Pixar Employees

Michael Arndt On Toy Story 3

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Posted by Thomas • February 8, 2008

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. has a video from what looks like a press conference for his new book, Little Miss Sunshine: The Shooting Script.

He mentions that Pixar hired him back in 2005, during the shooting of LMS, so at which time, Pixar hadn’t even seen LMS. He also tells us how production is scheduled week-by-week all the way until 2010 and the release of TS3, and that he jokes that he is already behind schedule. He also talks about the creative process at Pixar, and how quickly they solve problems there compared to working in live action, and how he’d love to bring some of that process to live action filmmaking. 
It’s an interesting video for amateur screenwriters, but if your just in it for TS3, skip to 52:40min or click Q17- Toy Story 3 in the sidebar on the right. Thanks Will.

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Mark Walsh Chats With The Independant

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Posted by Thomas • February 8, 2008

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One downside is a problem most computer users suffer – hardware and software that’s out of date all too soon.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.

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Air Talk With Brad Bird

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Posted by Thomas • February 5, 2008

Larry Mantle from 89.3 KPCC’s AirTalk  and historian Charles Solomon, chats with Ratatouille Director Brad Bird, and is now available in podcast format. (Skip to 23:46 to listen to the interview)

I’m sure Incredibles fans will get a kick out of Bird correcting Mantle on animation not being a genre, but a medium, as Bird was very passionate in detailing how he’d punch the next person who called it a genre on the Incredibles DVD commentary. They discuss how Pixar go about deciding on what films to make,  Ratatouille (of course), The Brain Trust, as well as a host of other topics. 
I think this podcast is worth a listen, as Brad seems very comfortable, and you might be reminded of The Incredibles commentary in the freedom he has to discuss certain topics. 
Thanks goes to miafka at the Pixar Planet Forums.

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Pixar at fmx/08

Animation, Pixar, Pixar Employees

Posted by Thomas • January 26, 2008

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.

Among the speakers will be Pixar’s Sharon Calahan, director of photography, will discuss creating the look of Ratatouille.
Further information can be found at

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Animation Mentor Celebrates Third Graduation

Animation, Online, Pete Docter, Pixar Employees

Posted by Thomas • January 15, 2008

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.”

says the press release, courtesy of Animated News. Congratulations to the more than 80% of the class you gained coveted positions at some of the top studios. You can read the full press release here.

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An Aussie At Pixar

Animation, Interview, John Lasseter, Pixar Employees, Ratatouille, Toy Story 3

Posted by Thomas • January 13, 2008

The West Australian as a delightful article on 39-year-old, father of four, Brian Green from Melbourne. 

The article tells of how Green got a job at Pixar back in 1997 when he was working at Animal Logic (Happy Feet), and how email was relatively new and exciting to them all, so Green searched up Pixar, found an email, sent off his resumé, and to his surprise he receives a phone call from Pixar, wanting to fly him over for an interview. Green mentions he is currently working on Toy Story 3.
The author also chats with John Lasseter and poses the question of a sequel to 2003 blockbuster, Finding Nemo.

"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.

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Ratatouille Nominated For Eddie Award

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Posted by Thomas • January 11, 2008

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.

Also, in the documentary category,  Leslie Iwerks & Stephen Myers are up for The Pixar Story
Congratulations to both parties on the nomination.

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Enrico Casarosa On Pixar/Ghibli

2D Animation, Interview, Pixar Employees

Posted by Thomas • January 9, 2008

I can’t believe I haven’t seen this site before! It’s amazing. 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.

Enrico talks at length about the diffrences between Studio Ghibli and Pixar, and how they work. On the topic of the types of stories each studio tells, Enrico says,

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.

It’s a very in-depth read, but well worth the time taken. (via Cartoon Brew)

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Animation Mentor Gaining Popularity

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Posted by Thomas • January 9, 2008

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. 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." 

The article is a very interesting read, especially if your considering going to Animation Mentor. Thanks Guido for the heads up.

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Pixar, Jim Capobianco at Future Film Festival

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Posted by Thomas • January 6, 2008

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.

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