You haven’t been properly greeted until you are greeted with Celtic music emanating from a bagpipe and a man in a kilt serenading you while you follow him like he’s the Pied Piper!
Well on Day 2 of my #DisneyPixarEvent trip in San Fransciso, bloggers were greeted by a bagpipe player and led into the Pixar Animation Studios to eat breakfast while listening to the Celtic tunes from the bagpipe. Then it was a day filled with learning more about the eccentric instrument, the art behind Archery, then some insight into why some Scotsmen wear kilts.
First up was my Archery lesson.
I couldn’t believe how exhilarating it was for me to shoot with an bow and arrow. Who knew? I’ve never played archery and never had an interest and was truly surprised just how much I enjoyed it! I am seriously considering taking an archery class. It was fun. Every one of my arrows hit the target, although I never hit the bull eye. But I did pretty good!
Next we learned a little more about the bagpipe. Like the fact that it actually originated from the Middle East and not Scotland. And the fact that you play it by flattening your fingers over the hole and not curve them like a flute. Also you can make continuous music when you blow into it, unlike any other wind instrument! Bagpipes are a class of musical instrument, aerophones, using enclosed reeds fed from a constant reservoir of air in the form of a bag.
Then it was off to Kilt 101- The history, Culture & Adornment of the Tartan.
The kilt is a knee-length garment with pleats at the rear, originating in the traditional dress of men and boys in the Scottish Highlands of the 16th century. Since the 19th century it has become associated with the wider culture of Scotland in general, or with Celtic (and more specifically Gaelic) heritage even more broadly. It is most often made of woollen cloth in a tartan pattern. And it’s pretty heavy. And I finally found out what men wear under their kilt… You don’t wanna know!
Then we were off to hear tales of epic battles and mystical legends with Louis Gonzales, a Story Artist with Pixar. We explored the rugged and mysterious highlands of Scotland with Steve Pilcher, Production Designer and Tia Kratter Shading Art Designer. These two and their team worked extremely hard at making sure Brave had the true look and feel of Scotland. They even took a research trip there and took more than 10,000 photos of the landscape!
I also learned some cool facts like Merida’s hair has 1500 individually sculpted curly red strands that generate about 111,7000 total hairs. On screen her hair is captivating. Absolutely magical in the way it moves.
Then Claudia Chung, a Simulation Supervisor, walked us through how she dressed the royal family in Brave. Claudia had the wonderful job of scouting out different fabrics and textures to see how they flow and how they would fit the bill for the family.
After that, it was a tour of the infamous Pixar Studios. From Toy Story to Finding Nemo to Cars 2 and the Incredibles, this is the Pixar where the magic is made.
Lastly we had the pleasure of meeting Mark Andrews one of the Directors of Brave, Kathering Sarafian, Producer of Brave and Enrico Casarosa, Oscar nominated director of La Luna. I will have photos and more info about those interviews in a later post.
LaLuna, LaLuna… ahhhh…. sweet. Director Enrico Casarosa is just as endearing as his sweet little short called La Luna. It’s a movie that will forever have you gazing at the moon and enchanted by its wonder. The short was nominated for an Oscar and no wonder, because it so perfectly tells a story about a father and grandfather’s strained relationship and how children are most times caught in the middle of their parent’s mess. And with being caught in the middle, it makes it difficult for a child to choose without hurting someone’s feelings. Enrico said the two men in the movie are loosely based on his dad and grandfather who fought a lot and had so many differences between them. He was often left with trying to figure out what to do , just like the little boy in La Luna.
La Luna is proof that parents need to be mindful that their kids are watching their every move and are influenced by what they say and do. And kids should never be caught in the middle. I could watch La Luna a million times. It was so adorable. I wish it was a full length feature movie. I look forward to Enrico’s next project that has to do with dinosaurs!
As for Brave, after seeing the screening, it is a strong story about a daughter who is defiant and trying to find her true self. The relationship between the mom and daughter actually stemmed from director Brenda Andrews relationship with her own daughter. Brenda is not in that boat alone. I too had a difficult relationship with my now 19-year-od and I am happy that a mom like Brenda had a hand in this story to outline the difficulties moms sometimes deal with and the consequences that come when our kids don’t take heed to our call. I only saw the first 30 minutes of Brave and I’m very interested to see Merida’s outcome. She’s very headstrong and when the movie cut off she was in the forest and it looked like things may go wrong. *Biting my nails* I have to wait until June 22nd to find out more!
We ended the night getting our heartstrings yanked by Oscar. A cute, cuddly little Chimpanzee documented in DisneyNature’s Chimpanzee who’s had a life so rough in the jungle, you’d think he was living in South Central! His family got attacked by a fellow “gang” of chimps and the consequences from the attack will leave you sad and broken-hearted and wanting to call your kids to just say, I love you. Sigh. That’s all I will say for now and will write a post about the screening in two weeks. Chimpanzee opens April 20th.
Today is Day 3, and all that’s left is to tour the Walt Disney Family Museum and head home. This has been a fantastic trip to San Francisco filled with wonderful experiences, learning about other cultures, taking aim in a new way through an archery course, learning about the bagpipe and the kilt and coming to understand life in the wild. I got to tour the fantastic Pixar and had the pleasure of meeting some dynamic directors.
This has been a great trip to San Francisco and I want to thank the powers that be at Pixar and Marshall Weinbaum for the invitation to learn about the depth that goes into a movie as intricate as Brave. It took 7 years to produce and was no small feat. I have a greater appreciation for the work that the animators, producers, directors and story directors put into making a movie for me and my family. Thank you!
CHIMPANZEE hits theaters everywhere on April 20th!
This is a sponsored post. I was flown to San franciso all expense paid by Disney. And received meals and gifts among other things. All opinions are100% mine