ROUNDTABLE INTERVIEW WITH SEAN ANDERS – Director and Writer of Paramount Pictures New Film – INSTANT FAMILY



Q1:  Why did you decide to write the film INSTANT FAMILY?

Sean:  My own real story had so many laughs I decided why not? You know, every adoption story begins with some level of anxiety, and once there are kids in your house…it’s turns into the weirdest experience.  I mean, when you have kids who come into your house that are walking and talking, and you don’t know them, but you are supposed to act like a family, it feels a little strange at the beginning.   You are supposed to act like their parents, and they are supposed to act like your kids…it just creates so many awkward, chaotic, frustrating situations, and obviously, not all of these situations are funny, but a lot of them are, so we wanted to do a comedy, since there have already been a lot of dramatic films about this topic.

And with that dramatic take, many people walk away from those movies with negative ideas about kids in Foster Care.  They tend to give you feelings of fear, trepidation, and pity, and we wanted to tell a more complete story ~ because the story of my family ~ yes,  it has these elements of tragedy and trauma too, but more importantly we share a lot of laughs and love and joy…so we wanted to send people home from this movie with a much more positive view of these kids, and this positive family dynamic.


Q2:  Did you think that it would garner a wider audience from doing this positive spin of Foster Care?

Sean:  That was always the idea.  The idea was to make an entertaining, genuinely funny movie, that can be a date night movie, or a fun movie to see with your friends, that by the time you leave you know more about the process of Fostering and Adoption, the kids, and these families.  Of course, I’m hoping that some people will be inspired to step up to Foster, but more importantly for me, is that the movie will help people be supportive of family members or friends wanting to venture into Fostering or Adoption as their own family dynamic.


Q3:  Did you choose to have Mark Wahlberg play you in the film?

Sean:  To be clear, he is not really playing ME.  The movie is a fictional tale, inspired by my own story, but also by the lives of many other families we met through Foster Care along the way.

A lot of people ask me the question “Is this totally my life?”, and the answer is…there is a scene in the movie where Mark and Rose’s characters go to an Adoption Fair.  And that is totally real.  We went to an adoption fair, and it’s the most bizarre thing in the world.  And just like the characters in the movie, we had no intention of meeting a teenager.  That whole thing seemed really scary.  But just like in the movie too, there were several teenagers over by themselves and we ended up meeting this really neat teenage girl, and it just so happened that she had two siblings.  And we were matched with them, which was also really scary.  I barely felt ready to have kids at all, and then we were planning to have a teenager in our house! And just like in the movie, this teenager was hoping that her mother would return for her and her siblings, so she didn’t accept the placement with us.  That is where the Lizzy character came to fruition.  I also sat down and met with many families too, who had adopted teenagers, as they are the most misunderstood.  There is one particular girl, Marie Green, who was our Lizzy consultant. She grew up in Foster Care, and ending up working as a PA on the film.  She helped us work through the actual storyline of this character every step of the way.


Q4:  Did you feel that you learned anything about yourself, and your own experience with Foster Care, now looking through the lens of a camera?

Sean:  I learned so much more than I had already known, because I really had to dig in and do the research and learn more about Social Workers, learn more about other families besides mine.  Learn more about the laws and the courts than I originally knew.  And more than anything, I got this incredible experience of being around all of these other people who have families similar to mine!  I really can’t say enough about how wonderful this experience was.  For example, in the adoption fair scene, all of those people are adoption families in real life.  And like, when Mark Wahlberg is looking at the computer, those are all real foster care children, including my own kids.  We had a young lady named Candy Daniels, who plays the ER Nurse, and we found out that she grew up in foster care while shooting.  She ended up being  such an incredible positive force on the set, we kept her there for a full week after her scene was through, and it was great having her there.


Q5:  How long did it take for you to decide on becoming a Foster Parent?

