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Animation Mentor Gaining Popularity

Animation, Pixar Employees

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. 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." 

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

Lifted, Pixar, Pixar Employees, Short Film, The Pixar Story, Your Friend, The Rat

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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Ronnie del Carmen Interview

Interview, Pixar, Pixar Employees

Posted by Thomas • December 16, 2007

In a recent interview from Inquirer.net, Pixar story supervisor Ronnie del Carmen talks about his journey into the animation industry and his hopes for a Filipino animated film in the near future.

“As a source of animation, the Philippines is one of the animated world’s mainstays. We have to take advantage of the opportunity presented to us now. We’re good at making things for other people, but we’re also making stories for ourselves, and about ourselves.”

Read the full article here.

Thanks, Ernie.

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A Plethora of Ratatouille Interviews

1906, Blu-Ray, Brad Bird, Cars, DVD, Interview, John Lasseter, Michael Giacchino, Pixar Employees, Ratatouille, WALL-E

Posted by Thomas • October 31, 2007


Collider.com has six great interviews with various Pixarians regarding the upcoming release of Ratatouille on DVD and Blu-Ray on November 6. They talk about the most challenging part of working on Ratatouille, working at Pixar, the success of Ratatouille, WALL-E and even 1906.

They chat with Brad Lewis (Producer) who reveals that he is starting to work on a feature film at Pixar. Michael Giacchino (Composer) is also roped in for an interview, as is Brian Dennehy (Voice of Djano) and Andrew Jiminez (Animator). And finally, two more big wigs, Brad Bird (Director) and John Lasseter (Executive Producer) discuss the world of Pixar and more.

They are worth the time, so why not click one of the links above and grab some popcorn and sit back and enjoy.

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Pixar Explores Edgar Rice Burrows Archives

Andrew Stanton, Disney, John Carter of Mars, Pixar, Pixar Employees, Rumors

Posted by Thomas • October 7, 2007


ERBzine, the official Edgar Rice Burrows tribute and weekly webzine site, informs us that members of the Pixar creative team spent Tuesday morning scouring the Edgar Rice Burrows archives at the ERB, Inc. offices in Tarzana in sunny California.

Pixar’s Jim Morris (vp), Andrew Stanton (director), Mark Andrews (script) discussed the "John Carter of Mars" film project with Burroughs representatives, Danton Burroughs, Sandra Galfas and Jim Sullos.

explains Bill Hillman at ERBzine.

New information revealed is the creative team working on the film (above), a projected release date of sometime before 2012 and probably most exciting for the John Carter of Mars series fans, a trilogy of films. You can read more about Pixar’s visit here.

Thanks Michael

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