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10 Lessons From a Decade Behind the Scenes at Pixar

Sunday, March 15
3:30PM - 4:30PM

Austin Convention Center
Room 17B
Austin Convention Center

For over a decade, Pixar's in-house documentary crew has been telling the story of how the studio's films are made. Documentary Directors Tony Kaplan and Erica Milsom, working with their stellar team, have captured over 1200 hours of footage with artists, animators, directors, voice actors, cooks, coordinators and composers on every film Pixar's ever made. Photo Editor / Photographer Debby Coleman captures studio life from early film pitches to celebratory events around the world, always looking for moments that show the time and place, but will also define the Pixar community when future generations look back on the company's history. Together we'll share never-before-seen footage and lessons learned from observing the artists of Pixar in their own environments.


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Deborah Coleman

Photo Editor

Pixar Animation Studios

Deborah Coleman became the first Staff Photographer at Pixar Animation Studios in 2004 and was promoted to Photo Editor in 2008. She develops the image strategy for film publicity campaigns and wor...

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Erica Milsom

Documentary Dir

Pixar Animation Studios

Erica Milsom joined the small documentary crew at Pixar Animation Studios in 2002 as an Assistant Editor and became a Documentary Director with the group in 2006. While at Pixar she's helped creat...

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Tony Kaplan

Documentary Dir/ DP

Pixar Animation Studios

Tony Kaplan, Documentary Director and Director of Photography

After spending his twenties in Japan, Tony Kaplan studied documentary film at Stanford University. He spent a number of years workin...

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