Christopher Meledandri Quotes
What I find in a creative company is while there is a desire to build a management foundation that can feel clear and consistent, the unique product we’re in Illumination Entertainment making doesn’t always allow for that. So rather than following management strategy that talks about building your structure and then staffing that structure, I tend to build the structure around the strengths of the individual people we have.
Why did Ted Geisel end up writing and illustrating for young minds? He has specific imagery in the book, and we never would have moved beyond the discussion phase, if we couldn’t have found an expression for The Lorax, dimensionally, that was true to the soul of what comes through in his simple line drawings, on the page.
There will be increasing temptation to watch movies where you want to when you want to, and so I’m very focused on how we innovate Illumination Entertainment to keep the in-theater experience vibrant and urgent. In part I think it’s what movies you’re choosing to make and why those are films we feel are best enjoyed surrounded by a group of people. I also think it’s continuing to look at things technologically.
What I’ve found is there is no barometer that allows you to chart when you’re oversaturating a desire. You’re left really trying to respond on a gut level, because by the time you might do research, it’s already too late. There’s also a healthy tension between what are very sound business objectives and a very amorphous desire to preserve what’s special.
I’ve carried on, in that same tradition, with my kids. Aside from just his brilliance, in my estimation, I think he had one of the great imaginations of the 20th century. One of the reasons why the tradition carries on, all these years later, is because, as a parent, those are the books that you go to and pull off the shelf because they never stop delighting you.
Anytime you adapt work of somebody who you respect, as much as I respect him, it’s an enormous responsibility. In honoring that responsibility, what we try to do is to continually use his work, and the writing that he did about his life and his work, as our guide. That starts with his intent for what he was trying to express when he wrote it, and it extends to his intent overall.
No matter what happens with technology or whether you’re in traditional animation or stop-motion or CG, the biggest challenge always is story. The flow of making the movie is usually determined by how your story is coming together, and when your story is straining and you can’t quite get your hands around it, your entire production is straining.