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Dragon faced a tough deadline

Dean DeBlois and Chris Sanders talk with the L.A Times about the 12 month deadline they faced when brought in to rework DreamWorks’ How to Train Your Dragon. The tight schedule meant the film became more of a director’s movie rather than a film by committee. DeBlois said, “It’s a model that allows for too much indecision. You can get into a situation where the only thing that 30 people in a room can agree on is a cliché.” We might see more of this model according to Bill Damaschke, co-president of production for DreamWorks animation: “Chris and Dean are part of an overall shift in what we’re trying to do.”

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