No Longer Seated At The “Kid’s Table,” Brad Bird Directs His First Live Action Film – ‘Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol’

Brad Bird loves to tell stories through film. The fact that ‘Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol’ is Brad’s directorial live action feature film debut, is a non-issue to the Academy Award winning director (‘The Incredibles,’ ‘Ratatouille’).

During a recent interview with, Brad acknowledged that in the past, animation “was seen as the ‘kid’s table” but he just sees “it as a way to tell a story and a great way to tell a story.” Since many live action films utilize animated film techniques, Brad found it to be “a comfortable transition.”

While the director admits he is always trying to work faster, he doesn’t want to lose any quality. “I think you’re doomed if you think you have it figured out. All of the people that I respect most have the attitude of students.”

Early in his career, Brad was inspired by the time he spent with Disney master animators. As he explained during the MovieWeb interview, even though they were the best in the world, the animators had learned so much during each film that they thought had figured it all out. At the end of each film, they wished they could go back and redo all their scenes. Of course, that wasn’t possible, so they would apply that new knowledge to the next project and once again learn even more new skills. Adopting the animators’ “ attitude of a student,” even though you might be the best in the world at what you do, Brad believes “it’s the only attitude to have.”

Recognizing the desire of Tom Cruise (‘Ethan Hunt’) , J.J. Abrams (co-producer of the film) and the film’s crew to always to better all the time, Brad quoted the late Steve Jobs’ advice during a commencement address to “stay hungry, stay foolish.”

Taking advantage of Tom’s willingness to challenge himself, Brad shot the Burj Khalifa action sequences in IMAX. The director says that movie-goers who watch ‘Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol’ in IMAX, “screens that are five stories high,” you will be able to “see every tiny bit of detail.”

Joining Tom and Paula Patton (‘Jane Carter’) in Tokyo, Japan last week , the trio received a warm welcome from fans as they kicked off Paramount Pictures’ global ‘Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol’ publicity tour with a special fan screening and press conference.

Brad is also scheduled to return to Dubai later this week. He will join Tom and Paula as well as Simon Pegg (‘Benji Dunn’), Lea Seydoux and Anil Kapoor for the global premiere of ‘Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol’ during the opening night of the Dubai International Film Festival, which will be immediately followed by an exclusive beach screening and party for the local residents who appeared as extras in the movie.

Blamed for the terrorist bombing of the Kremlin, IMF operative ‘Ethan Hunt’ (Tom Cruise) is disavowed along with the rest of the agency when the President initiates “Ghost Protocol.” Left without any resources or backup, ‘Ethan’ must find a way to clear his agency’s name and prevent another attack. To complicate matters further, ‘Ethan’ is forced to embark on this mission with a team of fellow IMF fugitives whose personal motives he does not fully know.

Directed by two-time Academy Award winner Brad Bird, ‘Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol’ stars Tom Cruise, Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg, Paula Patton, Michael Nyqvist, Vladimir Mashkov, Josh Holloway, Anil Kapoor and Léa Seydoux. ‘Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol’ is in theaters and IMAX on December 21, 2011.

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