Sean:  Well our decision happened just like it happened in the movie?  I made a dumb joke, about getting a 5-year-old, and then it would be as if we started 5 years ago.  And like in the movie, my wife thought that was interesting, so from there, we decided not to decide, it was too scary. We went to the orientation, where we learned that we had to do 8 weeks of Fostering classes.  Then after we completed those, about 3 months into the process, we decided we weren’t going to decide again.  When the Social worker called at the beginning of the process to let us know that the initial teenager we were interested in Fostering wasn’t accepting the placement, she matter of factly stated, “But there are these other three kids available” …and those are my children now!


Q6:    Did you share with your children, when you started the process of writing the film, that you were writing about “their lives”?

Sean:  We were really open and honest about everything, so we included them from the very start.  And I would talk to them and ask them about their feelings. My two youngest don’t have much of a memory of “those bad times”, and my eldest some memory of that time.  So, it was mostly My wife and I who really went back and relived the “difficult times” at the beginning. You know how your brain mercifully blocks out the bad times?  Well we had to go back and talk through those things between ourselves to get the process started…


Q7:  Because of the subject matter of this film, was it hard to keep the material within the PG-13 Rating?

Sean:  Any time you are dealing with PG or PG-13, you have to adjust what your putting out there a little bit.  I feel that we were pretty honest, but still kept it within the rating.  We really wanted this to be a film that the whole family could see. We wanted the kids who have been fostered, or adopted, to see the film.  But we also wanted the kids that they go to school with to be able to see it too, to increase the understanding that none of the children in Foster Care are there by any fault of their own.  I never wanted to really do this film with an R-rating, as it would have been counter productive…


Q8:  Was there much improvising in this film?

Sean:  Yes, we usually take 2 or 3 takes per scene, and would then go back and throw out ideas and let the actors go…


Q9: Did you create the dynamic of the two Social Workers?

Sean: We created the basis for it.  My actual social workers were a real Odd-couple.  Not exactly like Octavia and Tig, but they definitely had a different vibe from one another.  So, I definitely wanted to recreate that.  And when we were so fortunate to get Tig Notaro and Octavia Spencer to play these parts, then you are able to write for them a little bit, knowing the amazing things these two can do!  It was really fun writing that stuff…


Q10:  The Cast had really good chemistry, but were there any challenges filming it?

Sean:  Not at all…This movie was really a “LOVE FEST” … it truly was.  We had people from the crew coming up every day saying, “You know that I was adopted?”, Or “Did you know my brother just adopted three kids?” or whatever.  There was always this cool mojo around filming it every day.  And Mark and Rose are really cool to work with too. They ended up setting the tone for the whole team.  So many people kept coming up to share that “this was the best project they ever worked on”…you know, as far as they the most enjoyable work experience.  It went ridiculously smooth.  The kids were great, the parents were great.  The hardest part for me is that I tend to get really emotional, and I would get touched by many of the scenes that reminded me of my own kids.  I joke about it a lot, but it was really embarrassing crying in front of Mark Wahlberg.  You know, one of the toughest guys you’ve ever met!  But then there was so much going on that was so funny too, I had days when I would go home that my cheeks would hurt from smiling so much…

Don’t miss INSTANT FAMILY hitting a theater near you 11/16!  It definitely is a MUST SEE ON THE BIG SCREEN!


BEAUTIFUL BOY @ the HI POINTE – 11/28/18 – Q & A with Actor Timothee Chalamet who stars as Nic Sheff in Amazon Studios / Big Indie Pictures / Plan B Entertainments New Film, BEAUTIFUL BOY ~ and the real Nic Sheff







Jason Hall



Chatting about his directorial debut of


ROUND-TABLE CRITICS:   Kathy Kaiser & AM590 the FAN

Kevin Brackett – & AM 590 the FAN

Tom Stockman –

Dan Buffa – KSDK Newschannel 5

Sandra Olmstead – Cinemaspoke

Lynn Venhaus – Kirkwood Times


Q: How did the Q & A go last night following the screening of THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE?

Jason: It was great, I think it was very impactful for people – We had a hand full of Veterans join us. It was really nice.


Q: Do you think working on American Sniper helped to prepare you for this movie, in helping to create relationships with some of the guys, and preparing them for this movie?

