teaInLondon: Zootopia with a side Chai

Standard, 8th February 2016, teo, 0 Comments

Today felt pretty eventful to have Disney in to give a talk on their latest film Zootopia, in Europe it is called Zootropolis. You can imagine the confusion when I kept on switching between names without noticing.

We had directors Byron Howard (Tangled, Bolt) and Rich Moore (Wreck-It-Ralph, The Simpsons)  in for an hour to give us the nitty gritty on Disney’s latest film that will be available for theatrical release on 25th March.
 Zootopia was inspired by the likes of Robin Hood and it gets its style from film noir minus the black and white. It was lovely to see how casually the directors joked around and engaged with everyone.


There was one lady there amongst the audience who caught my attention and she asked a question about how to stay inspired/creative/motivated. 

I totally understood where she was coming from, since graduating I think I’ve applied towards Disney’s Graduate program twice with no luck and too many to count UK studios- design and otherwise to no avail. I can’t help but look at my work and understand why. And it is in freelancing you get bogged down even more.

There’s almost like a thick cloud of desperation amongst creative millennials in the UK like myself trying to get *permanent* work in house, and the task feels even more daunting as the promises and USPs of universities continue to fail us.

One could only hope to work with the Titans someday, so if any Disney employee comes across this post. How about opening another studio in London, pretty please? 


As I gulp down this very disappointing Chai Latte from Starbucks; I haven’t given up improving and trying to walk into Mickey’s all well known Fantasia hat but I guess like the production process of any film, I may start off as one idea but through that might come a completely different idea that turns out to be the actual film. 

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