When Zack Snyder — the director behind the action- and violence-packed 300, Watchmen, and the upcoming Sucker Punch — decided to take on an animated children's movie, we were surprised. Clearly, we weren't alone. Fans at a special Q&A screening for Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole asked Snyder about the genre change and if he felt restrained by it. (For the record, his response includes this gem: "It's not like I said, 'I wish I could decapitate these owls.' I'm not psychotic.") ReelzChannel correspondent Steve Patterson moderated the event, which you can see in full below.
Part 1 Questions
How did Snyder get to where he is today? Why did he venture into 3-D? Which is harder, CG or Live Action?
Part 2 Questions
Have you always wanted to do an animated feature? And if so, why did you choose Legends of the Guardians? What audience, beyond kids, did you make this movie for? How much planning and time is involved when doing such a large-scale animation movie?
Part 3 Questions
Where did you get the inspiration for these owls, making them each look different and take on their own character. Was there a scene in Legend of the Guardians that you enjoyed directing the most? What inspired you to choose this movie, a departure for the violence in your other movies? What do you think sets you apart and helped you carve out a career? Why did you turn down SWAT — was it only because it wasn't going to be rated R?