While on the movie set of Pup Star: Better 2Gether last year, I had the opportunity to sit down with Executive Producer Robert Vince and ask him a few questions about making the movie. Robert is not only the Executive Producer of the film but also co-wrote the script with Anna McRoberts. His passion for the films is very apparent after speaking with him and you can tell he takes his job very seriously. here are some highlights from the interview.
On His Motivation For Making The Pup Star Movies
From the beginning it’s been all about making good family entertainment. I realized pretty quickly when we made Air Bud 18 years ago, that the animal in the family is really the member of the family for kids. That was the beginning of it all and the thought process. We began to get more and more animals and less and less adult characters. It’s really where it started, coming up with characters for the whole family.
On Technology Changing and Filming
Everything has changed. There’s nothing I do today that I did even 10 years ago. That’s from shooting on film, we shoot digitally now. Everything comes in pixels, once it comes in pixels you digitally manipulate it. And create not only talking, but any environment I want now. As a film maker that’s a huge freeing of your creative ideas. We can be on the moon. Victoria can be Manhattan and Chicago and we can create any backdrop we want to create better than any back lot.
On His Preference On Working With Animals Versus People
I really enjoy working with animals and kids. It’s such an honest kind of performance. You cast what you get. If you cast a child that shows a lot of sweetness and kindness, that’s what shows up on the screen. They really haven’t figured out how to manipulate it yet. Great actors are amazing, don’t get me wrong. But it’s really great to see a raw performance and see what the kids provide.
The animals and their trainers are amazing. I always say there aren’t any bad animals, just bad trainers. So when you work with the best trainers in the world, I can wave my magical wand and they can have the animals do so many incredible things.
Best On Set Blooper
We’ve had so many good ones. One of the things that I really enjoy is when the animals get crazy. You have no idea what’s going on and the trainer doesn’t either. Usually things are pretty controlled so we don’t have a ton. There were more in the early days when we didn’t have visual effects. Now days you’d be surprised at how measured it is. That way we can create the vision and do more complicated things.
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