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Obama Gets A Tour of Dreamworks

by Jerry Beck
November 27, 2013 12:01 AM
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President Barack Obama spent part of this afternoon on the campus at Dreamworks Animation in Glendale, where he gave a speech on the economy, and got a tour of the animation facility. I can't recall any sitting President getting a tour of an actual animation studio - they usually visit Disneyland if anything. 

Obama met with head of production Bill Damaschke and director Tim Johnson attended a voice session with Steve Martin and Jim Parsons for Happy Smekday (aka "Home") - click here for longer version, abridged version embed below: 

Obama also got a demonstration of how motion capture work from director Dean Dublois (How To Train Your Dragon 2):

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More: DreamWorks, Barack Obama, Jeffery Katzenberg


  • dir | November 27, 2013 11:47 AMReply

    I'm sure glad I don't work at that liberal cesspool.

  • CJ | November 30, 2013 10:52 PM

    I wonder about the wisdom of the timing of this visit, with Obama's popularity at an all-time low and millions of Americans losing their health insurance – including terminally ill children and adults. And...wouldn't it have been more practical to stop by on the way to Hawaii this Christmas with his daughters in tow?

  • Nic Kramer | November 27, 2013 12:47 PM

    Remember, this is Animation Scoop, NOT Cartoon Brew. So, save those type of comments for that site.

  • Rendrman | November 27, 2013 2:21 AMReply

    No, it's not mo-caped. They use this as a first-stage of blocking out the the scene before it moves on into animation. It allows them to try out camera moves, character positioning, basic acting ideas, etc, in real time. Once they have a good idea of how they want the scene to go, they start the more traditional animation process. None of this initial data is used in the final footage.

  • mike | November 27, 2013 1:37 AMReply

    So, Dragon 2 is mo caped?

  • Mark Kausler | November 27, 2013 12:24 AMReply

    This kind of thing brings me to the sober realization that glorified rotoscope has replaced the intricate and heartfelt performances of drawn animation at a fundamental level. This kind of instant gratification impressed the President, no doubt, as it would impress visitors to a theme park who want to see how "animated films" are made. But the REAL process of animation isn't quite such a three ring circus, it's a very slow, very painstaking effort. Most of our current generation of ADDs would move to another room after spending 30 seconds watching a real animator at work. There is a finality to our ultimate rejection that weaves through these brief videos of the President being Entertained by "animation".

  • Michael Tuttle | November 27, 2013 3:33 PM

    ADD is a serious condition not to be used lightly in conversations like this. I have ADD and Autism but I can still animate and animate well. There are lots of animators like me out there too. We don't by default cave in to our disability or other shortcomings, we fight it hard and most of us can overcome our issues to be more like you neurotypicals. To dismiss us like you did is dangerous as it fans the flames of Nazi/eugenics extremists everywhere.

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