Animation Showcase


Qtr 1, 2016


anomilisaBy Scott Essman & Carolyn Giardina

anomilisa2In this stop-motion dark comedy, husband, father and author Michael Stone is crippled by the mundanity of his life until he goes on a business trip to Cincinnati and meets a sales rep named Lisa. Directed by Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson, Anomalisa is based on a Kaufman-penned audio play that was never meant to be seen. And so, explains editor Garret Elkins, the production started with the words. “The actors initially recorded the entire film together, over a three-day period. Then we put that together with storyboards and I did a rough cut of the animatic. Then we started to figure out what the additional elements would be.” Read More

The Jungle Book


Qtr 1, 2016

Mark Livolsi, ACE, has enjoyed a career focused on live-action filmmaking, particularly comedic dramas such as The Devil Wears Prada and Saving Mr. Banks. And so his latest film, Disney’s The Jungle Book – a unique hybrid production that combined live action with photorealistic CG animals and environments – was a big departure from the editor’s body of work.

Directed by Jon Favreau, the upcoming April 15 release is a contemporary reimagining of Walt Disney Productions’ 1967 animated film inspired by Rudyard Kipling’s book of the same name about a boy, Mowgli, who is raised in the Indian jungle.

CinemaEditor caught up with Livolsi in his Playa Vista edit suite while he was working through the final phases of the film.

CinemaEditor: How did you get involved in this feature?

Mark Livolsi, ACE: Though Jungle Book is created within an animated environment and really has only one live-action boy character, Jon knew he wanted someone that understood live action in a way where they could mine performance and nuance and my name came up on his radar. I hadn’t met Jon before, so it was exciting to get that call.

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Animation Revelations

animation550From CG to stop-motion, it’s been another big year for animation. Here, CinemaEditor talks with the editors of some of the summer and fall’s animated movies, which have been years in the making. This includes The Good Dinosaur, Hotel Transylvania 2, Inside Out, The Peanuts Movie and Shaun the Sheep Movie.

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