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HIVE EXCLUSIVE: ‘Shrek’ to Offer Unique DVD Extras

22 Jun, 2001 By: Fred Topel

As Shrek opened to $42 million on its first weekend, lead character animator Raman Hui was still hard at work in the computer studio creatingnew animations of Shrek, Donkey, Princess Fiona and Lord Farquaad for theDVD release.

As an extra feature, the DVD will feature the characters giving behind-the-scenes interviews, complete with the voices of actors Mike Myers,Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz and John Lithgow, respectively.

“It’s like the characters being interviewed, talking about how it was working with other characters and how it was working on the movie,” Huiexplains.

“Cameron recorded it, talking about working with the donkey.They’re pretending that they are real people, so Fiona would say, ‘Oh, when I was on the set with Donkey, he’s always jumping around,’ or stuff like that.”

Codirectors Andrew Adamson and Vicki Jenson also plan to include outtakes of computer rendering errors. These are not A Bug’s Life-style simulations of real movie outtakes. These are, as Adamson describes, “computer things that went awry. We have this wonderful stuff that’s hilarious where somebody set the parameter on Donkey’s fur wrong one night, so we got all these renders of Donkey with fur that’s about eight inches long and sticks directly upward. So you’ve got this very angry fluff ball yelling at Shrek.

“There are these wonderful ones with Donkey where someone got something wrong and all the muscles on his face turned inside out. It looks like some kind of horror creature from a sci-fi movie. Other things are like someone forgot to turn Shrek’s skin on so you see his vest and his eyeballs and his teeth.”

The DVD will also include storyboards for scenes that were written but never animated, but rather than just showing the still storyboards, Jenson is recording re-enactments of the pitch sessions for those scenes so the audience can see the process the filmmaking team goes through to decide which scenes to include in the film.

“The guys get up and pitch the storyboard. They show the drawings and act things out and that’s how we first present story ideas to ourselves, to Jeffrey [Katzenberg],” Jenson says. “If it’s approved, we take those drawings and put them under camera and create a digital cut of it where weplay around with music and timing and record the story people doing those silly voices.

“Unfortunately, on some of those sequences, I don’t think we have the AVID[digital] cuts anymore. Because it didn’t stay in the final movie, after a couple of years the [data] banks are cleared,” Jenson continues. “So what wehave to do is go find the original drawings and film the guys pitching again, so you get a feeling of what the sequence was, because we didn’t film the [original] pitches. We would have to walk you through the drawings.”

The deleted storyboard scenes may include things like a Hansel-and-Gretel gingerbread house encounter and a mine cart chase through a mineshaft.

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