Interview: 'M:I Ghost Protocol' Director Brad Bird on IMAX and More

December 16, 2011

Brad Bird Interview

Arriving in IMAX theaters starting this weekend is Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol, the return of the beloved Mission Impossible series. But who would've thought that hiring a director from Pixar, making his first live-action feature, would completely pay off? That director is Brad Bird, behind The Incredibles and Ratatouille, making his live-action debut with an action-packed blockbuster that shows even animation directors can deliver kick ass real-life entertainment. I interviewed Bird months ago after seeing footage, but was told to hold onto this until release, so here it is. We chat about IMAX, Pixar comparisons and lots more.

Watch the interview with Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol director Brad Bird, shot on my Flip:

This was originally recorded a few months ago, but we were told to hold it, so I didn't have a clear idea of the story in the movie. I had to ask only the questions I could based on the footage we saw - which was the Burj Khalifa and sandstorm IMAX scenes. I've always wanted to speak with Brad Bird, he's made some of my all-time favorite Pixar flicks, and I feel like we could've talked for so much longer, but this was all the time I was given. I finally did see Ghost Protocol and it was awesome in its entirety, I wish I could follow-up with Bird again on so many more questions. M:I4 hits IMAX theaters starting this weekend and everywhere in regular theaters starting next week, December 21st. It's popcorn entertainment at its finest, worth seeing!

Mission Impossible Ghost Protocol

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"Popcorn Central." I love Mr. Bird's honesty and integrity. He is one of those film-makers who knows exactly what he is doing (in regards to directing). No pretense, just great film making. (NOW GIVE US 'THE INCREDIBLES 2')

DAVIDPD on Dec 16, 2011


Alex, it's time to splash out on a better camera. Good interview.

David Banner on Dec 16, 2011


Hey, I like my Flip! It's small and portable and does a great job, easy to setup anywhere. We aren't able to setup a professional camera when we record these. :/

Alex Billington on Dec 18, 2011


Yeah, the Flip is handy, record and plug into the Mac, but the picture could be so much better, with just a tiny amount of fuss and a better camera. Don't forget, that it's not just some random interview, it's a part of movie history you are recording 🙂 The interviews are good, it's just the picture/sound could use some tweeking 🙂

David Banner on Dec 18, 2011

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