Monday was a two-studio day: Disney Television Animation on the Disney lot in the morning, and DreamWorks Animation in sun-kissed Glendale through the middle of the afternoon ....
The Phineas and Ferb crew in Disney's Frank Wells building is busy with the new season of the Mouse's biggest hit show. As one of the staffers said:
"The execs let Marsh and Povenmire [show creators] do a lot more than producers are usually allowed to do on Disney TVA shows. It's not too often the lead guys are allowed to write songs and do character voices around here, but when you make a successful series, you get leeway. Hopefully management won't top out the number of shows anytime soon, and we'll go on the way SpongeBob Square Pants has gone. Be great to do years of half-hour episodes."
Elsewhere on the floor, Fish Hooks continues in work as it nears its Fall premiere*. I was told that Disney TVA moves lock,stock and barrel to Glendale when the building next door to the fabled Sonora Building becomes available sometime next year, but everybody is vague about the month and the day that will occur.
Over at DreamWorks Animation, Katzenberg was roaming the studio having meetings, and one of the development artists in the Lakeside Building told me:
"They had a screening of Megamind at an outside theater last week, and everybody was happy with audience reactions and results. There were notes and the crew will keep tweaking things, but the screening went well."
A couple of sequences of The Croods are now in layout, and some of the story people informed me the picture is shaping up nicely.
I had a discussion with a storyboard veteran about how boarding has changed through the years, how story reels now require more poses than in earlier times (a result of digital boarding and the demands for faster pacing.) Some story crews at DWA are now putting up just the main story points of their sequences first, then showing them to the directors to make sure everybody is on board with the overall flow of story, and then putting in more detail.
I'm told this approach helps speed things along and reduces heartburn.
* There are a few other items being developed at DTVA/ Frank Wells, but since they haven't seen the light of studio press releases, I will maintain a discreet silence.