My favourite love stories – short and sweet.

 

This was part of a Search Stories Series  by Google. In just 52 seconds, they manage to tell the whole romance cycle of finding love during a Parisian study abroad. This video is closely followed by Pixar’s 4-minutes life story of Ellie and Carl in Up, beautifully accompanied by Michael Giacchino’s soundtrack:

In written form, my favorite love story is in Shakespeare’s Hamlet:

When I saw you I fell in love, and you smiled because you knew.

2015 is going to be an amazing year for ANIMATION.

I’m looking forward to 2015, purely because of the animated films coming out. The line up is looking amazing with next year being the first time PIXAR releases two films in the same year. Check out some of the cool films coming soon:

Inside Out

Le Petit Prince (The Little Prince)

Minions (extension of Despicable Me Series)

Anyone else ridiculously excited?

CalArts and the Legendary Offsprings of room A113 are featured in Vanity Fair.

CalArts and the Legendary Offsprings of room A113 are featured in Vanity Fair.

Well, well, well… anyone who’s watched an animated film in the last 15 years has probably seen the result of this legendary class of Character Animation at CalArts (California Institute of the Arts). Most of PIXAR’s founding members were students of the classic Disney artists in the 70s and 80s. This Vanity Fair article is such a good summary and insight into the cultural climate and history of animation at the time – the lead up to the animation revival of the 1990s/2000s. It is definitely worth a read. (Just click on the photo to go to the article!!)

I get so inspired by this story (and this group of youngsters). But I think the lesson to take away from this is that you must be determined, hard-working, but also courageous to take risks and new opportunities. Today, there is no guarantee that graduating from CalArts will automatically lead you to become an animation director. These directors graduated at a different time in history and I believe that there will be a new wave of animation in the future. The question is, who is willing to create a new path and lead this revolution?

If you could witness any one event from history, which would it be, and why?

If I could witness one event, it would be the most creative lunch in history. In the summer of 1994, the key Pixar creatives (including John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton and Pete Docter) had lunch in the Hidden City Café and brainstormed ideas for new films. That one lunch sparked the stories that would eventually become the following films: A Bug’s Life, Monsters Inc, Finding Nemo and WALL-EThose four films would eventually earn over one billion dollars of revenue, and it all started with a friendly conversation over French fries. I would choose this specific event because it has an element of myth and an element of inspiration. The story has become a part of the animation legend and a cornerstone moment in Pixar’s history.  True, it might not be as epic as Martin Luther King Jr’s “I Have a Dream“ speech or the Battle of Waterloo, but it has importance to me personally. And I think there’s a lot to learn about life, storytelling, and business from that one legendary lunch.

And the story was even featured in the teaser trailer for Andrew Stanton‘s WALL-E as a form of marketing. Check it out!