“Unbelievable.” “Amazing.” These were the first words we said to each other upon leaving our tour of Pixar Studios. Our host: Sanjay Patel, a very talented animator at Pixar, as well as an illustrator and author in his own right. Is there anything this guy can’t do?!
During a three-and-a-half hour tour (seriously! almost four hours!), Sanjay showed us around the main Pixar building, walking us through their processes, studio philosophies, offices, art, screening rooms, secret rooms and everything in between. In the end, I have to say it was the most creative space I had ever been in. Talking later, we mentioned that it was the kind of space you’d hope that Pixar would have. It met our full expectations and then some.
Sadly, with a studio tour comes gates, sign-ins, security guards and many secrets, so pictures had to be kept to a minimum. Only certain safe places and spaces were OK’d for cameras. But let’s just say there was art everywhere. They truly celebrate the talent they have working there, in all mediums and every facet.
The amount of work and detail that goes into Pixar’s movies is astonishing and incomprehensible, even for those who have some knowledge of the animation process. Story, color, textures, modeling, lighting, set and character development—the list goes on and on. Our jaws are still on the floor, and our heads are about to explode. Thanks for the inspiration, Sanjay and Pixar.