Interview with Dean DeBlois – Writer and Director of How to Train Your Dragon

We enjoyed watching How to Train Your Dragon 1 and 2. I was quite thrilled to be able to interview Dean DeBlois, writer and director and Bonnie Arnold, the producer.

Interview with Dean –

Dean DeBlois

What made you want to take up this screenplay and film it?

Working with Lilo and Stitch and Chris Sanders gave me the impetus I needed. I was involved in writing the screenplay so it’s more consistent. The sequel was exciting as I had pitched a trilogy.

What aspects of the film were hard to film?
Prior to How to Train Your Dragon 2 battle scenes were impossible, special effects, characters and the scale of the film was difficult with previous software.

The redesigned animation software allowed better lighting, ability to film amazing amount of characters and manipulate characters live.

Is it harder to get started or keep going? Did you know that you would be filming part 2 when you began the first one?

I had pitched a trilogy so yes we knew that there would be more parts.

The first part was a big challenge as we were short of time.
The second film had the benefit of three years to complete.
Between the first and the second film, how do you think technology has changed and how has it made a difference to the film?

There is much more subtlety in the animation, more nuance to their performance and the water and clouds were easier to animate.

How did you choose your cast – in particular, Hiccup and Drago?
I picked Drago because I was really moved by his performance in Blood Biamond. Djimon Hounsou is a very strong powerful force, a textured force. The portrayal of Drago needed to be opposite to Hiccup, seeing great value in dragons as well as wanting to use them and abuse them.

Hiccup is a  tall, thin, gangly character very sharp witted and intelligent and sharp tongued and Jay Baruchel suited the role to perfection.
What do we look forward to now?

We definitely see the mapping of Hiccup’s coming of age. It is driven by the opening lines of first book. There is the idea that the dragons might go away but why I cannot disclose.
What do the extras of the DVD contain?

There are special extras, documentary behind the scenes. I tool a video camera to every meeting and this was interesting. There is a view into the process with actors, deleted scenes and Berk’s dragon world.

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How To Train Your Dragon 2 is out now on Digital HD, Blu-ray and DVD from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment

The Blu-ray and Digital HD include:

Feature film in high definition

Special Features:

  •  Fishleg’s Dragon Stats – How much do you know about your favorite dragons? Explore the Dragon 2 Guide and learn more about your favorite fire-breathing friends!
  •  Drago’s War Machines – Gobber the Belch narrates this inside look at the fierce creatures and “high-tech” weapons used by Drago to expand his growing dragon army.
  •  Berk’s Dragon World – Explore the massive stable created to house the dragons of Berk, along with other changes made on the island to promote harmonious living.
  •  Hiccup’s Inventions in Flight – Learn the secrets of how Hiccup and Toothless work together to form the ultimate high-flying team in this fascinating interactive tour.
  •  Deleted Scenes — The awesome adventure continues with telling deleted and extended scenes, including action-packed footage you couldn’t see in theaters!
  •  Commentary by Simon Otto, Bonnie Arnold, Dean DeBlois, and Pierre-Olivier Vincent
  •  Image Gallery
  •  Theatrical Trailer
  •  World of DreamWorks Animation – Move to the music videos from your favorite DreamWorks Animation feature films

DreamWorks Animation HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2 DVD includes:

Feature film in standard definition

Special Features:

  •  Fishleg’s Dragon Stats – How much do you know about your favorite dragons? Explore the Dragon 2 Guide and learn more about your favorite fire-breathing friends!
  • Image Gallery
  •  Theatrical Trailer
  •   World of DreamWorks Animation – Music videos from your favorite DreamWorks Animation

If you’re aged 7-14, you can take part in the BAFTA Kids Vote for How To Train Your Dragon 2! Winners are announced on the 23rd November, so get clicking now to cast your vote for Berk’s finest! http://www.baftakidsvote.org/vote/

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