Hollywood Game Changers

27 Jun

What’s a Hollywood Game Changer? It’s someone who completely changes the way something is done, thought about, or made. The animated film Brave took in close to 80 million at the box office its opening weekend. The Pixar film is an original story featuring the first female protagonist by Pixar. It’s hard to ignore all the re-imagined stories of Snow White being churned out by Hollywood.  Has Brenda Chapman changed the game for fairytales in Hollywood?[1] In this article we will look at one visionary who dared to go against convention to redefine ideals in Hollywood and breathed new life into fairytales.

With so many sequels and re-imagined stories, don’t you get the feeling you are watching nothing but reruns when you go to the theater these days? Film studios are worried about the bottom line, which is understandable given how much a film cost.  Yet, today consumers can tell when studios are hiding a films flaws with a ton of CGI fireworks. Does that impact the evolution of the film industry? Brave was the brain child of Brenda Chapman. Below is a press release from Pixar announcing Chapman as the director.

  • Set in Scotland in a rugged and mythical time, “Brave” features Merida, an aspiring archer and impetuous daughter of royalty. Merida makes a reckless choice that unleashes unintended peril and forces her to spring into action to set things right. The all-star cast features Reese Witherspoon, Billy Connolly, Emma Thompson and Julie Walters. Pixar’s very own Brenda Chapman, of “The Lion King” and “Prince of Egypt” fame, directs this Highland tale full of humor, heart and adventure.”[2]

Written for her daughter as an alternative to traditional fairytales, the animated feature had three directors and four writers in the end. Without discussing the questionable nature of Chapman’s firing at Pixar. It’s enough to recognize her vision and pioneering efforts to create an original story for young girls that promote equality between men and women.

What’s great about Brave men didn’t perish for women to live happily ever after unlike Snow White & the Huntsman.  Granted we are discussing live action versus animation but Brave offered more substance with less fireworks. Is it possible this is one of the problems with re-imagined films the characters and stories lose their substance and become too formulaic?

What are your thoughts?

Please join us for a discussion Thursday: 6/28/2012@7pmE/12UTC


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65 Responses to “Hollywood Game Changers”

  1. littlebells June 27, 2012 at 5:04 PM #

    FANTASTIC!!!! I’m planning on seeing the film this Friday. I have only heard wonderful things about it and I love that we have such a great female protagonist story line.

  2. Comic Relief June 27, 2012 at 9:02 PM #

    I saw it and it was fantastic. I think audiences will support these films if they can get more.

  3. Open Book June 28, 2012 at 12:45 AM #

    Can anyone name a few more “Game Changers” in Hollywood today? Also, What makes their work so interesting to u?

  4. Open Book June 28, 2012 at 5:59 PM #

    Here’s someone getting a lot of attention.

    Ava Duvernay-Ava is the first African American woman to win the best director award at the Sundance Film Festival which premiered the film this past January. The film is called “Middle of Nowhere.”

    • littlebells June 28, 2012 at 6:40 PM #

      That one has been on my list since it was first announced

      • Open Book June 28, 2012 at 6:46 PM #

        Hi LB-

        I remember u discussed this film once before. U showed a trailer and I can’t seem to find it.

    • Comic Relief June 28, 2012 at 7:05 PM #

      I think we talked about this one before….
      MIDDLE OF NOWHERE | Sundance 2012 Teaser

      • Open Book June 28, 2012 at 7:07 PM #

        Ah! Thank u CR! I knew u would find it. LOL!!

        • Comic Relief June 28, 2012 at 7:43 PM #

          OB,

          Why was this film so well appreciated?

          • Open Book June 28, 2012 at 7:54 PM #

            Many critics believe this film has a lot of cross over appeal. They believe its rare to have an all AA cast that will appeal to both AA and other ethnic groups. Also, its the first film that feature AA women in a more realistic light. Here is an article about it. Oh! I did not write the article. LOL!!

            http://blogs.indiewire.com/womenandhollywood/could-middle-of-nowhere-be-a-game-changer

            • Comic Relief June 28, 2012 at 8:12 PM #

              It’s interesting how this film was so rich production design wise. I don’t think we’ve seen that sort of thing associated with animated movies since the Disney films of old.

              • Open Book June 28, 2012 at 8:14 PM #

                Hmm! I assume your talking about Brave and not Middle of Nowhere? Right?

