Let me tell you about my tour at Pixar and last day of AnimC.
As I was driving to the gates, my hands were literally shaking from excitement because you know, I was visiting Pixar. The security guy gave me my tag (which I’ll keep forever). I ran to the lobby because I was 30 minutes late, also took a quick picture of the yard with the stones from Brave. As I entered the lobby I saw my class huddled on a small table at the Luxo Cafe. Dan reviewed our portfolios I which went well, Im glad he liked my landscapes and designs. Half the time my eyes were wandering around.
After the review, Dan gave us a tour of the main building, unfortunately I wasn’t able to take pictures of the visual development and drawings for Brave. They had an entire hall dedicated to a gallery for the film. Walking through that gallery was so inspiring, actually seeing the eraser marks and textures of paint got me excited and shaky.
Since there wasn’t much else we could go to in the main building, we headed to another one named Brooklyn where all the visual development and story took place. This one was airy like the main but it wasn’t as lively. It had this huge fireplace and behind it was a super fancy room with fancy wine, fancy furniture, and a bitchin chandelier. Because it was behind the “fireplace” everything in there looked charred and burnt, which was a great touch I thought. The next part of the tour I can’t tell you about because it would get Dan fired. Haha
After walking around the campus we all went back to the Luxo Cafe, had some tea, and asked Dan about his experience before going to Pixar. He talked about all the schools he went to and how hard it was before getting his break at Pixar. He really emphasized staying true to your passion because in the end, that’s what’s going to get you to your goal. All in all, I really enjoyed and learned a lot during my time at AnimC and the tour at Pixar was a cherry on top.