writer/director specializing in comedy and animation
Studio Ghibli’s ‘When Marnie Was There’ in USA cinemas from May 22
When Marnie Was There is an exquisite new film by director Hiromasa Yonebayashi.
The English language dub arguably packs even more emotional weight with the voice talent of Oscar nominated Hailee Steinfeld in the lead role of Anna, and Madmen’s Kiernan Shipka playing the mysterious Marnie. Also featuring Kathy Bates, John C. Reilly, Vanessa Williams, Catherine O’Hara and Ellen Burstyn.
The adaptation stays as faithful to the original Japanese without ever (I hope) sounding forced. Every line needed to flow, feel appropriate to character, and oh yeah… still fit lip-synch. I feel very honoured to have worked on it. Big thanks to all at Studio Ghibli.
Songs have started. Just heard the first demo. Casting has begun. Think we found our first lead. But far more important, the finance plan is underway with our E.P. Jason Netter and offers are on the table. We’re pessimistically delusional that this film will come together eventually. We hope sooner than later, but that would make us optimistically delusional, and we don’t wish to push our luck. Here’s a little bit of concept art by Margaux Zinsner and Pascal Campion from the cutting room floor. Meanwhile on with the lovely day job of scripting a new film, which also happens to have a horse in it. Happy Summer everyone!
David Freedman writes, adapts and script doctors for animation. Clients include Aardman, Disney, Studio Ghibli and Universal. As a Script Doctor, David does make house calls. Lately he’s been in LA, Paris, Helsinki, Madrid, China. But so far, not to the Bahamas. Someone please set up a studio there!
Initially David trained as an illustrator, then moved into stand-up comedy, which led him to become a BBC radio presenter, which led to writing for Danny Baker, which led to writing sitcom scripts, which somehow led David to a full time career in animation. And he’s never looked back, apart from now to write this bio in the third person.
David is American but has been based out of London for yonks. So much so, that he is now legally permitted to use ‘yonks’ in a sentence.