Jason: I think it helped them trust me, but I think what I had to do was different. I thought I would walk in and I would know who these guys were, I know their language, but in the end, that wasn’t true. These guys fought a different war than Chris Kyle fought, they came from different places, different backgrounds, and most starkly they had different training. Chris and the training that Navy Seals have, they are put through such rigorous training, and so many of them are eliminated early on, that they end up with the sharpest minds, that can endure the most. But with the ranked Military, this is not the case. In 2007, 39% of the guys who enlisted were on waivers, for the trouble they had with the law or mental issues they had encountered in their lives, prior to enlisting, so they had to get a special waiver to serve. So our Military was taking in a lot of guys, who already had some challenges in their lives, and then we are putting them into a hum-ve, and they are driving around, waiting to get blown up. When you start adding trauma and brain injury to those challenges, you are looking at having some serious consequences.


Q: Why did you choose to not show at least some of the treatment that Shuman and Solo received in the film?

Jason: There was such a hurdle to getting this treatment; going into the treatment itself would have made this a totally different movie. I did explore it in various drafts of the script, and what you find in writing a script is you have to write the story that it isn’t sometimes, to get into the story that it is. The first entire script was totally about Fred Gusman. So, in the first script the main character was the guy that eventually you only hear on the phone. It is played perfectly by David Morse, and you definitely trust this guy, you believe in this guy…but now he is only the guy you hear on the phone, and he was going to be our lead character in the start of this process…


Q: Do you think that soldiers who fought in Iraq and Afghanistan are more damaged mentally than in past wars?

Jason: I think a majority of these soldiers come home and they are not damaged at all. But when you hear the statistics that 1 in 4 who come home have some form of PTSD, lots of them are. The distinct difference between these soldiers and the guys who fought in Vietnam, is the blast waves. Once you start dealing with the IED’s and the way it starts affecting the brain with its percussive nature, it’s actually closer to the guys who served in WWI. We seem to think that the explosions due this, when in actuality, it’s the waves that come at you at the speed of sound, and then hit you like a brick wall.


Q: How does this film compare to others films that are more pro-war, where this film is more about PTSD? Do you think there is any resistance from veterans in viewing this type of film? 

Jason: The only resistance, or push back that we have gotten is from combat veterans who are thinking, “why do I want to see this?” I lived this! But once they come and view the film, screening after screening we hear, WOW! Someone finally told my story! That’s what we’ve gotten over and over again. But of course we face the hurdle of getting Veterans to believe this isn’t a hollywoodized version of their story. We went to extreme measures to make this the most realistic, authentic depiction of what these guys have been through, for that reason…so that we as a society can understand what they went through, causing us to want to have a conversation with them, as we learn to welcome them home…

Even within the families that have viewed the film, they gain the courage to ask their loved ones “ Do you have stories like this film depicts that you haven’t shared”, and they say, well, yes…but sometimes sharing what they went through is really difficult, and they think that their families aren’t ready yet, or that they don’t want to burden them with what they went through…

I feel that it is our responsibility to help these guys! It’s like everyone asks me about what can we do to help the VA. The VA is trying to fix the VA, but it’s up to us to help welcome these guys home…it’s all of our responsibility. 

Like in Israel, where everybody serves, there is less incidence of PTSD, because they all know what they have been through. They all welcome this warrior into their homes, and ask him to share his stories, and share what they went through too. And that kind of therapy, that kind of exchange, doesn’t happen here.

I personally experienced this watching Adam Schuman recover. We talked about this guy’s war with him for hundreds of hours. And then an actor comes in and asks him even more questions, and talks and talks and talks. And finally after disclosing it all, his life is truly changed. I couldn’t have predicted how much it would change from the first time I talked to him on the phone over three years ago…


Q: Do you think that there is actually a way to educate our Veterans to get them to understand why they should see this movie?

Jason: I think that the only way that you can get combat Veterans to see this movie, it is really has to come from other combat veterans who share how they felt when they experienced it. But I think for the general public, its conveying this is NOT A CRY FEST or TRAUMA DRAMA, that this is a real depiction of what these guys go through.

