Thursday, March 25, 2010

4th & 5th Graders - The technology of movies...

Technology and computers are used in almost all aspects of daily life. One place computers are used, but you may not realize, is in making animated movies.

A good friend of Mr. Casal's, Craig, was the Production Manager on Dreamworks latest movie, How to Train Your Dragon. He played an important role in getting the movie from ideas on the page to the big screen. Craig has generously agreed to answer your questions, here on the blog, about the movie.

Here is the assignment:

There are 2 options - 1) Go out and see How to Train Your Dragon in the theater or 2) Watch the trailer online.

If you do not want to go see the movie you can see the trailer here:
Click on this link: http://www.howtotrainyourdragon.com/
Click on "View Trailer"

Once you have watched the trailer or gone to the movie you must answer the following questions, and ask at least one question of your own, for Craig to answer, about the movie.

1) How does this movie look different than others (animated or not) you have seen?
2) What role do you think computers and technology play in making a movie like this?
3) Ask Craig a question... did watching the movie make you wonder about anything? Did you
see something in the movie or trailer you want to learn more about?

*(UPDATE - Craig has been answering the questions - look at the comments section, Craig's first response is about 7 down from the top - read his post. Read all the previous comments to see if your question was already asked, and if so, think of a different question to ask.
Craig has already answered the "how do you make it 3D" and "where did the story come from" questions... look for those answers in the comments....
)*



All replies must be posted by the time you arrive in Mr. Casal's Computer Lab after the vacation.

Have a great Spring Break!


Remember - Comment as "Name/URL" and use your first name and last initial (proper capitalization, no URL)- please respond in full and complete sentences - double check your work before posting your comment.

97 comments:

Nicolas C. said...

It does look diffrent from other movies because it is in 3D. The role computers take in the movie is the animation, creating characters, and digital screening.Craig, how long in general did the animation process take?

Natasha C. said...

1.This movie is different because you don't usaully see viking characters in most movies.
2.I think technology is very important when filming dragon scenes because almost everything about the dragon is created digitally.
3. How did you come up with the storyline of the movie?

Destiney fermin said...

destiney fermin 1. Its diffent because its about dragons and lots of people don't write about about dragons so its cool that you did. 2.Drawing the dragons and the people and the back grounds. 3.how did you feel about doing this movie? or about how was it to make this movie? 406 PS .10

Ileeanna T. said...

1.It looks kind of different because its animated and it jumps at you a lot.
2.I think the computers and technology are used for the characters to talk and move around and for the backround for the movie.
3.My question is...Who came up with the idea for the movie being about dragons?

Samuel R. said...

1) The landscape & the background look real, even though it's animated.
2) I think the computers are used to make all the backround characters talk & move around.
3) My question is... How did you make the dragons look so real, Craig?

Ranen E. said...

1.It looks kind of different from regular movies because it is animated and because it rally pops at you a couple of times and you don't even know when its coming.I feel like it pops up in your face more than regular movies.

2.I think that technology and computers are used for backrounds,openings and actions.

3.My question is..Is it hard to do a 3-D movie like this movie?

Craig said...

Hi all, thanks for the questions. Mr. Casal and I have been friends for a long time now and I've been working at dreamworks for over 10 years since shortly after graduating from college. Here's the answer to some of your questions.

