As you follow the escapades or the journey of the hero through a story, it evokes some kind of emotion in the viewers. The director's job is to make sure that the audience goes through the journey and has an emotional reaction.
You've got to be able to make animation for much less... Less is not the studio's way.
I prefer that animation reach into places where live action doesn't go, and it seems like all of animation nowadays is trying to go where live action is.
But I've been surprised over the years. I mean, someone told me the other day that maybe 360 million people have played this game in the world. That's a lot of people.
With movies, you are always in search is a good story, one that everyone will relate to and love. I love finding those stories and creating a visual world to tell the story.
Once you work with a studio on a film, the studio is sort of like this enormous clam that just opens, takes everything and then closes, and no one enters again. They own it all.
Reese Witherspoon. She's sophisticated enough that you just like her. You like her and she's smart.
How can you have a director that doesn't go to work with the crew every day and talk to them?
Usually with things, you go where you can find the financing to do it.
I think the work that they do and the style of 3D graphics is absolutely fabulous and I think it's a great brush to use for some stories. And there are other brushes that I think are exclusive to a different kind of story.
The heart of Dragon's Lair has always been its compelling story. With Dragon's Lair 3D, we think the team has really created an interactive animated movie.
I think we have to bottom out. When the studios jump out of the ring, perhaps the artist can get back in.
I remember when we were doing the first Dragon's Lair, I got really involved with coming up with all the little rooms and what was the danger in the room and going into it with bats and spiders and snakes.
We're waiting for the pendulum to swing back again, which I am absolutely confident it will.
If you look at the game and everything, it's not quite like looking at an animated film, because that's total character. This, this is really movement, but it's got funny little things if you look for the humor. They're actually getting to the character.
We'd love to do Space Ace 3D. It has a lot of potential. But, it is really up to the publishers.
Shelf-life for a regular video game usually is about three to five years, and that's it.
When business executives are making the artistic decisions and don't understand animation, things can go awry.
The only one that seems to be able to hold the business is Disney. They do it is because they have a fabulous philosophy about marketing- but even they wavered.
Dragon's Lair 3D is about as close as you can come to controlling an animated feature film.
I cannot explain why they made that sequel to Secret of NIMH. Because they claim that it the original didn't make money, so what was the enthusiasm to make a sequel?
I have never seen a game's graphics look so sharp and clean. The sound design for the game is also unique on the Xbox. The memory on this system allowed us to provide the user with 5.1 Dolby surround sound for home theatre owners.
It just seems like the whole, overall animation world is trying to go where maybe animation doesn't belong.
I'm also very pleased that we were able to include a full orchestrated score for Dragon's Lair 3D. The 40 different music pieces blend with the action to make you feel more a part of the whole adventure.
There's about 260 rooms in the new castle which you go through, but it's all about the game play.
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