The difference in this movie is it’s a war movie, which takes place at home


Q: How hard was it to capture the essence of these soldiers depicted in this film? 

Jason: It was challenging. It was like preaching and trying to convert someone over. Its like Hollywood comes in and they usually mess things up really good. But I had the benefit of having worked on SNIPER, and I had the benefit of having Steven Spielberg behind this film, but they were all really weary at the start. So it was a challenge to get them invested, get them to trust me. Get them to trust the actors that were going to play them, as we also pulled in actors that weren’t household names. But in every case across the board in making this film, their actors gave them a sense of security, which in turn made it easier for us to convince many of the real life soldiers to be in this film. We approached all of this with care and concern and tried to make everything as realistic and honest as possible.


Q: With all the journalists who have covered War throughout the years, what drew you to want to share David Finkel’s work? 

Jason: Well I think the fact that he dedicated himself so totally, that he went to war with them for 10 months. I mean he went over there and rode with them, getting blown up, getting shot at. Then he wrote “The Good Soldiers”. He came home and documented war in a way that I had never, ever seen before. And what he also did in his writing is he articulated the cyclical nature of trauma thought. In his book, the way that the proses come outs, it goes around and around and it always circles back, just like incessant thoughts these guys have. And that nature in the way he wrote affected the way in that I told the story. It was also important for me convey a part of this story from the caregivers thought process too… Like this man you love has just gone through this extraordinary event, and the caregivers have no idea who any of these people in their lives are, and really know nothing about their experiences… and that is why that part of the movie slowly spews out. It’s done on purpose, as it’s exactly how these families experience it, if they experience it at all…


Q: As a Director, what did you learn from working with Clint Eastwood on AMERICAN SNIPER?

Jason: Clint is such a personality. I guess I was the first writer he let stick around, I’m told, because I was around for the entire shoot. He was super generous with me, and would ask my opinion on stuff, which isn’t a common character trait for him either, asking anybody else’s opinion…

He is just such a charming guy. And what I learned from him was just keeping it loose, and being flexible. And if he has any instinct at all, he just changes the tone of the scene, or turns it on its head and goes in a different direction.

And what I learned from Clint too is TRUTH. He is trying to put truth up on the screen. That is his whole goal ~ what he sees as the truth in what he is trying to put up on the screen. That differs from Spielberg, in the sense that Spielberg is more about what are we trying to make the audience feel. He wants to know what we want the audience to feel from this scene, and Clint’s saying, “What’s the truth of this scene”. Its two different ways of tackling the same horse, but it was very interesting experiencing both schools of thought…


Q: Given your affinity for the Military, it seems that you have come into your own very quickly making AMERICAN SNIPER and now THANK YOUR FOR YOUR SERVICE. Do you want to make more films about Military issues, and do you think there is going to be a continuing market for them?

Jason: I think that there is a continuing market for them. I’m really attracted to the characters. Its’ not even so much this world, as the people… People gifted like Kris and like Adam with some power, some skill or belief, and what it cost them…


Q: So Miles Teller has brought your story onto the screen…is there a reason why you cast him in this role?

Jason: You know, my favorite performance of Miles’ is RABBIT HOLE ~ his first film. He brings such a sense of truth and authenticity to everything he does. Even when he is being a wise acre in some of the comedies he’s done, there is an ease to him that I find really compelling. I also find in many ways he is a character actor in a leading mans body, so he has the ability to disappear into these roles, which is really important…


Q; Last night at the Q & A, you shared that Spielberg likes watching THE BEST YEARS OF OUR LIVES, and he watches it often. What influences did you have, whether it is from storytelling, or camera techniques? What influences you from that genre that maybe you applied to this film?

