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发表于 2017-10-12 22:03:40 | 显示全部楼层 |阅读模式
          Disney opens doors for Chinese animation filmmakers
          As the first US-China social and people-to-people dialogue kicks off on
Thursday in Washington D.C., Walt Disney Studios did its own bit by hosting a
cross-cultural dialogue of its own.
          The five-day, intensive Disney-China Animation Exchange Program, supported
by China Film Bureau, was tailored to suit the needs of an elite cadre of
Chinese animation filmmakers.
          Celebrating its third year, the program, which concluded Wednesday, was a
high-level exchange of ideas and practices between filmmakers of Walt Disney
Animation Studios and the leading animation filmmakers from China.
          "Walt Disney Animation Studios is deeply honored to open our doors and
share our learnings and best practices with China’s local creative industry.
These exchanges have been inspiring to all of us involved," said Andrew
Millstein, president of Walt Disney Animation Studios.
          "It’s an opportunity to exchange ideas and share our approaches to
filmmaking, production, marketing, distribution and our underlying concept of
how to create a healthy and vibrant studio," Millstein told Xinhua.
          Shujie Li, founder of Chengdu L Square Culture Communication Co and one of
the 14 program participants from China, said "It’s great for Chinese and
American filmmakers to exchange ideas face-to-face and to deepen our
understanding and friendship with each other so we can carry out more exchanges
and cooperation in the future."
          The exchange program was the brainchild of John Lasseter,chief creative
officer of Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios and the creative force behind
Disney’s global winning streak.
          During a publicity tour through China for "Big Hero 6," Lasseter was
repeatedly asked whether Disney would open a facility in China to help take
Chinese animation to the next level.
          Lasseter decided to institute the Exchange Program in cooperation with
China’s Film Bureau in order to share Disney’s secrets of success with Chinese
animators so they could create their own successful studios.
          An indication of the level of respect Disney accorded this unique Chinese
exchange program is that the seminar speakers included such top-ranking creative
and executive powerhouses as John Lasseter, Pixar co-founder and president of
Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios, Ed Catmull, president of Walt Disney
Animation Studios, Andrew Millstein, head of Production, Ann Le Cam, and Academy
Award-winning producer, Roy Conli, as well as other top producers, writers and
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          Andrew Millstein and Ann Le Cam, speaking on Studio Leadership, welcomed
the Chinese participants. "It’s an honor to host our friends from China. This
exchange helps us strengthen relationships and share in a way that elevates the
animation industry as a whole."
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          "It’s exciting to closely observe Disney studios. It makes us ponder the
gap between Chinese animation studios and Disney, the world’s leading animation
studio. Not only in facilities and hardware, but also in ideas and creativity,"
said Zhigang Yang of Shanghai Pic-moment Film Corporation.
          Ann Le Cam told Xinhua that, "Our winning formula is simple: everyone under
one roof, open communication, and freedom to innovate."
          Ann Le Cam告诉新华社,“我们成功的秘诀非常简单,就是让所有人共居一室,坦诚沟通,自由创新。”
          Millstein agreed, "We invest a lot of time, effort and money into our
talented people to enable them to put their highest potential on the screen. You
have to support the artists’ visions and give them the tools they need to create
great stories."
          The legendary Lasseter conducted a masterclass on Risk Taking and
Innovation and riveted the participants with an in-depth overview of his and the
studio’s creative process, with a sprinkling of career advice and personal
          "Trust your instincts, your taste, and experience when making creative
decisions," he advised.
          Lasseter outlined his simple recipe for making successful films, "I look
for three things in a great project, a compelling, unpredictable story;
appealing and memorable characters; and a unique world or setting."
          He encouraged his visitors to keep technology and artistic creativity in
balance. "Art challenges tech and tech inspires art. It’s a collaborative Yin
and Yang."
          Academy Award-winning producer Roy Conli premiered his team’s latest
effort, "Olaf’s Frozen Adventure," a short film based on Disney’s runaway hit
"Frozen" and its characters.
          "When you have a success like ’Frozen’, keeping it alive with new material
is a good thing. This short is meant to be a gift to the audience," he said.
          The 20-minute film is indeed "a good thing" - a charming, musical tale
about the true meaning of family, friendship and tradition, delivered with
Disney’s incomparable mixture of humor, heart and a hit soundtrack.
          "I’m proud of Disney for making original content. There are a few
franchises that feed our theme parks and merchandizing outlets, but original
content is our primary mission."
          Conli also produced the award-winning "Born In China" wildlife documentary.
When asked if he would like to work again in China, he said, "I fell in love
with China - Shanghai is an amazing city and Chengdu is so beautiful. I would
love to work there again - especially with director Lu Chuan."
          Ed Catmull, who co-founded Pixar with Lasseter before joining Disney,
discussed Disney’s international bent. "At Disney, we feel we have a
responsibility to tell stories that work around the world. That means we need
strong relationships with people from different parts of the world, like you,
who think differently than we do."
          Regarding Disney’s project preferences, he said, "We encourage our creative
teams to set stories in other cultures," like their South Pacific Islander tale
"Moana," or their soon-to-be-released Mexico-based story "Coco."
          He cautioned, "We use extensive research, local elders, anthropologists to
capture the real culture without prejudice or stereotyping. We all have stories
to tell. And if we can help others tell better stories, we’re all better
          Linlin Shang, general manager of Fantawild Animation Inc, responded, "We
should learn from Disney how to tell a story. It’s essential for Chinese
filmmakers to learn how to tell the China story well, so we can share it with
the world."
          Bo Chen, vice president of Shanghai Animation Film Studio, told Xinhua that
he gained greatly from this program, especially Disney’s ideas on how to make
excellent movies and their spirit of innovation.
          "I’m eager to share my experience with my colleagues in China. I’m sure the
cooperation between Sino-US animation filmmakers will contribute to closer bonds
between Chinese and American people," he said.
          "When we learn from each other, great things happen," Catmull said.
          来源:China Daily

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