Walt Disney's teachings to future film producers

October, 20; 2019. By
It has been said many times that cinema is learned more in a video store than in a film school, and this statement is, in our opinion, totally true. Well, that is why we must write down the teachings that our beloved producer Walt Disney left us to make films, and verify that we are following them, both the explicit ones (those he himself said) and the implicit ones (what he did although did not say).

Thus, the first thing is to take into account what Walt said about the cinema: "I will believe in the pubic, I do not trust movie critics" (or something like that). Nothing more certain. Criticism will follow the trail of what works at the public level, and if not, it will be recycled until it does.

The second is that of "having all rights over one's own work." This in cinema is difficult, but necessary. And he, after having been tricked by some other company by keeping the rights of some other character (remember Mickey Mouse's predecessor, Oswald the Rabbit), we can see that he did well at this point. Regarding the cinematographic practices of the writer of these lines, Pedro Alonso Pablos, we can say that this precept is being carried out exactly as Walt said.

Then we can consider what he was doing, even if he did not say so explicitly. The films qualified as for all audiences. It is a known axiom that as well as the famous and appreciated songs are memorable, the universal works of art are for all audiences, don't ask me why. Well, if you ask me, the answer is easy: The artist tends to do works with maximum diffusion, that is, his broad diffusion is a characteristic of Art. And for this a work of art, to reach a majority of people, must be for all audiences for obvious reasons. It's easy to understand: a children movie can be seen by an adult but a child can't watch an adult movie. If we expand a little the category of "for children" with "for all audiences" we have the solution.

We can also say that Walt, although he did not say it directly because it was absolutely explicit, relied on music as a fundamental defining element of the films and of the cinema itself, and the producer who writes can also tic this box as he is taking this teaching very seriously.

There are a number of other characteristics that the producer who writes is transferring to his works and that because they are absolutely explicit, in line with what is being talked about in this article, there is no need to comment.

Thus, it is necessary that all those apprentices of filmmakers who are worthy can read what Walt said to grow as producers and be better in their field. But above all, above all, watch his movies. We have done it.