They've brought toys to life, sent robots to space, raised a house with 10,000 balloons, invited a rat into a chic Paris restaurant and, most recently, enrolled monsters in college.
Pixar Animation Studios has revolutionised animation with films like this summer's hit Monsters University. For this Masterclass, Director Dan Scanlon and producer Kori Rae are in London to share the secrets of Pixar's success at an exclusive, one-time only event for film aficionados, Pixar fans, animation buffs and anyone who's ever wondered, "How did they do that?" With Pixar's 14th feature film Monsters University serving as a case study, attendees will discover how filmmakers imagine and realize all-new worlds, develop a cast of memorable characters and move the different stages of a production through the Pixar "pipeline"; all in service of creating a classic story that will stand the test of time.
The evening includes a screening of Monsters University, a presentation from the filmmakers, an extended Q&A and a post-event drinks reception, giving guests the rare opportunity to mingle with the filmmakers.
Monsters University will be released for home viewing this November.
Dan Scanlon joined Pixar Animation Studios in September 2001 as a storyboard artist on Cars and Toy Story 3. With John Lasseter, Scanlon also co-directed the original short film Mater and the Ghostlight. In addition to his work at Pixar, Scanlon simultaneously wrote and directed the live action film Tracy, released in 2009.
Scanlon made his animated feature directorial debut with Disney-Pixar's 14th feature film, Monsters University.
Kori Rae joined Pixar Animation Studios in June 1993 as a producer in the studio's commercials division, producing several award-winning commercials. She was part of the dynamic and entrepreneurial team that helped build Pixar into the studio it is today.
After the success of Toy Story, Rae moved forward as animation manager on Pixar's second feature film A Bug's Life. She then worked as animation manager for the Golden Globe winner Toy Story 2 and continued on as associate producer for Monsters, Inc. and the Academy Award-winning feature The Incredibles. Rae contributed her producing talents to Up as pre-production producer, and worked as producer on the first group of Disney-Pixar's Cars Toons. She is producer of Monsters University, set to release June 21, 2013.