The Huffington Post recently released three exclusive poster images for The Blue Umbrella. Like the short, the images capture a simplistic beauty that only director Saschka Unseld and his team could perfect. Each poster perfectly evokes a different emotion from three main parts of the film – initial joy, the ensuing danger, and the beauty of love.
We can only hope that these posters will be available for Pixar employees at the Pixar Animation Studio Store, or perhaps on the road during some of the film festivals in which Unseld will be on-hand to present the film to eager audiences (details on the upcoming Hamptons International Film Festival – showing Oct 13 & 14 in New York).
During the interview with the Huffington Post, Unseld revealed how a unique misread of a storyboard changed the ending of the film in a delightful way,
“In my initial pitch and for a long time, the owners of the umbrellas sat inside the cafe and drank tea to warm up, while the umbrellas are in the foyer of the cafe, just standing there to dry…Then there was a moment where we test-screened those reels, and someone misread that, because the storyboards are sometimes so rough. So we got a note that someone in the meeting said, ‘Oh, it was such a great idea that they sit outside in the rain because of course the owners love the rain as well.’ I was like, ‘What are you talking about?’ He was like, ‘Oh, I read the storyboard like that.’ It wasn’t what we drew, but it was an amazing idea. So that’s how that came to be. It was just about listening to these moments and then just knowing what to pick up and change, because it fits better to the story, and what not to do.”
Saschka also surprised fans by announcing via Twitter that you can now purchase the short film by itself on iTunes. This is the first time the short has been made available for sale outside of the existing Monsters University digital version which came out October 8 and the Blu Ray version which will be available on October 29.