  5. Open Book June 28, 2012 at 6:48 PM #

    Welcome new and returning visitors to our discussion tonight. Please feel free to join in.

    • Comic Relief June 28, 2012 at 8:05 PM #

      I guess I should buy my ticket.

  6. Open Book June 28, 2012 at 7:03 PM #

    O.k. I’m going to start. Someone who IMO has changed the game after being bombarded with teen idol labels is Robert Pattinson. Cosmopolis has finally allowed him to leave Twilight behind and transition into serious substantial material. He’s showing serious game changing chops.

  7. Comic Relief June 28, 2012 at 7:07 PM #

    I have a lot of it’s not people; are they still relevent

    • Open Book June 28, 2012 at 7:08 PM #

      Sure show what u got. I can’t wait to see it.

    • Comic Relief June 28, 2012 at 7:09 PM #

      Sorry I mean a few “game changing” events

      • Open Book June 28, 2012 at 7:11 PM #

        Uh! O.k. shoot!

      • Comic Relief June 28, 2012 at 7:14 PM #

        give me a second…

  8. Comic Relief June 28, 2012 at 7:17 PM #

    This is technology it’s still new even though it has been around awhile

    The Steadicam;
    “Before the Steadicam, the only way to move a camera was either by mounting it on a dolly, or by holding it over your shoulder. What Garrett wanted was a technology that allowed for the smoothness of a dolly, with the freedom of the hand-held technique.”
    Stedicam example: “Goodfellas”

    Old technology example;
    http://entertainment.howstuffworks.com/5-filmmaking-innovations2.htm
    The above quote comes from the same source as the last link.

    • Open Book June 28, 2012 at 7:29 PM #

      This is great CR! Did Larry McConkey shoot this scene? I think he did the cinematography for Goodfellas.

      • Comic Relief June 28, 2012 at 8:03 PM #

        Excellent OB. You are absolutely right. I’m really impressed.

    • ozzie20 June 28, 2012 at 8:41 PM #

      That’s very interesting CR. Thank you for the link too!

  9. Open Book June 28, 2012 at 7:18 PM #

    I think Christopher Nolan is a game changer. He really knows how to make non-linear films sing. Momento really was the start of it all IMO. Who are some other directors u think re-define filmmaking, storytelling or archetypes etc…?

    • Comic Relief June 28, 2012 at 7:53 PM #

      I’m a big fan of Quentin Tarrantino’s. Usually film scholars are considered so pretentious. With Tarrantino you don’t even notice.

      Sorry, this clip is REALLY long, yet I’m glad London has an “Actor’s studio” for Directors.

      • Open Book June 28, 2012 at 8:11 PM #

        This is awesome CR. I will have to come back and watch it. Its a little long but well worth watching.

  10. Comic Relief June 28, 2012 at 7:22 PM #

    Here’s another “it.” Not brand new but blogs are speeding the pace that academic knowledge is reaching consumers of movies.

    “The academic journal Communication Research published a study by two Indiana University professors called “Racial and gender differences in the relationship between children’s television use and self esteem: a longitudinal panel study.”

    “Television exposure predicted a decrease in self-esteem for white and black girls and black boys, and an increase in self-esteem among white boys.”

    You can find more of this information at the blog listed below….
    http://www.racebending.com/v4/blog/study-examines-television-diversity-self-esteem/

    • Open Book June 28, 2012 at 7:41 PM #

      This is a great article CR! This however is not surprising. I guess the only thing u can take away from it not too much has changed for minorities. Do u think this new study will shed new light on this issue and change things?

      • Comic Relief June 28, 2012 at 7:47 PM #

        Oh, I don’t know if it will change things but this kind of information used to take at least five years to get to audiences.

  11. ozzie20 June 28, 2012 at 7:37 PM #

    Hi All! I think my internet provider is doing work in my area as it’s either not loading the page or is loading very slowly. But I am here and catching up. 🙂

    • Open Book June 28, 2012 at 7:38 PM #

      Hi Ozzie!

      • ozzie20 June 28, 2012 at 8:04 PM #

        Hi OB!

    • Comic Relief June 28, 2012 at 7:44 PM #

      Hi Ozzie.

      • ozzie20 June 28, 2012 at 8:15 PM #

        Hi CR!

    • parisienne June 28, 2012 at 7:50 PM #

      Hi Ozzie! how are you?

