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Pixar Not Doing Special Effects says Catmull

Animation, Ed Catmull, Live Action, Pixar, SIGGRAPH

Posted by Thomas • August 12, 2008

Instead of tech-talk, SIGGRAPH veteran, Ed Catmull is back at the convention he calls his “home community” to talk about managing Pixar’s creative environment.

He spoke at the convention about the early days and how he’s tried and failed and learned from his mistakes to build such an outstanding company (Pixar) to what it is today. Catmull says Pixar’s success comes from change, and how they always do something new.

One thing the technical guru and WDAS/Pixar president says will not change anytime soon, is the fact that Pixar is an animation studio, and they plan to focus on that. As you may know, Pixar directors Brad Bird and Andrew Stanton are venturing into the live-action medium and involving Pixar in some way. Just like in WALL-E, Catmull shares that Pixar won’t do the special effects or live-action on these films: “…we don’t want to turn Pixar into a live action studio. In fact, the intent is that the special effects will not be done at Pixar.” Instead, Pixar plans to support the directors vision in any way possible.

In which way will this be? We’ll find out in time. Read this article from AWN for more information on Ed’s keynote speech.

Article written by martini883. Thanks martini883.

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Violet: Pixar’s Foray into Live Action

Live Action, Pixar, Short Film, Your Friend, The Rat

Posted by Thomas • November 25, 2007

You know when you are browsing the web and you click one link and you see something you like, you click another and then you just stumble upon a site of great value? That’s what happened to me today. I happened upon Alex Mandel’s blog. I bet you’re all wondering, "Who the heck is Alex?". It appears as if Alex has scored quite a few little Pixar shorts such as, Mr Incredible and Pals, a Cars State Farm commercial and even the newest short to accompany Ratatouille on DVD, Your Friend the Rat.

This blog has some great information on scoring YFTR (more information on creating the short can be found at Jim Capobianco’s blog), but I was most intrigued by this post, "Violet" Screens At Mill Valley Film Festival. "What’s Violet?" I hear you ask.

"Violet" is a live-action short drama directed by Mark Andrews (Incredibles, Ratatouille, One Man Band). It’s the first film release from Pixar University.

You can check out it’s IMDB page here. The Mill Valley Film Festival site says this of the short film.

Partings are often loaded times of in-betweenness. Mark Andrews’ Violet (US 21 mins) looks at what happens when someone never quite learns to let go.

Was anyone at the MVFF and did they catch this short film while they were there? Thoughts are always welcome.

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Fred Willard On Camera In WALL•E

Cast, Live Action, WALL-E

Posted by Thomas • October 28, 2007


We have known for quite some time now that actor, Fred Willard will be appearing in WALL-E come June next year. What we didn’t know was, however, what form Fred Willard would take. We knew that Jeff Garlin would play the character, The Captain, and would be the only animated speaking character, but where did that leave Willard?

Willard has confirmed with Rotten Tomatoes that he will be appearing in his full, true, physical, live action form.

"I’m going to be the first live character in a Pixar movie," said Willard. "I appear on a TV monitor but I’m more than a voice. Jeff Garlin is a voice but people are saying, ‘Oh, you’re a voice.’ No, I actually appear. People will say, ‘Oh, that’s Fred Willard.’"

Willard also reconfirms that he is playing the CEO of the Buy ‘n’ Large Corporation. He also mentions that he has finished recording his material, however might be called back for another session. You can read the full article here.

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Jim Hill on Live Action at Pixar

1906, Jim Hill, John Carter of Mars, Live Action, Pixar

Posted by Thomas • October 15, 2007

I know! I know, it’s Jim Hill and a lot of us despise the very existence of the guy, but, (and you knew there was going to be a but didn’t you), he does make a good point about why would you pay $50-60 on taking the family to the cinemas when you can rent it or buy it for under $30 and watch it at home a few months later?

Jim’s own synopsis of his article says…

Jim Hill asks: What’s it going to take to make the domestic release of a new Pixar film seem like a special event again? Will live action projects like "John Carter of Mars" & "1906" really be enough to re-energize this animation studio’s U.S. fanbase?

If you are interested, you can read the article here.

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