Wednesday, September 13, 2006
Today was Sony Pictures Animation day, where I carried by magic bag of 401(k) books from room to room... A bunch of the story artists were in morning and afternoon meetings, and I was wildly successful in missing them both a.m. and p.m. Story work on "Surf's Up" is pretty much complete, although one of the artists told me there's a screening of the picture for execs next week. "But there aren't too many changes anybody can do at this point," the artist said. "Maybe do a few tweaks in act three. But the film's 30% animated already. The water in it looks great." "Surf's Up" staffers have been shifted to "Cloudy with Meatballs" now that the story part of "Surf" is wrapping up. Everybody I've talked to over the past few months thinks that both "Open Season" (out the end of the month) and "SU" (released next summer) are strong commercial contenders. But it hasn't been entirely smooth sailing at SPA. As we noted a month back and the LA TIMES detailed on Monday, there have been some rough patches. "Cloudy" has gone through a set of directors and various story artists in its ongoing quest for a strong continuity. But let's accentuate the positive here. SPA has some top-drawer talent, a strong lineup of flicks, and if one needs work? Well, they'll work on it.
Posted by Steve Hulett at 9:11 PM