Nicolas, a normal animated movie takes about 4 to 5 years to make from the moment we first get started on the movie. Normally, you start actually animating the movie and adding life to the characters about 20 months before the movie comes out. It took a little longer for us to find the story we wanted to tell so we started only 12 months ago, so it wasn't as much time.
Natasha and Ileeanna T, the idea for the movie came from a book called How to Train Your Dragon written by a British author named Cressida Cowell. We used her story as a jumping off point to start our movie. Once our directors started on the film, they wrote the story that's in the movie. Even though it's different from the story she originally wrote, she loves the movie.
Destiney, I really enjoyed making this movie. It was a great experience working with the over 300 people who worked every day on this film with me. They were amazing artists and a real treat to work with. Every day we got to see something new and beautiful and that made it fun to go into work every day.
Samuel, it takes a lot of people to make the dragons look so real. First, someone in the art department makes a drawing of the dragon that we use as a guide. Then a modeler builds the dragon in the computer. Someone called a surfacer adds the skin. Another person we call a character TD adds the skeleton inside the dragon. An animator makes the dragon move and finally, a lighter goes in and adds the lights to the scene to make the dragon look like it belongs in the world. It takes a lot of people who are very smart and talented to do it.
Ranen, 3D movies can be very hard to make. We wanted to make you feel like you were flying with Toothless and Hiccup when they are up in the air. But, at the same time, we wanted to make sure that we didn't make anyone sick by making it too lifelike so it took a bit of practice. We would often times take pieces of the movie into our movie theater at work and watch some of the movie to see if it hurt our eyes or gave us a headache. We have someone that we worked with named "Captain 3D" who is an expert on 3D that helped us a lot.

Keep the questions coming and I'll try to answer them as I can.

Natasha R. said...

1. I think it looks different from other movies because it is set in a Viking community.

2. I think computers and technology are used to animate the characters so they aren't just pictures.

3. My question is... How did you think of such an interesting plot?

Mr. Casal said...

Thanks for the post Craig!

That was a very detailed explanation. I had no idea the movie was based on a British book. Very interesting.

Evelyn said...

Evelyn M.

This different becaues it has alot of dragons.

It plays in all the parts.I wonder how they did the movement.

What were the favorite parts from the movie?I want to know.

Craig said...

Natasha R,
I didn't actually come up with the plot myself. But, to answer your question, our writers, who were also the directors, are very talented people who started with the question of what story they were trying to tell and built around that.
Evelyn,
That's such a hard question to answer. I look at the movie now and every shot (all 1,630 of them) in it has a story to me about when we sat together to figure out how to make it. I think my favorite moment in the movie though is a sequence that we called Forbidden Friendship. It's where Hiccup and Toothless first bond. I remember the first time it was shown to me in story boards. We all knew at that moment that we had a very special film when we saw it. I can tell you that I've seen the movie over 30 to 40 times now and there are still moments that give me goosebumps. And of course, there's always the moment when I see my name go by on the screen at the end during the credits. That's still exciting and rewarding to me.

Barbara Garcia said...

1. The movie looks different because the characters are animated but the background looks realistic.
2.I think computers and technology helped animate this movie
3.Craig have you ever worked on a different movie and got confused with this.

Emily C said...

1. I think this movie is different than others because the effects of the flying dragon are much different than in the other movies, and it is in 3-D. So the 3-D contributes to the effects because usually in the movies I have seen that are in 3-D, something is getting thrown and it seems like it's coming at you, but in this case the dragon actully looke like it is flying under you!
2. I think the role that computers take in an animated movie is very imprtant because the computers pretty much do everything like: create the characters and control what the characters do and say, also make the characters walk, run and move in different ways.
3. Craig, what does your role in making a movie feel like to you and do you have several jobs in the process of making a movie?

Alexis R said...

The move looks different because I never seen a movie with dragons.The role I think computers and technology is a very big role because if that wasn't invented then we shoulden't have moves like this. Craig is funny.

Panchita Lopez Li said...

I think that this movie is different then other movies because it includes dragons.

I think that the computers do pretty much the work because they animate the dragon and stuff like that.

How did you get the idea of making this movie?

Brian M. said...

1)The movie looks different because the scenes look real.
2)The role of computers are a very big role because you can't make animations.
3)How did you come up with the storyline?

Samiha Sultana said...

1.I think this movie is different then other movies because this movi has dragons like Toothless
2.I think the role that computers take in an animsted movies is the character:Movement,talk,and much more.
3."What inspired you to to write this movie in the frist place?"

Saim said...

1. It is different from the other movies because the charcters don't have superpowers.

2. What I think computers do is make the characters come on the screen.

3. How do make the movie 3D

Malcolm W. said...

1)The movie is different because you never know what is going to happen next. in other movies you can see stuff coming.
2)The computers role is very important because the computer makes the people walk, move, talk, ect.
3)How do you make the charters fly on a dragon?

