Voice of ‘Moana’, filmmakers tour in Singapore

The voice of Moana, Auli’i Cravalho, in Disney’s latest animation film will find her way to the shores of the island of Singapore this November, together with the producer of the movie, Osnat Shurer, and two Southeast Asian Disney animation artists – Singaporean Roger Lee (Lighting Artist) and Indonesia Griselda Sastrawinata (Visual Development Artist). They will be in town for a press junket and a special festive light-up event at Marina Bay Sands.

Auli’I Cravalho (voice of Moana), Osnat Shurer (Producer), Roger Lee (Lighting Artist) and Griselda Sastrawinata (Visual Development Artist) will meet the fans and the press at the Marina Bay Sands festive light-up event on 9th November Wednesday, 8.15pm at ArtScience Museum; where there will be an opening stage performance by the Polynesian TeVaka dance troupe, followed by a special light-up ceremony by the movie talent and filmmakers to kick off the festive season at the integrated resort.

The public will also get an opportunity to learn how to draw Disney’s Moana characters at two drawing tutorials conducted by Griselda Sastrawinata on 9th of November, Wednesday at Marina Bay Sands’ Sands Expo and Convention Centre. There will be two available drawing tutorial timeslots to choose from – 5.20pm or 6.20pm. Capacity is limited at the drawing tutorials; registration is on first come, first serve basis via http://disneymoana.asia/

Both Southeast Asian animation artists, Roger Lee and Griselda Sastrawinata, will also be conducting an animation workshop for digital animation, visual effects and motion graphics students. As part of the Marina Bay Sands’ Corporate Social Responsibility programme, Sands for Singapore; beneficiaries from the integrated resort’s designated charities will also be invited to attend this workshop to learn more about animation production.

About Disney’s Moana

For centuries, the greatest sailors in the world masterfully navigated the vast Pacific, discovering the many islands of Oceania. But then, 3,000 years ago, their voyages stopped for a millennium – and no one knows exactly why. From Walt Disney Animation Studios comes “Moana,” a sweeping, CG-animated feature film about an adventurous teenager who is inspired to leave the safety and security of her island on a daring journey to save her people. Inexplicably drawn to the ocean, Moana (voice of Auliʻi Cravalho) convinces the mighty demigod Maui (voice of Dwayne Johnson) to join her mission, and he reluctantly helps her become a wayfinder like her ancestors who sailed before her. Together, they voyage across the open ocean on an action-packed adventure, encountering enormous monsters and impossible odds, and along the way, Moana fulfills her quest and discovers the one thing she’s always sought: her own identity. Directed by the renowned filmmaking team of Ron Clements and John Musker (“The Little Mermaid,” “Aladdin,” “The Princess & the Frog”), produced by Osnat Shurer (“Lifted,” “One Man Band”), and featuring music by Lin-Manuel Miranda, Mark Mancina and Opetaia Foa‘i.

“Moana” sails into Philippine theaters on November 30, 2016.

‘Twilight’s’ Elizabeth Reaser contacts spirits in ‘Ouija: Origin of Evil’

Known worldwide for her work in the Twilight series, Elizabeth Reaser plays smart and resourceful single mother Alice Zander in Universal Pictures’ Ouija: Origin of Evil, a terrifying new tale and the follow-up to 2014’s sleeper hit Ouija.

In 1965 Los Angeles, a widowed mother (Reaser) and her two daughters (Lulu Wilson, Annalisse Basso) add a new stunt to bolster their séance scam business and unwittingly invite authentic evil into their home. When the youngest daughter is overtaken by the merciless spirit, this small family confronts unthinkable fears to save her and send her possessor back to the other side.

Director and screenwriter Mike Flanagan explains that he’s been familiar with Reaser’s work for some time: “I first saw her in this great movie called Sweet Land that was at some festivals with short film that I’d made long ago. She was just radiant in it, and she brings a sense of warmth and empathy with her everywhere she goes. What I am fascinated most with in Elizabeth is that her eyes project everything that’s happening in her mind and in her heart. She’s one of the most open actresses I’ve ever seen.”

For her part, Reaser embraced the challenges that would lie ahead: “What really spoke to me about this movie is how it explores grief and that strong desire to see or talk to someone we’ve lost, even just once more,” says Reaser. “In many ways, this film isn’t simply a horror movie, which is what makes it so terrifying. These characters don’t know what is happening to them because they’re already dealing with a loss so devastating…they can’t fathom life could get worse.”

Reaser was excited to explore how a once-traditional wife and mother becomes a medium pretending to contact the dead. “When you go to a Catholic school and your mom puts a sign out front of your house that says, ‘Psychic, come on in,’ it’s as embarrassing as it is strange, especially in a conservative community in the 1960s,” says Reaser. “I admire her willingness and bravery to dismiss the expectations of the time so that she can provide for her family.”

While Alice actively tricks people to make a living she believes she’s legitimately giving them a sense of comfort she’s lacking. She secretly hopes one day she’ll be able to contact her husband, unknowingly priming herself to be fooled by spirits with a dark agenda.

“She’s so blinded by grief that I think this is the only time she’s vulnerable enough to be tricked by these spirits,” says Reaser. “One of the tragedies of this film is that these horrific things happen because Alice so desperately wants to believe in what she pretends to do. Grief, loss, love, family—anything that’s truly a matter of the heart can eclipse our better judgment, and I for one can relate to that.”

Opening across the Philippines on October 26, 2016, “Ouija: Origin of Evil” is distributed by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.