Have you ever wondered what it is like to make the imagination come to life? I recently was invited to experience behind the scenes of DreamWorks How To Train Your Dragon 2 movie. It was a opportunity I couldn’t pass by, plus I love the How To Train Your Dragon series! Without a moment to spare I was off to sunny L.A.
I arrived with plenty of time to do what any midwest chick would do while in California…
I had to find something nice to wear for all the people over at DreamWorks! I could hardly wait to enter through the gates of the DreamWorks campus. The younger version of me was a graphic designer and I get a bit nerdy when it comes to animation, so this trip was a dream come true!
My kids back home were a touch jealous about my adventure I was embarking upon, but I figured they always get to have fun and I promised to take them all to see How To Train Your Dragon 2 when it comes out on June 13th. They were happy for my unexpected travel plans and they reminded me to bring them back a treat.
This was my first time ever attending a blogger event this huge and it started out with an amazing spread of delicious breakfast food.
After enjoying our morning meal and meeting the other bloggers I was escorted to a theater room where we would be watching the screening of How To Train Your Dragon 2. I was ready to unwind and get lost in the world of dragons.
During the movie I was overwhelmed with many emotions (bring tissues) and be prepared to be infused with wild energy as the movie unfolds! There are moments that will be humorous, have you sitting upright cheering for your favorite team, crying bittersweet tears and times when you will be filled with hope. Overall I believe this movie How To Train Your Dragon 2 can represent what every child and parent would want in a movie. It’s clean adventures entertainment that all age ranges can enjoy. I would say How To Train Your Dragon 2 is a collaborative mix between a modern day Never Ending Story and Lord Of The Rings that can be watched by the younger crowd. I know every member of my family will watch it over and over again.
Once I dried my eyes and fully took in the whole story I was given the opportunity to interview the writer Mr. Dean DeBlois. He stated that it takes 3 to 4 years to make an animated movie, which I never knew, but now that I have walked through the whole process at DreamWorks I can clearly understand why it takes so long and I appreciate all the hard work the How To Train Your Dragon 2 crew put into making this film.
When Dean was approached to make the second movie he stated he was inspired by the idea of How To Train Your Dragon becoming a trilogy bringing us a complete story of Hiccup’s coming of age. In the first movie Hiccup was a young boy with a small problem, which is fixed and now we see him as a young man with a larger responsibility sitting on his plate. We are introduced to the growing steps of Hiccup’s life and as he uncovers who he is we can see the boundaries he must push through to get to the place he needs to be. This whole series is so incomparable to the movies I watched as a child. I am thrilled to have a collection like this to share with my own children. You can definitely tell Dean DeBlois was telling the truth when he said he tries to make the movie that he would have wanted to see when he was 10 years old and that he would love to see now. He did an amazing job bringing fourth a tale that makes you feel like a kid again!
The process in making a movie is a time consuming series of actions. It starts with taking ideas from the book, written by Cressida Cowell and going deeper into the lives of the characters she had created. The art department collects pieces of images to inspire them into drawings for the film and from there they build upon their artwork. Spending time working with clay, paper and computer software a group of artists play with the ideas of different elements in each stage of the design process. Mr. Pablo Valle described the steps in a way we could easily visualize their work when he said they are all trying to bring little bits of information together with the point being to create a document that will travel through all the different departments for the entire production line. Dean DeBlois told us there are any where from 40 to 50 hands creating the artwork for the movie How To Train Your Dragon 2! The above photo was from some of the last pieces of Hiccup’s drawings. I was amazed by the way the details of Hiccup moved along as the creators develop his final image.
The employees seem to have a passion for what they do everyday. Each section of the tour was hosted by the many departments used to design HTTYD2. We were given a small display of what took place in their line of work and everyone was very friendly.
The bloggers were also given the opportunity to test drive the Flying Dragon Experience using a pair of Oculus goggles and act out parts from the movie on screen. I had a blast showing off my sword skills! I would love to use the Oculus game again, too. When I told my husband and 14 year old son about flying Toothless in a open world they were both beyond impressed!
Yes, I had a very eventful day to say the least when I went to DreamWorks Studio. It was a trip I will remember forever and I can’t wait to share the fantastic movie with the rest of my friends and family.
Check out the trailer How To Train Your Dragon 2 Comes Out June 13th
Thank you to everyone who worked so many hours bringing How To Train Your Dragon 2 to life. The imagination is definitely a wonderful thing! ~ Kelly C