Pixar 2013 Anniversary Awards

Yesterday was a very special day for me at Pixar. We celebrated the 10-year (and 20-year) anniversary of everyone who joined Pixar in 2002 (and 1992). Pixar does this every year, recognizing the passion and commitment of its employees in a special way. We had a lunch, an awards ceremony and a gathering afterwards for friends and family.

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La Luna nominated for Oscar!

Today, Pixar’s latest animated short film, La Luna, was included in the list of 5 nominees for the Best Animated Short category. Enrico Casarosa directed La Luna, and I was privileged to have worked with Enrico as the Effects Supervisor. We’re very excited and keeping our fingers crossed for Feb 26th!

La Luna nominated for Oscar!
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Early in 1988 I attended a conference where Steve Jobs was the keynote speaker. He screened two 16mm films created by Pixar: Luxo Jr and Red’s Dream. It blew me away. I always dreamed about using computers to do animation, and here was a company that had successfully created two computer-animated films! Afterwards, I joined a group of conference attendees to chat with Steve. He was smartly dressed in a designer suit (yes!) and answered our questions very courteously. That day was the first time I took notice of Pixar. In my wildest dreams, I couldn’t have imagined that I would be working for Pixar some day.

Pixar's eulogy to Steve Jobs

La Luna Early Review

Jerrod Maruyama posted an early, spoiler-free review of La Luna.

More than any other Pixar short, La Luna feels like a personal vision. It feels familiar but not derivative. It’s funny but not comedic. It’s heartfelt but not schmaltzy. This type of poetic storytelling is something we don’t get to see much of in American mainstream animation. It’s a visually stunning piece that takes its time and isn’t burdened with a busy story line and visual gags.

A Pixar Fan

Leandro Copperfield from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, spent 11 days re-watching all 11 Pixar feature films. He picked 500 shots and created this amazing 7 minute tribute: The Beauty of Pixar.

Leandro originally posted the tribute on Vimeo, believing, like many, that his use of the copyrighted Pixar material in this way constitutes fair use. Vimeo disagreed and deleted his tribute from their site. So only the YouTube version, of lower quality, remains.

First look at La Luna

Enrico Casarosa directed Pixar’s latest short film, La Luna, which will première at the Annecy International Animation Festival, June 6-11. I was the Effects Supervisor.

Synopsis: La Luna is the timeless fable of a young boy who is coming of age in the most peculiar of circumstances. Tonight is the very first time his Papa and Grandpa are taking him to work. In an old wooden boat they row far out to sea, and with no land in sight, they stop and wait. A big surprise awaits the little boy as he discovers his family’s most unusual line of work. Should he follow the example of his Papa, or his Grandpa? Will he be able to find his own way in the midst of their conflicting opinions and time-worn traditions?

Up and away…

See… a house flying away suspended from hundreds of balloons is not ridiculous!