Saskatchewan-born director helms new movie `Ice Age 4: Continental Drift'
REGINA - At least some people in Regina will be paying attention to the first credit on the movie "Ice Age 4: Continental Drift."
Mike Thurmeier, who directed the movie with Steve Martino, was born and raised in the city.
Thurmeier has had a lot of success in the last six years, mostly thanks to a nutty little squirrel.
His first directing credit was the short animated film "No Time for Nuts" in 2006, featuring Scrat the squirrel, who he says is his favourite "Ice Age" character.
"It's a little surreal when I think of where I am now in New York with my family, and we're working on these movies that a lot of people are going to get to see, but it all started back in Saskatchewan," Thurmeier said.
The path that brought him to direct blockbuster family movies is something he never imagined growing up in Regina, even though he loved to draw.
Although his family always supported his art and his grandfather was even a painter, while he was a student at Archbishop M.C. O'Neil High School he had a more conventional career in mind.
"I was a big fan of the Warner Bros. cartoons and stuff like that but I didn't really think of it as a business so in high school I wanted to be a lawyer," Thurmeier recalled.
Lucky for him, it only took one movie to change his mind.
"My last year of high school the movie `Alladin' came out and it kind of blew my mind a little bit," he said. "It kind of redirected the course of what I wanted to do."
Thurmeier's advice to aspiring filmmakers is to not give up, because as long as you have creativity and work hard, there's nothing standing in the way of a career in film or animation.
"It's not really a long road to Hollywood or whatever, you just have to know the right steps to get there," he said.