Craig said...

Emily,

Every day was a little different on the film. The main thing I did every day was making sure everyone who was working on the film knew what the goals for the week were. As a production person, I did a little bit of whatever it took to get it done. Some days it was making sure we were on schedule with the film, some days it was helping to give tours to the actors and some days it was figuring out what to get the crew for lunch on a Saturday.
Saim,
It's tough to explain exactly how we make the movie 3D without a visual presentation but I'll try to explain it anyways. We basically render every frame of the film twice in the computer. Once for the left eye and once for the right eye. We overlay the images with a slight shift so that some parts of the image appear to go into the screen or come off the screen. When you look at it without glasses, it appears blurry. When you put on the special glasses, it helps to filter the image so that your eyes see in depth and see it in 3D. If one of the frames doesn't render in the computer properly, you see different images in each eye and it gives you a big headache.

Naima Mamataz said...

1)This movie is shown different then other movies because it is in 3D, with lots of mixed emotions. Such funny times, sad times, happy times and much more. This movie also has a theme set on for the boy so he can get the theme or point across to everyone.

2) The role of computers and technology plays on this movie is the works of editing, and the use of computers to computerize the whole movie that looks real. With many actions done, this movie looks real because it was done by the computers. This movie looks intense due to the great job from technology and also from the actors/actresses voice.

3) My Question is... How was the creation of the dragons/characters done? Overall, how long did the creation of the movie take?

Really exciting movie! Love the concept.

Raven W. said...

1. The way the movie looks different than others is that you don't usually see anyone trying to train a fire breathing dragon.Which is rather unique.
2. The role that I think that the computers and technology play is that the movie is in 3D and also,the characters are not real life characters so the computers make them look like cartoon and real life characters at the same time.
3. My question to Craig is,did you get the idea for your movie from any other animated film.

Matthew R. said...

1) This movie looks different than others because you can make more expressions and things when you anime it.
2)I think the computers play the top role, with them being able to create the whole thing, and anime it, why wouldn't it be the most important?
3) One question I have for Craig is, how did you get the idea to make non-threatning dragons in the first place?

Abdelrahman Osman said...

-It is different from all the other movies because "How To Train Your Dragon" is 3D and it gives a feeling that the dragons are real and flying right at you.
-Without Computers and technology, I do not think the film would look so real and of course without technology people would not be able to create 3D movies.
-The thing I am curious about and really would like to ask Craig about is what is your favorite character in the movie?

Christian Gonzalez said...

1) How To Train Your Dragon is different than other movies I have seen because first of all it is in 3-D,it is a kids movie about dragons,a boy isn't scared of a dragon. A few other reasons are a small young boy ends up riding, saving, and building a wing for a very large, and unknown dragon.
2)I believe the roles the computers played in the movie How To Train Your dragon were the characters. The only real part of the characters were the vioces.
3) One of the many questions I want to ask Craig is who long did it take to finish this movie to make it ready to be seen by an audience?

Craig said...

Malcolm,

The animators animate both the humans and the dragons at the same time. It was actually very difficult for our clothing department because they had to fold the characters clothes around where they were sitting on the dragons. Otherwise, the clothes would go right through the dragons and would have looked wrong.

Lin M. said...

Lin M. said...

1)This movie is different from others because it is 3D.I did see the movie The Crash of The Titans and it was 3D so not much of the movies are 3D.
2)The computer's role in this 3D movie is the animation because we can't make a character that is supposed to fly by thereselves fly so the computer does it.
3)The question I have for Craig is,did the animation for the dragons take alot of time for every movement to be exactly right?

Garrett B. said...

1) This movie looks different because one,the backround looks real and the characters are animated.The second reason I think it is different is because I haven't seen alot of movies where the important characters are Vikings.
2)I think computers play a role in the movie because the movie is in 3D ,and because the characters aren't real the computer makes up the actions the characters do.
3)Craig,were you happy making the movie " How To Train Your Dragon"?

Iset M. said...

1)This movie is different because you don't see vikings and dragons together.
2)The role the computers play is animation because cartoons are animation and computers make animation.
3)One question I have for Craig is, Why did you put vikings and dragons not another culture and dragons.

