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July 24, 2006


Evil Queen & GiselleToday I started on one of Tippett's newest shows, Disney's Enchanted! We will be responsible for all of the VFX work, side from the traditionally drawn 2D animated portion of the film handled by Baxter Animation. Some of the work involves creatures, some furry, some feathered, some that crawl, and much, much, Much More cool and fun magical sorts of things... Production has recently returned from shooting in New York, and we welcome back our VFX Soup, Tom Schlesney! (Son of the Mask and The Shaggy Dog) I'm excited, as is the rest of the crew to be working on another of his shows. Lots more info below, read up!

Giselle (Amy Adams), a beautiful princess, is banished by an evil queen (Susan Sarandon) from her magical, musical animated land and finds herself in the gritty reality of the streets of modern-day Manhattan. Shocked by this strange new environment that doesn't operate on a "happily ever after" basis, Giselle is adrift in a chaotic world badly in need of enchantment. But when Giselle begins to fall in love with a charmingly flawed divorce lawyer (Patrick Dempsey) who has come to her aid – even though she is already promised to a perfect fairy tale prince (James Marsden) back home – she wonders if a storybook view of romance could survive in the real world.

Enchanted Movie Links

-Jim Hill's discussion of Enchanted history... --"Enchanted's Long Long Journey to the Big Screen" -James Baxter Animation (company creating the 2d animation portion of the show) -IMDB.Enchanted(2007) -Wikipedia.Enchanted -Enchanted Disney Informer NOTEs (all the news tid bits, and pictures!) -playbill.Enchanted (Idina Menzel to Star in Disney Movie Musical "Enchanted" by Menken and Schwartz) -Q and A with Stephen Schwartz about Enchanted
Q and A with Stephen Schwartz about Enchanted

1) What kind of animation will be used to create the fairy tale world scenes?

2-D. It is a tribute to the classic Disney look of SNOW WHITE and CINDERELLA.

2) What kinds of songs will be in the film?

As of now, it looks as if there will be six songs. I don't want to give anything away by describing them, but in some instances they have some fun with classic Disney models.

3) Has Stephen Schwartz replaced Glenn Slater as the lyricist?

No. Glenn (who is an extremely talented, smart, and witty lyricist and entirely capable of doing a brilliant job on ENCHANTED) is working with Alan on several other projects, hence the confusion. At one time, perhaps, it was discussed that he and Alan would do a song for ENCHANTED -- before it was to be a more heavily "musicalized" project -- but once Alan was brought on for the
present movie, I came with him.

Another Q and A

1) What attracted you to this project?

I have long wanted to do a live-action movie musical. ENCHANTED is a very clever concept that allows characters to sing within the world of the film, which is often difficult to achieve. Plus I thought the screenplay they sent me to read was, well, enchanting.

2) When did you learn you were going to be reunited with Alan Menken? What was it like after ten years to work with him again? Yes, I've read you both enjoy a good friendship, but has much changed after a decade long hiatus in terms of working together?

It was Alan who first told me Disney wanted me to do the project with him, so I knew at the outset. Our working relationship remains a very good one -- the fact that we are such good friends makes it very easy to collaborate, plus
of course the fact that we have high regard for one another's work.

3) Were there behind-the-scenes cameras filming you for the film's DVD? If so, does it ever feel awkward always having a camera on you when trying to work? Have you been interviewed yet for the DVD?

Not so far.

Posted by dschnee at 8:55 PM

July 14, 2006

Married & Honeymooned!

Yeap, I did it, we did it, I'm now a married man to my beautiful wife Rebecca Schnee! That sounds so weird... and she is now Mrs. Schnee to her 3rd Grade students, Fantastic! - The official announcment below:

"The Parents of Rebecca Alyce Mesch and David Norman Schnee Are pleased to announce a celebration of Love, Family, Friendship, and Laughter, as Rebecca & David Joined their hands in marriage on Friday, the fourteenth of July Two thousand and Six at Six o'clock in the evening Rios Lovell Estate Winery Livermore, California"

The wedding was a huge success, everyone had a wonderful time, no major mishaps, just lots of fun, dancing, singing, laughter, and good times. Thank you to all our friends and family for making it such a memorable day for us.

We honeymooned in Kauai, and we both had an amazing time there, lots of exploring on the entire island, snorkleing, hiking, and of course relaxing on the beach and by the pool...

