I spent a good part of the afternoon at the Disney Company's hat building, where there's more production happening ...
Wreck-It Ralph is well underway, with 100 staffers (if my informants have their numbers right) now working on the picture. A Chris Buck feature and King of the Elves are also moving briskly along.
Animators practicing the hand-drawn version of the craft are now doing test footage of characters in 2-D versions, although the characters will ultimately be rendered and executed as C.G. when the films are in production. An animator related:
"This is a way for directors to see how the characters move and act before the c.g. versions are built. We can get footage out faster for test purposes. ..."
I got to look at some tests. It will be interesting to see the same characters in their computer graphic mode.
And there is early work on a possible hand-drawn feature taking place, although staff said it's too early to say if it will ultimately get made or not. The most recent example of the craft gets released this weekend.
... "Winnie the Pooh" is the Walt Disney Animation Studios' first journey into the Hundred Acre Wood in more than three decades.
... "We are going to take down 'Harry Potter,' no question," said [producer Peter] Del Vecho ...
I'm sure it will be a horse race over the weekend.