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Learning How the Hit Movie ‘HOME’ Came to Life

We attended as a guest of Dreamworks

We were invited to celebrate National Parents Day and the release of DreamWorks Animation “HOME”  with Director, Tim Johnson at Color Me Mine to learn how the hit movie “HOME” came to life.  Jason Reisig, Head of Character Animation was also on hand to help us learn how to draw Oh, Tip and other characters from the hit movie.


Director Tim Johnson explained that it took a crew of over 300 to get “HOME” made.  It was a gradual process that starts in preproduction.  It is where the director meets with the storyboard artists to develop the characters and the imaginary world that the film will take place.  Mr. Johnson explained that his days while working on the film consisted of; going from a meeting with the storyboard artist, guiding the actors, and working with the animators who brought the 3D characters to life. He also shared with us that it took a total of 3 years to bring the movie to the big screen.


Jason Reisig, Head of Character Animation at Dreamworks Animation was also on hand, to give us a drawing lesson on how he brought the character of “Oh” to life. Jason explained that in animation, you are normally working on multiple projects at a time and that the characters start to take shape and will change during the months of production.  They will look at the projects every few weeks and make the necessary changes as the movie starts to take shape.

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After our lesson from Jason, we were given copies of drawings of Oh, Pig and Tip with Oh and Pig to help guide us through our Color Me Mine project.  I decided to attempt to capture Pig, the adorable cat from the movie, on a platter.  With my drawing of Pig that was provided, I think I did okay.  You guys are the judge.

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It was a wonderful experience to be able to talk to Director Tim Johnson and find out about all of the behind the scene details that make an animated film come together.  If you are looking for a family fun day, pick up a copy of DreamWork’s Animation “HOME.” After you’ve watched it, head on down to a Color Me Mine and paint your favorite character on some pottery.

Chantile is a wife and stay at home mom to an amazing little girl. She is active in her daughters school, enjoys volunteering and is always looking for her next marathon or triathlon to tackle
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