Entertainment Production News
Tue, Jan 8th, 2013
The Producer of Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King and recently Frankenweenie, Don Hahn, participated this evening on a Reddit AMA.
Here are some of our favorite questions and Don's answers of the evening:
What are the biggest misconceptions about being a producer?
Don: The sterotype is that producers are the money guys and that we drive huge BMW's, smoke big cigars and hang out in Beverly Hills restaurants with our celebrity friends. The truth is that its a job not unlike being a general manager of a football team. You need to pull the team together and give them everything they need to have a winning season. And just for the record, i drive a mini cooper, don't smoke anything and hang out at the Waffle House in Burbank.
Is it more difficult to produce an animated movie compared a "regular" movie in your opinion?
Don: In animation you have the luxury of time and the ability to revisit material again and again. With live action, you need to get the shots while the actor is there and the sun is shining. In animation the actor is always there and the sun is always shining.
If we have scripts that we are working on, but don't have an agent, and cannot submit any "unsolicited" material, what comes first? the chicken or the egg, i.e. the agent or the script?
Don: Here's the truth: no we can't see material without an agent submitting it, and no you can't get an agent without a produced script or published book. This system works because it keeps out the hobbyists and people who give up easily. Your job as a writer is to keep writing and keep networking with people all while you solve the above riddle. Eventually you'll break thru...the real key is persistence and good work.
What do you think makes the team as Disney's work consistently rise above that of it's competitors (Dreamworks, Fox, etc.)? Would you say it is it's sheer presence (parks, stores, merchandise) or is it something inherent in the environment and talent pool?
Don: It's great talent in a culture that rewards innovation and risk. The culture at Disney doesn't allow an artist to settle for second best, or a story idea that sorta works. If it's not working, it changes. We're tough on each other and yet we respect each other enough to be honest. That culture gets the movie to the best level possible...it's not easy, but it works. Make it great...don't settle!
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