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The Pixar Touch: The Making of a Company

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The roller-coaster rags-to-riches story behind the phenomenal success of Pixar Animation Studios: the first in-depth look at the company that forever changed the film industry and the “fraternity of geeks” who shaped it.

The Pixar Touch is a story of technical innovation that revolutionized animation, transforming hand-drawn cel animation to computer-generated 3-D graphics. It’s a triumphant business story of a company that began with a dream, remained true to the ideals of its founders—antibureaucratic and artist driven—and ended up a multibillion-dollar success.

We meet Pixar’s technical genius and founding CEO, Ed Catmull, who dreamed of becoming an animator, inspired by Disney’s Peter Pan and Pinocchio, realized he would never be good enough, and instead enrolled in the then new field of computer science at the University of Utah. It was Catmull who founded the computer graphics lab at the New York Institute of Technology and who wound up at Lucasfilm during the first Star Wars trilogy, running the computer graphics department, and found a patron in Steve Jobs, just ousted from Apple Computer, who bought Pixar for five million dollars. Catmull went on to win four Academy Awards for his technical feats and helped to create some of the key computer-generated imagery software that animators rely on today.

Price also writes about John Lasseter, who catapulted himself from unemployed animator to one of the most powerful figures in American filmmaking; animation was the only thing he ever wanted to do (he was inspired by Disney’s The Sword in the Stone), and Price’s book shows how Lasseter transformed computer animation from a novelty into an art form. The author writes as well about Steve Jobs, as volatile a figure as a Shakespearean monarch . . .

Based on interviews with dozens of insiders, The Pixar Touch examines the early wildcat years when computer animation was thought of as the lunatic fringe of the medium.

We see the studio at work today; how its writers, directors, and animators make their astonishing, and astonishingly popular, films.

The book also delves into Pixar’s corporate feuds: between Lasseter and his former champion, Jeffrey Katzenberg (A Bug’s Life vs. Antz), and between Jobs and Michael Eisner. And finally it explores Pixar’s complex relationship with the Walt Disney Company as it transformed itself from a Disney satellite into the $7.4 billion jewel in the Disney crown.

Synopsis:

The author of Love and Hate in Jamestown charts the turbulent, rags-to-riches history of Pixar Animation Studios in context to the changing fortunes of computer animation, bringing together interviews with dozens of insiders to discuss the rocky early years, the volatile personal relationships involved, and the making of the studio's blockbuster, innovative films. 60,000 first printing.

Synopsis:

The Pixar Touch is a lively chronicle of Pixar Animation Studios' history and evolution, and the “fraternity of geeks” who shaped it. With the help of animating genius John Lasseter and visionary businessman Steve Jobs, Pixar has become the gold standard of animated filmmaking, beginning with a short special effects shot made at Lucasfilm in 1982 all the way up through the landmark films Toy Story, Finding Nemo, Wall-E, and others. David A. Price goes behind the scenes of the corporate feuds between Lasseter and his former champion, Jeffrey Katzenberg, as well as between Jobs and Michael Eisner. And finally he explores Pixar's complex relationship with the Walt Disney Company as it transformed itself into the $7.4 billion jewel in the Disney crown.

From the Trade Paperback edition.

About the Author

David A. Price was raised in Richmond, Virginia, and was educated at the College of William and Mary, where he received his degree in computer science. He graduated from Harvard Law School and Cambridge University. Price has written for The Wall Street Journal, Investor’s Business Daily, Business 2.0, The Washington Post, Forbes, and Inc. and is the author of Love and Hate in Jamestown. He lives with his wife and sons in Washington, D.C.

Table of Contents

Anaheim — In the garage — Lucasfilm — Steve Jobs — Pixar, Inc. — Making it fly - 1 — Making it fly - 2 — "It seemed like all-out war" — Crisis in monstropolis — Emeryville — Homecoming.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780307269508
Subtitle:
The Making of a Company
Publisher:
Alfred A. Knopf
Author:
Price, David A.
Author:
David A. Price
Author:
David Andrew Price
Subject:
Business & Economics : General
Subject:
General
Subject:
Computer animation
Subject:
Animated films
Subject:
Corporate & Business History - General
Subject:
Film & Video - History & Criticism
Subject:
Animation
Subject:
Pixar (Firm)
Subject:
General Business & Economics
Subject:
Audio Books-Business
Subject:
Business-History and Biography
Subject:
Film and Television-Animation
Subject:
Film and Television-Animation Production Biographies
Subject:
Film and Television-Production
Subject:
Foreign Languages-Chinese
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20080513
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
308

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Product details 308 pages Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group - English 9780307269508 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , The author of Love and Hate in Jamestown charts the turbulent, rags-to-riches history of Pixar Animation Studios in context to the changing fortunes of computer animation, bringing together interviews with dozens of insiders to discuss the rocky early years, the volatile personal relationships involved, and the making of the studio's blockbuster, innovative films. 60,000 first printing.
"Synopsis" by , The Pixar Touch is a lively chronicle of Pixar Animation Studios' history and evolution, and the “fraternity of geeks” who shaped it. With the help of animating genius John Lasseter and visionary businessman Steve Jobs, Pixar has become the gold standard of animated filmmaking, beginning with a short special effects shot made at Lucasfilm in 1982 all the way up through the landmark films Toy Story, Finding Nemo, Wall-E, and others. David A. Price goes behind the scenes of the corporate feuds between Lasseter and his former champion, Jeffrey Katzenberg, as well as between Jobs and Michael Eisner. And finally he explores Pixar's complex relationship with the Walt Disney Company as it transformed itself into the $7.4 billion jewel in the Disney crown.

From the Trade Paperback edition.

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