      • ozzie20 June 28, 2012 at 8:18 PM #

        Hi Paris! I’m feeling better than last week, lol How are you?

  12. parisienne June 28, 2012 at 7:43 PM #

    hi everyone! I saw Brave on Saturday! Excellent film

    • Open Book June 28, 2012 at 7:44 PM #

      Hi Paris-

      Ah! U did? What did u think? Did u cry at the end?

      • parisienne June 28, 2012 at 7:47 PM #

        I liked it alot. i want to see it again soon but no i did not cry at the end,. I almost did though.

        • Open Book June 28, 2012 at 7:59 PM #

          Ah! Thanks for making me feel better by saying u almost cried. LOL!! Yeah, its a good candidate for seeing it again. Did u like the animation and the score?

    • Comic Relief June 28, 2012 at 7:45 PM #

      Hi Paris.

      • parisienne June 28, 2012 at 7:48 PM #

        Hi CR. How are you?

        • Comic Relief June 28, 2012 at 7:55 PM #

          Excellent, thanks for asking.

  13. Open Book June 28, 2012 at 8:04 PM #

    Here’s Brave theme song.

    • Comic Relief June 28, 2012 at 8:14 PM #

      It’s interesting how this film was so rich production design wise. I don’t think we’ve seen that sort of thing associated with animated movies since the Disney films of old.

    • ozzie20 June 28, 2012 at 8:33 PM #

      That’s beautiful! I’ll have to check out the rest of the score when I’m back to running at normal speed!

  14. Open Book June 28, 2012 at 8:15 PM #

    ITA. What made this animated fairytale more dynamic than SWATH?

    • Open Book June 28, 2012 at 8:20 PM #

      Let me also add Mirror Mirror.

      • Comic Relief June 28, 2012 at 8:35 PM #

        Storywise,both respected women. Though there was a lot of arguing going on, “Brave” to respect and honor both generations of women.

        • Comic Relief June 28, 2012 at 8:39 PM #

          sorry; “chose to respect and honor both generations of women.”

        • Open Book June 28, 2012 at 8:40 PM #

          I know this is what I liked about it. Brave showed both generations of women positively. Older women weren’t envious of younger women which is what’s depicted in both SWATH and MM. Also, the mother in Brave was seen as an equal to her husband.

  15. Comic Relief June 28, 2012 at 8:29 PM #

    Here’s another “it.”
    Though not like feature film development. I’m shocked at the content diversity of so many documentaries. You just can’t get as much information or detail from the news anymore.

    • littlebells June 28, 2012 at 11:28 PM #

      CR,,

      I have become a real fan of documentaries as of late for the reason you mentioned. Journalism today is so sensationalized and when someone quotes twitter or facebook, my eyeballs roll out of my head.

      We need a few game changers in the news industry to bring us back to what true journalism is all about: the itty gritty truth with real facts.

      • Comic Relief June 29, 2012 at 10:15 AM #

        LB,

        I absolutely agree. I guess the topic should be journalism game changers instead of OB’s topic.

        Actually I think the documentary “101 East – China: Inventing Innovation” should be available for far more people to weigh in on regarding the topics being discussed.

  16. Comic Relief June 28, 2012 at 8:29 PM #

    Connected | 2012 Trailer | [HD]

    • Open Book June 28, 2012 at 8:36 PM #

      U are AWESOME CR!! I’m trying to find it now. I like it.

    • Comic Relief June 28, 2012 at 8:36 PM #

      Highrise

      • Comic Relief June 28, 2012 at 8:37 PM #

        101 East – China: Inventing Innovation

  17. Open Book June 28, 2012 at 8:30 PM #

    I would like to point out that there are some superhero films that have really been made well. Those include Dark Knight, Iron Man and The Avengers to name a few. So not all superhero films and fairytale re-imagined films are created equal.

  18. Comic Relief June 28, 2012 at 8:38 PM #

    sorry, I have to leave.
    Great topic OB!!!!!!

    • Open Book June 28, 2012 at 8:42 PM #

      See u later CR. Great video clips. I got caught up watching them. Sorry! Have a nice evening. TC!

  19. Open Book June 28, 2012 at 8:50 PM #

    Everyone-

    I have to go. However, thanks for joining us tonight. I will check back later if u have more comments. TC!

    Goodnight Oz, Paris & LB.

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