As one of the profound minds working behind the scenes at Pixar Animation Studios, Lee Unkrich can easily be considered a pioneer (as most of the staff are) in the field of animation. Although his directing resume is small, each film has already become a household name across America and throughout the world. The devotion and time that goes into each project can not be overemphasized as Unkrich is responsible for the work of tons of animators and writers in addition to being held accountable to his co-directing partner. Needless to say, Unkrich has got one of the hardest jobs in America; yet, also one of the most fulfilling.
His educational background is impressive as he studied film at the University of Southern California before starting his position at Pixar Animation Studios. All in all, Unkrich’s life is proof that education does count for something, even in the film industry. Many jobs that exist in the film industry rely on the latest technological advancements and college level intellect in order to create something to impress the increasingly smarter, internet-savvy film goers that are now erupting in this new age. Any person who wishes to follow in Unkrich’s shoes will do well to study and develop responsibility to last them in this field.
Director:Lee Unkrich, David Silverman, Pete Docter
Written by:Jill Culton (Original Story), Jeff Pidgeon (Original Story), Ralph Eggleston (Original Story), Andrew Stanton (Screenplay), Pete Docter (Original Story), Daniel Gerson (Screenplay)
Script Synopsis:James Sullivan and Mike Wazowski are monsters, they earn their living scaring children and are the best in the business... even though they're more afraid of the children than they are of them. When a child accidentally enters their world, James and Mike suddenly find that kids are not to be afraid of and they uncover a conspiracy that could threaten all children across the world.
It’s no secret that Pixar has been one of the forefront runners in the film industry since their first major feature film Toy Story (1995) was released in theaters. The technical mastery of computer simulated animation was a fresh change from the traditional animation styles of cartoon films, and since then, every Pixar film has been financial successes in the box office and in DVD sales. In addition to the beautiful animation, Pixar has excelled in creating spellbinding stories that have attracted movie audiences young and old.
The writers that work at Pixar are some of the best in the business and usually have graduated from top ranked schools. Their talent is usually accompanied by rigorous study in film writing technique and is critiqued according to the high standards of the company. If any aspiring writer wants to see how a professional quality script is written, then Pixar is a great place to start.
As one of Pixar’s original employees, and only its second animator, Andrew Stanton has come a long way in making Pixar into one of the most widely-recognized feature-length animation studios in the world. His hands-on approach to all his produced films, from writing, directing to animation, has given him the irreplaceable knack for depth, character and storytelling.
To find out more about his filmography, check out Andrew Stanton’s complete collection of feature-length works below: