The following are scanned images of a letter written by Austin Madison, an animator at Pixar. He wrote it for the Animator Letters Project, a website that encourages professional animators to write letters to those who need the encouragement. While I have no dream to become an animator, I am working at becoming a novel writer and some of these letters, the one below in particular, has a message that all should know, when pursing your own creative endeavours.
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Okay this looks awesome. Yay new Pixar movie!
30 Pixar Facts
1. Pixar’s full name is Pixar Animation Studios, but was originally founded as Graphics Group in 1979.
2. The Pixar moniker was born on February 3rd, 1986 when the company was incorporated by Ed Catmull, Alvy Ray Smith and Steve Jobs (of Apple fame).
3. The Graphics Group was actually started under the umbrella of Lucasfilm, before Steve Jobs bought the company in 1986, which subsequently got taken over by The Walt Disney Company 20 years later for $7.4 billion.
4. Pixar’s 12 feature films and numerous shorts have won the company 26 Oscars, seven Golden Globes and three Grammys!
5. Toy Story, released in 1995 was Pixar’s first feature, and won director John Lasseter a Special Achievement Academy Award. This was not the company’s first Oscar, however, that went to Tin Toy for Best Animated Short in 1989.
6. Since AMPAS started awarding Best Animated Feature in 2001, all eight eligible Pixar films have been nominated, and six have won the Oscar.
7. Only three films have ever been nominated for a Best Picture Oscar: Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, and Pixar’s Up and Toy Story 3. (continue reading…)
Man, do we have some great nominations this year. The Hugo Award is the leading award for excellence in the field of science fiction and fantasy. The Hugos are awarded each year by the World Science Fiction Society, at the World Science Fiction Convention. In part one I went over the novel, short stories, and relate work nominees. Part two I went over and speculated on the Best Graphic Novel category. Now let me go over the categories everybody is familiar with:
Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form
Which in laymen’s terms is “The Movie” category. Nothing in this list should surprise you. Dramatic Presentation for Hugo Awards is another name for theatrical film.
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1, screenplay by Steve Kloves; directed by David Yates (Warner)
- How to Train Your Dragon, screenplay by William Davies, Dean DeBlois & Chris Sanders; directed by Dean DeBlois & Chris Sanders (DreamWorks)
- Inception, written and directed by Christopher Nolan (Warner)
- Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, screenplay by Michael Bacall & Edgar Wright; directed by Edgar Wright (Universal)
- Toy Story 3, screenplay by Michael Arndt; story by John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton & Lee Unkrich; directed by Lee Unkrich (Pixar/Disney)
Really there isn’t a bad movie in this list. Long time readers of this blog will know, of course, that I’m throwing my weight behind Scott Pilgrim vs. the World. I love the movie. I love the comic for which it draws the majority of its ideas. The only movie that comes really close to beating that is How to Train Your Dragon. Both were excellent movies but Scott Pilgrim and is a perfect world, they’d both win and have it be meaningful.
Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form
Next we have our short form dramatic presentation, which can actually draw from anything. For example we have three particular episodes of Doctor Who:
- Doctor Who: “A Christmas Carol,” written by Steven Moffat; directed by Toby Haynes (BBC Wales)
- Doctor Who: “The Pandorica Opens/The Big Bang,” written by Steven Moffat; directed by Toby Haynes (BBC Wales)
- Doctor Who: “Vincent and the Doctor,” written by Richard Curtis; directed by Jonny Campbell (BBC Wales)
All of them excellent episodes from the fifth season of Doctor Who. I’d actually have a hard time selecting only one of these.
But in comparison we have a short film, originally posted on you tube entitled:
Fuck Me, Ray Bradbury, written by Rachel Bloom; directed by Paul Briganti
Warning. The above video does have rather explicit lyrics, if the title didn’t tip you off to this.
This is both a surprise and not much of a surprise. The Hugo Awards are well-known for not being shy when it comes to the concept of sex and sexuality. The appreciation, humor, and appeal in the film is readily apparent.
And that is the last of my coverage of the nominations. There are, of course, many other categories including best editor, best fan writer, etc. Please take the time to look over the names and see if there is anybody you would like to congratulate.