Ed Catmull, President of Pixar and Disney Animation Studios at Innovation Uncensored.
“It is when we try to avoid, stop, or control change that we get into trouble.”
In This Exclusive Excerpt From Creativity, Inc., Ed Catmull Unveils One Of His Management Tools — The Pixar Braintrust, Which Has Helped The Animation Powerhouse Score 14 Box-Office Hits In A Row.
A hallmark of a healthy creative culture is that its people feel free to share ideas, opinions, and criticisms. Our decision making is better when we draw on the collective knowledge and unvarnished opinions of the group. Candor is the key to collaborating effectively. Lack of candor leads to dysfunctional environments. So how can a manager ensure that his or her working group, department, or company embraces candor? By putting mechanisms in place that explicitly say it is valuable. One of Pixar’s key mechanisms is the Braintrust, which we rely on to push us toward excellence and to root out mediocrity. It is our primary delivery system for straight talk. The Braintrust meets every few months or so to assess each movie we’re making. Its premise is simple: Put smart, passionate people in a room together, charge them with identifying and solving problems, and encourage them to be candid. The Braintrust is not foolproof, but when we get it right, the results are phenomenal.
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#CursingCandy is the latest short from animator Lee Hardcastle, and it does just what it says on the tin. The wrappers of your favorite candy bars collide together forming foul words—occasionally in the shape and style of what they’re meant to portray.
Historically, video-game-themed movies and adaptations are the second-class citizens of cinema, frowned upon by critics and audiences alike. But “Wreck-It Ralph” worked. Last weekend, it became the biggest opening for Walt Disney Animation ever, topping the box office with $49.1 million. Does the critical and box office success of “Wreck-It Ralph” spell the beginning of a new era for video game films?
Fox’s forthcoming late night and digital arm, Animation Domination High Definition, fuses the two presidential candidates together in its first-ever video.
Three months before Laika’s 3-D stop-motion feature ParaNorman was set to start production, the company’s breakthrough workflow technology—making puppet faces via 3-D color printing—was spitting out disasters.
“They looked awful,” says Brian McLean, Laika’s director of rapid prototyping (RP, or 3-D printing). “The skin tones were terrible and inconsistent. What you saw on the computer screen was completely different than what printed out. There were some ‘Oh shit!’ moments when we realized we’d jumped head first into shooting this movie using this process, and we now had to figure out a way to make it work.”
By sheer force of will, scientific process, and ulcer medication, McLean’s team solved the system quirks.
Enrico Casarosa, writer and director of the Oscar-nominated Pixar short, La Luna, sifts through the Studio Ghibli archives to discuss how Hiyao Miyazaki has influenced him.
Homemade birthday cards are getting a whole lot more entertaining.
Today’s Infographic via Co.Design: A Video History Of The iPhone. Boy are we glad it’s not 1983, anymore!
We recently wrote about Ruslan Khasanov’s sublime typeface, Au Revoir, which he made by painting letterforms onto a porcelain sink with the spigot on and photographing them before they slipped down the drain. Now, the Russian designer has produced animated GIFs showing some of the letters evaporating like smoke into thin air. See more.
Animated GIFs Capture Stanley Kubrick’s Most Immortal Shots.
Part of Kubrick’s genius was in crafting moods, not just scenes — a mastery on full display in these animated GIFs created by Gustaf Mantel. In a single gesture, they capture an indelible moment in film history in a way no film still possibly could. See more
You’ve gotta see Jascha Hoffman's new video for “Some Hungry Guy.” It’s made out of 100-year-old newspaper comics!
Dogfish Head teamed up with “cinemagraph”-makers Jamie Beck and Kevin Burg to document the process of creating their new gluten-free brew. Check out more of these gorgeous gifs here!