Leslie Iwerks‘ previous documentaries include The Pixar Story, Industrial Light and Magic: Creating the Impossible and a history of her grandfather, Ub Iwerks, many contributions to motion picture technology and artistry.
All good geeky stuff that particularly pushes my buttons. And so it is with her new project, an as-yet untitled documentary about Walt Disney’s leap of faith into the theme park business, and the “imagineers” who create the attractions.
This trailer has a title card reading The Imagineering Story, but I understand that’s just a placeholder for now.
What… it’s coming in 2016? That’s a surprise. But it’s not without reason. Iwerks will be tracking current Imagineering projects, and 2016 is going to be the year for a couple of big reveals. I dare say she’ll be poking her camera into the ongoing Avatar and Star Wars developments on a daily basis, and that stuff is going to have to stay under wraps until the attractions themselves are unveiled.
My favourite bit in the whole trailer is the following shot.
It’s just the idea that the “view” or “frame” of what the viewer can see is being considered, and not just the sensation of gravity turning in their stomach. My favourite theme park attractions have had some great “photo op” moments like this, not least the literal photo moment in Twilight Zone: Tower of Terror. That was always a great surprise – if arguably a little inconsistent with the rest of the ride’s narrative.
Talking of which, here’s a vintage TV special about the making of that attraction, presented by none other than Kirk Cameron.