Peter Ramsey appeared in the latest episode of Faceplant, a series from Million Stories, and I sat down to talk about his success. Back in 2012, I had the pleasure of interviewing Peter Ramsey to talk about his feature-length directorial debut of Rise of the Guardians. In Ramsey’s Faceplant episode, he talks about his experience as a storyboard artist and transitioning to directing. Rise of the Guardians was a great movie but suffered in the box office. Things turned around when Ramsey was asked to co-direct Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.
Ouch! Personal stories from people who discover the value of failure in pursuit of their dreams. – Faceplant
Check out my full interview below.
Peter Ramsey most recently directed with Bob Persichetti and Rodney Rothman Sony Pictures Animation’s Academy Award®-winning feature film “Spider-Man™: Into the Spider-Verse.” Previously, he directed DreamWorks Animation’s 2012 feature film “Rise of the Guardians.” He also helmed the Halloween TV special, “Monsters vs. Aliens: Mutant Pumpkins from Outer Space” as well as served as a story artist on several of DreamWorks Animation’s feature films.
Prior to joining DreamWorks, he worked as a storyboard artist on a notable number of live-action feature films, including “Backdraft,” “Boyz n the Hood,” “Bram Stoker’s Dracula,” “Minority Report,” “Cast Away,” “Independence Day,” “Being John Malkovich,” “Fight Club” and “Hulk,” among many others. Ramsey’s directing skills were honed early, as second unit director on live-action feature films including “Godzilla,” “Tank Girl,” “Higher Learning,” and “Poetic Justice.” A lifelong resident of Los Angeles, California, Ramsey grew up in the Crenshaw area and graduated from Palisades High School before attending UCLA.
Ramsey is the first African American filmmaker nominated for the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature.
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