Very cool – How Pixar created Toy Story 3
With a string of 10 award winning feature films (starting with Toy Story in 1995), each one a huge commercial success, Pixar is the premier animation house in the film industry. They have garnered an impressive string of 24 Academy Awards, 6 Golden Globes and 3 Grammys.
This story from Wired.com details the creative process of Pixar’s upcoming Toy Story 3.
Pixar’s secret? Its unusual creative process. Most of the time, a studio assembles a cast of freelance professionals to work on a single project and cuts them loose when the picture is done. At Pixar, a staff of writers, directors, animators, and technicians move from project to project. As a result, the studio has built a team of moviemakers who know and trust one another in ways unimaginable on most sets.
Which explains how they can handle the constant critiques that are at the heart of Pixar’s relentless process. Animation days at the studio all begin the same way: The animators and director gather in a small screening room filled with comfy couches. They eat Cap’n Crunch and drink coffee. Then the team begins analyzing the few seconds of film animated the day before, as they ruthlessly “shred” each frame. Even the most junior staffers are encouraged to join in.
Read the whole thing – it’s fascinating!