Jason: THE BEST YEARS OF OUR LIVES was great in terms of social realism. You feel as if a camera was put into a room, and its all just happening, and that’s what we wanted here. We wanted to feel as realistic as possible. We filled the VA with real Veterans. When we shot in Solo’s house; we decorated it just like any picture we could find of it. And the war scenes in many cases were filled with actual graffiti that was documented by magnum photographer David Vanicimilla in a urinal in Iraq. We recreated truth, because I think that there is an element of that that resonates differently. When social realism as an idea may confuse people, but its just telling the truth. Its cutting as close to the bone as possible, The only other thing we could have gone further with was casting real veterans throughout the entire film, but we tried…


Q: Who would you like to see star in your new GEORGE WASHINGTON PROJECT? 

Jason: George Washington! Really, all kidding aside, the person who most resembles the George Washington that I’m focusing on, as in my story he is only 22, which might make this one a bit harder to cast…

 Don’t forget to head out to a theater near you this weekend to catch Jason’s latest film – THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE. It is a definite MUST SEE ON THE BIG SCREEN – as it’s message and the way Jason brings you deep into the lives of these soldiers, and their families, once they return home, is something ALL AMERICAN’s should experience, at least once!

Kathy Kaiser


A RETURN TO J.K. ROWLING’S WIZARDING WORLD ~ THE GLOBAL FAN EVENT CELEBRATING THE NEW FILM ~ Fans Will Be Treated to a Special Preview of New Footage From the Film in IMAX, and Can Be Part of a Live Interactive Q & A With the Stars and Director




 Fans Will Be Treated to a Special Preview of New Footage From the Film
in IMAX, and Can Be Part of a Live Interactive Q & A With the Stars and Director

As the excitement builds for the November 18th opening of Warner Bros. Pictures’ new adventure “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” fans will get to experience some of the film’s magic early at the global celebration A RETURN TO J.K. ROWLING’S WIZARDING WORLD. The worldwide fan event will kick off on Thursday, October 13th, at 8:30 p.m. GMT (3:30 p.m. EDT, 12:30 p.m. PDT) and simultaneously in major cities in the U.S. and internationally. The announcement comes on the heels of the debut of the brand new trailer for the film.

Sue Kroll, Warner Bros. Pictures’ President of Worldwide Marketing and Distribution, stated, “The enthusiasm and support of wizarding world fans everywhere has meant so much to us, as well as the filmmakers.  We are proud to share some exciting footage from ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ at this global event created just for them, and are especially thrilled that most can experience it in IMAX.”

Attendees will first be treated to a never-before-seen reel featuring some of the thrilling moments from the much-anticipated film. Talent from “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” will be joining the celebration, in person, at two IMAX theatres, in London and Los Angeles, to welcome the fans.

  • In London: Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Alison Sudol, Dan Fogler, and director David Yates will be on hand.
  • In Los Angeles: Colin Farrell and Jon Voight will be in attendance.

Fans gathered at those locations, as well as attendees watching from IMAX theatres in New York, Sao Paulo and Mexico City, as well as a non-IMAX theatre in Rome, will be able to submit questions to the stars and director during the Q&A. It will be a rare opportunity to learn more about the story and their thrilling foray into a new era of the wizarding world.

The footage shown, as well as the Q&A, will also be streamed live online at so eager fans around the world can share in the excitement.

Fans at each location will be presented with a specially designed “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” exclusive t-shirt, commemorating the worldwide event, as well as a collectible mini-poster.

As an added bonus, audiences in the U.S. theatres can stay for a special screening of “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone,” being presented for the first time ever in IMAX.

Additional details about locations, times, and tickets to the events can be found at:


Twitter: @FantasticBeasts

Instagram: @fantasticbeastsmovie

Snapchat: Wizarding_World



“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” is an all-new adventure returning us to the wizarding world created by J.K. Rowling.

Academy Award winner Eddie Redmayne (“The Theory of Everything”) stars in the central role of wizarding world Magizoologist Newt Scamander, under the direction of David Yates, who helmed the last four “Harry Potter” blockbusters.

“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” opens in 1926 as Newt Scamander has just completed a global excursion to find and document an extraordinary array of magical creatures. Arriving in New York for a brief stopover, he might have come and gone without incident…were it not for a No-Maj (American for Muggle) named Jacob, a misplaced magical case, and the escape of some of Newt’s fantastic beasts, which could spell trouble for both the wizarding and No-Maj worlds.

