Don Hall BigHero6

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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.

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