Production Designer at Pixar Animation Studios
How has Pixar managed to stay consistently creative over all of these years? What keeps them motivated to be the best? And, ultimately, what techniques and processes are used to transform a creative approach into real, quality, work? Jay Shuster is both a product of, and a contributor to, Pixar's unrestrained creative culture. Whether he's sharing anecdotes from the making of some of our favorite films, or explaining the business sense that makes Pixar a box-office monster and critical darling, Shuster helps unveil the mystery of Pixar's tremendous success.
Currently, Shuster is an Art Director at Pixar and continues to work on their upcoming projects. He is Production Designer for the short film, The Blue Umbrella, which premiered in February 2013 at the 63rd Berlin International Film Festival. The short received a wide release in front of Pixar's feature Monsters University, was accepted into the Animated Shorts Competition at the 2013 South By Southwest festival, and was hailed as one of the most realisitic animated films.
The Secrets of Pixar's Success
How does Pixar produce work that is both astonishingly creative and commercially dominant? In this gripping talk, Pixar Production Designer Jay Shuster distills the company's process into four takeaways that will help any organization build a culture of collaboration and innovation. Where do good ideas come from? Why is an open atmosphere so important? With the emotional resonance, skillful storytelling, and sheer wonderment of Pixar's best films, Shuster delivers an instructive look at the most envied creative studio in the world--reminding us to always trust the process and "celebrate what you do."
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