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Derek Thompson Story Artist Pixar

Derek Thompson Story Artist Pixar

CTN would like to welcome back to CTN eXpo story artist currently working at Pixar Animation Studios, Derek Thompson.

Derek Thompson was born in Atlanta, Georgia in 1972, and has been drawing monsters since before he can remember. Many things contributed to Derek’s early fixation with creatures and the Unknown. Around age 5, he discovered Godzilla, Frankenstein, Star Wars and Ray Harryhausen. Other early revelations involved Dr.Seuss, Heavy Metal Magazine, Frazetta and R.Crumb. As a child, Derek also had a deep interest in paleontology, which lead to many, many dinosaur drawings. An avalanche of films, comics and cartoons followed, with Derek drawing all the while.

Derek received his BFA in Illustration from OTIS/PARSONS in Los Angeles. Upon graduation, he had already been published by DARK HORSE COMICS, drawing one of his high school favorites, the Predator. It wasn’t long before Derek was hired as an assistant designer on a new video game for RHYTHM AND HUES. Less than a year later, Derek relocated to San Francisco and started working as a Concept and Storyboard artist for INDUSTRIAL LIGHT AND MAGIC. In 2000, Derek left ILM to pursue freelance work, taking a table at MAVERIX STUDIOS located in San Francisco, CA. Derek returned to LUCASFILM for a year to work at SKYWALKER RANCH as a Concept and Story Artist on EPISODE 3.
After 4 years at MAVERIX, Derek accepted an offer to join PIXAR ANIMATION STUDIOS as a Story Artist, where he spent his first three years working on WALL-E.  He is currently involved two exciting Live Action projects for Pixar directors, Andrew Stanton’s JOHN CARTER OF MARS, and Brad Bird’s ’1906′.  He lives in SAUSALITO, California with his wife Nina and cat Rufus.


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