Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Disney and my travel was paid for, for this event.
If you remember my last post The Art of Story , you remember me talking about how we were split up into groups called pods. Well today I am going to tell you about the 2nd pod we were split up into called Do Your Research. So what does Do Your Research mean? We got to sit down with Jeff Howard (co-writer) and Paul Gerrard (Director, Creative Development) to talk about how much research really goes into making a Disney movie like Planes Fire and Rescue. When you sit and watch a movie by Disney you have no clue how much detail and research goes into them. At least I didn’t. I was amazed as we sat and listened to them.
They actually met with real park rangers from Yellowstone and Yosemite who literally had a say so in parts of the movie so they could make it as believable as possible. They visited the lodges and tried to recreate the atomosphere of the Old Faithful Inn right down to the rocking chairs in fron of the fireplace to keep it authentic. They even got on the roof to look at the sprinklers!
When you make a movie about national parks you can’t leave out the men and women who protect our national forests from forest fires.That is why Disney asked for the assistance of the LA County Fire Department as well as Cal Fire. They also brought in Smoke Jumpers from the US Forces Services. The Disney Planes team went on scene and actually particpated in water drops and more so they could experience exactly what it was like and bring that to life in the characters of the movie. They even worked together to ale sure that the forest fires looked real.
I loved the fact that they wanted to pay homage to our Firefighters and show just how hard they work. I encourage all of you to see Planes Fire and Rescue which opens in theaters July 18th. You can follow along with us using the hashtag #PlanesFireAndRescue on Twitter!