Director Chris Miller Helms DreamWorks Animation’s Puss in Boots

He’s a legend: The notorious fighter. The lover. The outlaw. He’s Puss in Boots. The remarkable feline has appeared in the Shrek films, but now his epic tale gets the telling it deserves in 3D in the self-titled Puss in Boots from DreamWorks Animation.

At the helm of the incredible story is director Chris Miller, who was there at the beginning of Dreamworks Animation Studio SKG, working as a story artist on Antz, the studio’s first animated comedy hit. Before long, Miller found himself an important part of one of the most successful animated film series of all time, first as a story artist on Shrek, then moving on to head of story on the follow-up Shrek 2 and directing Shrek the Third. Miller first encountered the unforgettable cat known as Puss in Boots on Shrek 2. He was instantly captivated by the adventurous cat and wondered about his history and how he came to get the boots. From the first “meeting,” he knew the little cat with the huge personality had to have his story of heroic feats told. […]


Creating Magic at Illusion Industries

Benjamin Button in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008), Big Momma in Big Momma’s House 2 (2006), Stanley Ipkiss from The Mask (1994), Euphegenia Doubtfire in Mrs. Doubtfire (1993), and Count Dracula from Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992) are showcases of just a few of the diverse and memorable characters Illusion Industries has helped create. […]

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A Complex Mix at the Foreign Language Film Symposium

The Academy’s 2011 Foreign Language Film Award Symposium at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater brought together an interesting group of directors from five countries on the bright sunny Saturday morning the day before the Academy Awards. This year’s nominees are Biutiful, Alejandro González Iñárritu, (Mexico); Dogtooth, Yorgos Lanthimos, (Greece); In a Better World, Susanne Bier, (Denmark); Incendies, Denis Villeneuve, (Canada), and “Outside the Law (Hors-la-loi), Rachid Bouchareb, (Algeria). […]


2011 Docs! Reception and Screening

The filmmakers of the 10 Academy Award-nominated films in the feature documentary and the documentary short categories took the stage at the second annual Docs! Reception and Screening at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Feb. 23 for a very interesting night. There is such potential for something powerful and evocative in the observation of true life in cinema, and this was clearly evident in the nominees for the feature documentary – Exit through the Gift Shop, Jaimie D’ Cruz; Gasland, Josh Fox and Trish Adlesic; Inside Job, Charles Ferguson and Audrey Marrs; […]

Art Direction

Contenders – Art Direction: Guy Hendrix Dyas, Larry Dias and Doug Mowat, Inception

Set decorators Larry Dias and Doug Mowat have had a 15 year friendship but have never worked together professionally. That all changed with Inception – director Christopher Nolan’s masterful science-fiction thriller, a film vivid with imagination and stunning imagery. Inception has already received three BAFTAs for Best Sound, Best Visual Effects and Best Production Design. At the helm of the production design was Guy Hendrix Dyas, who invited Dias and Mowat onto the production to help complete the task of building a dream within a dream. […]

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The Foreign Language Nominees Symposium

The 82nd Academy Awards’ Foreign Language Film nominees couldn’t be more diverse and interesting. At the Foreign Language Nominees Symposium held at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater, March 6, the honored filmmakers of Adjami – Israel, The Milk of Sorrow (La Teta Asustada) – Peru, A Prophet (Un Prophete) – France, The Secret in Their Eyes (El Secreto de Sus Ojos) – Argentina, and The White Ribbon (Das Weisse Band) – […]