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Wednesday May 03
One Man Band: Pixar Production Pipeline
Patrick James, Technical Director, Pixar Animation Studios

The talk begins with a brief introduction to Pixar and breaks into a detailed discussion of the production pipeline used in the making of "One Man Band". It steps through all the departments involved and outlines how they work together to produce a short film.

Patrick James, a Technical Director at Pixar Animation Studios, was introduced to the world of computer graphics as a freshman at Texas A&M University. A few years later he departed with a master of science degree in Visualization Science, headed straight to Pixar, and hasn’t looked back since. Starting at Pixar in what Patrick refers to as the “trenches of rendering” was advantageous, since it provided him with an invaluable opportunity to quickly learn the inner-workings of the studio’s production pipeline.

Patrick James
Technical Director
Pixar Animation Studios

Pixar Animation Studios is an Academy Award-winning computer animation studio with the technical, creative and production capabilities to create a new generation of animated feature films, merchandise and other related products. Pixar's objective is to combine proprietary technology and world-class creative talent to develop computer-animated feature films with memorable characters and heartwarming stories that appeal to audiences of all ages. In partnership with Walt Disney Pictures, Pixar created and produced "Toy Story" (1995), "A Bug's Life" (1998), "Toy Story 2" (1999), "Monsters, Inc." (2001), "Finding Nemo" (2003) and "The Incredibles" (2004).

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