Kelly Y. said...

1) It looks different from other animated films I have seen because the characters look almost the same as we do, compared to Japanese animation.
2) I think computers and technology play a big role in the creation of the movie. They create the characters, setting and movements. I think it is not possible to make a animation film without computers.
3) Craig- How long did it take (about) to complete the animation of this movie?

Wiktoria R. said...

1 I think this movie looks different than others because it is in 3D.
2 I think the role the computers and technology play in is making the animations.
3 how do you make the movie 3D.

Craig said...

Lin,

On average, an animator could animate about a second of film every day and a half. They would usually do a early test to show the directors to make sure they were going in the right direction with a shot. But after animation, the shot still had to go through clothing and lighting before it was complete.

Garrett,
We were very happy making this movie. The crew was amazing to work with and even though it was challenging we were very proud of this film.

Kenju Gibbs said...

1)This movie is different from other animated movies I've seen in that parts of the movie look more realistic. For example;the lighting,the details in the dragons,the lava in the dragons nest and the water.

2)I think computers and technology help to bring more detail to the movie.Like the characters,settings and animation.This helps makes the movie more believable.

3)Craig What would you change in the movie and would you make a sequel?

Brandon Flores said...

Brandon F ...said

1 The movie looks different because the scenes look real.
2 I think that technology is important in the dragon scenes
3 How does it feel making a movie?

Nancy Flores said...

nancy Flores

1 I think that the movie is different becaues it has dragons different ones.
2 It plays all the parts and the characters and the move ments.
3 How long did it take you to make the movie?

Craig said...

Abdelrahman,

I really liked Toothless but I also really liked the Gronckle dragon. He was supposed to be really scary but once you get to know him he was just like a big fun bulldog.

Kenju,
I don't think we would change anything about the movie. It really is a great film.

Mr. Casal said...

Good comments and questions. Don't forget to read the previous comments to see if your question was already asked, and think of a different question to ask.
(Craig has already answered the "how do you make it 3D" and "where did the story come from" questions)

Excellent work everybody.

Brandon Bautista said...

) This movie looks different than others because someone is on the side of the dragon for a change.
2)I think the computers play the top role, because it takes alot to be able to create the whole thing, and even more harder in 3D in adimations.
3) One question I have for Craig is, how did you get the idea for this story in the first place?

Adam A. said...

1) This movie is different from other movies because in most movies, if there are dragons, the dragons are usually evil. In this movie, the dragons are friendly, and, if not provoked, harmless.

2) The role computers and technology play in making this movie is that they animate the characters, settings, and everything else.Technology also creates the entire 3D experience.

3) Craig, what exactly is the role of a production manager in a movie?

By the way, I really liked the graphics and design of the movie.I also liked the plot very much.

Daisy v said...

The movie looks different because it has lots of fire in it and it is mostly have the color gray and brown what they wear.

The role i think they do in th commputer is when the dragon flys and the fire.

Why did you make the tittle "How you Train Your Dragon" ? And also why did you make it this year ?

Craig said...

Adam,

As the production manager I helped to supervise the over 400 people who worked on the film. I worked with them all to make sure that they were aware of the schedule and to help come up with solutions to problems that otherwise would have delayed our schedule. There were two other production managers on the film. The areas I focused on were more animation, fx, lighting and the actual delivery of the final images. As an interesting side note, one of the other production managers on the film went to college with Mr. Casal and myself too!

Tara P. said...

1) this movie looks different from others because it is in 3D and the animated characters sometimes seem like they jump off the screen.

2) I think the role computers play in this movie is making the characters move ,there was so much action in this movie

3) Craig, how does the computer turn the movement into a scene and also, aqbout how long does it take to animate the entire movie.

Samira Rabah said...

Hi how do you make the moves 3'D

What made you want to make the move "How To Train Your Dragon?

How long did it talk you to make the move?

JohnG. said...