“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” also stars Katherine Waterston (“Steve Jobs,” “Inherent Vice”) as Tina; Tony Award winner Dan Fogler (“The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee”) as Jacob; Alison Sudol (“Dig,” “Transparent”) as Tina’s sister, Queenie; Ezra Miller (“Trainwreck”) as Credence; two-time Oscar nominee Samantha Morton (“In America,” “Sweet and Lowdown”) as Mary Lou; Oscar winner Jon Voight (“Coming Home,” TV’s “Ray Donovan”) as Henry Shaw, Sr.; Ron Perlman (the “Hellboy” films) as Gnarlak; Carmen Ejogo (“Selma”) as Seraphina Picquery; Jenn Murray (“Brooklyn”) as Chastity; young newcomer Faith Wood-Blagrove as Modesty; and Colin Farrell (“True Detective”) as Percival Graves.

The film marks the screenwriting debut of J.K. Rowling, whose beloved Harry Potter books were adapted into the top-grossing film franchise of all time. Her script was inspired by the Hogwarts textbook Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, written by her character Newt Scamander.

The film reunited a number of people from the “Harry Potter” features, including producers David Heyman, J.K. Rowling, Steve Kloves and Lionel Wigram. The executive producers are Tim Lewis, Neil Blair and Rick Senat.

Warner Bros. Pictures presents a Heyday Films Production, a David Yates Film, “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.” The film will open worldwide on November 18, 2016, in 2D and 3D in select theatres and IMAX and will be distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

This film has been rated PG-13 for some fantasy action violence.


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How did you prepare to play these characters from the 80’s ~

Hoechlin ~ It’s funny how much everything changes, and how much they stay the same.   A Bunch of guys hanging out and forming that camaraderie is still the same. We watched a biography called No No about Doc Ellis – baseball is still the same in ways and different in others ~ maybe it’s more polished today, and more gritty back then, but its still the same game.


What was it like working for Richard Linklater?

Jenner/Guzman: He was really chill as a director. It was such collaboration. It was Inspiring and creative learning from him. He would change things on a dime for us, and that trust… you don’t feel that from many directors. It’s a beautiful thing because it makes every feel at ease and to dive in deeper to be a better actor.


Did they let you improv at all??

Hoechlin – There was some improv…but not a lot. That wasn’t the idea to begin with, it wasn’t structured…he would take things and shoot a few scenes…and then go back and change them some…

Guzman:   Except for one person ~ Justin…he got to do a lot – no one expected him to be doing martial arts on the baseball field, that’s for sure…


Two of you are writers though right?

We actually ALL ARE!!


What was your favorite scene of the film?

Jenner – You know that slow motion shot where we see the girls by the record machine…I really liked that scene – there was constant peacocking going on…


Did you all play baseball before this film ~

Guzman: Actually I’m not sure that you can tell it’s me in the scene. I’m the guy in the scene running, sliding and catching the ball – I was a pitcher in college and it was great getting back on the field, acting like an idiot and getting paid for it.


How fun was the freshman scene on the field?

Jenner ~ It was really fun ha-ha!! We didn’t know it was so mapped out before we got there.

Guzman – we didn’t know that guy that played Tyrone Plummer was going to be upside down – he passed out didn’t he??

Hoechlin – Almost…


 How much of this film was relatable to your own experience in College playing your character in this film??

Jenner – since I didn’t really have a college experience, it was awesome to finally have one making this film.

Guzman: I can relate. I didn’t really have to search for a group, I had one, and it was the baseball team – even though most of them were assholes. You get to live a certain part of your life over again making this film.

Hoechlin: For me it was the relationships, the jabbing and stuff, being able to live that over again was awesome…


What do you think that the fans of DAZED AND CONFUSED are going to think about his film?

