The Pixar Touch
The roller-coaster rags-to-riches story behind the phenomenal success of Pixar Animation Studios, and the first in-depth look at the company that forever changed the film industry and the "fraternity of geeks" who shaped it.
Nevertheless, Price manages to expand on all ...more
Price goes at lengths to delve into the deep past, rendering the origins of Pixar's key players, Ed Catmull, Alvy Ray Smith and John Lasseter. It takes a long time b ...more
One interesting omission comes early on in the book when discussing the failure of the first Toy Story script: Price does not mention Katzenberg's pushing for more "edge" which is well covered in the Jobs biography, and seems central to the story to me. This kept me from fully "trusting" the book.
Perhaps the most interesting bit for me was the description of The Incredibles charac ...more
The book details the company's start as a tiny pioneer in computer graphics to the maker of the most successful computer-animated full length feature films. Along way, their connections to Lucasfilm, Disney, Apple, and Disne ...more
I feared that this book, published earlier than Creativity Inc, would either be simple repetition of what I read in Creativity Inc or maybe quite out of date. However, I was pleasantly surprised to find the perfect accompaniment to the other book ...more
A few takeaway ...more
The book wasn't easy, but it did get better. After the boring stuff about computers and stuff, I fi ...more
I basically picked this one up because I believe that Pixar can do no wrong. How many large, ultra-profitable production studios are out there that consistently churn out beautiful stories of amazing depth and, to the joy of hollywood bigwigs, insane marketability? Very few. I can name a few that have one or the other, but a perfect track record for both?
So it was in pursuit of the answer to that question that I decided to read this book, which is by and large (tha ...more
Also was a nice glimpse at trying to give creators the freedom to create while hoping for essentially a wealthy benefactor to fund the business until the results (financially speaking) can be seen. Along with brief men ...more
So the early chapters of this book are great since the cover the pre-Pixar years as the company founders move from company to company building their knowledge and skills. It's really just as much a history of computer modeling as it is of Pixar.
The middle chapters tha ...more
This is more of a "business" book than a creative one I suppose, ...more
What I actually got was a background on the development of computer animation and the history of John Lasseter. The unlikely story of a group of animation fanatics working together first at New York institue of technology, to Lucas Film, to having Steve Jobs purchase the company,and finally its interesting relati ...more