1) The characters in this movie look different from other movies I've seen because the viking characters in the movie are not like I have seen in most movies.In fact,this is the first movie I've seen with vikings. 2)The roles computers have in making the movie is that they are used to design the characters,input the voices into the characters,and positioning the characters movements. 3)Craig, your movie is a great.How long did it take to make it?

Jasmin Castro said...

1.It looks like it's real.
2.In the movie the people look like they were real.
3.How did he make the graphic look real.

Anonymous said...

John Abad Said...
1.I think this movie,How tot train your dragon is different because in every movie people mostly dont see dragons or people fighting dragons at all.
2.The role of the computer and technology is that they use the computers by moving the characters so the people think the characters look real.
3.Mr.craig,what was the idea to make the movie Hoe to train your dragons.

Jason T said...

1.This movie looks different because the colors are bolder and brighter. All the characters are moving very fast. It feels like being in a video game.
2. The computer is used to put the pictures together with sound. I'm working with Mr.Najar in movie making and we used the computer to correct mistakes, for example when something is wrong we cut there and split video of play head.
3.Craig how did you became a production manager? Was it fun making How to Train Your Dragon?
Jason T

Tommy Santiago said...

Tommy S.
1.This movie is different than other movies because most movies don't have vikings nor dragons.
2.I think the role for computers and technology is that they make all the characters such as Toothless,Hiccup,and Astor.
3.Mr.Craig,was it hard to make a thesis?

Brandon S said...

1.Its different form the others I saw because,not as many movies I saw have dragons in it.And how a boy changed the way people see dragons insead of them killing them for no reason.Also,how people in the movie use them as
transportation.
2.I think computers help by,making the animation and how the dragons fly,making things move and to put the sounds and talking inside the characters.
3.My question is that,how long does it take to make a movie and how did you got the cool idea.

jade S. said...

1.I saw the movie in 3D. And it was great.Also the movie popped out of the screen and I have never seen dragons fly before.

2.I think computers and technology work by, making the characters move and talk and to put the movie on the screen in the movies.

3. Is animation hard to do and how hard is it to make a movie?






3.Some thing I learned from the movie is care for animals.

lissette s. said...

The characters in "How to Train Your Dragon" look different then other movies because in this movie the characters are animated and in most movies they're not.

Technology and computers a play a very huge role in this movie because they help make the animated characters look realistic and they give the special effects a realistic touch.

If i were to ask Craig a question, i would ask him "how did you come up with the idea for this movie?"

Luis G. said...

How does this movie look different than others (animated or not) you have seen?
This movie is different because it is very funny and kind of scary .
2) What role do you think computers and technology play in making a movie like this?
I think they used special things
3) Ask Craig a question... did watching the movie make you wonder about anything? Did you
see something in the movie or trailer you want to learn more about?
I want learn how you made the movie ?

Jeffery.D said...

Jeffery.D

1. This movie looked like it was real. This movie was very different than other movies. I thought that like the movie UP, this movie used an advanced story line , in this movie it gave a story line like never before, the only way I see this movie is different is it gave a story line of a weak, and small character(Main Character) like in the following, Tarzan, UP, and Alladin. In these they have strong and heroic characters. The animation was more real than in some movies I have seen.

2.I think that computers help the movie really come to life. In some cases even better than the older way of making animated cartoons, but backfires in not having real actors you can learn from.

3. I learned that even if your problems are big or small you can always solve them without fighting.

DereckRamos said...

Dereck.R. said...

1)This movie looks very computerized and animated because it has a lot of visual effects in the way the fire was created.This movie is also totally made up of cartoons and not real people.

2)Computer and technology are very important in making a movie like this because it allows us to create ideal character,sound effects,and visul effects to make these types of movies.

3)How did you create the dragons?

Crystal Gomez said...

1.It is different becase the colors are more darker.2.I think the computers and technology work by taking the charector and putting it in the computer.3. Is it hard to put the chrector in the computer and on to screen?

Craig said...

Jason T,

I started at Dreamworks in 1999 a year after graduating college and became a production assistant on the Road to El Dorado. I've worked on 9 feature films now and eventually reached the position of production manager after a lot of hard work and a lot of great people teaching me how to succeed at my job. Just because I finished school over ten years ago doesn't mean I still don't learn new things every day. And yes, it was a lot of fun making the movie. I feel very fortunate to have a job that I enjoy every day.