Guzman: Someone in the media made a reference to D & C, and it stuck. I think this film really has its own identity …when Richard talks about D & C, it’s about the moments, and he didn’t really compare the two films…

Hoechlin: The thing that strikes me with this film is it’s really a window into this world, its not beating you over the head with anything. It’s just a slice of life that you remember not having the restraints of authority and have the opportunity to become your own person. It’s the same tone and the same feel. They are both inspired by Rick’s life – but we really never try to emulate anything from the previous film… We never really discussed the movie much at all…unless Rick referenced it.

Jenner: I think the only thing that you can transfer from both movies is it’s the timeless aspect of both films. Style changes, music changes, fads change, but growing up and finding you niche in the world, and finding out who you are, and experiencing it is really the correlation between the two.


Which Character is RICK, I assume it’s you Blake?

Jenner: There is actually a sprinkle of Rick in everyone in this film…


When casting, did you guys get the parts you really wanted?

 Hoechlin: I don’t know if we knew who the characters really were – they had different names going in…

Guzman: They had different names when we auditioned. We had to try out for three different characters and I decided to combine them to audition for Roper – I cheated the system and it worked.

Hoechlin: They told me I did awesome, you were amazing. And then when I found out I got the job, I called a few weeks later before I left to say hey, what part did I get??


Your characters are three crazy players, in a house full of crazier personalities…I want to know what the camaraderie was like when the cameras stopped?

 Guzman: There was constant competition, to grow as an actor, grow as a person, just have fun, enjoy the moment – it was the best adult camp ever.

Jenner: I think the one challenge for everyone, was not focusing on the clock, because nobody wanted it to end. Everyone kept showing up for scenes they weren’t even in…everybody showed up for the last scene and just cheering us on, which was odd…because it really wasn’t a scene to cheer about…


Have you guys shown the film to your parents? And have they confirmed that a lot of the film is accurate for the time??

Jenner: My dad is very stoic guy in the world, super serious. Seeing him come and knowing that he was a freshman basketball player in college the same year as we are playing in this film, and seeing him grin from ear to ear was incredible. That is one thing him and I will have to linger on in conversation later…

Guzman: I brought my cousins and one of my really close friends and after the movie ended they said – which one were you??? Were you the one slicing those balls??? Ha-ha…



















Q & A with Directors of ZOOTOPIA ~ Rich Moore and Byron Howard ~ moderated by MAX FOIZEY of MAX ON MOVIES -FM NEWs Talk 97.1


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Audience Q & A with Directors of ZOOTOPIA – Rich Moore and Byron Howard

Moderated by Max Foizey of MAX ON MOVIES – FM News Talk 97.1 – St. Louis

Having grown up with the “Animated Magic” that Disney is known for, I was super excited to sit in on the Q & A at Wehrenberg Ronnies 20 Cine’ with Directors Rich Moore and Byron Howard who ~ for the last five years ~ have been working to bring Disney’s new animated MASTERPIECE ~ ZOOTOPIA to life…and who graciously took questions from the audience after the advanced screening in St. Louis ~

Q: From a Creative standpoint ~ in trying to make a film that is as enjoyable for adults as for the “little ones”…in the creative process do you purposely start off with that in mind?

A: Rich Moore: I don’t think that we purposely doing it…we work at a place where we are trying to make entertainment for everyone – that’s not just a slogan or a saying ~ That’s REAL FOR US. And we do that because those are the things we liked as kids. Those are the things I like as an adult that I can enjoy my kids. We never want to exclude anyone from our entertainment. We want to be inclusive in the comedy, in the drama. We don’t want to make it too scary for the little kids, but we want it to be thrilling enough that an adult or a teenager feels that they are getting their monies worth. So, it’s very important to us, but nobody has to say to us “make sure to put in something for everyone”, because it’s just something we do naturally…


Q: How many total savage animals are in the film?

A: Byron Howard: This seems more like a trivia question…but I think there are 15 in the movie.


Q: Are you using Emmitt Otter’s name in the movie on purpose with the character Emmitt Otterman?

