We had the pleasure of being introduced to this breathtaking story during a Disney Social Media Moms Event. The movie is a Disneynature initiative.
Disneynature’s mission is to bring the natural world to the big screen as never before, and now presents its most ambitious project to date, taking movie-goers on a grand journey into the wilds of China. “Born In China” follows the adventures of three animal families — the majestic panda, the super cute golden monkey and the majestic snow leopard.
Featuring stunning imagery, the film navigates the vast terrain—from the frigid mountains to the heart of the bamboo forest over a period of time—on the wings of a red-crowned crane, showcasing remarkably intimate family moments captured on film for the first time ever.
Born in China is directed by Lu Chuan and produced by Roy Conli, Brian Leith, and Phil Chapman. I had the opportunity to attend a Q&A with Roy Conli and learned so much about how Disneynature films are created, and all the love involved in bringing “Born In China” to life.
Roy Conli, who worked in “Tangled” and “Big Hero 6”, explained that with animation, you start with storyboards and create a script, while with Disneynature films, it was the opposite: you send your best cinematographers out in the field, filming phenomenal footage, keeping journals of the stories they were witnessing, and then review that footage, and work backwards to create a story. “It wasn’t until we had footage that we knew what kind of story we could tell.”
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“Born In China”, Disneynature’s seventh release, took about 2 years of filming. They had to send a team to film each animal. There was a lot of simultaneous filming and many challenges, like keeping warm in subzero temperatures, and the need to keep the right distance to capture the animals with a natural perspective.
You know I am an animal lover. I loved when he explained that they didn’t impose, nor interfere with the environment and did not alter the relationship between the animals in the field in any way.
Join me to to support “Born in China” in its opening week and Disneynature will make a donation in your honor to World Wildlife Fund to benefit wild pandas and snow leopards.
In theaters Earth Day 2017, (April 22nd)!
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