It seems a lot of people are asking the question of how long the movie took to make. Normally, pre-production on a film is 1.5 years and production is another 2 years. We had a long pre-production period but only one year for production. It was pretty crazy but with the whole amazing crew working together we were able to succeed.

Jade,

All films are hard to make but they each have their own challenges. We believe that every film should push the envelope and show things to you that you have never seen before. If you go back and look at Shrek 1 and then see Shrek 4 later this year, you can see how much more complex everything looks even though they are the same characters.

Tara,

We use special computer programs to help the characters move. The animators go in and tell it how to move and what to do and then the computer uses a lot of computing power to render out each frame that the animators have worked on.

Andrew Villafane said...

1.It looks different then the other movies because its in 3D.
2.Computers and techonlogly work by making the characters look realistic.
3.Mr.Graig,how much techonlogly did you use in the movie?

Taylor Isaacs said...

1. I watched the trailer for the movie I thought it looked pretty cool.
2. I think that technology works by making the characters move and talk so that they can entertain people.
3. Is it hard to make a movie?

Amanda T. said...

1. One thing I noticed that was different from other animated movies was the lighting seemed more realistic. There were candles in many of the scenes, so some parts were light and some parts were dark.

2. Computers are used to do the animation and sound in the movie.

3. Craig, What other movies have you worked on, and how are they different from this one?
How were you able to make this movie so quickly?

Anonymous said...

1)The charters hair,body movements and backgrounds look more animated like a playstation 2 game or like a playstation 3 game.

2)Computers and technology are used in all movies but, in this movie computer.s and technology make the move more life like, it is more alive then most cartoon movies.

3)My question is how long does it take to make a 3D movie?
Joshua King 4-411

Andrea Diaz said...

Andrea Diaz 5-404

1.It has better animation.
2.The animation.
3.If you could have a dragon as a pet, would you?

Kenthony Garcia said...

1. The movie is animated and its funny the part i like was when it was foggy and the two girls were getting water and a there were two boys and one boy said i thought you were a dragon

2.I think that the computers makes the charaters animated and talk,move

3.I learned that you have to care for different animals

Klare Hall said...

(1) I think the movie looks different than others because of the effects. (2) Technologys role is to animate. (3) My question is: Where did you you come up with the idea to make the movie?

Jonathon v said...

1.The Animation looks Different Compared to the other movies Ive seen Because Its 3D,And The
Drawings Are Better.

2.Back In The 80s People used to make movies with drawings And Make It come to life.Now people who make movies,use computers And technology.Which Make Movies Better and more life like.

3.Craig,How long did it take you to make a movie like this

Samantha M. said...

1. I think this movie looks different then others because computers have made it look so realistic.
2. Computers and technology play a big role in making the movie because it puts it all together.
3. How do you know when the movie is finish and ready to show in theaters?

Jaylynn S said...

1. The movie was animated and was like an old fairy tale.
2. They used computers to make the action and special effects for the movie and real people for the voices.
3. What did you enjoy most about the movie?

Larry Gonzalez said...

1) I think it looks different because its set in dragon hunting times.

2)I think its all the movie movement.

3)What was do you think was hard in the movie.

Adriana Guzman said...

1. What makes this movie different than others is the strength of the film. It captured the audience with its animated Viking characters & dragons. Making the movie 3-D made the characters pop out and look real.

2. Computers & technology plays a big part in making a movie. Computers are used to edit the movies & create the voices. The technology helps to create computerized images.

3. Craig, how hard is it to make the voices match the characters?

Craig said...

Amanda,

I've worked on 9 movies at Dreamworks. A few of the most recent ones are Monsters vs. Aliens, Madagascar 2, Bee Movie and Over the Hedge. They were all different experiences but great ones There were a lot of reasons that we were able to make the movie in a shorter amount of time but the primary reason was the amazing crew that all worked incredibly hard on this film.

