Pixar Visit

May 3, 2010 by bryan


Luxo Jr. the Lamp and ball from the original 1986 Pixar film is brought to real life with sculpture on the Pixar campus in Emeryville, Calif. The light bulb lights up at night.

Who does not love Pixar? Ever since they released Toy Story the folks over at Pixar have been blowing our minds with creative stories and beautiful art.

Last Friday Stephanie and I had the chance to visit the Pixar campus in Emeryville, CA, a mere 3 miles from our office. Thanks to our new friend Jirat, we had an awesome tour from a super friendly animator, Austin, who walked us through the creative spaces of the animation department.

It was more of a wild college residence hall, rather than an office space. Instead of cubicles, each personal had a mini-house, complete with a roof and even front porch! We even saw one office space that was two stories! It was amazing. Down each "street" of offices there was a large lobby in the middle with arcade games and retro couches and of course a few Macs and flat screens so that the staff could review the progress of the project.

Turns out each animator cranks out a few seconds week! Luckily with their endless supply of cereal and coffee in the Pixar cafeteria and an on campus pool, they can do just about anything.

We had an awesomely inspiring time and are grateful to our neighbors for giving us a tour!

If you love Pixar you should watch the great DVD (Netflix link) of all their shorts!

 

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