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Posted by Jon on December 18, 1999 at 07:51:39:

In Reply to: Re: FULLY-BAKED EXPECTATIONS! posted by SNAKEBITE w/a crazy notion on December 17, 1999 at 17:34:19:

: ...Well then, lean on the director, if all the artists have the same concerns and nothing is resolved, who's fault is it then...this is part of the evolution that is the revolution, artists full participation in the development of the property that he/she is working many times have you worked on something that you loved, so that later you can tell everyone "it looked alot better in production" and hated saying it....and the reason you hated saying it was 'cuz in the back of your head you knew ultimately the final product reflects on the people who worked on being one of them...

My experience over the years has caused my attitude to evolve (? or at least change) from being a maverick animator to one who realizes the irreplaceable value of a strong & talented director. Like a symphonic conductor, he or she coordinates the efforts of the artists under his/her direction .... otherwise, the artists produce a cacophony without artistic value, without beauty. What is needed is direction, motivated by a singular vision.

That's what made Iron Giant great, based on accounts I've heard. Bird knew what he wanted, and knew how to communicate that to his artists. A true maestro! He fought for the artistic integrity of his film. His artists simply did their respective jobs (and yes, did them well).

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