Jorge Gutierrez TheBookofLife
Key moment of inspiration: Celebrating Day of the Dead with my family as a kid in Mexico City. I have always loved Mexican traditions and this is my favorite tradition of all. I always knew I wanted to make a film about this astounding holiday.
Key moment of inspiration: I suppose the biggest inspiration was just how loved the Penguins were in the Madagascar movies. We knew it was time for them to star in their own film. Toughest challenge in making the movie: The movie was produced in three separate locations: Glendale, Redwood City and Bangalore, India, with the bulk of the work being done in Bangalore. It made for some very early mornings for the filmmakers in India and some late nights for us in California. Pivotal scene: I’m particularly fond of the opening, which takes place in the past in Antarctica and shows our heroes coming together for the first time as baby penguins, and forming their team that will go on to defy all expectations. On the state of the animation business: The animation business has always been changing and, no doubt, will continue to do so, but as long as those of us in the business continue to make great films, audiences will want to see them — whatever the venue or format. Favorite movie or animated character of all time: mated character of all time is the early Daffy Duck. Career beginnings: I started out at Pacific Data Images in 1991. But there were a number of us at PDI who were passionate about character animation and, finally, after the formation of DreamWorks, we got the opportunity to dive in headfirst with Antz. Best advice: If you want to be a filmmaker, don’t wait for someone to give you permission — just make films with whatever you have got at your disposal.