His tale begins with a childhood fascination for film. After countless twists of fate, hard work in the entertainment industry and determination, Lee found himself at a little studio in the Bay Area! Turns out he’d be editing the first fully computer animated feature ever!
Fast forward to today and you’ve got the man behind one of this year’s most anticipated films. It’s a funny story actually. What was supposed to be a six week editing stint turned into 16 years of success for the TS3 director!
Having co-directed Toy Story 2, Monsters, Inc., and Finding Nemo, John Lasseter knew that Lee would be the right choice for the third installment in the series. It shouldn’t be surprising that Pixar’s CCO was absolutely right — Unkrich has certainly created a masterpiece!
Unlike Pixar’s last four directors, Lee Unkrich comes from an editing background, but those differences have only proven to strengthen the studio. In fact, he’s credited for pointing the Toy Story crew in the right visual direction as his previous works were in live-action which is shot similarly to CG.
After seeing Toy Story 3 in theatres, you’ll be sure that Lee Unkrich continues to raise Pixar’s bar with his directorial debut. But most importantly, he is truly a great guy and absolutely deserves this kind of recognition!
Read the full article, complete with detailed insight and quotes from John Lasseter, over at SFGate.