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Brave comments from former Pixar director

August 20th, 2012 by Marc 1 Comment

Brave co-director Brenda Chapman has hit out at Pixar for taking away her control of the film during production.

The project had originated with Chapman however at the beginning of 2011 the studio took the reins from her completely and handed them to Mark Andrews, who’d worked on The Incredibles and Ratatouille.

In an essay to the New York Times, the director said the story came from her heart, “inspired by my relationship with my daughter”. She described the movie being taken away from her as “devastating”.

“Animation directors are not protected like live-action directors, who have the Directors Guild to go to battle for them,” she wrote.

“We are replaced on a regular basis — and that was a real issue for me. This was a story that I created, which came from a very personal place, as a woman and a mother.

“To have it taken away and given to someone else, and a man at that, was truly distressing on so many levels.”

While she did point out that ultimately her “vision” remained in the film, she continued: “Sometimes women express an idea and are shot down, only to have a man express essentially the same idea and have it broadly embraced.

“Until there is a sufficient number of women executives in high places, this will continue to happen.”

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Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….