Behind the Scenes – The Making of Dragons: Race to the Edge

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So, yesterday I told you about the all-new DreamWorks Animation Television original series Dragons: Race to the Edge debuting June 26th exclusively on Netflix. Today I want to tell you about the awesome media event I attended at DreamWorks Studios in Los Angeles last week where I had a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the series.

Art Brown and Doug Sloan Dragons Race to the Edge

After starting our day watching the first two episodes of Dragons: Race to the Edge, we had a chance to speak with executive producers Art Brown and Doug Sloan, pictured with me above. They filled us in on the time from for the series taking place about a year and a half before the second How to Train Your Dragon movie and how this is similar to the “kids in college” era of our main characters. And since the series is spread out over many episodes, as opposed to lots of story and action being squeezed into a 90 minute movie, there is a lot of opportunity for us to find out a lot more about each of the characters AND the dragons.

Dragons Lunch

It was then time for lunch, which was a super-fun Viking themed buffet. We even had s’mores for dessert. I’m not sure if they were roasted by a fire-breathing dragon or not. We also had a chance to have our pictures taken with Hiccup and Toothless.  (You can see my final pictures at the top and the bottom of this post!)

Dragons Race to the Edge Green Screen

Dragons Race to the Edge Writers

Next up was a chance to sit down and talk with the writers while at the same time enjoying some pretty awesome made-in-front-of-our-eyes fresh ice cream. The writers all have a great history of writing and clearly show a love for the dragons and making the stories of Hiccup and his friends fun for no only kids, but for the adults watching with them. They have a lot of creative freedom when writing and I think that creativity shows through when you watch the show.

Making Fresh Ice Cream

Our afternoon continued with more in-depth conversation with executive producers Art Brown and Doug Sloan, a discussion with episodic director Elaine Bogan and what I considered to be the highlight – a sit-down with visual effects supervisor David Jones. I’ll be back to tell you what he shared tomorrow!

Dragons Race to the Edge Experience

Oh, and I can’t forget two other very fun things we did that day. First we had a chance to play with the super fun DreamWorks Color App. These fun (and free) app lets you take pictures that you have printed from and see them come to life when they jump off the page with the app you can download to your smartphone or tablet. You definitely should try it!! I was truly surprised how cool it looks. Your kids will love it. I DO!

The other awesome experience had was feeling what it is like to fly on Toothless over the land of Berk via the Oculus Rift virtual reality  experience. It was so cool! Now I really wish I had my very own dragon.

Be sure to visit yesterday’s post to see the Dragons: Race to the Edge trailer and then also check out this fun clip below:


Don’t forget!!  Dragons: Race to the Edge debuts June 26th exclusively on Netflix.

Riding Toothless Dragon

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  1. Robin Rue (@massholemommy) says:

    My boys always loved the How to Train Your Dragon movies! What a fun event.

  2. It sounds like you had a great trip! This sounds like a cute movie.

  3. I love the photo of you on the Dragon! We’ve loved these movies and can’t wait to see the show. What fun for you to attend this event!

  4. Wow, what an experience! Those green screen pictures are definitely keepers of a great experience!

  5. That looks like so much fun! I’d love to have been a part of the. We’ve all seen both of the movies, so I’m looking forward to seeing this, as well.

  6. What an amazing experience this looks like! How fun. We love how to train your dragon, so I know my kiddos will be looking forward to this!

  7. Catherine S says:

    What a neat event.This looks like it is going to be a cute show. I need to sign up for Netflix so I can watch it.

  8. Dana Rodriguez says:

    That looks like so much fun! 🙂

  9. Everything about this experience sounded like a blast! I might check out the series since I liked the movies.

  10. The How to Train Your Dragon movies are so good. I know the Netflix TV series is going to be spectacular. It’s great to see that they treated you right and provided the answers to let readers like me know what’s happening in the production.

  11. Haha! I love the pictures! Looks like you had so much fun!

  12. Looks like such a fun experience. I remember going to an event at Dreamworks way back when and enjoying those same s’mores. Yum.

  13. What an awesome event! We have always loved the HTTYD movies. The new show sounds great!

  14. Looks like you had a great time! My kids are definitely big fans of those kind of animated movies!

  15. Having entertainment that is good for both kids and parents is so great. We love all of the dragons franchise. Can’t wait to see more of it.

  16. My kids will be so thrilled to be able to spend more time with their beloved dragons. I have to admit I’ll be pretty excited too!

  17. That’s a cool event! I;m looking forward to seeing this show with or without the kids 🙂

  18. Ann Bacciaglia says:

    This looks like an amazing event. I would love to go to DreamWorks Studios in Los Angeles.

  19. It’s so cool that you got to go behind the scenes! My husband, daughter, and I are all excited to watch Dragons: Race to the Edge!

  20. What an awesome experience! Thanks for taking us behind the scenes with you.

  21. Wow, what a fun press trip, loving the pics of the food! This movie is going to be a big hit with the kids!


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