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Robert Stromberg on Directing Maleficent

We attended the interview as a guest of Disney

Photo courtesy of Disney

Photo courtesy of Disney

Robert Stromberg is a first-time director for the film “Maleficent.” He has worked on many other films including “Avatar,” and “Oz the Great and Powerful.” Stromberg’s reaction to getting to do Direct his first film was, “I was able to work with all the colors and complete one painting instead of part of one.” It was very special for him to direct the film “Maleficent” and he said, “I got to play with the characters and the emotion they bring to the film.”

Photo courtesy of Disney

Photo courtesy of Disney

Stromberg only had four months to create a world for “Maleficent.” He gathered a group of people that he had worked with before and filled a room from head to toe with artwork and ideas. “It became a room for inspiration,” said Stromberg. Since there was so much CGI in the film, the actors could go into the room and know exactly what the scene would look like. “It was a creative hub that we created,” said Stromberg.

Photo courtesy of Disney

Photo courtesy of Disney

Angelina Jolie played a huge part in creating her character. “She was very involved with her look. One of the first things we did was going to the makeup artist. It felt like a department store trying on different horns, cheekbones and contact lenses. I remember when it was the perfect combination, we all said ‘that’s it,'” said Stromberg. Jolie also played a part not only in her look but also the costumes, “It’s the whole package,” said Stromberg.

Photo courtesy of Disney

Photo courtesy of Disney

When Jolie first came onto the set in her full makeup and costume Stromberg said, “The air got sucked out of the room when she entered because it was such an iconic moment.” There were hundreds of extras on the set, and she came through the backlight. “It was truly a dream,” said Stromberg.

Photo courtesy of Disney

Photo courtesy of Disney

Our favorite part of the film was when Jolie had a scene with her daughter Vivienne. It was a moment in the film that Stromberg needed to capture the perfect emotion. “It was important to have Vivienne because we needed the innocence of this small little girl to not care about Frankenstein. What we needed was an honest, loving response no matter what that person looks like. The only way to get that is from the off-screen connection of a mother and daughter – that’s why she was so important for that moment. If we had cast someone we would never get that kind of honesty,” said Stromberg.

“I just want people to perhaps open their eyes to other places that love may exist.” Robert Stromberg

Stromberg is a father to a 9 and 13 year child, and he wanted the film to speak to children of this age. “The heart of the film is the discovery of what love is, what true love is, and what true loves first kiss is. I hope that people, especially teenagers, walk away from the film thinking that maybe it’s not that 16-year-old infatuation. Maybe its something that I’m forgetting about in a parent or someone who is there for you, and takes care of you,” said Stromberg.

“There’s a little bit of evilness and playfulness in all of us.” Robert Stromberg

“Maleficent” opens in theaters this Friday, May 30th. Like “Maleficent” on Facebook facebook.com/DisneyMaleficent and Twitter @Maleficent.

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