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Pixar's John Lasseter at Sonoma Speaker Series Dec. 4


Hanna Boys Center

Monday December 2017 - 7:00pm to

What Walt Disney was to animated films in his time, John Lasseter is to animation today. The chief creative officer of both Pixar Animation Studios and Disney Animation Studios, Lasseter is a master storyteller and one of the pioneers of digital animation.

Lasseter comes to the Hanna Boys Center on Dec. 4 at 7 p.m. as part of the Sonoma Speaker Series.

In 1995, Pixar released Toy Story, the first feature length computer-animated film ever made. The film, which Lasseter directed and co-wrote, grossed $372 million at the worldwide box office, garnered three Academy Award nominations, and was awarded a Special Achievement Academy Award.

Lasseter went on to direct A Bug's Life, Toy Story 2, Cars and Cars 2. His impact is now felt in every Pixar and Disney Animation production because it is usually Lasseter who oversees a collaborative process called the Braintrust. Developed at Pixar, the Braintrust - a regular meeting of each studio's top creative minds - is designed to help directors and producers who are deep into the filmmaking process identify and solve problems that inevitably come up in animated storytelling. Since the Walt Disney Company acquired Pixar in 2006, Lasseter has helped introduce the Braintrust idea to filmmakers at Disney Animation as well.

The workings of the Braintrust are a key focus of the 2014 book Creativity, Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration, by Pixar and Disney Animation president Ed Catmull (with Amy Wallace). Wallace, who interviewed Lasseter several times for that book, will be interviewing him again at the Sonoma Speakers Series.

John Lasseter is a Sonoma Valley resident. Amy Wallace has a home in Bennett Valley.

Tickets are $35-75 and available at sonomaspeakerseries.com.


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