Robert Stromberg Talks Maleficent

The path to directing from VFX and production design has certainly been a natural one for two-time Oscar winner Robert Stromberg (Avatar, Alice in Wonderland). And after re-imagining Disney’s iconic Sleeping Beauty with Maleficent, he not only wants to continue directing but also explore new tech frontiers. In fact, Stromberg has formed his own virtual company, Hydra (in partnership with The Third Floor and Maleficent production designer Dylan Cole) so he can be on the cutting edge of total cinematic immersion.

“I can’t say anything now but I plan to hopefully be a pioneer of something really special,” Stromberg reveals. He points to Facebook buying Oculus VR for $2.7 billion as the breakthrough: “There are a lot of very interesting things that are going to come out of that and I’m working with some of those people.”

Imagine entering the world of Maleficent or Avatar and being up close to the characters. That’s what’s in store with this new holodeck-like experience. “The mediums will change but the storytelling will stay the same,” Stromberg predicts. “It’s really about finding new and exciting ways to direct films that might slightly be unorthodox to what we know now.”

Stromberg grew up in Carlsbad, CA, “creating strange things” and learning about the filmmaking process early on from his father, William R. Stromberg, the stop-motion animator. He even studied drawing from retired Disney artist Bruce McIntyre in elementary school. After working his way up from matte paintings to VFX and production design, collaborating particularly with James Cameron on Avatar and Tim Burton on Alice in Wonderland, he learned about various artistic approaches to problem solving.

Read the rest at TOH/Indiewire.

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in 3-D, Animation, Below the Line, Clips, Movies, performance capture, previs, Production Design, stop-motion, Tech, VFX, Virtual Production

One Response to Robert Stromberg Talks Maleficent

  1. Dean Desman

    I saw “Maleficent” with my parents. We all enjoyed it. It was better than what the critics said. I hope It does well.

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