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Introduced by Mark Fishkin, Executive Director and Founder of the California Film Institute and the Founder and Director of the Mill Valley Film Festival
In Conversation with Jim Morris, General Manager/ Executive Vice President of Production at Pixar
For nearly twenty years, Pixar has dominated the world of animation, producing fourteen consecutive #1 box office hits. But before Pixar was one of the world’s most successful movie studios, it was a small hardware company struggling to stay afloat. Ed Catmull, who co-founded the company in 1986 with Steve Jobs and John Lasseter, led Pixar as it moved toward its goal—to make the first-ever computer animated movie—and grew into the creative, innovative force that it is today. In Creativity, Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration ($28.00), Catmull reveals the ideals that have made the studio so widely admired and profitable.
Catmull tells of his childhood fascination with Walt Disney, his experience at the University of Utah when the computer graphics field was in its infancy, and his start in the film business in 1979 when George Lucas hired him to merge moviemaking with technology. Readers learn about the challenges Catmull, Lasseter, and Jobs faced as they brought Pixar’s first film to the screen, and the hard work that came after Toy Story’s success as they built a sustainable creative environment.
This work is a distillation of the core principles Catmull has used to develop Pixar’s singular creative culture. Its lessons will serve anyone who wants to work in an environment that fosters problem solving and creativity, and any leader who wants to enable their people to thrive and collaborate effectively. Its rare view into how Pixar’s beloved movies are made will appeal to the studio’s millions of fans, and Catmull’s account of Steve Jobs casts a new portrait of the man he calls, “Pixar’s fiercest champion and a close friend.”
Ed Catmull is co-founder of Pixar Animation Studios and president of Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios. He has been honored with five Academy Awards, including the Gordon E. Sawyer Award for lifetime achievement in the field of computer graphics. He received his Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Utah. He lives in San Francisco with his wife and children.
Jim Morris is General Manager and Executive Vice President of Production at Pixar, where he oversees all of the studio’s productions and operations. He produced Disney Pixar’s Academy Award®-winning feature, WALL-E, for which he was awarded Producer of the Year in Animated Theatrical Motion Pictures from the Producer’s Guild of America, a BAFTA, an AFI Award, a Golden Globe and A VES Award.
Mark Fishkin is the Executive Director and Founder of the California Film Institute and the Founder and Director of the Mill Valley Film Festival. Since founding the Mill Valley Film Festival in 1977, it has garnered a reputation as a favorite among filmmakers and one of the most influential non-competitive festivals in North America.
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