Dinner, S’mores and a Behind the Scenes Look at Disney Pixar’s The Good Dinosaur #GoodDinoEvent

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I’ve been so fortunate to have many bucket list items fulfilled, but imagine sitting down with the director and producer of a movie.  If that wasn’t enough, imagine sitting around a fire enjoying dinner and s’mores with them!  Although, we were all planning to enjoy this time outside, Mother Nature had other things in mind.  That was fine and we certainly made the best of it, never lacking for fun, knowledge or enthusiasm.

Good Dinosaur Collage

Pictured clockwise from L to R: Supervising Technical Director Sanjay Bakshi, Director Peter Sohn and Producer Denise Ream.

I don’t even know how one is supposed to pick just one moment that is their favorite, so let’s just say I truly enjoyed listening to Peter Sohn, director of Disney Pixar’s The Good Dinosaur.  He was so fun to listen to because he comes across as very animated, which I attribute to him being very passionate about what he does for a living.

L to R: Director Peter Sohn, Producer Denise Ream, Director of Photography – Lighting, Sharon Calahan and Supervising Technical Director Sanjay Bakshi.

He gave us insight as to how they really did their research for this film with their travels to the Midwest because they wanted to get things right!  Peter is a city boy, as some might say, so everything was very new and fascinating to him.  I am sure I would have a lot of the same reactions or thoughts to what he witnessed during his time in the Midwest, seeing how I am often (lovingly) referred to as a city girl by people in my husband’s family.  Believe me, I am okay with that.  Anyway, back to The Good Dinosaur crew!

Peter referred to his time in Idaho as soul enriching.  He felt so tiny because everything around him was obviously very large, which puts things into perspective, simply put.  That really does sound simple, but just think of a time you’ve ever gone through some personal growth or learned/experienced something profound.

With all of their exploring and horse riding, Peter Sohn and crew (Denise & Sanjay, pictured above), were really able to get a feel for the terrain, beauty, ruggedness, animals, foliage and what might happen if even one little rock was in your way, especially at night.  All of those things came into play for The Good Dinosaur.

I think gathering in a more intimate setting really allowed for us to learn in a fun way and keep our attention, as well. It kept things light and personal, all while being there professionally.

I encourage you to see Disney Pixar’s The Good Dinosaur, upon its theatrical debut, November 25th. The scenery along with Arlo and Spot will leave a big dinosaur footprint on your heart!

Until then, enjoy the official trailer:

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