(more pictures coming soon)

Posted by dschnee at 6:23 PM

July 11, 2006

Superman Returns Pixar Screening

VES held a screening of Superman Returns tonight, I held out a couple of weeks to see it @ Pixar. The theatre at Pixar is a true movie going experience, the sound and picture there is just fantastic, and it's a stark reminder that most theatres simply stink in terms of picture and sound quality...crowds...overpriced.food.bev...cell.phones...tall.people.. wait why do I go to the movies? :)

I went with my fiance and one of her close friends and her husband from overseas here for the wedding, they got a kick going to Pixar, as I did, checking out Pixar and the artwork on display, we took a small tour before the show started. I hadn't been there since the Starship Troopers 2 screening so it's still fun and exciting for me as well.

As far as Superman Returns goes... I Loved It! Great fun, it had some superb action sequences and camera work that felt great for the boy in blue. I thought the VFX looked great, nothing stood out I was just along for the ride, good stuff.

I'll be updating my blog with a slew of updates soon, playing catch up on some recent events and tidbits... I went off and got married and honeymooned, so I'm back now, and back at work, and getting back in the groove of things, so stay tooned for some new posts soon, thanks.

Posted by dschnee at 11:20 AM

July 9, 2006

'Pirates' Friday: est. $55.5 million

Good Swashbucklin' Grief! I didn't go see Pirates 2: Dead Man's Chest on Friday, I missed a showing with some friends on Saturday, but I will see it this afternoon though!(Sunday) But over at Box Office Mojo.com they have the Friday est. of $55.5 million!!! This would be about $5.5 million more than the current single day record held by Revenge of the Sith @ $$50,013,859

I'm going to catch it later today and help contribute to the opening weekend results that are currently estimated to exceed Spider Man's top rank of $114,844,116... this is interesting because if you watch HBOs Entourage, at the start of the current 3rd season, Vince Chase stars in James Cameron's Auquaman and storyline wraps around the opening weekend results and if it will beat out Spiderman for the top spot...
Huge letters spread across two pages in the publication declared that the new James Cameron film "Aquaman," starring Vincent Chase, was the "biggest box office splash in history," racking up an astounding $116 million in its opening weekend, The Los Angeles Times reported Wednesday.

What the as did not mention is that "Aquaman" is a movie in the HBO fictional universe of "Entourage," which follows the travails of Chase, as played by Adrian Grenier, a young star who is flanked at all times by his brother and two childhood friends.

Chump Change, the Pirates 2 weekend booty is estimated to be $132,028,000, Land Ho!

Posted by dschnee at 9:09 AM

July 7, 2006

Pirates 2: Dead Man's Chest is Released!

in the USA 7 July 2006

visit Pirates 2: Dead Man's Chest @ imdb.com

Box Office Results July 7-9, 2006

Number: 1
Weekend Gross: $135,634,554
Theatres: 4,133
Theatre Average: $32,817
Weeks in Release: 1
Total Gross: $135,634,554
Budget: $225 million

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest plundered the record books with a $135.6 million opening weekend, swatting Spider-Man's long standing $114.8 million milestone atop the all time chart.

Pirates pilfered a trove of records, but the key ones, in addition to opening weekend, were biggest single and opening day and fastest to $100 million. On Friday, Dead Man's Chest raked in $55.8 million (including $9 million's worth of 2,100 midnight showings), eclipsing Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith's $50 million and grossing more in one day than its predecessor, The Curse of the Black Pearl, did in its entire opening weekend. Dead Man's Chest also became the first picture to cross the century mark in two days flat.

BoxOfficeMojo.com's "Pirates of the Caribbean 2: Dead Man's Chest" Statistics

Posted by dschnee at 3:42 PM

July 4, 2006

The Shaggy Dog on DVD

By the time those silly blockbusters fade out of the theatres in July, It will be prime time to pick up your copy of the silliest movie of 2006, Look for Disney's The Shaggy Dog bites on DVD August 1rst!

Comedian Tim Allen unleashes all the outrageous fun in this doggone hilarious update of Disney's comedy classic! The adventures begin when workaholic Dave Douglas (Allen) is accidentally transformed into a lovable dog. Now as Dave digs to uncover the mystery, this overworked dad wants nothing more than to stop fetching ... and get back to fathering. But before he does, he's about to discover that being man's best friend gives him a curious insight into what it takes to be a great dad! The tail-wagging fun continues with bonus features to howl about including bone-tickling bloopers, deleted scenes, and a special bark-along bone-us feature dogs will love! Rated PG. Available to own August 1, 2006.

Bonus Features:

* 1. Deleted Scenes
* 2. Bone-Ticling Bloopers
* 3. Bark-Along Bone-us Feature For Dogs
* 4. Includes full screen (1.33:1) version
* 5. Music video: "Woof There It Is"

Posted by dschnee at 1:27 PM