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Meet Peter Ramsey: The Director Of Dreamworks Animation's Rise Of The Guardians

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by Sergio
October 31, 2012 10:17 AM
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Well like they say, you learn something new every day.

The brother in the photo is Peter Ramsey, who is the director of Paramount/Dreamworks Animation's new feature film, Rise of the Guardians, which is coming out on Nov. 21.

There are, of course, many people of color involved in animation, but Ramsey is, to my knowledge, the first one involved as director for such a major, big budget, studio release as Guardians.

His background is rather interesting, starting out as storyboard artist in the early 1990's on many live action movies, such as Panic Room, A.I., Man in Black, Minority Report and Fight Club

Along the way, he also worked as the second unit director on a few films, including two John Singleton pictures - Higher Learning and Poetic Justice.

He eventually, about five years ago, became involved with Dreamworks Animation as an artist and director on a couple of TV projects, which in turn resulted in his biggest challenge and carrer move to date, directing the Guardians feature.

I never thought there would ever be a reason to post the trailer for Guardians. But now there is:

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8 Comments

  • ReelMan | December 14, 2012 11:03 AMReply

    Hey Serg,

    I took my son to see this movie before I knew it was directed by an African American. I must say, it was wonderfully done! My 9-year-old didn't origanally want to see it because he is still in the 'Star Wars' phase of his life, but it was extremely engaging and he enjoyed it just as much as I did. The characters were interesting, especially the Easter Bunny, who was a bit gangsta. This movie is a must see for everyone during the holidays and for those of us who support our artist of color.

  • Alex | November 4, 2012 11:40 AMReply

    I thought this was a sequal to that god awful titled : 'Legends of the Gaurdians: The Owls of Gahool'

  • sergio | November 4, 2012 12:37 PM

    I must admit too that I thought so too at first on both counts - that it was a sequel and that that owl movie was God awful. And to make things more confusing there's another movie, produced by Marvel, called Guardians of the Galaxy that's coming out next year

  • Geneva Girl | November 1, 2012 9:45 AMReply

    I was not interested in this movie and was hoping to send the munchkin off with her dad or godmother. Now that I've seen the director I'll have to bite the bullet and support him.

  • ALM | October 31, 2012 10:20 PMReply

    First time hearing about this film.....

  • FilmGuy | October 31, 2012 3:12 PMReply

    Behind the scenes, there are many African-Americans in comics/animation/gaming, etc...but on paper you pass over them because many have assumably Euro-sounding names. This has been the case in the present and the past. So unless you see a picture, it's like they don't exist. They do though.

  • sergio | October 31, 2012 5:02 PM

    That's why I said in my game "many people of color involved in animation". There definitely out there. But we don't know who they are. One of two things are needed: 1) either they should all change their names to African names or 2) they all should get press agents. Seriously get out there and be known.

    The reason for this piece about Ramsey is because he's been getting some media attention lately. If it wasn't for that who would have known?

  • Peggy | October 31, 2012 3:02 PMReply

    That's great. I hope the film does well. Maybe some day he can do a film with minorities represented. There may be some in this film, but I can't tell by the commercials.

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