Samantha,

We plan when these movies are done out of when they will be in the theater and set that date early on. That way, we can start making audiences aware of it as we get closer to the release date. We sort of work backwards from there knowing when we have to be finished and from that, we know when we will have to start making it. We build a lot of schedules to make sure we are on schedule.

Andrew,
We use a lot of technology to make the movie. Everything is finished on the computers. We have lots of programs that we use to help all the departments.

Jaylynn,
The thing I've enjoyed most is hearing how much people are enjoying the movie. It really makes all the hard work that more special when people like the film.

AARON A. said...

1) The movie looks different because it’s Computer-animated compared to the Traditional animation .

The 3d effect gives you a different experience you feel like you’re part of the story .



2) Computers and technology play a major role because with out the uses of computers and technology Computer-animated films would not be possible .


3) I love movies just as much as I love games your job at dreamworks deals with both I find it very interesting how did you get in to your fielded of work ?

Kalea H. said...

1. Its different because the dragons are not ALL mean and most people think of dragons as evil things.
2. The artists most likely used computers to help them animate every thing, such as the people, the dragons, and the setting.
3. Did the animators read the book?

Michael Vazquez said...

1) This movie is different from other movies because it is in 3D. Also, a viking and a dragon usually won't be compatible, but in this case he is friends with the dragon.

2) The computers and other technology took a BIG part in this movie. This whole entire movie is animated except for the voice's. Why? You thought those people were actually humans! Well in the movie there vikings in real life there just animated!

3) Graig, did you like working with this movie: How To Train Your Dragon 3D

Brandy said...

Michael Johnson class: 5-404

1. This movie is different because it's animated in 3D and it's computerize.
2. I think the computer and technology is used for the background and creating the characters and movements.
3. Craig, how many movies have you made in your lifetime?

Deandra C. said...

1.Its different because the freckles on Hiccups face are very easy and clear to see.
2.I think that technology was used for the setting and the dragons.
3.How long did it take to make ALL of the animations?

Craig said...

Aaron,

I got my job because of my experience in school. Some of my friends were older and had moved out to Los Angeles before me. They started working at Dreamworks and when I moved out there, they got me an interview. I did okay in the interview and started working at Dreamworks a week later. That was in April of 1999.
Kalea,
I know some of the animators read the book. We had the author visit us while we were making the movie so that she could see what we were doing.

Kayla A. said...

1. They mixed the cartoon with real life and made it look real.

2. Computer technology played a major role in this movie. It could not have been made without it.

I want to know how they mix cartoons with real life.

Anonymous said...

Sah-Kiel A.

1)The movie looked different from others I watched because the 3-D affects that the movie had.
2)Computers and technology play an important part in the movie because the it makes drawings come to life.
3)Craig....What influenced you to work on this animated movie?

Abdul Farhad said...

1. This movie is different from others because it has a nice story with dragons and it is animated.
2.Computers play a role of the creation of this movie. Such as the dragons and characters where all made by computers.
3.How did the process go to match the persons' voice with their lip movement?

Ariel M. Vera said...

1. I thought that the 3D effect was great, it didn't even feel like you had 3D glasses on. I thought the movie was great too. I thought the animation was a lot more different in a good way. Alice In Wonderland had the same of 3D effect. I thouht the vision of the movie was good to, because when I saw the movie the details on the Hiccup,Toothless and the rest of the characters can really be seen.such as Hiccups frecles ,and toothlesses scales, and the designs on Astrids clothing.
2. Craig, I was wondering who was the writer and director for the film? Who was the cartoonist? Did you like being a part of the film?

Ty C. said...

1. "How to Train Your Dragon" was different from other digitally animated movies because it's having a little of everything: action, emotion, and fear factor.

2. Digitally creating the characters and editing scenes depended on technology.

3. First, thank you, Craig, for taking time out to post answers to our questions. Where did you go to college? What was your major and did it help you with your current job?

Saria S. said...

1)I went to see the movie and it was very realistic.Especially when he was flying on the dragon his hair looked real blowing in the wind.
2)Animated movies used to take a long time drawing and painting each frame.By using computer technology artists are able to copy the frame and make small changes, and the quality is better also.3D makes it even better!
3)Craig,how were you able to make the characters facial expressions so realistic?

