I don’t know about you, but I sure do love animated movies. The worlds that the artists and directors create are so full of wonder and magic. Animation is also the modern day home of the allegorical tale. Many live-action movies have forgone having a moral or some deeper story to tell, in favor of just being a straight shot of ‘action’ or ‘romance’. Somehow, movies for “children” have become the best place for complex, deep stories that are deeply profound no matter your age. Today’s guest, Leo Matsuda, is a director of one such very deep and profound Disney short, Inner Workings. He has also worked as a story artist on many other big name films. We’ll discuss the animation industry, the magic of Disney, and the philosophical messages in Inner Workings.
4:00 - Working on the Simpsons while he was still in school.
5:30 - Getting a job at Disney.
8:30 - Leo’s art.
10:45 - Training at Disney.
13:15 - The role of a story artist.
16:30 - Crafting your own art style.
20:00 - Getting Inner Workings made.
24:00 - The inspiration for and philosophy behind Inner workings.
37:00 - The role of an animation director.
39:45 - Being at the screening.
42:00 - Deciding to pursue directing.
47:00 - Advice.
THIS EPISODE WAS MADE WITH THE SUPPORT OF
Michelle & Jim Wortner