As some of you may be aware, Little Miss Sunshine screenwriter, Michael Arndt, is now working at Pixar, penning the script for Toy Story 3 which is due for release in 2010. Fora.tv has a video from what looks like a press conference for his new book, Little Miss Sunshine: The Shooting Script.
The Independant talks with Pixar’s, Mark Walsh in a recent article. They discuss a variety of topics including, Ratatouille, the process of creating an animated movie as well as Pixar bringing computer animation to the masses. Here is a piece I found interesting:
One downside is a problem most computer users suffer – hardware and software that’s out of date all too soon. "To resurrect the Toy Story characters for the third Toy Story [due in 2010] we had to find an old machine somebody still had," Walsh says. "It was being used as a coffee table. If they hadn’t saved it, we’d have lost the original Buzz and Woody animations."
You can read the rest here. Thanks Guido.
VFXWorld reports that fmx/08, the 13th International Conference on Animation, Effects, Games and Digital Media, which takes place May 5-8 in Stuttgart, Germany, has announced its initial program of speakers.
Animation Mentor, “the online animation school® by animators for animators®”, has just celebrated it’s third graduation with an address from Pixar director, Pete Docter.
Speaking from the heart, Docter urged the graduates, “to be open to whatever life throws at you,” and that “whatever you do, make it your own.” Docter expressed his belief that an animator’s job was to “find a truth in the world that no one else has found and bring it to the screen.” He also emphasized the importance of story, because “without a good story, you’ve got nothing.”
The West Australian as a delightful article on 39-year-old, father of four, Brian Green from Melbourne.
"There’s nothing to say about that," Lasseter abruptly replies.
So Finding Nemo 2 is not on Pixar’s drawing boards?
"I can’t really talk about that. Sorry," Lasseter, shutting down the question with a look that says do not ask anything more about it.
Pixar is famously secretive about future projects, so the terse response adds to speculation Finding Nemo 2 is indeed on its way.
adds the article. It’s an enjoyable read, so why not check it out here.
American Cinema Editors have announced 10 feature film nominations for the 58th annual ACE Eddie Awards, set for Feb. 16 at the Beverly Hilton, reports The Hollywood Reporter. Among the nominees is Pixar’s Darren Holmes for Ratatouille.
I can’t believe I haven’t seen this site before! It’s amazing. GhibliWorld.com have interviewed Pixar’s Enrico Casarosa, where they talk about Hayao Miyazaki’s influence on Enrico’s work, Up, Ratatouille and Studio Ghibli among other things.
I think there’s another interesting difference between the stories directors choose to tell here and at Studio Ghibli. At Pixar directors often look for something personal from their own lives for inspiration. Andrew Stanton used some of his own anxieties of being a father to make Finding Nemo more authentic and true, that is the core of the story. You can pick every Pixar movie and connect it to some personal experience of its director. And that is a good rule in any kind of writing I’d say, the interesting thing though is that these experiences are mostly from adulthood. I think Miyazaki does something different: he puts on his “Super secret think like a 10 year old helmet” (he can switch age to younger and older too) and he’s going to tell a story from and for that point of view. It still baffles me that he’s able to do that, but it’s exactly that wonderful feeling of childish wonder that brings his movies to a whole other level. That ability seems to be also fueled by his nostalgia for those times.
You may heard about the online animation school, Animation Mentor, started back in 2004 by Pixar’s Bobby "Boom" Beck and Carlos Baena, and ILM’s Shawn Kelly. TradingMarkets.com reports on the sites increase in popularity over these past few years.
At the end of its first year, Animation Mentor had 350 students. It now has 700. When it was founded, the company had five employees, including Back. It now has 28 workers and seeks to hire at least two more, according to a posting on its Web site. The company now occupies 6,700 square feet in Berkeley but it preparing to double its size and move to 14,000 square feet in Emeryville, Calif.
says the article. "Initially, the studios weren’t too sure about what we were doing," Beck said. "Now they are very interested. They have hired several of our students."
Pixar will be making a special appearance at the Future Film Festival this year.
On the occasion of the tenth birthday of Future Film Festival, great news and special meetings are in the works. Pixar Animation Studios will be three times present: firstly through the making of the short film Lifted, then through the Italian premiére of the documentary The Pixar Story by Leslie Iwerks, granddaughter of the famous Ub Iweks and finally through the worldwide premiere of the short My [Your] friend the Rat, whose protagonist is the mouse of Ratatouille.
What an exciting lineup for our friend in Bologna, Italy. Jim Capobianco, director of Your Friend the Rat adds on his blog, that YFtR will screen on Saturday, January 19th at 7pm. He also says,
After the screening, I am giving a, hopefully coherent, talk about the making of the short and take questions. So if you find yourself in Bologna come by and say "hey". Also, being shown is Gary Rydstrom’s "Lifted" on Thursday the 18th with a talk by Mark Holmes Lifted’s production designer.
The festival runs from January 15-20 in Bologna, Italy. Hopefully some of our Italian readers in the area can make it.