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Pixar filmmaking a process of alchemy, says ‘Brave’ director Mark Andrews

by Jeffrey Peterson.

Although this was his first time in the director’s chair for a feature-length film, Andrews is no stranger to the responsibilities of the job, having worked on a number of Pixar classics like “The Incredibles” (2004) and “Ratatouille” (2007), as well as writing and directing a 2005 short titled “One Man Band.”

More recently, he co-wrote and directed the second unit on Disney’s “John Carter” alongside fellow Pixar filmmaker Andrew Stanton (“WALL-E”).

A huge part of the success of Pixar’s animated films has to do with its intensely collaborative approach. As Andrews described, before actually animating the movie — an extremely labor-intensive and costly process — the filmmakers first assemble what is known as a story reel, which is basically the entire film done using storyboards that can be screened like a normal movie for peer evaluation. The kicker, though, is that at Pixar, your peers are guys like John Lasseter (“Toy Story”), Brad Bird (“The Incredibles”), Pete Docter (“Up”) and Lee Unkrich (“Toy Story 3”).

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  • shima July 1, 2012, 1:41 PM