***Disclosure: I attended The #MonstersUEvent . My flight, lodgings, and expenses were covered by Disney. All opinions are 100% mine. Some pictures provided by Disney.***
It is just another evening commute until the rain starts to fall, and the city comes alive to the sound of dripping rain pipes, whistling awnings and gurgling gutters. And in the midst, two umbrellas—one blue, one not—fall eternally in love.
From Pixar Animation Studios, director Saschka Unseld and producer Marc Greenberg, “The Blue Umbrella” opens in theaters on June 21, 2013, in front of “Monsters University.”
I had a little time with the director of Blue Umbrella and here he tells how he got the idea for the movie…
As a hobby, I’ve done photo series on this. I love details in reality. I did a photo series of just sidewalk asphalt plates, and the way cracks one there, and they way they kind of, in some areas there’s more kind of these black dots from chewing gums, and on the side there’s something from a tree which probably stands 10 meters down the street.
Just the, the complexity and the beauty of all these details you can see in the city. A lot of it was me and the team going on trips into the city and looking at all these details, like, on the side of a newspaper box there’s streaks of probably someone tying their shoelace, and then you have the streak of the black rubber from the shoe there.
Or the way these things are moved around has a certain way. There’s scratches on them. Everything kind of tells a story to it. And a big, big struggle in the beginning was getting people to change how they work. Like, it was amazing how much people are used to doing things in a more stylized, cartoony way. The first version of the mailbox, which you see in the beginning. We gave photo references to the modeler to build it.
Relatively straight forward, you would think, and then we looked at it, and it was, like, somehow this doesn’t look real. Something is wrong. It was really hard to tell. We had to really look into the details, and it was… The size of the screws were slightly too big. It was the way since a mailbox is made out of this kind of folded metal, the sharpness of a bend has certain physical restrictions.
That was just wrong. It was like all these details that are based on a manufacturing process of these things, or how thick something is, or all these things were slightly off, and all that gave the overall picture of this doesn’t look real. So a lot of it was figuring out, no, why are certain things in a certain way, and kind of making people not… So much of what you do is kind of, this is how I used to do it the last 10 years, and you’re not even aware of it.
You put tiny details in there and there and there and stuff like this. It’s kind of like when you paint, you have certain mannerisms. It was kind of getting rid of those mannerisms, and really having people look at those things. I think that made the… At least for me, that made a big difference between it looking like a normal Pixar film and looking so different.
Like every PIXAR short this one brings the emotion too it. You will not belive that it is all animation. I’ve seen it twice now and it still blows me away. So make sure you check it out in front of Monsters University on June 21!