Director of the award-winning The Book of Life, Jorge Gutiérrez is a born storyteller, both on the screen and off. However, the journey to completing the award-winning animated feature was fraught with struggles only a passionate artist of Jorge’s caliber and commitment could overcome.
With a budget of only $50 million, making the director’s larger-than-life version of The Book of Life was a tough to sell to studios and producers. From pitching his idea to Guillermo del Toro (Pan’s Labyrinth, Pacific Rim) to the unprecedented accomplishment of convincing Radiohead to license their song “Creep” for the film’s score, Jorge’s stories are inspiring for any artist. Dan and I fight to contain ourselves as the director recalls some hilarious moments in the film’s production.