The old town hall for Sonoma
One of the old hotels
The old barracks
The Bear Flag Monument
The Sebastiani Theater. The first theater to show 'Toy Story'.
Mmmmmm.. Irish Pub. I know where Oogie is having dinner tonight.
The list of movies and panels that were being presented on Saturday.
From all the decorations that had been brought in to the lobby, I thought it was a good guess that I was at the right place.
I couldn't resist getting this one...
The movie will be shown next at the Cannes Film festival, and will hopefully be available soon here in the US for the general public. Incidentally, you may recognize her last name....Leslie is the grand daughter of Ub Iwerks, one of the men who helped Walt Disney produce the early Mickey Mouse cartoons.
After the movie was over, I came outside to find that the weather was starting to clear and that Starbucks and some local wineries had opened up a tasting center.
The all you can drink wine bar.
Mater and the Ghostlights
After this I had a little over an hour before the next film started, so I went out to get some pictures of downtown Sonoma and grab some lunch.
The Mission's Gardens
As you can see, Sonoma is a pretty historic town.
Don't let the name on this place fool you. They do have some killer cheese, but they also make a great deli sandwich and offer the freshest of fruit from the Somoma valley.
As I took my seat in the gymnasium turned theater, I took careful note of who was sitting around me this time. As it turned out, I got lucky as the person who was seated in front of me was none other than John Lasseter.
Mark Andrews (Johnny Quest, Iron Giant, Spiderman, and The Incredibles)
Ronnie DeCarmen (Batman animated series, and Finding Nemo)
And Jim Capobianco (Hunchback of Notre Dame, Lion King, Fantasia 2000, Bugs Life)
For Scripts, they spoke about how when a story is presented to them, they are not given a script to work from. Usually the director or someone will come in with a page or 2 at a time and tell them to draw it out. The story sketchers then take the script or idea which the director has given them, create the scene and the sequence in their heads, draw it out, then put the drawings up on a story board.
The story reel process is when the story artists sell their ideas to the director. The director will listen to their pitch and then give his input on it. To show us just what happens in one of these meetings, they showed a clip of Pixar story artist Joe Ranft giving the pitch for the scene in Monsters Inc where Mike is telling Sully to put Boo back, then having to make up the musical number because everyone is watching him.
After the panel was over, I heard that the red carpet affair had been canceled because of the weather, but be back at the theater at 6:15 for the tribute, so I headed down to 7-11 for a slurpee and some beef jerky, and then on to a place in Sonoma that my grandparents used to take me to when I was very young. Train Town.
The trains are all 1/4 scale, and a trip on one takes about 20 minutes.
Looks like the steam engine is down for repairs..
A view of the grounds at Train Town
I got back just in time to get a few more glasses of wine, and to catch the honored guests of the evening showing up. At a little after 6:15, they let everyone in. It was a sea of people dressed in outfits that costs hundred of dollars, while I was in blue jeans, sneakers, and a Nightmare Before Christmas jeans jacket. Hey the Boogie Man knows class. .
While I was outside 'sampling' some more wine, I managed to catch a few people trying to quietly sneak into the theater.
The evening winded down with a presentation of a custom made glass wine decanter that rolled to properly air the wine, and a bottle of wine made of grapes from a 120 year old vine to Mr. Lasseter. After that the crowds filtered out of the veterans hall to their cars and over to the Cline Cellars Winery for the festival gala. I took a side trip back to the Irish Pub I saw this morning for a pint of Guinness before heading over to the Winery. Apparently though a lot of people wanted to go too, because when I arrived at the Winery, the parking lot was full. I later found out that the gala event started at 7:45, during the middle of the tribute. The parking lot filled up soon after that, so I decided to head home. Incidently, there was a movie playing at this same time called 'Finding Kraftland'.
It's the story of a fanatical Disney collector, pop culture, and his relationship with his son. It sounded like it was a good movie and well worth seeing.