Chances are if you saw an animated film in the last 30 years, Aaron Blaise has had something to do with it.
Blaise, a 1989 graduate of Ringling College of Art and Design, worked on the Lion King, Mulan, Beauty and the Beast, and co-directed the 2003 hit Brother Bear.
Blaise and longtime collaborator Chuck Williams launched a campaign on Amazon’s Kickstarter July 7, to raise $350,000 to start production of “Art Story,” a tale exploring a boy’s relationship with his grandfather, as the two become “stuck” within famous works of art. Some of the inspiration for the film comes from the countless hours Blaise spent at Ringling Museum of Art.
After leaving Disney to join Digital Domain and produce original content, Blaise and Williams came up with four feature film pitches of their own.
"Our favorite stage in the film process is coming up with ideas — and getting them off the ground," Blaise said.
But, leaving the safety of Disney was a gamble because the big production companies usually grow their creative teams from within. And after Digital Domain went bankrupt, the "Legend of Tembo," the pair's film project, was scrapped.
"So that all fell apart and we had these three other projects that were still hanging around," Blaise said.
"Art Story" is one of those ideas.
Blaise’s advice for new Ringling graduates is just to keep animating — sticking with your art will lead to experiences similar to what Blaise has gone through.
Currently 0 Responses
18 Paper Laine: Gracie Kennedy Solo-Show @ madeby Gallery Ringling College of Art and Design
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
18 Chroma Quartet
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
19 Longboat Key Fine Art Festival
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
19 Founder's Day
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Temple Beth Sholom’s youth group celebrated Passover with a Chocolate Seder Sunday, April 13.
Members of the Sarasota Seminole Club worked with Habitat for Humanity of Sarasota as part of Florida State University’s Seminole Service Day.
Piero Rivolta and his wife, Rachele, opened their home to the Pines of Sarasota March 26.