A: Byron Howard: Yes, if anyone remembers Jim Henson’s Emmitt Otter’s Jug band Christmas –with the funny porcupines? Well, yes, this is an omage to Jim Henson, which we love and we know a lot of muppeteers too. We just got to meet the person who voices Gonzo the GREAT a couple of weeks ago, and it was a very exciting finally meeting him…


Q: Tangled is one of my favorite movies…Are their any plans to do a sequel?

A: Rich Moore: Great question? You know the Director of the movie is right here – pointing to Byron…

Byron Howard: I know we are doing a television series for sure. The question is what do you do once you cut off her hair, but we are working through that process in the television version of the story…so stay tuned…


Q: What inspired you both to start filmmaking?

A: Rich Moore: I was inspired very, very early in my life, when I was about 5 years old, when I saw the movie Jungle Book, in a theater just like this back home in Southern California. And I was so moved by it – I thought it was funny, I thought it was thrilling, I loved the music, I loved the experience with my whole family being there – at that young age – I want more of THIS?? I didn’t know how that did that, in making the movie…I just knew I wanted to be a part of however that great movie came to be…

A: Byron Howard: and for me, I wanted to be a film maker was when I went to a movie called STAR TREK ~ THE MOTION PICTURE with my dad – he was a big Star Trek fan – and there is a scene where James T Kirk is in a shuttle coming towards the Enterprise, and the music was flowing on a huge, huge screen at the John Dance in Seattle, and I was overwhelmed by this scene, I decided I HAVE TO DO THAT – Films are amazing …and just like Rich was like this was Jungle Book, that is when I get THE BUG – and I think that is what a lot of people do, you see something you love and you decide you want to do that…and you figure out a way to make it happen…we work with thousands of people in film – writers, cinematographers, animators, and its exciting and we all geek out ~ yes we ARE GEEKS and we geek out about all this stuff…


Q: What is the best and most difficult thing about directing an animated movie?

A: Rich Moore: The BEST THING – Like Byron said, is we get to work with hundreds of people, and getting to form relationships with them as an artist working with other artists is awesome, getting to witness what other people bring to the table. Each film starts out as a small idea, just two or three people working through development and production to start with, and it builds into hundreds of people, and hundreds of friendships with all the people you meet in the process of watching this little idea grow into what you saw tonight.

THE TOUGHEST PART? – Finishing up the movie – they are almost like our babies, and at some point our child has to go out in to the world, on its’ own two feet and make it on its own ~ which is really hard…


Q: You said earlier that someone in your crew wears Hawaiian shirts all the time…is that why Nic has a Hawaiian shirt on???

A: Byron Howard: That’s a great question? Maybe we did that…. subconsciously. The person we were talking about was John Lassiter – our boss at Disney – and that is what he lives in – he has more Hawaiian shirts than there are seats in this theater. He is the KING OF HAWAIIAN SHIRTS. Maybe that did sink in from seeing him all the time, and it stuck in our head, and that’s why we put Nic in a Hawaiian shirt…


Q: How is it different directing animation that directing a live film?

A: Byron Howard: What Rich and I do is look over the whole crew – like 800 people – and we have to kind of keep the big picture in mind as everyone is working on their little detailed parts. We have people that are cinematographers, and groomers ~ who are actually are working putting fur on the characters ~ and animators who are actually animating a scene, and Rich and I are constantly going back and forth to meeting after meeting and we are helping everybody get to the same place. And the nice thing is that, we don’t have to do it alone – its not just us making the whole film by ourselves – we are making the film as a team. It’s a BIG COMMUNITY OF PEOPLE and we listen to everybody. Everybody feels like it’s THEIR FILM – they feel like Nic and Judy are their characters and any time some has a good idea we listen, and that’s how we make the films better, because we make them TOGETHER. And it is a GREAT JOB! We get to listen to academy award winnibg composers like Michael Giacchino, and we got to go to the sound stage and hear a hundred piece orchestra record the score, and then we got to be in Barcelona when Shakira records the song for the film, and then, we get to come to St. Louis and get the opportunity to talk with all of you, which is exciting too. Sometimes it’s a tough job, but we love doing it!!!