PLANES FIRE & RESCUE: The Research
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It wasn’t until I visited the Disneytoons Studio for the first time a couple years ago that I realized the work, effort and research that Disney puts into each film it creates. The attention to detail, design and story is truly why Disney remains to be a leader in storytelling and filmmaking.
As I told you last week, I not only had the opportunity to a press junket for Disney’s MALEFICENT, but also PLANES FIRE & RESCUE, opening in theatres on July 18th. Today, I am sharing my visit with Paul Gerard (director, creative development) and Jeff Howard (co-writer), who were the filmmaking team responsible for PLANES: FIRE & RESCUE.
During our visit, we learned that Paul and Jeff were able to get up-close and personal with real aerial firefighters, smoke jumpers, stunt pilots, air traffic controllers and even went inside planes and helicopters to make the world of Piston Peak a believable world. They watched real water drops happen, so that they could see the manner in which the water fell into the fire, as well as the precise timing that is involved in ensuring each fire is doused properly. I honestly had no idea the complexity of putting out a wild forest fire – it is no easy task!
By connecting with real life firefighters, Paul and Jeff could then create a believable Piston Peak world that made sense in PLANES FIRE & RESCUE (as you will understand once you see it!). You may not think about it much as you are watching, but that is the whole point! If the audience doesn’t believe the world and environment, you’ve lost them and the story. I love that Disney pays attention to every detail so that never happens.
Stay tuned for more adventures at Disneytoon Studios in the coming weeks! And, of course, make sure you check out PLANES FIRE & RESCUE on July 18th!
Disclosure: Disney is sponsoring travel, accommodations and activities during my stay in Los Angeles. Thoughts are my own.