Anonymous said...

Anthony Rodriguez

1. "How to train a dragon" was different from other movies I've seen because its plot was set in the medeival times.

2. Technology played a big role in this movie because they had to add in speacial affects and they had to put it into 3-D.

3. Are you planning on making a sequel?

Jose P. said...

1 The movie is different from other movies because it has vikings and dragons.

2 Technology and computers was a important roll for making the scenes, the vikings and the dragons come to life.
3 Why are vikings in the movie why not soldiers?

Craig said...

Ty,
I went to Boston University and majored in television production along with Mr. Casal. While there, I got experience working on a tv show that the students did. Some friends I made there were older and graduated before me. They moved out to Los Angeles and got a job at dreamworks. After I graduated, I moved out here and they helped me get a job at Dreamworks as well.
Saria and Abdul,
We spend a lot of time to make the characters believable. One of the things that we do is record the actors when they are recording their lines. The animators will study the video to try and get the mannerisms of the character into the performance. The surfacers and lighters then spend a lot of time working to make the skin look realistic.
Sah-Kiel,
I was excited to work on Dragons because a lot of the leadership of the show was made up of a group of us that had previsouly worked together on Over the Hedge. That really made it easy when there were problems to work together to solve them.

Sharif D. said...

The movie is different from other movies because it has viking and dragons.

Technology and computers was a important roll for making the scenes,the viking and the dragons come to life

Why not soldiers in the movie.

Flora.F. said...

The movie is different from other movies because it has viking and dragons.

Technology and computers was a important roll for making the scenes,the viking and the dragons come to life

WHY DID YOU NAME THE MOVIE HOW TO TRAIN YOURDRAGON???????

Zach D. said...

1) This movie is different from the other movie I have seen is that the movie is taken place in a viking community.
2)Technology and computers played a big role in this movie for the animation.
3) Have you been working with dream works all of your life?

Ece Yurt said...

1. This movie is different from other movies I have seen because it is computer animated and it is in 3-D.
2. I think computers and technology are used to animate the characters and without computers and technology the dragon and the characters wouldn't be made.
3. Was making a 3-D movie hard?

Adiana G. said...

1. This movie is a little different than older movies because the details look more realistic and not like 2D cartoons.
2. I think the role that technology played in this movie is that the whole movie, except the voices, were made on a computer.
3. Craig, what inspired you to work in making movies? Is it more difficult to make an animated movie on computer or drawn?

Maria said...

I never Watched a 3-D movie before.
I think you took a lot of time making this movie.
Witch character is your least favorite character?

Hernan Acosta said...

I think this different because in Alice in Wonderland there were real people as well as animation. How to Train your Dragon just has animation. I wantd to see how Hiccup met Night Furry in the trailer. Technolygy also played a big role in the animation.

Nermin E. said...

1)How this movie is different from other movies is that other movies have different verses and some movies are short and some movies are long.
2)I think that computers and techonolgy are used for backrounds, actions and openings.
3)Did it take a long time to put this in 3D and on to the internet?

Daniel D.V said...

1.it looks difirent because the persons are vikings and not many people have vikings in the movie.
2.i think they played the green screen beacause the pichirs they used it beacause those are noy real pichirs.
3.how do you make the dragons shootfire out of there mouths

Alan H. said...

1)This movie is different than the others because this movie has different animations than the other movies.
2)The role for computers I think is that they add the animations and they can add the movement of the characters.
3)The question I would like to ask Craig is that how hard was it to finish the movie?

Jonah L. said...

1) This movie looked different by the animation. Some movies have hand drawn animation. This one has all C.G.I in it.
2) The computers played the roll of helping the animators design how the characters in the movie were going to move.
3) How did the voice actors mouths connect with the animation on the computer?

Laurette ginter said...

1 How long did it take you to make the movie?

2 The movie was cool because it poped out.

3 The computer made all the action happend in the movie.

Janice K said...

I think mega mind was a very good movie. I also thought the 3D was a good efect for the movie.