A loud boisterous man walks into the room wearing a kilt….
Our first question was if he was wearing anything under the kilt and Katherine assured us that we should be grateful there was a curtain across the table that they sat at.
This interview was going to be good.
Mark Andrews is the Director for Brave and Katherine Sarafian is the producer.
There has been a lot of talk about the rating of Brave. When we talked to Mark and Katherine about this they said they of course believe their film is good for all ages. Mark said, “it is a parents prerogative. They know their children better than anyone else so its ultimately up to them.”
Even a animated film can have a very personal influence. Co-Director Brenda Chapman went to Pixar with her pitch based of her own experiences with her at the time, 6 year old daughter who is very precocious and independent and talked back. She kind of projected ahead on what kind of teenager this little girl was gonna be.
Their love for Scotland was apparent from day one. When the story began they knew they wanted it based off Scotland. Their first research trip began in 2006. Seeing the land and talking to the people of Scotland really helped influence scenes in the movie. “You can only get so much from pictures and history books,” Andrews said.
The entire process for Brave took 8 years! The initial pitch happened in 2004 and the first research trip happened in 2006. Movies take time and this was one film that the directors wanted to get right.
When asked if the bear was always apart of the story, from the very beginning both echoed Yes! “What animal protects their child more than a mother bear?” and “The term mama bear exists for a reason.”
When asked about the team that helped create Brave, Katherine simple states ” It’s a family.There is a lot of love and trust and a lot of collaboration.”
Another wonderful lessons learned from the movie Brave, family is crucial to survival. You have to be brave enough to listen to your family but at the same time let your own light shine.
*I was sent to LA by Disney/Pixar for the World Premiere of Brave and to interview the cast and crew. All opinions stated are 100% my own.