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Pixar Is In the House | Story Story Story

Title: Pixar is in the House: Story Story Story
Sponsored by The Creative Talent Network
CTNX09: Filmed Nov 2009; Posted April 2010
Length 45 min

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Join award winner animation director Roger Allers and Pixar Story Artists Ted Mathot, Scott Morse, Bill Presing, and Derek Thompson, in this rare opportunity as they discuss Pixar’s unique and exciting Story Development process.
rallers_thumbModerator Roger Allers

The award winning Director of The Lion King, Roger Allers has been instrumental in shaping the structure and dialogue of many Disney animated features since 1988, including Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid, Oliver and Company, Rescuers Down Under, Prince and the Pauper and the pioneer CGI effects movie Tron.

For Sony Pictures, Allers directed the feature Open Season. For Disney, he directed the Academy Award nominated short, The Little Matchgirl.

Allers adapted the screenplay for the The Lion King Broadway musical, earning him and his co-writer Irene Mecchi a Tony nomination for Best Book of a Musical.

Prior to working with Disney, he created animation on children’s programs and features for studios in Boston, Toronto and Tokyo. He is currently writing an original musical for Broadway and developing film and stage projects with Irene Mecchi, including a short performance piece with Bobby McFerrin for Heifer International, a charity devoted to ending world hunger and poverty.


smorse_thumbPanelist Scott Morse
SCOTT MORSE is the award-winning author of multiple graphic novels and chapter books, including SOULWIND, TIGER!TIGER!TIGER!, NOBLE BOY, and Scholastic’s MAGIC PICKLE series.
In animation, Morse has art directed and provided storyboards for Disney, Hanna Barbera, Cartoon Network, Universal, and Nickelodeon.
He currently works as a story artist and designer for Pixar, where his credits include  RATATOUILLE, WALL*E,  YOUR FRIEND THE RAT, the CARS TOONS, and CARS 2.
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bprising_thumbPanelist Bill Presing
Bill Presing grew up in the suburbs of New Jersey.
Interested in art and comic books from an early age, Bill eventually attended the Joe Kubert School of Cartoon and Graphic Art. There he studied comic book illustration, but soon found himself working in the New York animation industry. He worked on shows and web cartoons including The Gotham Girls for Warner Bros. online and The Venture Bros. for Cartoon Network.
Today Bill resides in Northern California where he works as a story artist for Pixar Animation Studios. There he worked on the films Ratatouille and Up. In his spare time he draws his co-created comic book Rex Steele: Nazi Smasher, self publishes books and likes to post pin-up drawings on his blog; www.billpresing.blogspot.com
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Derek Monster_thumbPanelist Derek Thompson
Born in Atlanta, Georgia in 1972, Derek Thompson 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.
Panelist Ted Mathot tmathot_thumb

Ted’s most recent contributions include storyboards and story development on WALL•E and Presto. Currently he is a storyboard supervisor working with on an upcoming project. In this capacity, he manages and supports a small team of story artists, brainstorms story ideas, visualizes the script in drawn camera shots with character acting, and other requests the director might have while putting together the story reel for the film.

Mathot started at Pixar Animation Studios in 1999 as a story artist on Monster’s Inc., and has  since worked in a similar role on The Incredibles, Cars, Ratatouille, Presto and WALL•E. Prior to joining Pixar, he worked in TV animation and games as a designer, story artist, art director, and director. He was the recipient of an Annie Award in 2008 for his storyboard work on Ratatouille.

With both parents working as graphic artists, Mathot cites this artistic environment along with Warner Bros. cartoons and comic books as early inspiration for his current career path.

Mathot grew up in Holliston, Massachusetts, and earned his BFA in Illustration from the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) in Providence, Rhode Island.  He currently lives in San Francisco and writes and draws self-published graphic novels and comics in his free time.

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