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Walt Disney Studios is on a live-action roll these days, and the next film to hit theatres putting a flesh-and-blood spin on some old classics is INTO THE WOODS. Based on the musical by Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine,  INTO THE WOODS stars Meryl Streep, James Corden, Emily Blunt, Anna Kendrick and Chris Pine, and follows the classic tales of Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk, and Rapunzel—all tied together by an original story involving a Baker and his Wife, their wish to begin a family and their interaction with the Witch who has put a curse on them. Check out a behind-the-scenes featurette on THE ROCK FATHER, below...

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Oh, the oddities of the DEATH WALKS THE STREETS project...

Indeed, there were many, and in a lot of ways we were ahead of the curve in terms "transmedia" marketing and how different pieces would fit into the bigger puzzle. At one point, at least a half-dozen characters from the DWTS world had dedicated MySpace pages where they were blogging regularly (stories penned by me) with tales that would directly plug into the larger DWTS storyline with seamless continuity. By the time the comics came along, we took things to the next level, calling into action the actress that was set to be our live-action Danielle in the planned films - our Australian friend, Efisia Fele. Her screen test for the first DWTS film was KILLER (I hope I still have a copy somewhere), but what we did for the comics were video blogs that led directly into each issue. Take a look...

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Halloween 201431 Days of DEATH WALKS THE STREETS: Day 2 - A lot of people don't realize how far into things we really were in the days when DEATH WALKS THE STREETS (DWTS) was one of the most buzzed-about projects lighting up the 'net. As the screenplay for the first in a series of three planned films was completed in 2004, there were things evolving as the other scripts were being worked on and development and pre-production was underway. Depending on what we were being told at the time, filming was always supposed to be taking place "soon," with dates and locations constantly being pushed for one reason or another. Much of the intended look of the films was coming from Gregory Hill (IMDB | Official Site), a fantastic artist from the east coast who was then-known particularly for his art department work on NBC's LAW & ORDER series', along with feature stints including NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN and THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA. Greg was instrumental in designing everything from logos and costuming to key art, storyboards and sets. The images below represent pre-build concepts from 2006-2007. Since that time, Greg has been extremely busy, working on recent films such as TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES and THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2. Should the elements ever properly align in the future, I'd love to call Mr. Hill back into action.

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This weekend, Marc Webb's THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 enters it's second weekend at the box office, hopefully swinging into another successful weekend for Columbia Pictures and the latest adventure for Peter Parker and Co. For those interested in the art of filmmaking, a new featurette hit my inbox tonight, and has since been posted on THE ROCK FATHER YouTube Channel. In it, viewers can take a look inside WETA WORKSHOP for some inside details on crafting Dane DeHaan's Green Goblin gear. Take a look...

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There's a lot of people that visit THE ROCK FATHER that aren't aware of my pre-fatherhood past. I often say that I'm "an adventurer" of sorts, and over the course of time, I've been fortunate to have many adventures that have crossed-over into several different areas of media. Some of those adventures have been in the realms of film and television. Did you know that I once voiced Starscream from the TRANSFORMERS on TV? Sure did (scroll about 10 slots down). Or that I played a farmer in a movie that often shows up on cable in the UK? Guilty. But... what about that time that I did the voice of Olaf for Disney's Academy Award-winning picture, FROZEN? Yes, you are correct that the wonderful actor Josh Gad performed the voice of the lovable snowman in the film, but there was one day... a day not long ago... when I had to step into the recording booth, to lend my voice to Olaf, and even sing "In Summer."

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For most, the art of "rigging" is something unfamiliar, a term that may bring to mind other professions like those in the maritime or theatrical fields. In reality, they're all connected, but instead of using physical ropes and cables, animation riggers use programs like Maya as tools of their trade. "Without rigging, our characters are really nothing more than digital sculptures," explained Frank Hanner, the Character CG Supervisor on Disney's FROZEN, while speaking to a group of writers on a recent visit to Walt Disney Animation Studios. "It really is the Rigger's job to bring them to life, and they do that by building skeletons of the characters, and finding a way to attach muscles and skin. Finally, they build a set of animation controls that allow the animators to push and pull the characters around." Hmmm, but are they sure that it was wise to hand the keys (a mouse and keyboard, to be specific) to THE ROCK FATHER? If you ever wondered if that lovable snowman Olaf could ROCK, I just might have the answer.

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