and emo­tional tones. I’m also a huge fan of Miyazaki’s movies. Ca­reer begin­nings: I’ve been at Blue Sky for over 20 years, and it has been my cre­ative home since I grad­u­ated from the an­i­ma­tion pro­gram at the School of Visual Arts in New York. Best ad­vice: Follow your instincts and work on projects that you love. Never say “yes” if you don’t be­lieve in it. An­i­ma­tion is al­ready hard when you love it, imag­ine if you don’t ...

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