Making Movies is Harder than it Looks: Building Tools for Telling Stories

A session at SecondConf 2012

Friday 21st September, 2012

8:00pm to 9:00pm (CST)

Making movies is a complex, collaborative, creative activity. At Pixar, they don’t pretend to know exactly what they’re doing, but they do have a process. They trust the process, but they constantly test and refine it, based on the stories they want to tell, the resources they have to tell them, and most importantly – the people who want to tell them. Technology and art go hand in hand at Pixar – each challenges and reinforces the other. Technologist Michael B. Johnson, a Pixarian since he joined as an intern in 1993, has been involved in most of Pixar’s feature films and short films. He will share his perspective on the Pixar film-making process; one which involves both creative story tellers that want things they don’t understand how to make and flexible technologists who are more concerned with empowering their users than winning an argument with them. Come along as Michael tells stories from inside their process; sharing the how and the why. Join him as he tries to explain how Pixar always manages to keep their eye on the big prize – a compelling story, well told.

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Michael B. Johnson

I lead the team that does pre-production engineering (Story, Art, Editorial, etc.) at Pixar. I'm also on the Board of the Cartoon Art Museum in SF. bio from Twitter

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Time 8:00pm9:00pm CST

Date Fri 21st September 2012

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