How to end tril­ogy

Sunshine Coast Daily - Caloundra Weekly - - LIFE - Seanna Cronin

WHAT could the har­row­ing survival story in the Os­car-win­ning film

have to do with

Di­rec­tor Dean DeBlois, who re­turns to helm the third and fi­nal film

says he was in­spired by Em­manuel Lubezki’s com­plex and sweep­ing cin­e­matog­ra­phy to set a new chal­lenge for his an­i­ma­tion team.

“We were in­spired loosely in the sense that

opens with this beau­ti­ful shot where the chore­og­ra­phy is cru­cial be­cause it goes on for so long,” he says.

“That’s rarely done in an­i­ma­tion. We have this one shot that goes for over 1000 frames (at 24fps) and re­quired 15 dif­fer­ent an­i­ma­tors work­ing on it in tan­dem. It was very com­plex but we al­ways love tak­ing on a chal­lenge.”

con­cludes the an­i­mated fran­chise’s story of Hic­cup, a young Vik­ing who trans­forms his com­mu­nity from dragon hunters into dragon rid­ers.

“For all of us it was a great sense of pride in know­ing we were de­liv­er­ing a fi­nal

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