The Pulse of Entertainment: DreamWorks Director Elaine Bogan Orchestrates a Masterpiece with Spirit
8, 2021) - "It's my first role as feature film director," said Elaine Bogan, a DreamWorks
director that started at DreamWorks Animation in 2005 as a storyboard artist (Riders of Berk). The feature film Elaine is
talking about is the animation Spirit Untamed - in theatres via Universal Pictures. "There
were so many challenges, a massive amount of people. We were halfway through and received the message to work from home. We
had to do it in our living rooms. But through separation we came together."
The finished Spirit Untamed animated
feature film is a delightful piece that is a spin-off of the DreamWorks Animation's Emmy winning series "Spirit Riding
Free" (Netflix). Development of Spirit Untamed began in October, 2019 and shortly afterwards everything went remote because
of the pandemic.
"It became unique. It kept us focused," Elaine pointed out. But the bright-side, she
said, was, "The ability to work with creative people...their knowledge."
I would normally list the people
involved behind the scene at this point but as Bogan said, it's a massive number of people. However, Spirit Untamed is voiced
by Isabel Merced (Dora and the Los City of Gold) as Lucky the young 12 year-old that tamed the wild Mustang and Oscar nominated
Jake Gyllenhall (Spider-Man: Far from Home) as Lucky's estranged father Jim. Jim suddenly has to take care of an already independent
child that is as wild her as her mother, who died during an accident working as a horse-riding stunt performer. Karen Foster
is producer on the project and it is also voiced by Eiza Gonzalez (Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw); Academy
Award winner Julianne Moore (The Lost World: Jurassic Park); Mckenna Grace (Captain Marvel); Marsai Martin (Little); Emmy
nominated Walton Goggins (FX's Justified), and Emmy winning Andre Braugher (Fox's "Brooklyn Nine-Nine"). Spirit
Untamed received writing help from John Fusco, the original Spirit film writer, with Arran Baker and Jose Luis de Locas as
"I feel I've changed," Elaine said when I asked about her history with DreamWorks,
going from storyboard artist to director of television animated series, to now, director of a full-feature animated film.
A Canada native, Elaine Bogan's first directorial debut was in 2010, though un-credited. However she was in the credits
for the animated series "DreamWorks Dragons" (2013 - 2014); animated series "Dragons: Race to the Edge"
(2013 - 2016); video short animation Dragons: Dawn of the Dragon Racers (2014); animated series "Trollhunters: Tale of
Arcadia" (2016-2018), and animated series "3Below: Tales of Arcadia" (2018-2019) as director. I see steady
growth since 2005, which serves as a testament to her talents as a well-rounded animation artist.
Spirit Untamed, distributed by Universal Pictures, was a small budget project that used an outside producer. However, under
Elaine Bogan's guidance, as of June 6, 2021 it has "grossed" 6.2 million in the U.S. (7.3 million worldwide) and
was #4 at the box office upon release. In its first day it made 2.4 million. www.Dreamworks.com/movies/Spirit-Untamed
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