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Wednesday 8 September 2010

#72; Pixar

Again, no wicked-cool "stuff" to show today, but a post I read about Pixar has got me thinking a bit. To satisfy the visual thirst/hunger of my millions of loyal readers, here is a quick behind the scenes of the short Day&Night, played before Toy Story 3. If you haven't seen Toy Story 3, you're an awful person.

Now really, I could easily post absolutely anything that has been produced by Pixar, because they have never once missed a beat. They have now had 11 (I think) consecutive critical and commercial successful films. That is absurd. Their worst film (Cars? Must admit, have not seen Ratatouille) is still good competition to the very best that anyone else has produced in the same genre. In terms of modern animated feature films, those that can compete with Pixar in terms of entertainment, story, humour and visuals are few and far between.

So how do they do it? And why isn't everyone else doing the same!? I am determined to end up working somewhere that I truly enjoy, partly because I want a happy life, and also because I think that's the way to get the best work done. I think we are at our best when we are doing what we want to do. Read this (or watch one of the Pixar documentaries etc etc). It seems to me that this is why Pixar creates such great stuff. People are working in an environment they love, on things they love, unrestricted, and with a dedication that means that nothing but the very best will do. Time, care and love is given to everything. The studio doesn't whizz out several films a year, but carefully crafts one or two, but makes sure they're good. Quality over quantity.

So much to be learnt from the way they do things, regardless of your industry. I don't think there's an organisation in the world that couldn't benefit from adopting a little bit of Pixar's philosophy.

One day, I want to work somewhere that I love as much as I imagine the Pixar folk love it there, and I want to have that feeling of pride and ownership over what I'm doing.

PS: Watch Cloudy with A Chance Of Meatballs. I was put off by the silly title and colourful images for ages, but it's great. Not Pixar at all, but great. Trailer.

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