Wednesday, April 11, 2012

More Documentaries

I enjoyed Henson's Place so much that I went searching on itunes for more art related documentaries. I rented The Pixar Story and Waking Sleeping Beauty. I highly recommend both! The fascinating thing about the movies (which I did not know before renting them) is that they start with the same footage! Eight minutes into the Pixar movie you see the same footage that starts off the Disney movie. The two stories run side by side for many years and then finally merge. I recommend watching Waking Sleeping Beauty first because it ends before Pixar and Disney collaborate. Then watch The Pixar Story to see what was going on at the parallel time and what eventually becomes of both companies. I think I'm going to watch Welcome to Macintosh next. Because that story should overlap as well.

I also happen to be reading "Imagine, How Creativity Works" by Jonah Lehrer. It's about the brain science of creativity and how the findings can be used by professionals in creative fields. It mentions the creative innovations adapted by Pixar such as community spaces and morning critiques. I was excited to see footage of both of these in The Pixar Story. I highly recommend this book. I can't put it down.

I added two quotes from The Pixar Story to my quote list (in my left blog column):

1. When asked what Pixars secret formula was Brad Bird replied, "It's really pretty simple. Everyone here loves films. And they just want to make something that they themselves want to see."

2. "If you really look closely most overnight successes took a long time." -Steve Jobs


Anna's Rainbow said...

I like your site. It has very interesting stuff. The illustrations are great,too.thnx for sharing.

Mary Beth Cryan said...

Thank you!