Saturday, March 25, 2017

Moana - Reuniting With Dad Pt.1 (Deleted Sequence) 2015

As memory serves, I believe this scene was near the Act II - Act III break. Moana is returning from the underworld being led by two giant mantas to the ocean's surface. (Apparently in animated movies no one gets the bends!)

The purpose of this sequence was to reunite Moana and her father so that: 

1.) they could begin the reconciliation process. (Dad's love for Moana being clearly demonstrated by his braving the open ocean, a tribal taboo, to search for his daughter.)

2.) he would be present for the Act III climax to witness Moana's heroism. Moana thereby earning her fathers respect and admiration as their future tribal leader.

When this scene was first issued to me, one of the directors emphasized the importance of atmosphere to show the looming threat of the Volcano goddess. Black waters, dark skies, driving rain, lightning, and choppy seas. Haha. No sweat!



In this first section everything is quiet and peaceful as Moana makes her way to the surface.


































Saturday, December 17, 2016

Cave of the Wayfinders Pt.3/3 (Moana)

When you roll off of a movie with months of storyboarding left to do, the odds of a sequence surviving to the end untouched is slim. Happily a tiny remnant of this one managed to survive and make it to the screen.

In this last installment, Moana climbs atop a large voyaging canoe and beats the long drum, igniting the secrets of her people's past.



























































































From this point the scene segues to the Away, Away song sequence.