Don Hall BigHero6
Key moment of inspiration: A key moment of inspiration on Big Hero 6, for me, was the first time I saw the storyreel (filmed storyboards) for the sequence called “First Flight” — the scene where Hiro takes the newly armored Baymax out for a test flight. I remember I welled up. There was something so aspirational about a kid flying around on a robot that connected me to my childhood in a really emotional way. Toughest challenge in making the movie: The toughest challenge in making this movie was cracking the story, or in this case, the stories. How do you weave the origin story of a superhero team into a story of a 14-year-old super genius who, after losing his older brother, is “healed” by the brother’s nurse robot? Pivotal scene: A pivotal scene in Big Hero 6 is the scene where, after chasing Baymax throughout San Fransokyo, Hiro catches up to him at an abandoned warehouse. Upon entering, they encounter a super villain, who has stolen Hiro’s technology. He attacks Hiro and Baymax, and they barely escape. It turns the story on its ear. On the state of the animation business: I think the state of the animation business has never been healthier. There have been some great films this year that have really pushed the boundaries, cinematically.
Favorite movie or animated character of all time:
Probably Dumbo. Career beginnings: After graduating from the University of Iowa with a BFA in drawing and painting, I entered CalArts, and got another BFA in character animation. After graduating, I came to Disney as a story apprentice, and subsequently worked in the story department for several years. Best advice: Observe life and to the best of your abilities, try to capture or record it. If your story doesn’t have some sort of relatable element, it will struggle to resonate with an audience.