BRAVE Story Supervisor Brian Larsen Talks about Short Film THE LEGEND OF MORDU, Advice for Aspiring Animators, and More

     November 15, 2012


Last week, I was invited to the U.K. for the Blu-ray/DVD release of Brave.  During my visit to Stirling Castle in Scotland, I sat down with story supervisor Brian Larsen to talk about the movie.  In our conversation, we talked about the research process, working with the art department, developing the script, looking at the finished film, this experience compared to working on Ratatouille, his short movie The Legend of Mordu, advice to aspiring animators, and more.

Hit the jump to check out the interview, and click here for my photos from Scotland.  Brave is now available on 3D Blu-ray, Blu-ray, and DVD.

brave-movie-image-merida-swordfightBrian Larsen

  • 0:13 – The most interesting thing he found during his research for the film.
  • 0:41 – Doing research with what directors Mark Andrews and Brenda Chapman had in mind for the story.
  • 1:15 – Coordinating with the art department.
  • 1:56 – Developing the script concurrently with the storyboards.
  • 2:29 – The experience of working on Ratatouille compared to Brave.
  • 3:00 – The appeal of working on a short film about the film’s villain, Mordu.
  • 3:43 – Creating the look of The Legend of Mordu.
  • 4:23 – Looking at the finished film of Brave, was there any particular scene that he found particularly memorable.
  • 4:53 – Developing the archery contest scene.
  • 5:40 – Advice to aspiring animators.


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